RPS International Photography Exhibition 161

  • Holbeach St. Matthew

    by Paul Hart

  • Cliffe Bonfire Lewes

    by Robin Friend

  • Camino Real

    by Tom Blachford

Closing Date: 4 April 2018, Midnight BST

Key Dates: 

Competition shortlist announced - 8 May 2018
View the shortlisted photographers online

Deadline for shortlisted photographers to submit prints -  28 May 2018
Print selection days - 12 and 13 June 2018
Shortlisted photographers notified of results by 27 June 2018
Selected photographers and award winners announced - September 2018
Exhibition tour January 2019 - September 2019 (venues TBA)

About the IPE 161:
The IPE welcomes entries from all genres, styles and approaches by photographers worldwide, at all levels of practice. 

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

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.

We will be sharing standout images throughout the submission period on Instagram.

Exhibition Selectors: 
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

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 
- Entry cost: £32 non-members, £22 members, £18 Under 30 years old
- 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

The International Photography Exhibition 161 is proudly supported by theprintspace.

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. Now in its 161st year, it is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world. Read more about the exhibition history, and The Society online.

For competition enquiries please email the Exhibitions Department.

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