Hal Epstein is a retired chemical engineer and Whale Watching entrepreneur. He  was the first operator offering whale watching tours out of Sydney way back in 1995. He is also what we now call ‘a creative’. He’s not just a photographer. He has philosophy behind his snaps. Loving the visual wonders of Sydney, he began photographing our city’s two seasons, deconstruction and reconstruction.

Hal says ‘The idea is to document the interaction of cranes with the surrounding natural environment both active and passive. Are cranes a blight on the natural landscape or a vision of the wonder of science and electro- mechanical engineering intricately woven into the backdrop of everyday activities of a city?”

Through a lens both close up and telephoto, much is revealed in Hal’s photos that would normally be missed by the naked eye. The meccano and Lego sets of old come to reality.

“Sydney itself has a history of crane innovations with the establishment of the Favelle Mort Company in Alexandria where the ‘Kangaroo’ crane was conceived. These cranes were used to build the US World Twin Trade towers in 1966. Although now under Malaysian ownership Favelle cranes amongst many others can be spotted all around town.”

Hal definitely knows cranes. Below are some of his photos of the Botany cemetery juxtaposed with cranes! Enjoy. Stay tuned for another set of Hal’s scenes about town in a future edition of Sydney Arts Guide.

Interview conducted by Carol Dance. All photography by Hal Epstein (c)



5 expert tips to photograph Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is a bright and vibrant festival that every Sydney-sider, and, for that matter, every Australian should pencil into their calendar when planning their must-do activities for the year ahead. Amassing a collection of light installations, projections, live performances and bountiful food trucks, Vivid Sydney is a true spectacle for the senses. Although we have our memories to rely on, photography is a great way to capture some of the visual elements of the festival. 

To ensure your Vivid Sydney photos pop, here are some tips to help you achieve the best results with low light photography at Vivid Sydney.

  • Keep shots blur-free with a tripod

As with most light-based spectacles, Vivid Sydney comes alive only when the sun goes down. Until then, you’ve got plenty of time to learn low light shooting techniques to ensure you don’t end up with an endless stream of disappointingly blurry images. The number one solution and the easiest option for Vivid Sydney photography is mounting your camera on a tripod.  Continue reading 5 EXPERT TIPS TO PHOTOGRAPH VIVID SYDNEY


Anna Volska, John Bell, Hilary Bell. Pic Robert Rosen

The Powerhouse has today announced the details of ROBERT ROSEN : GLITTERATI, the largest survey of the work of one of Australia’s foremost fashion and social pages photographers, opening on 6 August 2021.

Over four decades, Robert Rosen documented glittering parties, concerts, fashion events and nightclubs across Australia, London and Europe, capturing the rich, famous and fabulous for the fashion and social pages for leading newspapers and magazines.

Defying the perceived image of the pushy, intrusive paparazzi, Rosen’s polite and discreet approach earned him the respect and trust of his subjects. Carrying two or three cameras around his neck, with a glass of champagne in hand, he became a fixture in the social scene, capturing intimate portraits that conveyed the mood and energy of the times.

GLITTERATI will present over 300 photographs and will include images from Rosen’s early career in London and Paris capturing the fashion shows of iconic designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana and Zandra Rhodes. In Australia, Rosen brought a new perspective to the fashion pages with his backstage photos at Australian Fashion Week and documented celebrities, politicians and entertainers at parties, openings, launches and events from the exclusive Cointreau Ball to the ARIA Awards. Glitterati will also include over 50 never-before-seen polaroids from Rosen’s personal archive, dating from 1980-2000, with images of icons including Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Bette Midler.

Robert Rosen collaborated with those at the centre of creative culture during iconic moments and documented an eclectic mix of international and Australian celebrities. These include Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry CBE, Elle McPherson, Peter Morrissey, Divine, Paul Capsis, Nina Simone, Boy George, Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Luciano Pavarotti, Barry Humphries, Lady Sonia McMahon, Elton John and Michael Hutchence.

