International Photography Festival

bringing the worlds best photographers to you

After a successful conclusion to the 2019 Festival, we thank all the participants and photographers for their amazing contributions. The 2019 festival attracted 15,000 visitors over the four days of the event. Now as we begin planning for the 2020 festival this website content will be updated over the coming months. Subscribe to receive updates and don’t forget to follow us on social media.

Joe McNally – The Generalist

In a wide-ranging career, Joe McNally has at various times been a newspaper photographer, a wire service shooter, a general assignment magazine photographer, and a commercial/corporate/advertising photographer.

Can You Imagine A World Without Photography

H.E. Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi talks with Sally Mousa on #LifeBeats about the values of photography and the multi-genre content that is an integral part of Xposure.

Day to Night™ by Stephen Wilkes

Day to Night™ by Stephen Wilkes has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning as well as dozens of other prominent media outlets and, with a grant from the National Geographic Society, was extended to include America’s National Parks in celebration of their centennial anniversary and Bird Migration for 2018

The Last Goodbye

Sudan was the last living male Northern White Rhino left on this planet is comforted moments before he passed away by Joseph Wachira March 19, 2018, in northern Kenya. Sudan was brought to Kenya from the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic in 2009.


John Moore tells his story and the stories behind some of his most powerful images at the Xposure International Photography Festival.

I Am Light

Gabriel Wickbold seeks inspiration in the contemporary human being and in everyday issues such as sustainability, ageing, the relationship of dependence with technology, sexuality, female empowerment, and others.

How Cultural Heritage Can Be Harmful to Nature

“Your lifestyle may be destroying wildlife somewhere halfway around the world”, cautioned Laurel Chor, a freelance journalist and National Geographic Explorer from Hong Kong.

Searching for stories in conflict zones

With a series of gut-wrenching images and videos depicting the brutality of war, Afshin Ismaeli, a photojournalist and war photographer from Norway, narrated his experiences of searching for stories in conflict zones across the Middle East

The crucial role of photography in exposing stories that must be told.

In its opening addresses last Thursday, the 2019 Xposure International Photography Festival began with the overarching message of the crucial role of photography in exposing stories that must be told.

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


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Xposure Photography Show


Xposure is the most significant photography and imaging show in the MENA region, attended by professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, students and educators.

Xposure Exhibitions


Xposure hosts exhibitions from highly acclaimed International Photographers, professional institutes and galleries representing Photographers from around the world.

Xposure Workshops


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

Xposure Photography Show


The Auditorium is a dedicated space designed using the highest technical standards, for hosting Photographer and photography talks and Live Stage events. Entry to the Auditorium is free of charge with ticketing available.

Xposure Exhibitions


The Xposure Photo Fair forms part of the annual Festival and will open to collectors, curators and the public. Offering fine art, contemporary, documentary and evocative photography by emerging and internationally recognised artists. 

Xposure Workshops


Xposure offers opportunities to participate in FREE to enter competitions and scholarship award programs. With prize money & equipment pool values exceeding $36,000 the contest attracts entries from over 120 countries.

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.