Welcome to the 2023 Xposure Photography Festival, the Middle East’s premier event for photographers and enthusiasts. This year’s lineup features a range of celebrated photographers and engaging speakers, covering topics such as climate change, space exploration, photojournalism, fine art, culture, portraiture, and more.

Join us at the Xposure Auditorium for sessions and talks, including the presentation of awards for the Independent & Freelance Photojournalist of the Year, the International Photography and Film Awards, and the closing ceremony honouring photographers.

Attendance at the festival’s auditorium is free and open to all, making it the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in photography and connect with fellow enthusiasts. The festival takes place annually in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and we look forward to seeing you there.


09 February 2023
XPF-Elisa-Iannacone-Seminar

Conflict Reporting to Magical Realism

Elisa Iannacone  at Xposure Auditorium

As conflict reporters, we often find ourselves drawn to the most traumatic and devastating moments in …

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09 February 2023
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Developing and Maintaining your Signature Style

Philip Lee Harvey at Xposure Auditorium

What sets a photographer’s work apart from others? Many people talk about a “style” in photography, …

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09 February 2023
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From Poetry to Protests to Super Powered Youth: An Unconventional Journey

Karen Zusman at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Karen Zusman on her unconventional journey as she shares the experiences that have shaped her …

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09 February 2023
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Creative Vision of Nature in Black & White Photography

Laurent Baheux at Xposure Auditorium

Join renowned photographer Laurent Baheux for a special presentation as he shares his incredible journey through …

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09 February 2023
XPF-Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert-Seminar

The Roma of Sintesti, Romania: A 30-year project

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert at Xposure Auditorium

For three decades, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert has been documenting the Roma community of Sintesi, Romania, through his …

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09 February 2023
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Apollo Remastered – NASA’s Moon Voyages as Never Seen Before

Andy Saunders at Xposure Auditorium

Join us for an unforgettable experience with Andy Saunders as he presents the highest-quality Apollo mission …

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09 February 2023
Credible Witness Giles Clarke

Credible Witness

Discussion Panel at Xposure Auditorium

Join renowned photojournalists Muhammed Muheisen, Giles Clarke, Jodi Cobb, Tommy Trenchard and former Sunday Times picture …

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10 February 2023
XPF-Ronan Donnovan

The Human Connection to Wolves: From Yellowstone To The Arctic

Ronan Donnovan at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Ronan Donovan as he explores the deep connection between humans and wolves that dates …

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10 February 2023
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The Artist In You

Joel Grimes at Xposure Auditorium

Join Joel Grimes as he delves into the limitless potential of art and the joys of self-expression. …

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10 February 2023
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The Family Imprint: Love, Loss and Finding Purpose in the End

Nancy Borowick at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Nancy Borowick as she shares her poignant project, “The Family Imprint,” an intimate story of …

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10 February 2023
XPF-Levon-Biss-Seminar

Exploring the Natural World through Macro

Levon Biss at Xposure Auditorium

British photographer Levon Biss discusses his explorations into macro photography. He explains the process behind his …

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10 February 2023
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The Portrait: Who, What, When, Where and Why

J Tomas Lopez at Xposure Auditorium

Professor Jose Tomas Lopez will break down and analyse five fundamental questions of journalism and why …

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10 February 2023
XPF-Ian-Ruhter-Seminar2

Allowing the process to supersede the Photograph

Ian Ruhter at Xposure Auditorium

Artist Ian Ruhter reimagines the entire concept of photography. Allowing the process to supersede the final …

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10 February 2023
Greg Gorman

It’s not about me

Greg Gorman at Xposure Auditorium

Join award-winning portrait photographer Greg Gorman for an exclusive look at his career spanning over 50 …

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10 February 2023
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Independent & Freelance Photojournalist Awards

Awards Ceremony at Xposure Auditorium

As a photojournalist, you are always looking for stories that need to be told. You are …

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11 February 2023
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Dream On – My life as a Nature Photographer

Norbert Rosing at Xposure Auditorium

German photographer Norbert Rosing used to work in a hospital as a male nurse until he …

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11 February 2023
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Reaching For The Light

Michael Aboya at Xposure Auditorium

What we see sometimes on the surface is only a small part of what there really …

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11 February 2023
XPF-John-Angerson-Seminar

NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-72

John Angerson at Xposure Auditorium

John Angerson had the opportunity to observe the close bond between the six astronauts preparing for …

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11 February 2023
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Circles

Bara Prasilova at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer  Bára Prášilová  for an unforgettable journey through her surreal and striking photography. In this …

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11 February 2023
XPF-Tim-Smith-Seminar

The Gift Of Time In Long-Term Documentary Photography

Tim Smith at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Tim Smith as he speaks about his captivating and deeply personal photography. Over the …

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11 February 2023
Whitney Johnson National Geographic

National Geographic – POY

Whitney Johnson at Xposure Auditorium

From 2.2 million images to 118. National Geographic‘s Vice President of Visuals tells the story of …