Robert Rosen said: “Glitterati is the story of my life’s work through the lens and a journey through time. The photo of Linda and Paul above is one of my favourites taken during my time in London. In 1982, I crashed a Music Awards Party at the famous Abbey Road Studios. Paparazzi were outside, it was snowing, and they were there freezing with their zoom lenses.

“My snappy was in my pocket, the security guy saw me and because I always liked to dress well, he must have mistaken me for a pop star. He said, ‘Hurry up inside, the awards are starting’ and whisked me through the doors. Next thing I know, I am inside standing next to Paul and Linda McCartney. We began a conversation and I asked to take a shot, on the third click they kissed. That photo went worldwide, and I sent them a print to say thank you.

“Six months later I bumped into them again but didn’t assume they would remember me. However, Linda called out to me, ‘Darling, are you ignoring us? Give me a hug.’ It meant so much to me, maybe more than anything, that she loved that photograph. It’s the subjects in the photos that make the picture. I just press the button!”  

Lisa Havilah, Powerhouse Chief Executive said: “In 2014 Robert Rosen very generously gifted a large portion of his archive to the Powerhouse. His collection documents a very important time of cultural change in Australia and is a significant component of our Australian fashion collection. Glitterati is the first time we are presenting Robert’s story and we are excited to be providing a unique insight into Australian and international culture through his distinctive lens.”

Curator of Glitterati, Glynis Jones said: “Robert’s work is part of a long and fascinating history of social documentary, responding to the public fascination with images of fame and celebrity. Robert’s images come from the easy interaction and trust between photographer and subject, generating images that exude warmth and wit. For this exhibition Robert has added his stories to the photographs giving insight to his profession.”


Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo

6 August 2021 − 25 April 2022

Free entry

Featured image : Paul and Linda McCartney. Pic Robert Rosen


85-year-old Rosa Luzia Lunardi is embraced by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza. The first hug she receives in five months. Photo by Mads Nissen. Title ‘The First Embrace’. Winner of the World Press Photo Contest.
California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) playing with KN95 mask in Monterey, CA. Photo Ralph Pace, United States

A poignant picture of an 85-year-old Brazilian woman being hugged for the first time — through a transparent ‘hug curtain’ — is among more than 150 powerful and evocative  images on display at the State Library of NSW from TOMORROW [Saturday 15 May], as  part of the World Press Photo Exhibition.  

Danish photographer Mads Nissen’s image of that moment ‘The First Embrace’ was  named the World Press Photo of the Year. 

“If you look at the image long enough,” said  2021 World Press Photo Contest jury member Kevin WY Lee, “you’ll see wings: a symbol of flight and hope.” 

The annual World Press Photo Exhibition presents important stories about the world we live in. This year, award-winning images by 45 photographers from 28 countries are being exhibited in only a handful of galleries and institutions around the world due to Covid-19. Australian sports photographer Adam Pretty is among this year’s winners.  Continue reading WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION @ STATE LIBRARY


Ever searched the web for a dependable custom printing company, only to end up lost in a maze of dubious looking services you’ve never heard of? 

There’s no shortage of Aussie-based custom print providers, but only a few of them are truly worth your time. has earned its place in this category.

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With its customer-centric approach, accessible pricing and superlative product quality, it’s an online service that’s already sold canvas prints to thousands of satisfied customers.

Read on to learn more about the story. 

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Few experiences can match completing a home makeover. It’s so rewarding when a unique interior-design vision comes to life before your eyes. 

And now that we can use individualised decor elements in our designs – custom printed wall art which wasn’t nearly as accessible just a decade ago – the process has become even more fulfilling. Continue reading THE MYPICTURE.COM.AU STORY : WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


10th Birthday in Lockdown Pic Steven Siewert
Black Lives Matter Protest, Sydney Town Hall Pic James Brickwood
Bondi Beach Covid 19 Testing Station. Pic Brook Mitchell.
Mogo, 31.12.2019 Pic James Brickwood.
Cheer Energy, Castle Hill Pic Wolter Peeters
Face In The Crowd Pic Louie Douvis
Hostages Escape The Lindt Cafe, Martin Place, 16_12.2014 Pic Andrew Meares
Middleweight Tayla Harris Hit By Renee Gartner Pic Wolter Peeters
Sydney’s Garrison Church Covid 19 Wedding Pic Janie Barrett
Tacloban Philippines Devastated By Typhoon Haiyan 22.11.2013 Pic Brendan Esposito
The Last Post, Anzac Day Dawn In 2020 Lockdown Pic Cole Bennetts

1440 is the number of seconds in a day and theoretically a good newspaper should be covering all of them. 

