International Photography Festival

the premier photography festival in the middle-east

TAPSA 2018 Opens

The Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship opens for entries on 11 May 2018. Now in its third year, TAPSA is recognised in the field of documentary and visual storytelling and attracts entries from all over the globe.

Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White was an American photographer best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of the Soviet five-year plan, the first American female war photojournalist.

2018 Zeiss Photography Award Winner

The Garden of Delight series was awarded the Magnum photography Award in 2017, and more recently the Zeiss Photography Award in 2018 and shortlisted for the Nannen Preis.

New York Glow

Xavier Portela never set out to become renowned for a certain style of photography, but his Glow Project of super bright images of neon lights in pink and blue hues have become very popular.

World Press Photo 2018 Exhibition

You can expect a vibrant program of presentations, meetups and workshops featuring special guests including award-winning visual journalists

Kyotographie International Photography Festival

The 6th edition of the KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival will be held from April 14th–May 13th 2018, presenting over 13 exhibitions centered around the theme “UP”, all shown in iconic Kyoto venues, in Japan.

The Trend of Visual Storytelling

Stories have a minimum of one moment of truth. It is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.


21-24 November 2018

Xposure is the leading photo festival in the middle east and the official imagery and educational platform that combines a range of photography events including;  Exhibitions, Workshops, Seminars, Screenings, Competitions, Photo Walks, and hosts a dedicated photographic and video production trade show.


We only send email communications to update you on festival events and news highlights.


To enter our International competitions you will need to register at our awards competition platform.

During 2017




Something New

In 2018 we will increase the festival floor area and incorporate some new features, more specialist exhibitions along with the continuation of the initiative to support new and emerging artists.

Gallery X

A new Full-Time dedicated space to exhibit photography works year round. We represent International Artists as well as promoting regional talents on a non-exclusive basis.


Xposure offers opportunities to participate in FREE to enter competitions and scholarship programs. In 2017 our International Photography Contest attracted over 10,000 entries from 94 countries.


Xposure hosts exhibitions from highly acclaimed International photographers, professional institutions, and galleries representing work from photographers from around the world.

Workshops & MasterClasses

An extensive and varied selection of educational photography workshops, scholarships and masterclass programs to suit beginners and professionals.

Trade Show

Xposure is the largest photography and imaging show in the Middle East, attended by professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, videographers, students and educators.
Sharjah Government Media Bureau launched the concept of Xposure in 2016 as an International Photography Festival that would become an annual feature in the calendar of professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, filmmakers, students and educators.
Supported by professionals and industry experts, Xposure International Photography Festival, offers many exciting prospects to learn new skills and network with leading professionals along with the opportunity to see, handle and try the latest photographic products.