Winners have been announced in the 2020 Head On Photo Awards, an international competition for professional and amateur photographers with a prize-pool of $70,000.

Winner of the 2020 Portrait Prize. ‘The Gift’ © Fiona Wolf-Symeonides.

Overall winner of the 2020 Portrait Prize is Australian photographer Fiona Wolf-Symeonides‘s The gift, RHW 2020, which captures a modern family story of a girl born by a warrior woman to two loving dads, with the love and support of a wonderful family around them.

The Australian Runner Up is ‘Yuendumu, Northern Territory, 2019’ (shown above) by photographer and filmmaker Jon Frank, which was created during his year living and working with the Warlpiri people in the Northern Territory.

The International Runner Up was won by acclaimed Dutch photographer Jouk Oosterhof’s work ‘Egbert, a portrait of toddler Egbert’ (shown above), which draws on an old technique used for long exposures where children were held by their parents who were covered in decorative fabrics, to keep them in place and prevent blurry pictures.

Overall winner of the 2020 Landscape Prize was ‘Whimsical warrior’ by Mullengudgery based special needs teacher Marcia Macmillan, who caught the moment her daughter, a quintessential farm girl who likes to dress up, ran towards a huge dust storm. A fragile, yet fearless nine-year-‘old, challenging mother nature to unleash herself in all her fury.

Australian Runner Up was ‘Run’ by celebrated Australian photojournalist, Nick Moir, which documents firefighters escaping the intense heat of the Green Wattle Creek fire in Orangeville during the devastating 2019/20 Australian bushfire season.

The International Runner Up was won by English photographer Paul Carruthers for ‘Cheddar Gorge – Horseshoe Bend’, a five-minute night-time exposure of the famous limestone gorge, once voted one of the seven wonders of Britain.

The 2020 Student Prize (open to school years K-12) was taken out by Joel Parkinson’s ‘Within without’, a self portrait that explores the unstable terrain between childhood and adulthood and illustrates the last vestiges of innocence and ever-growing maturity and individuality before the arrival of adulthood.

Other winners were Alice Tasker’s self-portrait titled ‘Bagel’ (above), after her nickname, which was taken in a local park and seeks to capture her identity in the quiet moments and Lewis Dobbin’s ‘Snow trails’ (below) showing three hikers trekking across a barren snow filled landscape.

Osher Günsberg hosted the Head On Photo Festival Launch and announcement of winners earlier today.

Click here to see the 2020 Head On Photo Award exhibitions and for more information about other 2020 Head On events.