Nevertheless, some stories dominate the journalistic narrative and these themes are reflected in the photographs. 

2020 was dominated by bushfires and Covid. Naturally there is a dominance of horrific fires, heroic human battles to fight or survive these infernos and the devastating aftermath.

Covid dominates, with people lining up for tests wearing masks, the professionals fighting on the frontline, and their exhaustion.  Continue reading PHOTOS1440 EXHIBITION @ STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES


Robert Irwin ‘Green Sea Turtle’ (c)
A couple enjoying time at the Australian Museum
Jannico Kelk ‘Animal Portrait’ (c)
Kim Wormald ‘Animal Behaviour’ (c)

The Australian Museum has been reopen since 26th November last year, after closing for 15 months during which it received a $57.5 million refurbishment. To celebrate its reopening admission to the Museum has been free.

The Australian Museum’s regular opening hours are between 10am and 5pm which makes it difficult  for office workers to visit.

With this in mind the Museum has been keeping its doors opens until 9pm one day a week, on every Thursday night. This opportunity closes on Thursday 25th March.

I took the time recently to visit the Museum and it is  was a great experience. There was just so much to see; the  exhibitions, some free and a few that one has to pay for, were impeccably curated.

I want to make mention of one of the  exhibitions (free) which was simply breathtaking. This was the Australian Geographic Nature  Photographer Of The Year exhibition. The exhibition has been produced by the South Australian Museum.

Over 100 stunning nature photos were on display.  which one simply looked at in awe. It is worth noting that one of the main photographers featured was Robert Irwin, the son of Steve Irwin.

Robert Irwin first picked up a camera when he was just six years old, and has since established a successful professional career as a photographer, following his late father’s passion for nature, with his wildlife photography.

Last month, he won the UK’s Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 People’s Choice Award, chosen by the public from a shortlist of 50,000 entries.

The winning image, ‘Bushfire’, was a drone shot showing the fiery trail of destruction through woodland near the border of Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York, Queensland.

Try and get to the Australian Museum sometime soon. It is one of Sydney’s great treasures.

There is so much to see. And if you need to rest for a little while, there is always the new on site cafe, charmingly called the ‘Billabong Waterhole’.

The Australian Geographic Nature  Photographer Of The Year exhibition closes on Sunday May 9, 2021.

The Australian Museum is located at 1 William Street, city, on the corner of College Street.

Featured image by of frog by Tess Poyner (c)






















From catastrophic weather events to a global pandemic and Black Lives Matters protests – the defining images of 2020 captured by Sydney Morning Herald photographers will go on public display for the first time at the State Library of NSW, from Saturday 16 January.

Now in its 10th year, the annual Photos1440 exhibition features more than 200 published and unpublished images, including award-winning photography from Herald chief photographer Nick Moir and Gold Walkley winner Kate Geraghty.

The exhibition’s title refers to the 1440 minutes that exist in any one day and how any minute in that day can be revelatory in the hands of a great photographer.

According to State Librarian John Vallance: “If anyone thinks we can do without great press photographers, think again – then visit this stunning exhibition. You will see immediately why photography is so important to the State Library’s mission to document our lives.”

“This year, the show looks back over a whole decade. Come and examine our lives in pictures. We have COVID safe measures in place to help protect the health and safety of everyone who comes through our doors.”

Photos1440 is a free exhibition in the Library’s galleries from 16 January to 25 April 2021.




Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual international photography event, is on display until the  24th November with physical exhibitions at Bondi Beach and Paddington Reservoir Gardens as well as a number of galleries including Gaffa and Disorder galleries and Bondi’s new Twenty Twenty Six Gallery.

