RPS International Print Competition 159

  • Look Away

    by Gillian Hyland

  • Girl with Apple

    by Yana Yushkevich

  • Your Move

    by Matty Smith

The competition closed on 31 May.  Thank you to everyone who entered – we have had an overwhelming response and a truly eclectic range of work submitted. The selectors will now spend the next few weeks shortlisting images for the final selection.  Look out for the shortlisted images at the end of June. In the meantime you can view all the images submitted on the competition website.


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


Shortlisted photographers will be required to submit prints and the panel will come together in August to choose 100 prints for the exhibition, including the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Under 30s Gold award winners. The winners will be eligible for cash prize awards (totalling £4,250 + Metro Imaging 12 month mentorship programme) aimed at helping to support future photographic projects. All selected photographers will benefit from the exposure gained from the exhibition tour which travels to a number of venues across the UK - from a mix of public and educational venues including photo festivals and traditional gallery spaces.

The Exhibition will open in October at the Photomonth International Photography Festival in east 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 full touring schedule will be announced shortly.

Important dates:

- Closing date: 31 May 2016
- Competition shortlist announced: end 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

About the IPE: 

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. 


Competition enquiries contact: Exhibitions Department

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