The Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award (TAPSA) is an initiative by Xposure & Sharjah Government Media Bureau to identify and recognise extraordinary talent in the genre of travel and documentary photography. The 2017 edition of the scholarship, distinguished photographers from Austria, Brazil, France, Poland and the United Kingdom. The five selected photographers will receive a ten-day package to Sharjah to participate in a five-day location workshop with Timothy Allen and spend a further four days at the Xposure Festival.

Xposure is the official educational & imagery photography platform that combines a broad range of photography events including; Exhibitions, Workshops, Seminars, Presentations, Competitions, Photo Walks and a photographic product Trade Show. The consumer product trade show hosts leading photographic brands who showcase the latest cameras, accessories, and equipment to the public, and photographers from enthusiasts to professional, trade associations and retailers. Xposure offers whole or partially subsidised workshops for beginners and experienced photographers alike during the annual festival.

About Timothy Allen
Timothy Allen was born in Tonbridge, Kent. He attended The Judd School and took further education at Leeds University where he received a BSc in Zoology. Whilst at university, Allen undertook a three-month ecological research project in a remote jungle on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi during which an encounter with a reclusive forest-dwelling tribe proved to be a pivotal point in his life. At the age of 27, he began a part-time diploma in photography in Hereford and for his first-year project, he joined an aid convoy to Mostar during the town’s struggle to rebuild itself after the Yugoslav Wars.

In 2008, the BBC commissioned Allen to work on the documentary project Human Planet. This was the first time that the BBC had employed a dedicated photographer on a landmark series. He spent over a year and a half travelling with 4 teams, covering stories of human endeavour in over forty countries around the world. Allen shot content for the program and its accompanying multimedia projects as well as imagery that was published in a best-selling BBC book, formed an exhibition and was used in the program’s worldwide branding and publicity.