Entry to the 2016 exhibition has now closed and the selection process is under way.
Entries for the exhibition closed on 31 July. Entry numbers reached 155, which can be compared to the 300 entered this year for a similar book category at Rencontres d'Arles; the longest running in the world at 47 years. The RPS exhibition is the first Open International Photobook exhibition organised in the UK. We thank all those who entered, sending in their books from 23 countries around the world.
The selectors chose a short-list of 25 which will be exhibited in London, Plymouth and Bradford:
Carlos Alba, UK, The Observation of Trifles
Thom and Beth Atkinson, UK, Missing Buildings, THIRD
Liz Benjamin, UK, Grey
James Berrington, UK, The Place of Home
Rossella Castello, UK, Sonder
Ana Paula Estrada, Australia, Memorandum
Alysandra de Gonville Morrison, UK, London-Holyhead A5
Chris Gravett, UK, Gravette The Heart of Hometown America
Jeff Hutchinson, UK, Five days in Northumberland with Doris HON. MENTION
Five Days spread from Five Days with Doris by Jeff Hutchinson
Kacper Kowalski, Poland, Side Effects
Antoine Leblond, France, ressha ga kimasu
Alexandra Lethbridge, UK, The Meteorite Hunter
Beata Lyky, Germany, Protected View
John MacLean, UK, Hometowns, WINNER
Aimée Mae, Wales, UK, Please don't call me Vodka
Page spread 1 from Hometowns by John MacLean
Mieke klein Obbink, Netherlands, Recollected
Arnaldo Pappalardo, Brazil, Entre, SECOND
Max Pinckers & Quinten De Bruyn, Belgium, Lotus
Rick Pushinsky, UK, Songs of Innocence and of Experience: A Study Guide
Page spread from Entre by Arnaldo Pappalardo
Mafalda Rakoš, Austria, I want to disappear-Approaching Eating Disorders
Robert Zhao Renhui, Singapore, Christmas Island, Naturally
Nicolas Silberfaden, France, 738
Kiki Streitberger, UK, Travelling Light
Nat Urazmetova, UK, The Persimmon's Fruit
Mo Verlaan, Netherlands, Resonance
2016 Selection Panel:
David Campany, writer, curator of exhibitions and teacher at graduate and postgrad level. He has published several books on photography and over a hundred essays.
Lucy Kumara Moore, director of the world-renowned photography and fashion bookshop Claire de Rouen. She studied history of art at Chelsea College of Art & Design and at the Royal College of Art.
Dewi Lewis, publisher of photography books since 1994. In 2012, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation presented him with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Photography Publishing.
|Lucy Moore and Dewi Lewis
The short-listed photobooks will first be exhibited at the Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road E2 7DG. Entry to the Espacio Gallery is free. It is open 21-22 October 1-7 pm and 23 October 1-4pm.
Note on scrolling images
. Vote No.1
by Mark Duffy was awarded the winner prize at Vienna Photobook exhibition 2015. In Silence In Sorrow
by Uma Kinoshita is an artist book about villages around the Fukushima disaster area in Japan. Time of the Moon,
by Elena Kholkina, who is from Moscow. She has won several awards for her self-published artist photobooks.
Feature on the 2014 Winning Photobooks
From November 2014 The RPS Journal
Read more about the winning entries