Sony Seascape Winner – ‘Golden Twist’ – Karl Dalyell.Each photo is captioned- just put your cursor somewhere in the photo. All pics of pics by Ben Apfelbaum


Created with support from acclaimed photographer Trent Parke and Canon Australia, the show presents more than 70 images depicting Steve Waugh’s passion for photography, India and cricket.

Waugh began documenting the lives of locals in India during various trips he undertook over his sporting career, starting in 1986. But he only had a chance to immerse himself in the daily routines of the locals on a personal level in 2020, when ‘The Spirit of Cricket – India’ was born.

To snap the images in this exhibition Waugh and his entourage travelled extensively through India journeying, in 19 days,  to Mumbai in the south, Bangalore, Calcutta, Rajasthan desert, the foothills of the Himalayas, to name some of the destinations.

Perhaps some of the most powerful photographs illustrate the skills and determination of physically challenged and blind cricketers.

A documentary of this trip will screen on ABC Television on Tuesday 17th November at 8.30 pm.

The exhibition runs from 31 October until 11 January 2021 at The Playbox, 21 Oxford Street Paddington, and is open Wednesdays to Saturdays between 12:00 and 6:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Entry is by gold coin donation to The Steve Waugh Foundation.

“Sport has given me lifelong memories, charity has given me life changing moments” Steve Waugh AO

The  Steve Waugh Foundation is taking on the challenge of improving the lives of children and families affected by a rare disease. Its focus is a commitment to a coordinated approach to the service, identification, treatment and research of rare diseases primarily concentrating on children from birth to twenty-five years.

The rare disease patient is the orphan of the health system, often without diagnosis, without treatment, without research, and therefore, without reason to hope. The Steve Waugh Foundation. is working to help change things for children with a rare disease by giving hope. 

Bookings to the photographic exhibition are not required but numbers are limited to 10 people in the gallery at one time to adhere to strict social distancing requirements.

The current exhibition coincides with the release of a large format photo book of the same title, which contains 220 images. The book is on sale at the gallery.

All images by Ben Apfelbaum



IMAGE CAPTIONS (L to R): Bob Newman, Vee Speers, Tim Page, Astrid Blazsek-Ayala, Dave Tacon, Nikolaos Menoudarakos, Li Wei

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual international photography event, returns to Sydney 9-24 November with physical exhibitions at Bondi Beach and Paddington Reservoir Gardens as well as a number of galleries including Gaffa and Disorder galleries and Bondi’s new Twenty Twenty Six Gallery.

Featuring the work of international and local photographers, Head On in print will include 25 major exhibitions for the public to experience Head On’s outstanding online exhibitions in person. The shows will be accompanied by an encore of artist talks and panel discussions this year’s online festival.

In May 2020, Head On Photo Festival rose to the challenge presented by COVID-19 to deliver the world-first online photography festival to great acclaim. Viewed by about 80,000 people from around the world, the online program showcased the diverse medium of photography through more than 180 thought-provoking exhibitions and live-streamed talks by artists and creative practitioners from over 47 countries.

Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM said: “After our incredibly successful online festival earlier this year we are so excited to be able to present this physical series of beautiful and topical exhibitions. Head On’s international scope and agility as an independent organisation allow us to present world-class exhibitions that place the work of established Australian and internationally recognised artists alongside those of emerging talent. These exhibitions are no different, and we can’t wait to share them, in person, with Sydney.”

Ten featured exhibitions by leading international and Australian photographers will be presented outdoors along the Bondi Beach promenade:

