RPS International Print Competition 159

  • Your Move

    by Matty Smith

  • La Stanza Nostra

    by Livia Palmiero

  • Look Away

    by Gillian Hyland

Competition open for entries
Closing date: 31 May 2016

The RPS 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 159th year, it is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world. 

Committed to promoting photography and supporting photographers, The RPS encourages anyone with an interest in photography to submit their work. Entries from all genres of photography will be eligible including images using traditional photographic processes. The exhibition represents work from early career photographers and professionals as well as individuals who enjoy photography and feel they have something to offer. 

Selected photographers will be eligible for several cash prize awards (totalling £4,250 + Metro Imaging 12 month mentorship programme) aimed at helping to support future photographic projects. They will also benefit from the exposure gained from the exhibition tour which travels to six venues across the UK. From a mix of public and educational venues as well as photo festivals and traditional gallery spaces, the images will engage with and be enjoyed by a wide public audience.

Entry to the competition is initially online and submissions will be reviewed by an influential panel of prominent photographers and photographic professionals who will individually shortlist work. Shortlisted photographers will be required to submit prints and the panel will work together to curate the exhibition of 100 images.
The International Print Exhibition 159 will open in October at the Photomonth International Photography Festival in London, alongside a packed programme of events. East London's Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane will be hosting the exhibition at PHOTOBLOCK, their dedicated space for photographic events during the festival. The opening night of PHOTOBLOCK, at the festival, is a hive of everything photographic, attracting a large number of visitors.

2016 Selection Panel:

Celia Davies: Director of Photoworks & Brighton Biennial Photo Festival
Malcolm Dickson: Writer, Curator & Director of Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
Russ O’Connell: Picture Editor for The Sunday Times Magazine, past Picture Director for Q Magazine
Gemma Padley: Freelance Photographic Journalist & Editor, Projects Editor for British Journal of Photography (BJP)
Dougie Wallace: London-based photographer recognised for his expressive social documentary and distinct and direct style of street photography


- Register and enter online on the competition website 
- Open to photographers of all ages, including students from schools and colleges
- All genres of photography eligible
- All techniques, including film and alternative photographic processes encouraged
- Entrants can submit 4 images online
- Entry of 4 images: RPS Member £20, Non-Member £30, Under 30yrs £15
- Early bird: Enter before 31 March for a chance to win a signed copy of Don McCullin: The New Definitive Edition
- Shortlisted work to be submitted as prints (The RPS will mount/frame selected prints)
- Prize money aimed at helping to support future photographic projects
- Exhibition opens in London and will travel to 6 venues

Competition dates:

- Opens for entry: 1 March 2016
- Enter early to qualify for the Don McCullin signed book prize draw: 1 - 31 March
- Closing date: 31 May 2016
- Competition shortlist announced: June 2016
- Deadline for shortlisted photographers to submit prints: 27 July 2016
- Print selection day: 10 August 2016 
- Exhibitors and award winners announced: August 2016
- London exhibition opening at the Old Truman Brewery (Brick Lane), PHOTOBLOCK/Photomonth International Photography Festival: October 2016
- Exhibition tour: October 2016 - August 2017

Read the press release here
Competition enquiries contact: Exhibitions Department

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