Sharjah: Xposure 2016, the first international photography festival initiated by Sharjah Media Centre (SMC), has announced the winners of a global photography competition that was held as a prelude to the event.
Around 15 winners have been chosen across seven categories, from over 5,000 global entries received across a 90-day period.
All winners will receive their prizes of cash awards and Canon products during the closing ceremony at Expo Centre Sharjah on Saturday.
Winning entries are on display for public viewing at Expo Centre Sharjah as part of the four-day festival.
Winners of all seven categories are set to receive cash awards of $1,500 (around Dh5,509) each, while runners-up will receive $500 (around Dh1,836) each.
Alamsyah Rauf from Indonesia was declared the overall winner of the competition and will receive the grand prize of $3,000 (around Dh11,018) and a Canon 5D MK IV Camera.
David Bedoya from Peru won first place in the Current Affairs category for his entry, When the River Sounds.
Meanwhile, Spaceship by Waheed Akhtar won first place in the Fine Art category. In the Landscape category, Polish photographer Wojciech Kruczynski’s Kjerkfjorden took the top honours.
The winner of the Photojournalism category was Bangladeshi national Md Akhlas Uddin for his entry, Living Waste.
In the Street Photography category, Deba Prasad Roy came first for his capture, Net Casting.
The winners of the Under-14 category all hailed from the UAE.
SMC Director Tariq Allay said it had been “particularly challenging” to select the winners across the categories.
“We hope to expand the scope of Xposure in the coming years so the event connects with a wider audience and provides novel opportunities to competent lensmen and women,” he added.
More information about the exhibition is available on www.xposure.ae or by calling 065123440.