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Protest Has A Woman Face

Women stand with clasped hands in front of security officials during the protest rally in support of opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova, arrested the day before, and all repressed and arrested people. Minsk, Belarus, 8th September 2020

Yerchak Yauhen

Minsk, Belarus

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Under The Pandemic

Volunteers from an NGO of the Blue Sky Rescue team disinfect at the Qintai Grand Theatre in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicentre of China’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, April 2, 2020. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in Wuhan of China in December 2019. As of 1 October 2021, Reuters reported that it had estimated the worldwide total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to have exceeded five million.

Aly Song

Shanghai, China

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Looters flee from a police officer at a shop in the Springfield Value Centre in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. A riot erupted in parts of South Africa in July over former President Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment, resulting in many businesses being looted and burnt. At least 337 people died. Businesses made their plea to President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene and he deployed the arm to the affected areas to bring stability. Even though this looted and damaged shopping centre where this photo was taken will be rebuilt and fully functional by the spring of 2022, some small businesses have closed down permanently. Hundreds of people lost their jobs raising the rate of unemployment to 34.4%, that is 7.8 million jobless people. The whole damage to businesses is worth $1.7 billion (25 billion rand), according to the state insurance company handling the claims. Photo: SANDILE NDLOVU

Sandile Ndlovu

Durban , South Africa

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High Hopes

2020 was the year that will go down in history as the year of Covid. But the world didn’t stop with the Virus. The wars, the poverty, the drought, all the drama in the world continued and people continued to run away in search of a better future, putting their lives in danger. In the Mediterranean Sea, the covid has not stopped even the rescuers, who are at sea every day with a mission, saving lives. From dawn to dusk, these heroes try to save the victims of shipwrecks guided by the greatest feeling that can exist: hope.- Italy 21/11/2020

Fabrizio Maffei

Latina, Italy

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Fire Accident

This photograph shows people surrounding the remains of a car previously engulfed in flames in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the last ten years, over 16,000 fire incidents have occurred in Bangladesh, killing an estimated 1,590 people. The fires are frequently attributed to the illegal storage of chemicals in unregulated warehouses in Old Dhaka. This highly congested part of the city. Old Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh. February 2019

Syed Mahabubul Kader

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Hard Life

Baba’s Munzir lost his right leg due to the impact of the bomb while he was walking around the bazaar in Syria’s Idlib itself. At that time, the child Mustafa, who was born due to the chemical gas he inhaled while the mother was pregnant, is born without any limbs. Mustafa and his father need an electronic prosthesis.

Mehmet Aslan

Antakya, Turkey

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Rescue From Under The Rubble

Members of the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), and volunteers rescue two children from under the rubble of a building damaged by an airstrike by the Syrian regime forces. According to the White Helmets, at least six people were killed and 10 remained under the rubble. Syria – Idlib Governorate – Jericho City, south of Idlib – May 27, 2019

Ghaith Alsayed

Binnish City, Syrian Arab Republic

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 on 11 February 2023, where the final outcome of the position will be announced.

The 2022 Jury consisted of 32 professional photographers. The Xposure Awards and Oversite Committee comprises 7 leading Industry Expert Picture Editors