Emirates News Agency – 50 photographers in 10 categories shortlisted for coveted Xposure Awards


SHARJAH, 25th January, 2022 (WAM) — The 6th Xposure International Photography Festival has announced the names of 50 nominees who have been shortlisted for its annual international photography and film awards in 10 diverse categories, spanning multiple genres and formats .

Winners and runners-up in each category will be announced on Monday, February 14.

Organized by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), the 2021-2022 edition of the Global Xposure Awards attracted 14,988 entries from 126 countries. The breakdown of admissions by region includes Asia with 10,282 admissions; Europe, 3,191; North America, 501; Africa, 695; South America, 174; and oceanic, 155.

With 3,221 entries, the Portrait category received the most submissions. Travel photography came second with 3,080 entries while the Landscape category received 2,381 submissions.

Here are the nominees in the 10 categories that were shortlisted for their outstanding, high-quality images: Travel Category: Dajun Zhu (China); Nese Ari (Turkey); Amir Syamsuddin Al Arif (Indonesia); Bob Chiu (China); and Pye Moi Thu (Myanmar).

Portrait category: Robin Yong (Australia); Akash Ghosh (India); Sulaiman Eid Al Hammad (UAE); Sujan Sarkar (India); and Seila Montes Gonzalez (Mexico).

Architecture category: Mona Hassan (Egypt); Patricia Soon (Malaysia); Tanveer Hassan Rohan (Bangladesh); Ali Zolghardi (Iran); and Xiaoying Shi (USA).

Drone category: Mehmet Aslan (Turkey); An Tran Thu (Vietnam); Alexey Nikitin (Russia); Peiwen Sun (China); and Naser Al Ameeri (Kuwait).

Junior category: Deep Bhatia (UAE, Dubai); Indigo Larmour (UAE, Fujairah); Tanisha Sharma (UAE, Dubai); Ishaan Shyjith (UAE, Sharjah); and Nehma Naji (UAE, Sharjah).

Landscape category: Houyu Liu (China); Julio Castro Pardo (Spain); Kelvin Sze Lok Yuen (Hong Kong); Jose D. Riquelme (Spain); and Art PH Chen (Taiwan).

Fauna category: Wei Wang (China); Anuradha Muthukumar (UAE); Minqiagne Lu (China); Wei Fu (Thailand); and Petar Sabol (Croatia).

Photojournalism category: Ghaith Al Sayed (Syria); Aly Song (China); Sandile Ndlovu (South Africa); Fabrizio Maffei (Italy); and Syed Kader (Bangladesh).

Sharjah Government Open Category: Kim Ballesteros; Fahmi Alshalili; Abdullah Abdul Hamid; Atef Shoair; and Abdul Kareem Ingintavide.

Short Films Category: Hossein Darabi (Iran); Moema Umann (USA); Hadeel Arja (Turkey); Maira Yasir (USA); and Antonio Aleixo (Portugal).

The winners will be announced on February 14, 2022, during the 6th edition of the Xposure International Photography Festival to be held at Expo Center Sharjah.

One winner and one runner-up will be chosen in each category. An overall winner will be chosen across all categories based on the highest scores achieved. All shortlisted nominees will be featured in the Xposure Festival exhibit.

Tariq Saeed Allay, Managing Director of SGMB, said: “As the Xposure International Photography Festival enters its sixth edition in 2022, we have streamlined the criteria for each of our award categories to align with our growth and our stature as a coveted global award. Over 6 years, the Xposure Photography and Film Awards have seen a 58% growth in admissions. The Xposure Awards recognize and celebrate the unique visions of talented artists around the world who push the boundaries of the photographic medium through their creativity. innovative approaches and techniques.”

Allay added, “The annual Xposure Awards reflect our goal of bringing together not only those who are passionate about photography, but also those who use this medium as a catalyst for change.

The Xposure International Photography Festival has grown to become the most respected photography and imaging exhibition and event in the MENA region and is widely attended by the world’s leading photographers, top professionals media and film, photography enthusiasts, students and educators.


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