RPS Photobook competition winners announced

07 October 2014

Society news

Media Release: RPS Photobook winners announced

Karen Rangeley book coverThe winners of The Royal Photographic Society’s Contemporary Group’s inaugural photobook competition have been selected by photobook expert Gerry Badger.  Top place went to Karen Rangeley’s book  “Be=f(P,E)” who wins a Society Medal and prize of £250 value from the list of Dewi Lewis Publishing.  The two runners up were Derek Trillo ARPS for his book “Identifying England” and Kate Wentworth LRPS for her “Go to the Window” who receive Society Medals and prizes of £100 value from Aperture Books.

The winning and short-listed books will be exhibited at The Society’s Fenton House headquarters, Bath, from 3-28th November during normal office hours.  The catalogue of the exhibition is available to view here: http://tinyurl.com/kmkmroj

Gerry Badger who has co-authored with Martin Parr the three-volume The Photobook: A History was impressed with the interesting and imaginative subject matter of the short listed books. He commented that most people make books on subjects that they are passionate about and this was much in evidence amongst the finalists work.  The standard of picture making was high, but it was the book topography, design and ultimately the feel of the book, which decided the winners.

Entries were submitted from Society members around the world with Brian Steptoe FRPS and Ray Spence FRPS picking a short list of 21 books from which Gerry Badger selected the three winners. 

Gerry Badger made special reference to three further books, which were given an honorable mention they were by Tamsin Green ARPS with her book “Sleeper”, John Eaton ARPS with his book on “English Medieval Cathedrals” and  Ken Holland ARPS for “Little Poland” which was some 19 years in the making.

The Society accepts photobook submissions for its respected distinctions but this was the first open competition it had held. The selectors were looking for books which dealt with topics of substance, showing strong photography and supported by sympathetic book design, and sequencing, that supported the purpose of the book.  Selectors also considered the overall feel of the book as an object.

Images:  Karen Rangeley’s Be=f(P,E) cover and page spreads.

For further information contact the joint organizer Rod Fry ARPS on 01803 844 721 or email: rod@rodfry.eclipse.co.uk

The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity. It was founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of photography’ and was granted the use of the title ‘Royal’ in 1894 and it’s Royal Charter in 2004. With a membership open to everyone The Society is the UK’s largest organisation representing photographers with over 10,000 members in the UK and abroad. The Society publishes the Photographic Journal and Imaging Science Journal and it holds over 300 events around the UK and abroad. Its world-class Collection of historic photographs, equipment and library is housed for nation at the National Media Museum, Bradford. For more information see:  www.rps.org