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11 February 2023
XPF-Douglas-Dubler-Seminar

A Fifty Year Photographic Odyssey

Douglas Dubler at Xposure Auditorium

Join Douglas Dubler for a special talk as he reflects on his fifty-plus years as a …

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11 February 2023
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International Photography & Film Awards

Awards Ceremony at Xposure Auditorium

The Photography & Film Awards is an annual event that celebrates the exceptional talent and creativity …

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12 February 2023
Conservation Summit

Conservation Summit – Opening

Kathy Moran at Xposure Auditorium

“The Xposure International Photography Festival 2023 is excited to present the second  “Conservation Summit,” a day-long …

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12 February 2023
Conservation Panel Discussion

Climate Change at the Extremes

Discussion Panel at Xposure Auditorium

The effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent all around the world, from the melting …

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12 February 2023
XPF-Robbie-Shone-Seminar

The Loss of the Hidden World

Robbie Shone at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Robbie Shone as he raises awareness about the beauty, splendor, and uniqueness of ice …

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12 February 2023
XPF-Carsten-Egevang-Seminar

Greenland – lands of contrasts

Carsten Egevang at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Carsten Egevang for a visually stunning and thought-provoking journey through the Arctic and Greenland. …

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12 February 2023
XPF-Esther-Horvath-Seminar

Arctic – Through the eyes of Explorers

Esther Horvath at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Esther Horvath as she takes you on a journey through the Arctic and shares …

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12 February 2023
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The Human Element: A Time Capsule from the Anthropocene

James Balog at Xposure Auditorium

Join renowned photographer James Balog as he presents a visually stunning and thought-provoking exploration of the …

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12 February 2023
XPF-Chip-Doherty-Seminar

Space Shuttle: Ready for Flight

Chip Doherty at Xposure Auditorium

Join Chip Doherty, a former Space Shuttle Systems Engineer, as he provides an in-depth look at …

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12 February 2023
XPF-NASA-Panel-Seminar

Capturing Time In Space

Discussion Panel at Xposure Auditorium

Join a fascinating panel discussion about the history and future of America’s space program, featuring John …

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13 February 2023
The Gold Teeth Film Screening

The Gold Teeth

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

by Alireza Kazemipour Category :Short Film &  Moving Image Sahra, an Afghan refugee in Canada arrives at Iranian ex-Dentist, …

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13 February 2023
Kefsan Poster

Kefsan

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

An Xposure Awards Entry by Akbar Shahbazi Title :Kefsan Category :Short Film & Moving Image Other Data: Prolgue: Kifsan’s short film …

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13 February 2023
Xposure Nominee 2022 Film Screening

Xposure 2022 Short Film Nominees

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

These five films showcase the power and beauty of photography and film and the impact it …

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13 February 2023
It's Good Business: Moving Beyond Conservation

It’s Good Business: Moving Beyond Conservation

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

A documentary and film directed by Simone Kisiel Directed by Simone Kisiel “It’s Good Business: Moving Beyond ConservationIt’s …

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13 February 2023
Deadline Film Screening

Deadline

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

An 811 operator navigates grieving callers amid another troubling day of disclosures – and revelations. DEADLINE was …

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13 February 2023
The Landscape of War

The Landscape of War

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

The “Landscape of War” is a captivating documentary that brings together two renowned photojournalists, Sir Don …

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13 February 2023
Eyes of the Orangutan Film Screening

Eyes of the Orangutan

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

AARON GEKOSKI presents ‘Eyes of the Orangutan’, a compelling new TERRA MATER Factual Studios/CHRIS SCARFFE Film …

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13 February 2023
The Great Elephant Gathering of Asia Film Screening

The Great Elephant Gathering of Asia

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

A wildlife documentary and film directed by DILUM ALAGIYAWANNA FESTIVAL VERSION The Great Elephant Gathering of Asia is …

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13 February 2023
Galapagos - Secrets of the Ocean Giants

Galapagos – Secrets of the Ocean Giants

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

In the Galapagos Islands, a group of scientists works to understand the movements of the world’s …

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13 February 2023

OBSCURA

Awards Ceremony at Xposure Auditorium

A FILM BY IAN RUHTR While working with wet plate collodion Ruhter came up with an idea …

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13 February 2023

The Human Element

Awards Ceremony at Xposure Auditorium

FILM BY JAMES BALOG We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities …

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13 February 2023
Tone

Tone

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

TONE is a cinematic experience set in a crumbling future society in which an oppressive regime …

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13 February 2023
Video Art Now Film Screening

Tor Seidel: Video Art Now

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

Video Art Now This film features selected graduate films from video art classes at the College of …

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13 February 2023
The Guardian Angel of Guatemala - Film Screening

The Guardian Angel of Guatemala

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

Short Documentary:  VICE – Giles Clarke By day, Dr. Jorge Chiu is a cardiothoracic surgeon. By night, …

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13 February 2023

Path of the Panther

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

Path of the Panther is an award-winning film that documents the front lines of an accelerating …

