Photos: Xposure 2021 kicks off in Sharjah with strict Covid protocol
Published on February 10, 2021 at 18.52
The annual event brings 1,558 works of 400 renowned and emerging photographers from all around the globe .
The fifth edition of the four-day Xposure International Photography Festival began on Wednesday at the Expo Centre Sharjah while adhering to all necessary Covid-19 precautionary measures.
The annual event, which is being organised by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) at the emirate’s Expo Centre, will end on Saturday (February 13).
Xposure was inaugurated in presence of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman, Sharjah Media Council (SMC).
The opening ceremony was a spectacular audio-visual display that embodied the importance of visual imagery.
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi highlighted the significance of the event in his welcome address.
Through the four-day event, Xposure will run 54 exhibitions, 21 panel discussions, 10 workshops presented by seven international photographers, 14 expert-led portfolio reviews, and 10 in-focus groups.
Xposure hosts exhibitions from highly acclaimed photojournalists , professional institutes and galleries representing photographers from around the world.
Xposure is hosting its biggest edition yet, with 1,558 photographs by 400+ lens professionals, including contributions from 51 photographers who are attending the four-day festival.
These works will be exhibited at 54 indoor exhibitions featuring 41 solo galleries and 13 group exhibitions.
With a whopping 33,187 entries that have poured in from 125 countries for 20/21 edition of the Xposure International Photography Awards, the stage for the hardest fought battle in the competition’s history has been set this season.
Winners across all 10 categories of the competition will be announced during the closing ceremony of the festival on February 13.
The fifth edition of Xposure will push on its commitment to nurturing emerging talent in the region by hosting 14 expert-led workshops, which will be delivered until February 13 in safe environments.
These interactive, hands-on workshops will feature instructors skilled in creating targeted learning experiences, across three proficiency categories – beginners, intermediate and advanced.
The event offers advanced training in the fields of photojournalism, along with documentary photography.
The integrated experience includes all the needs of the photographers from soft knowledge to advanced technical skills.
Xposure is held this year to support photographers and assert their importance of their works and messages while enforcing precautionary measures, including limiting the number of persons at the venue to 2,000 at any given point, restricting participants at workshops to 20 persons at a time, temperature checks at all entry points, detailed cleaning procedures, and strict social distancing policies.
The safety protocols being implemented at the venue prioritise visitors’ safety in strict adherence to Covid-19 safety guidelines.
The event offers many prospects to learn new skills and network with leading professionals and enthusiasts, along with the opportunity to see, handle and try the latest photography products.