The 158th exhibition opened in October 2015 at East London's Photomonth International Photography Festival and toured the UK until August 2016. Renowned photographers Simon Roberts HonFRPS and 2001 Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham took part in this year's selection panel.
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.
Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival, Louise Clements, comments on the exhibition process,"Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival, Louise Clements, comments on the exhibition process, "It is a special challenge to select an exhibition, and awards, from single images. The single image is unforgiving, there is nowhere to hide - in a series you have accompanying images which work together to build up a whole. The single image however ultimately has to speak for itself. When determining the final group we were interested in representing a diverse array of photographic practices and high quality ideas and works, from wet plate collodion to pin sharp digital, from nature caught in the field through to constructed narratives." Louise Clements, 2015 Selector.
Photographer Simon Roberts HonFRPS adds “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.
An exhibition catalogue is available featuring all selected images (£10 plus P&P). Purchase in the online shop.
Gold Award (£1000): Jan Klos (Poland), Nelson's Head, Shoreditch, June 2014. From the series, The Photographic Guide to the Pubs of East London (janklos.com)
Under 30s Gold Award (£1000 + Metro Imaging Mentorship Prize): David Severn (UK), Miss Mansfield 2013-2014, Nottinghamshire, UK. From the series, Thanks Maggie (davidsevern.com). Read an interview with David Severn and Metro-Imaging here.
Silver Award (£500): Frank Machalowski (Germany), Tierwald #70 (machalowski.de)
Bronze Award (£250): Tadao Cern (Lithuania), Comfort Zone #1. From the series, Comfort Zone (tadaocern.com)
View the selected exhibition
2015 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
Exhibition Tour Dates:
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, Aberystwyth
16 Feb - 23 Mar The Hive, Worcester
2 April - 30 April Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington
11 May - 22 June Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
30 June - 19 August University of Derby, Derby
The competition for the 2015 exhibition closed on 1 June and nearly 5,000 images were submitted online -rps-international.org. 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.
For further enquiries contact: Exhibitions Department