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14 February 2023
The Gold Teeth Film Screening

The Gold Teeth

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

by Alireza Kazemipour Category :Short Film &  Moving Image Sahra, an Afghan refugee in Canada arrives at Iranian ex-Dentist, …

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14 February 2023
Kefsan Poster

Kefsan

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

An Xposure Awards Entry by Akbar Shahbazi Title :Kefsan Category :Short Film & Moving Image Other Data: Prolgue: Kifsan’s short film …

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14 February 2023
Xposure Nominee 2022 Film Screening

Xposure 2022 Short Film Nominees

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

These five films showcase the power and beauty of photography and film and the impact it …

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14 February 2023
It's Good Business: Moving Beyond Conservation

It’s Good Business: Moving Beyond Conservation

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

A documentary and film directed by Simone Kisiel Directed by Simone Kisiel “It’s Good Business: Moving Beyond ConservationIt’s …

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14 February 2023
The Landscape of War

The Landscape of War

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

The “Landscape of War” is a captivating documentary that brings together two renowned photojournalists, Sir Don …

12:0012:30
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14 February 2023
Eyes of the Orangutan Film Screening

Eyes of the Orangutan

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

AARON GEKOSKI presents ‘Eyes of the Orangutan’, a compelling new TERRA MATER Factual Studios/CHRIS SCARFFE Film …

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14 February 2023
2 Hertz

25 HERTZ

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

Because they offer a distinctive viewpoint on the passage of time and the movement of the …

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14 February 2023
Tone

Tone

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

TONE is a cinematic experience set in a crumbling future society in which an oppressive regime …

13:4514:20
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14 February 2023
Galapagos - Secrets of the Ocean Giants

Galapagos – Secrets of the Ocean Giants

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

In the Galapagos Islands, a group of scientists works to understand the movements of the world’s …

14:2014:50
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14 February 2023
Video Art Now Film Screening

Tor Seidel: Video Art Now

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

Video Art Now This film features selected graduate films from video art classes at the College of …

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14 February 2023

The Human Element

Film Screening at Xposure Auditorium

FILM BY JAMES BALOG We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities …

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14 February 2023
XPF-Albert-Dros-Seminar

My Special Connection with Kyrgyzstan

Albert Dros at Xposure Auditorium

Join Albert Dros in a talk as he shares his experiences in Kyrgyzstan. Albert fell in …

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14 February 2023
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Climate Change – The Global Threat

Abir Abdullah at Xposure Auditorium

Join renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist Abir Abdullah as he presents his long-term projects focusing on the impacts …

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14 February 2023
XPF-Tor-Seidel-UoS-Seminar

Realms of the Experimental

Tor Seidel at Xposure Auditorium

The focus of education at CFAD in photography and video is diverse on the one hand. …

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14 February 2023
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Green Lungs of the City

Simon Roberts at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Simon Roberts in discussion with Whitney Johnson on the importance of documenting one’s homeland …

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14 February 2023
XPF-Neil-Leifer-Seminar

Don’t Miss! – 60+ years of Iconic Images in Photojournalism

Neil Leifer at Xposure Auditorium

Join legendary sports photographer Neil Leifer, known for his iconic images of sports and pop culture …

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15 February 2023
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How knowledge Expands Imagination & Boosts Creativity

Filipp Kabanyayev at Xposure Auditorium

Join Filipp Kabanyayev as he explains the relationship between knowledge and creativity. Kabanyayev will delve into …

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15 February 2023
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Resistance Country by Balcázar

César Balcázar at Xposure Auditorium

Join César Balcázar for a talk on the creation of the exhibition “Resistance Country,” an exploration …

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15 February 2023
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Path of the Panther

Carlton Ward Jr at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Carlton Ward Jr. for a discussion on the story of the Florida panther, the …

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15 February 2023
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From Street Photography to Deep Author Projects

Souhayl A at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Souhayl A for a discussion on the role of street photography in his work …

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15 February 2023
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I am Online

Gabriel Wickbold at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Gabriel Wickbold for a discussion on the various conflicts faced by contemporary man and …

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15 February 2023
XPF-Tommy-Trenchard-Seminar

Telling stories of hope in a troubled world

Tommy Trenchard at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Tommy Trenchard for a talk on finding hope in a world dominated by conflict …

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15 February 2023
XPF-Randy-Olson-Seminar

Entanglement

Randy Olson at Xposure Auditorium

Join photographer Randy Olson for a discussion on the balancing act between creating compelling imagery that …

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15 February 2023
Dan Winters Seminar

Beyond Flight

Dan Winters at Xposure Auditorium

Join renowned photographer Dan Winters for a talk on his journey chronicling spaceflight for publications such …

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15 February 2023
Awards

Closing Ceremony & Appreciation Awards

Awards Ceremony at Xposure Auditorium

The Xposure 2023 Photographer Appreciation Awards closing ceremony will be held in the Xposure Auditorium. The …

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