  • Sony Alpha Award finalists bringing together the most outstanding images from across Australia and New Zealand captured on Sony Alpha cameras and lenses.
  • American photographer Bob Newman’s Irish Travellers, tells the story of the historically nomadic group kept on the margins of Irish society.
  • Nuclear Landscapes by Australian/American photographer Brett Leigh Dicks documents topographies and often abandoned sites across the United States associated with atomic energy.
  • Chinese photographer and filmmaker Lei Wei’s The Good Earth captures his homeland of Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, which has been lived on for millennia by Han and Mongolian people.
  • Spanish documentary photographer Susana Girón’s 90 Varas is an intimate and poetic portrait of one of the last nomad families in the heart of Spain and Europe.
  • Double Trouble: Exposing Women in Street is a collaboration between Unexposed Collective and Women in Street presenting the work of contemporary women street photographers from around the world.
  • Guatemalan photographer Astrid Blazsek-Ayala’s Mythological Imaginings looks at the intersections between Mayan cultural heritage and Western civilisation
  • Shanghai: Decadence with Chinese Characteristics by Shanghai-based photographer Dave Tacon captures the excitement and contradictions of Shanghai’s culture.
  • Greek photographer Nikolaos Menoudarakos’s Comfortably Wild documents the drag queen scene of Athens.
  • Award-winning artist and photographer Daniel Kneebone’s Alice-ism explores the age-old ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ with the grandeur of theatrical performance.

The Festival returns to the iconic Paddington Reservoir Gardens with a series of exhibitions including:

  • Paris-based Australian artist, Vee Speer’s The Birthday Party, eternalises the last days of childhood with timeless portraits.
  • Neo Pride by Australian photojournalist Jake Nowakowski is the culmination of four years documenting violent race rallies in Melbourne.
  • Australian photojournalist Brian Cassey’s “Me too! … where the boys are … the girls are” documents male burlesque dance group MenXclusive.
  • Photographer Odette Cavill’s Change Room Series One explores what is politically incorrect or socially unacceptable as she photographs men in changing rooms.
  • Amygdala by Dutch photographer Du Choff translates his thoughts, feelings and fantasies into this series of portraits.

Head On in Print continues the Festival’s support of local Sydney galleries including several exhibitions at Disorder Gallery, Darlinghurst such as:

  • Award-winning British photographer Professor Richard Sawdon Smith reflects on past lives playing with gender, identity, sexuality, subjectivity, masculinity, and everything in between.
  • American artist Diana Nicholette Jeon’s Nights as Inexorable as the Sea considers the quirky and unpredictable nature of dreams and memories.

Featured exhibitions presented across other local galleries include:

  • Paper Tigers at Twenty Twenty Six Gallery, Bondi Beach, is a celebration of the best of Australian photojournalism, featuring sixty images from sixty of the best Australian photojournalists.
  • Brian Hodges’ Acholiland – portraits of resistance from Northern Uganda at Gaffa Gallery, captures the resilience of the human spirit following years of conflict in Uganda.
  • Australian photographer Emmanuel Angelicas presents his expansive archive of his home suburb on Marrickville at the ATLAS Community & Cultural Centre.
  • Multi-award-winning artist Belinda Mason’s Breaking Silent Codes at Delmar Gallery presents portraits of First Nations women from across Australian and the Pacific who came together to share stories of cultural and spiritual responses to the issue of family & domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • New Zealand photographer Ilan Wittenberg’s From Here to Africa at Ted’s world of imaging is a collection of captivating portraits of the Maasai people from Tanzania.
  • South Korea’s leading photographer Koo Bohnchang’s Light Shadow at The Korean Cultural Centre captures the unique beauty of Korean baekja (white porcelain).
  • Internationally-acclaimed exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world’s best nature photography exhibition returns to the Australian National Maritime Museum.
  • Every picture tells a story – a collection of the most iconic photographs in music history and the stories behind them at Blender Gallery presents some of the most iconic photographs in music and rock and roll history and the stories behind them.
  • Journalism students from (UTS) met and interviewed communities across NSW about life in The new normal of a changing environment, savage bushfires and extended droughts.

The exhibitions are supported by the Festival’s Major Partner Sony, and Waverley and Woollahra Councils. The Council kindly reminds all visitors to the exhibitions to maintain social distancing at all times and practice good hand hygiene. If you are feeling unwell, please visit another time.

Featured image : ‘Love Girls’. Pic by Bob Newman.


Photographer Lyndal Irons. Pic courtesy of Lyndal Irons

All sporting codes and teams have fans, but none are quite as passionate, vocal, and supportive as Panthers fans.

