The Fondness
A man and a woman comfort each other against the background of the police cordon. In the early days of peaceful protests against the rigged presidential elections in Belarus hundreds of people were injured as a result of the excessive use of force by the police. Many people report about torture and bullying after being arrested. Six people are considered dead. Protest actions are still continued in all major cities of Belarus.
Marina Serebryakova
Saving Orangutans
Sibolangit, SOCP Quarantine Centre, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The whole SOCP team works together to prepare Brenda, an estimated 3-month-old female orangutan (she has no teeth yet), for surgery. A sedative is administered, the arm is shaved, her temperature is taken, while others hold her head or her hand out of compassion for the baby. During the three-hour procedure, Dr. Andreas Messikommer, a renowned orthopaedic surgeon invited from Switzerland, will place a pin and screws to secure the damaged humerus. Brenda was confiscated from a villager in Blang Pidie on the west coast of Aceh who was keeping her as a pet.
Alain Schroeder
Seba Abu Arar During Her Funeral in Gaza City
A Palestinian mourner carries the body of Seba Abu Arar during her funeral in Gaza City. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the enclave, the girl and her pregnant mother were killed by an Israeli air strike on gaza city.
Mohammed Zaanoun
North Korea’s Mass Games
Men in military uniforms preform martial arts moves at the 2018 Mass Games entitled “The Glorious Country” at the Rungrado May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea. One of the few times the outside world is allowed a glimpse of North Korea is at its Mass Games, which occurred in September 2018 after a break of five years.
Tariq Zaidi
Human Touch
A few months into the pandemic, people have started realizing that the world is not going to look the same any time soon. One element that is going to take a long time to come back is to feel another Human’s Touch, maybe it a handshake, a hug, or simply the warmth of feeling someone close to you. In this picture, There is the obvious physical touch, but one that has no warmth and may feel even a bit icky due to the barrier of the Protection(PPE) suit. This may be the only accepted human touch we might see in the outside world for the foreseeable future.
Amit Moulick
In protest
Debarchan Chatterjee
Uzsoki Hospital
The medical staff takes care of a Covid-19 positive patient at the Uzsoki Hospital, Budapest, Hungary. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spread to Hungary on 4 March 2020, when the first cases in the country were announced.The first coronavirus-related death was announced on 15 March on the government's official website. On 11 March, the Hungarian government declared a state of emergency.
Simon Moricz-Sabjan

Awards Committee Review

After the Jury completesd their scoring the shortlist was automatically generated and submitted to the Awards Committee who applied additional scoring criteria that either added points or deduct points thus creating the final seven Nominees published on this page.

In each category, there will be awarded:

One Winner
One Runner-up
Five Certificates of Merit

The Winner and Runner-up from each category will be invited to the Xposure Festival Awards Ceremony where the final outcome of the position will be announced.

The Xposure 20/21 Awards Committee comprises of 4 leading Industry Expert Picture Editors