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Competitions – Rules


The Contest opens for online submissions on 1st July 2016 and closes on 30th September 2016, at 11:59 pm GMT (the Entry Deadline). All entries must be received by the Entry Deadline. In the case of the “Best of Show” category the closing of this competition will be extended until 31st October 2016, with judging completed by 15th November 2016 and the winners of Best of Show announced on 21st November 2016.

Who may enter

This competition is open to all ages.

Employees of Sharjah Media Centre, and each of their affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win a prize.

How to enter

Please submit images that are suitable for printing in Xposure Magazine. The preferred size is 42x28cm @ 300 dpi jpeg with either Adobe 1998, sRGB colour profiles but can be smaller.

More Detail:

  • The recommended image size should be close to 5,000 pixels on the longer dimension. We can accept images that were not captured at this resolution as long as they are between 3,300-5,000 pixels on the long dimension. For more information on electronic submission guidelines see our FAQ.
  • To enter electronically, please visit to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Simply log onto the website and follow the online instructions to upload images from your computer. Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 3,300 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi 28cm or larger as a jpeg. We recommend the uncompressed file size not be larger than 5 megabytes to ensure a fast upload experience. We can accept images that up to 8 megabytes (uncompressed) if you do not have the ability to downsize the images. (Uncompressed is the size you see in Photoshop’s “Image Size” display which represents the count of pixels in the image. It is not the file size on your computer’s hard drive viewable on your desktop.) Images may be colour profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not colour-managed.

You may enter up to ten images per user distributed in any ration across the competition categories. but each entry must clearly state the category for which it is submitted. (see categories)

  • To qualify, photographs must be taken, published or produced since June 30 2013.
  • An entry consists of one photo, in addition to completed data fields.
  • Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the competition entrant. By entering the contest, the entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that he or she has full power and authority to enter the photograph, and that the photograph does not infringe any copyright or violate any other intellectual property rights. The entrant agrees to indemnify Sharjah Media Centre from any and all third party claims arising from the photograph.
  • Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud, provided that entrants are prepared to provide a release form as described below in “Third Party Releases/Licenses.” When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close up of another person’s art.
  • The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsors, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Photographs deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.
  • On-line entries must be made by user registered online at and the authorised account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorised account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organisation (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Competition Categories


Representational photography, which provides a documentary visual account of specific subjects and events, literally re-presenting objective reality. Open to all published photojournalism and documentary projects, in addition to personal documentary projects.

Current Affairs

Open to all reportage and editorial work in the style of news reporting. This work must not be manipulated or have altered pixels. Colour, Contrast, and adjustments to levels are permitted.


Showing spaces within the world. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes. Open to all personal work and commissioned magazine or editorial work. Personal work in the style of editorial photography should be entered in the Personal category. Please do not submit tear sheets.

Street Photography

Featuring the chance encounters, activities and random accidents within public places. Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. People should feature directly or indirectly, as an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character.

Best of Show*

Photographs taken at Xposure International Photography Festival during the period 9th October to 15th October inclusive. Additionally photographs taken at the locations of the outdoor exhibitions, will be accepted providing that the exhibition display or part of it features in the image. The submission of images for this category is open between 9th October and closes on 17th October. Judging will be completed by 31st October 2016 and Winners announced on 1st November 2016

The Xposure Best of Show Award 2016

Fine Art

Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. You need to write that artist statement. It needs to be written in what is known as artspeak, or language that fits in with the art world.

Competition Categories – Under 14

Camera Phone

The Junior category is open to all types of still photography recorded by a phone camera and produced at a Junior level (must be under 14 to enter). Photos must have been taken in the period between 1st October 2015 and 30th September 2016.

Creative Content

This Junior category is open to all creative and conceptual still photography produced at a Junior level ( must be under 14 to enter ). Photos include projects such as annual reports, catalogs, calendars, marketing work and non-profit commissions for corporate brands.

Competition Awards

The panel of judges are looking to award the overall best image and best in class images from the 6 categories; Photojournalism, Current Affairs, Landscape, Street Photography, Best of Show and Fine Art.

In addition to the main prizes, all winning and shortlisted photographers will be included in the publication of the Xposure 2016 annual and featured in a gallery at Xposure 2017.

In each category judges will award:

1 winner

1 runner up

5 shortlisted photographers

  • Overall Winner – $3,000 (USD) / Canon digital imaging equipment / Flights and accommodation to the awards ceremony in Sharjah UAE / Included in the exhibition at Xposure 2016 / Publication in the Xposure 2016 Year Book
  • Category winners – $1,500 (USD) / digital imaging equipment / Flights and accommodation to the awards ceremony in Sharjah UAE / Included in the exhibition at Xposure 2016 / Publication in the Xposure 2016 Year Book.
  • Category Runner up – $750 (USD) / Included in the exhibition at Xposure 2016 / Publication in the Xposure 2016 Year Book.
  • Shortlist – Online Exhibition / Publication in the Xposure 2016 Year Book.


All submitted images will be screened by the Moderators to ensure that no offensive or culturally sensitive material is presented to the Jury. Submissions will either be approved or rejected at this stage. Any offensive submissions will be removed and there should be an automated response sent to the entrant / submitter.


Round One

Entries will be judged on the basis of

  1. Artistic Merit
  2. Overall Impact

Round Two

,p>Entries will be judged on the basis of

  1. Photographic / Technical Quality
  2. Image Composition
  3. Effectiveness in expressing the Category theme.
  4. The contest consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation, plus a TieBreaker round if required.

Round One Process

he VIP judges panel (the “Judges”) will independently review each entry and apply a credit rating from 1 to 5 on the basis of Overall Impact and Artistic Merit. The collective credit ratings form this process form the round one score.

Short List Round One

The 25 highest ranked images in each category will go forward to round two. In the case that two or more images are in ranking position 25 all those images with the equal 25th point score will go forward into round two.

Round Two Process

In round Two the judges will apply a credit rating of 1 to 3 on the basis of Photographic / Technical Quality, Image Composition and Effectiveness in expressing the category theme.

The Judges individually consider the three aspects (criteria) for each image and allocate credits from 1 to 3 on each aspect. The collective scores will determine the ranking.

Should one or more images be placed equally in ranking 1, 2 or 3 there shall be a final “Tie Breaking” round of judging.

Tie Break Process

If a tie break is required the judges will asses the respective images once again based on the criteria of Originality. The Judges will apply a credit rating of 1 to 6 in the Tie Break process.

Publication of Winning Images. Decisions of the Judges are final and binding.

Publication of Winning Images

Winners will be published in the 2016 issue exhibiting the Xposure photo annual Contest and also on the “Xposure” Web site.

Rights Reserved

Sponsors reserve the right not to award all prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by Sponsors and Judges in their sole discretion.

Entrant Licenses & Releases

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation.

By participating, ALL ENTRANTS grant the Sponsors and their designees, licensees or affiliates (the “Authorised Parties”) a non-exclusive, worldwide license, to reproduce, distribute, display and post the entries online so that viewers may view all competing entries. In addition, each WINNER grants to the Authorised Parties a license for use of his/her winning entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to, print or digital publication in Xposure® magazine showcasing the winners; and promotions related to the contest. Authorised Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

Third Party Licenses & Releases

Winners authorise Xposure sponsors to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with the promotion of the event for up to twelve months.

Limitation of Liability

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Sharjah Media Centre, and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorised access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Sponsors are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.


This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations of the United Arab Emirate. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins that Sponsor may use each winner’s name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval. Any International state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

Right to cancel or Suspend the Competition

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsors that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsors elect to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsors will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs and will return the entry fees.

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