In a cultural project celebrating fandom, Penrith Regional Gallery has engaged celebrated photographer – and Panthers fan – Lyndal Irons – to capture images and stories from in and around Penrith, of people wearing their Panther-filled hearts on their sleeves, their cars, their faces, their homes, their businesses, their streets, perhaps even their pets. 

The portraits will be displayed – after 30 October – on the windows of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, which has a long history of Panthers support, from winning the memorabilia display competition; to hosting the Panthers Civic Reception post their 1991 victory. The artwork will replace a set of vinyl posters now obsolete with the COVID-enforced cancellation of most of The Joan’s 2020 season. Donations from patrons wishing to show support for artists during the COVID-19 challenges have been used to commission the photographer for this project.  Continue reading PHOTOGRAPHER TO CAPTURE THE PASSION OF PANTHERS FANS


A new photography exhibition by women with disability aims to challenge our preconceptions of women’s bodies. Showcasing feminist self-portraits of six women, Through my eyes addresses limiting and negative assumptions of disability.

The exhibition is the culmination of a series of workshops facilitated by Diane Macdonald, a PhD candidate at Black Dog Institute and the School of Psychiatry, UNSW Sydney. Ms Macdonald is investigating whether photography can change the way we view and think about disability.

“Women with disability face participation barriers that adversely affect their health, income levels and access to education and employment,” Ms Macdonald says.

The exhibition hopes to unsettle reductive views of disability that contribute to these kinds of barriers, she says. But the project isn’t just about improving our understanding of living with a disability, it’s about broadening our definition of female identity, she says. Continue reading ‘THROUGH MY EYES’ OFFERS NEW LENS FOR WOMANHOOD AND THE FEMALE FORM


The winners and finalists of the 63rd World Press Photo contest 2020 are currently being exhibited at the State Library. 

The winners were chosen by an independent jury of professional photographers who reviewed 73,966 images entered by 4,283 photographers from 125 countries. 

The photos seem to stop at the end of 2019 as there were not, as you might imagine, Covid19 photos of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest. I suspect that these images will appear in the 2021 exhibition. Oddly enough there are no photographs of political newsmakers as well. Continue reading WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION @ THE STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES


: Head On Photo Festival has today revealed highlight events for its diverse public program presented entirely online. Running from 1-17 May 2020, Australia’s leading annual international photography event will present over 100 exhibitions and a daily program of over 80 online events. The 2020 program features more than 50 artist talks and panel discussions presented by internationally celebrated photographers and leading industry professionals from around the globe and a series of free photography workshops led by award winning photographers including Oded Wagenstein and experts from Adobe and Sony.

The winners for the 2020 Head On Awards will be announced at the Festival’s launch party held online on Friday 1 May from 6pm. A highlight of the Sydney arts calendar, this free public event will showcase the works of 100 finalists across three categories including Portrait, Landscape and Student. The annual Awards offer a prize pool of $70,000 to professional and enthusiast photographers around the world.

Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM said: “Head On Photo Festival prides itself on presenting not only international quality exhibitions but creating a space for cutting edge discussion and learning for both the public and professional photographers alike. Going digital has amplified this and allowed us to draw on our incredible international community to present a remarkable public program that stretches five continents. In these challenging times when community is needed more than ever, the 2020 Festival offers a platform for learning, discussion, new ideas and community support – we can’t wait to see you all online soon!”

Every day of the Festival, audiences will be able to access predominantly live streamed artist talks, panel discussions and photography workshops for the general public, children and photography professionals. The majority of these events will include audience participation through live Q&A sessions, social sessions and hands-on workshops that all seek to encourage diverse and engaging conversation.

Highlights from the 2020 public program include:

 Artist Talks | 2-17 May | Daily at 11am, 13.30pm and 5pm

Audiences can hear directly from 47 of the Festivals 2020 exhibiting artists including award-winning international photographers such as Renée C Byer (USA), Paula Bronstein (USA), Richard Sawdon Smith (UK), Pierre Dalpé (Canada) and Vee Speers (France) as they explore their exhibitions and practice. These live sessions will include live Q&As with the artist.

