Photoplay Photography’s Jouk Oosterhof named a winner at 2017 Head On Portrait Prize Awards

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Jouk-Oosterhof_Andre (1).jpgPhotoplay Photography has announced that photographer Jouk Oosterhof has been selected as a winner at this year’s prestigious Head On Portrait Prize awards.

One of the world’s most competitive photography awards, attracting over 5,000 entries this year, Oosterhof was honoured with Third Prize for her image of prolific Instagrammer Lara Verheijden; a 24-year-old Dutch photographer, stylist, model and model scout.

Oosterhof’s considered and precise approach has also seen her exhibition ‘Muse (noun): The source of inspiration for a creative artist’ selected as a Featured Exhibition in the Head On Photo Festival. The exhibition comprises a series of portraits of her long-time muse and former neighbour André.

Jouk-Oosterhof_LaraVerheijden (1).jpgSays Oosterhof: “It’s an honour to be selected as the third prize winner. My thanks go out to the jury for choosing my favourite portrait taken in the last year, of Lara Verheijden on the garden table. Many thanks also to the whole Head On Photo Festival for selecting the exhibition of my muse, André, as a featured exhibition.”

With an internationally acclaimed career as a commercial, portrait and editorial photographer spanning over 15 years, Oosterhof’s images are staged in carefully selected lived-in interiors where the walls, floors and furnishings whisper their histories. Her subjects are thoughtfully composed to create flattering and genuine portraits.

Says Ross Colebatch, producer, Photoplay Photography: “When we were looking at the best way to introduce Jouk to Australian audiences, encouraging her to submit for the Head On Photo Festival made the most sense to us. It’s an incredible way for her unique style and distinct talent to be introduced to the local scene.”

Says Alison Lydiard, executive producer: “We are absolutely thrilled that Head On chose to include Jouk in this year’s festival. And with her powerful portrait of Lara Verheijden taking a prize, it’s been quite the introduction.”

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