The Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 161 is now open for entries

Closing date: 4 April 2018

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World’s longest running photographic exhibition, IPE 161, is calling for entries from amateurs and professional photographers.

This year marks the 161st edition of the IPE, making it the longest running photographic exhibition of its kind in the world. Each year it provides a fascinating insight into the range and diversity of contemporary and traditional photography.

Michael Pritchard, Chief Executive of The Royal Photographic Society, explains: “Last year’s IPE 160 received over 5000 entries from over 56 countries. The exhibition was widely acclaimed as one of the best of its kind and we would expect IPE 161 to be equally strong.

From pin hole to Instagram, The RPS welcomes entries from all genres, styles and approaches by photographers worldwide, more importantly all levels of practice. International and national submissions are welcome, professional as well as non-professional.” 

Taking the form of a competition, The Royal Photographic Society is on the look-out for engaging, visually striking and inspiring work across all genres including Fine Art, Documentary, Landscape, Wildlife, Portraiture, Travel, Fashion, Photojournalism and Street Photography to name but a few.

The images will be selected by a panel of expert selectors. The chosen panel will select Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners and the exhibition will open in the new RPS Gallery at HQ Bristol in the autumn and subsequently as part of PHOTOBLOCK at The Old Truman Brewery in London.

This year’s panel of expert selectors includes Karen Knorr (photographer and Professor of Photography, University for the Creative Arts), Jack Latham (photographer), Christiane Monarchi (curator and founding Editor of online magazine Photomonitor), Aaron Schuman (artist, writer, editor, curator and Course Leader of MA Photography, UWE) and Jon Tonks (documentary photographer).

In addition to exhibiting in the touring exhibition, winning photographers will be eligible for several cash prize awards, totalling £4,250, aimed at helping to support future photographic projects. This includes a dedicated award of £1,500 for a photographer under 30 years of age.

The RPS will be sharing standout images throughout the submission period on Instagram.

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