Open Critiques | Monday 11 May | 11am and 6pm

In a live discussion and learning hour professional and amateur photographers alike can submit their work for peer critique.

Panel Discussions:

  • Paper Tigers – Contemporary Australian photojournalism | Sunday 3 May | 6pm

Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM and journalist Alison Stieven-Taylor are joined by some of the biggest names in contemporary Australian photojournalism to look back at the iconic news images that have defined the field in the last 40 years.

Walkleys, Watch and Act | Tuesday 5 May | 6pm

The opportunity to hear Getty Picture Editor Olivia McGrath, photojournalist Nick Moir and The Walkley Foundation Digital Content Producer Nick Jarvis explore the role of photojournalism in the wake of disasters such as Australia’s devastating 2019/20 fire season.

Photographing Trauma & Healing | Thursday 7 May | 12pm

Audiences can join renowned photojournalists Renee Byer (USA), Paula Bronstein (USA), David Dare Parker (Australia), psychologist Tom Gross (Australia), photographer Erika Diettes (Colombia) and other industry professionals as they unpack our obsession with images of trauma, the role of the media in presenting them and how, in the context of our current global trauma, we can recover.

Truth in media |Sunday 17 May | 12pm

An examination of the image and falsification in the digital age, including how we represent the current global pandemic, with Walkley Award-winning photojournalist David Dare Parker, global misinformation experts First Draft Australia’s bureau chief Anne Kruger, Lecturer and media “construct-tant” Dr Gregory Ferris and moderator Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos, who is a Walkley award winning photojournalist and lecturer.

Hands-On Workshops (all free of charge):

  • Reigniting the Creative Spark Through Self-Assignments with Julieanne Kost | Sunday 3 May |12pm

Drawing on her own work, Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist for Adobe Julieanne Kost will show audiences how personal photographic projects and self-assignments can help anyone become a better photographer, overcome fears, take risks, and enhance their creativity as well as select Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.

 Visual Storytelling in Portrait Photography with Oded Wagenstein | Monday 4 May | 6pm

Participants can join Award-winning photographer Oded Wagenstein, who has spent more than a decade photographing cultures around the world, for a unique lecture revealing the fascinating world of portraiture and culture photography.

Google Street Photography |Wednesday 6 May | 6pm

Street photography from your living room. Audiences will learn from celebrated photographer Natan Dvir as he takes to the streets – without leaving the house – using Google Street View to create new works.

 Take It – Make It – Mobile Photography | Saturday 9 May | 11am

In this family friendly hands-on workshop Adobe Evangelist Paul Burnett gives some tips and tricks on taking a better photo with mobile phones as well as how to briefly edit them to bring out their best. This session is for beginners of all ages.

Astrophotography |Tuesday 12 May | 12pm

Blue Mountains based landscape photographer, tour guide, educator, and Sony Digital Imaging Advocate Jay Evans will explore what makes a great Nightscape image including how to locate the Milky Way in the night sky, how to plan for Star Trails, and all the equipment, composition tips and settings needed to prepare and shoot Astrophotography.

Details for the full program are available at: All sessions will be recorded and made available on the Head On Photo Festival website and Youtube.








Head On Photo Festival has revealed highlight events for its diverse public program presented entirely online. Running from 1-17 May 2020, Australia’s leading annual international photography event will present over 100 exhibitions and a daily program of over 80 online events. The 2020 program features more than 50 artist talks and panel discussions presented by internationally celebrated photographers and leading industry professionals from around the globe and a series of free photography workshops led by award winning photographers including Oded Wagenstein and experts from Adobe and Sony.

The winners for the 2020 Head On Awards will be announced at the Festival’s launch party held online on Friday 1 May from 6pm. A highlight of the Sydney arts calendar, this free public event will showcase the works of 100 finalists across three categories including Portrait, Landscape and Student. The annual Awards offer a prize pool of $70,000 to professional and enthusiast photographers around the world. Continue reading HEAD ON ONLINE FESTIVAL PROGRAM TO TAKE PLACE IN MAY