Date:Thu, 18 Oct 2018
90 Top Photographers, Over 700 Images to Capture Imaginations at #Xposure2018 • Themed ‘Inspiring Moments’, third edition of International Photography Festival Xposure will be held from 21-24 November • Xposure International Competition closes registration with 13,500 entries from 112 countries • Festival will host 30 indoor exhibitions and 6 outdoor exhibitions across Sharjah & Dubai • 18 panel discussions and live shows and 16 photography workshops in the offering • 1,529 photographers from 70 countries apply for the Timothy Allen photography scholarship • 21 trade exhibitors to showcase latest photography technology & equipment Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi: Xposure is a reminder that those with the power of the camera have a responsibility to use it for the good of humanity. Tariq Saeed Allay: The festival has developed a plethora of exhibitions, events and activities to be displayed for public viewing and engagement across six destinations (in Dubai and Sharjah). For immediate release Sharjah, October 17, 2018 Exciting details of this year’s International Photography Festival Xposure 2018 were revealed at a press conference today (Wednesday) by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB). The popular four-day festival dedicated to celebrating everything ‘photography’ will be held in the UAE’s cultural capital , at Expo Centre Sharjah on November 21, and will be hosting 90 celebrated photographers from around the world. The exhibition will also become home to an internationally acclaimed selection of 600 photographs that will be displayed in 30 individual exhibitions, along with another 120 images curated in six collective exhibitions representing a diversity of themes and exceptional artistry. SGMB, the organiser, has announced that the Xposure 2018 platform will be used for 18 interactive panel discussions that will see the participation of celebrated photography experts and leading photography companies. A hub of creativity and learning for aspiring, intermediate-level, and advanced-level photographers, the festival has dedicated 16 photography workshops and specialised courses that will deliver latest know-how of photography techniques, including framing, lighting, selection of themes, drone photography, and more. The press conference was held at Al Majaz Amphitheatre in the presence of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, and HE Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of Sharjah Government Media Bureau. On the sidelines of the conference, photographer Ali Al Sharif displayed historical pictures from his collection dating back to the period of the royal rule in Egypt, and presented some old books on the history of photography and magazines in the Arab world. Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, said: “The Sharjah International Photography Festival Xposure not only celebrates the technique behind a great photo, but explores the unique ability of the photographer to make a memorable moment and add aesthetic appeal and meaning to its message. The festival is a reminder that those with the power of the camera have a responsibility to use it for the good of humanity. The festival also uncovers the stories behind a memorable picture, the act of capturing it, which often exposes the photographer to several dangers, and even life risks, as they fulfil their commitment to communicate important stories to the world. He added: “It is also a celebration of the culture that gave birth to the photograph and has nourished its development since. This is because we can never separate a photo from the culture within which it is taken – be it representative of the mindset of the photographer or the prevailing social culture. Therefore, we emphasise that what really identifies the function of a photograph is the culture of the photographer, the site that published it and the note written on its back.” Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of SGMB, highlighted the efforts of Sharjah to design the festival to not only offer memorable experiences to the general public, but to evolve as an ideal platform for photographers from around the world to meet, network, exchange expertise and work together to promote creativity and spread the noble humanitarian message of photography. He pointed out that the number of entries to Xposure’s International Photography Competition has increased by 35% compared to 2017. The competition has received more than 13,500 entries from 112 countries across its ten categories, including Travel Photography, Macro Photography, Photo Manipulation, Photojournalism, Street Photography, Best of the Emirates, Junior Category, and Architectural Photography, as well as the new categories this year, Short Film and Sharjah Government Employees.