International Print Exhibition 158

  • The Ridge Makalu Himalaya

    by Tim Taylor

  • Look Away

    by Gillian Hyland

  • Untitled San Carlos Ecuador from the series Close Wander

    by Thomas Ladd

The Royal Photographic Society's International Print Exhibition is the longest standing exhibition of its kind in the world, having been held almost every year since 1854. The 158th Exhibition opened in October 2015 at the East London Photomonth International Photography Festival and will continue touring the UK until August 2016.

Embracing all genres and styles of photography, the International Print Exhibition combines photographic skill with ideas rich in meaning, message and technique. This unique selection of 100 images, curated by a panel of renowned photographers and photographic professionals, will ultimately offer something that will challenge your ideas and capture your imagination.

“I believe we have selected an exemplary range of work, reflecting different age groups, nationalities and the varying interests, methodology and vibrant aesthetics of the photographic medium today.”
Simon Roberts HonFRPS, 2015 Selector


Exhibition Award Winners: 

Gold Award: JAN KLOS, Poland, Nelson's Head, Shoreditch, June 2014. From the series, 'The Photographic Guide to the Pubs of East London (£1000 + Gold Medal)

Silver Award: FRANK MACHALOWSKI, Germany, Tierwald #70 (£500 + Silver Medal)

Bronze Award: TADAO CERN, Lithuania, Comfort Zone #1. From the series, Comfort Zone (£250 + Bronze Medal)

Under 30s Gold Award: DAVID SEVERN, UK, Miss Mansfield 2013-2014, Nottinghamshire, UK. From the series, 'Thanks Maggie' (£1000 + RPS Gold Medal + Metro Imaging Mentorship Prize 12 month tailored mentorship program) 
View an interview with David Severn here

Selection Panel:

Richard Billingham, British photographer, artist and Professor of Fine Art
Louise Clements, Co-founder / Artistic Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival and Artistic Director of QUAD, Derby
Bridget Coaker, Picture editor at the Guardian, writer and curator
Dewi Lewis HonFRPS, Publisher and curator
Simon Roberts HonFRPS, British photographer whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity
The chair of selectors was Roy Robertson HonFRPS, past President of The Society

Touring Schedule:

9 - 13 Oct  Old Truman Brewery, London (Private View 8 October, 6pm - 9pm) Part of the Photomonth East London International Photography Festival (1 Oct - 30 Nov)
15 Oct - 12 Nov  Royal Albert Hall, London The exhibition can be viewed when attending performances or on the following free open days: Sat 17, Sun 18, Sat 24, Sun 25 October (10am - 4pm)

28 Nov - 30 Jan  Aberystwyth Arts Centre
16 Feb - 23 Mar  The Hive, Worcester
2 April - 30 April  Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
11 May - 22 June  Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
30 June - 19 August  University of Derby

The exhibition catalogue is available at the venues and from the RPS online shop.

The competition for the 2015 exhibition closed on 1 June and nearly 5,000 images were submitted online - Entry was open to everyone of any age or photographic level and we encouraged entries across a range of subjects using a variety of techniques, including traditional photographic processes. Shortlisted entrants were invited to submit prints, and 100 prints were selected for the touring exhibition. 


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