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 International Photography & Film Festival is an annual event held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, showcasing the works of emerging and established photographers and filmmakers worldwide. The seven-day festival features a range of exhibitions, workshops, talks, and other engaging activities. Visitors can experience various photography genres, including fine art, documentary, and commercial photography, and view rare and iconic images captured by legendary photographers.

In addition to offering diverse activities, visitors can purchase prints and limited editions of exhibited works, adding unique pieces to their collections. Xposure caters to professional and amateur photographers, DOPs, and other industry experts, with inspiring talks by accomplished photographers from around the world, portfolio reviews, and focus groups providing personalised attention and guidance on specialised topics and techniques.

The festival also features a trade show showcasing the latest photography equipment and accessories, enabling photographers to keep up with the latest technology and trends in the field. Xposure International Photography & Film Festival is a must-attend event for photography enthusiasts and collectors alike.



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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.