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Call for Entries/Royal Photographic Society's International Photography Exhibition 162 (IPE 162)

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Event History

The RPS International Photography 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 and Edward Steichen.

What Makes this event different?

Now in its 162nd edition, the RPS IPE is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world and selected photographers enjoy the kudos of being associated with one of the oldest and most prestigious photographic organisations, whose origins grew from the advent of photography. Past winners and selected photographers have felt honoured to be a part of such a historic exhibition and many have gone on to further their careers and gain exposure to their work on the back of the publicity and social media coverage of their achievement.

Copyright Policy

As the photographer, you retain copyright and no-one can copy or use your images without your permission.

Image Usage Rights

The RPS can use your images for the purposes of promoting the competition/exhibition and will always credit your work

Worldwide open submission

The Royal Photographic Society announces the Call for Entries to the 162nd International Photography Exhibition (IPE 162).  The open call to the world’s longest running photography exhibition invites photographers and image-makers worldwide to submit series work and single images (up to 6 images), from contemporary approaches to traditional processes including Fine Art, Architectural, Abstract, Documentary, Landscape, Wildlife, Portraiture, Travel, Fashion, Photojournalism and Street Photography and more. The exhibition celebrates the best in photography from around the world and cash prizes are on offer. Selected work culminates in a nationwide touring exhibition and extensive media coverage.

- Exhibit in a nationwide touring exhibition opening at RPS House, Bristol
- £2,000 award for a photographer over 30 years of age
- £2,000 award for a photographer under 30 years of age
- 5 'selectors spotlight' awards of RPS membership for one year
- Feature in the award winning RPS Journal
- Extensive Media coverage

Entry Overview: 
- Open to student, amateur, professional and non-professional photographers worldwide, of any age
- Open-call with no categories
- All subjects and approaches eligible, including alternative photographic processes 
- Online entry of up to 6 images, from a series or as single images 
- Ability to edit your uploaded entry at any time, before finally submitting
- Entrants remain anonymous during the selection process 
- Deadline: 29 July, 23:59 (BST)
- Shortlisted photographers submit prints for final stage, kindly supported by
- View the IPE 162
terms and conditions 
- Upload your images online at:

Online entry and further information, including Terms & Conditions can be found here

The IPE is supported by creativehub

Image by: Heather Agyepong Title: Too Many Blackamoors #4 from the IPE 161


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