RPS International Photography Exhibition 161

  • Holbeach St. Matthew

    by Paul Hart

  • Universal Experience I

    by Catherine Hyland

  • Gypsy Rose

    by Kristin Bedford

Now in its 161st edition, the IPE is a celebration of photography today offering insight into current trends and subjects whilst providing a platform for the photographers of tomorrow.

Presenting 100 beautiful, strong and accomplished images by 54 contemporary photographers, the IPE 161 will tour the UK through 2019, opening in the new RPS headquarters building in Bristol in February. Tour dates to be announced soon.

Selected photographers and the winners of the IPE 161 Gold, Under 30s Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be announced on 9th October 2018. View the full list of shortlisted photographers online, and some highlights from the shortlist on our Instagram feed.


Exhibition Selectors for the IPE 161:

Karen Knorr, Photographer and Professor of Photography
Jack Latham, Photographer
Christiane Monarchi, curator and founding editor of the online magazine Photomonitor
Aaron Schuman, artist, writer, editor, curator and lecturer in Photography (Course Leader, MA Photography, UWE)
Jon Tonks, Documentary Photographer

We are very grateful to our selectors and theprintspace for their support of the IPE 161.


About the IPE:

The International Photography Exhibition (formerly the International Print Exhibition) is steeped in history, having been held almost every year since 1854 - the year after The Society was founded. In the early years, the exhibition included work from some of the world's most eminent photographers including Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, Edward Steichen and others. Read more about the exhibition history, and The Society here: rps.org/about

Now in its 161st year, it is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world. Entry for the IPE 161 closed on 4 April 2018 at midnight BST.

In addition to exhibiting in the touring exhibition, selected photographers are eligible for several cash prize awards, totalling £4,250, aimed at helping to support future photographic projects. This includes a dedicated award of £1,500 for a photographer under 30 years of age.

Entry overview:

- Worldwide open submission
- Open to members and non-members, of all ages
- Open call with no categories, all genres and approaches eligible, including alternative photographic processes 
- Online entry of up to 6 images, from a series or as single images 
- Selected by an experienced panel of photographers and industry professionals
- Closing date: 4 April 2018
Enter online
- See How to Submit on the IPE website for upload instructions  

Awards / Opportunities:

- RPS Gold Award, £1,500
- RPS Gold Award for a photographer under 30 years of age, £1,500
- RPS Silver Award, £750
- RPS Bronze Award, £500
- Each award winner receives RPS Membership for a year
- Nationwide exhibition tour
- Print sales using theprintspace platform
- Feature in the award winning RPS Journal
- Press coverage

For competition enquiries and to be notified when the next call for entries is annnounced please email the Exhibitions Department.

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