About the $15,000 Award

This Award has been established to recognize and reward independent & freelance photojournalists who endeavour to gather images for the purpose of supporting news stories and bringing awareness to issues of impact from around the world. Xposure will be awarding a $15,000 USD first-place cash prize to aid and support the winning photojournalist in a continued effort to bring important stories to the world. As a photojournalist, you can register and enter your essay in a few easy steps.

Photojournalism is distinguished from other branches of photography by a requirement to comply with a rigid ethical framework that demands that the work be both honest and impartial whilst telling the story in strictly journalistic terms. Stories are presented mainly through photographs rather than words. Free inquiry, free expression, free speech, and a free press are basic principles for photojournalism to function well.

By collecting, editing, and presenting visual material for broadcast or publication news stories are made. Visual documents should provide an accurate and fair representation of the scene the photographer witnessed. Therefore, besides keeping ethics in mind, the content of a picture must not be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting, or removing people and/or objects from within the frame.

There are three categories in which to enter an essay of work comprising of a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 12 images

  • Spot News
  • Environment
  • Solutions

Photojournalists may enter a photo essay in one, two or three categories provided that a minimum of 10 images are in each essay.

EXTENDED DEADLINE  – 5th November 2022 at 23:00 GST – Gulf Standard Time (Standard Time) is (UTC +4)

Watch a visual guide on Registration Steps


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Xposure is a non-profit educational & photography & film platform that combines a range of photography events including; Exhibitions, Workshops, Seminars, Presentations, Competitions, Screenings, Portfolio Reviews, and photographic product Trade Show. The trade show hosts leading photographic brands who showcase the latest cameras, accessories, and equipment to the public, and photographers from enthusiasts to professionals, trade associations, and retailers.

Embracing education and training in the visual arts, Xposure gathers award-winning and highly acclaimed photographers and filmmakers from around the globe to share their work, experiences, and knowledge. Xposure also offers fully or partially subsidized workshops for all levels. There is a complete agenda of training and educational programs structured as workshops, seminars, and photo walks that will be on offer for all skill levels from beginner to professional. Xposure welcomes acclaimed award-winning International photographers and industry experts from across the globe to share knowledge and techniques. The Xposure concept was launched in 2016 and has been held over a 4-day period annually since. From 2022 the Festival will be scheduled for 7-days annually during the month of February.



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GalleryX by Xposure is a full-time gallery located on the Al Majaz Amphitheatre Island, GalleryX hosts solo exhibitions from many of the world’s greatest names in photography. Each exhibition is on display for 30 days.

We offer a range of services, including fine art digital printing, bespoke framing, and glazing along with an installation service in the UAE.

All artists exhibited by GalleryX share the unique position of being previously invited guest photographers at the Xposure International Photography Festival. We represent a phenomenal portfolio, ranging from award-winning and internationally acclaimed photographers as well as the most exceptional emerging talents.