RPS International Photography Exhibition 161

  • Ophelia

    by Julia Fullerton-Batten

  • Holbeach St. Matthew

    by Paul Hart

  • Memory Destruction 2

    by Samuel Fordham

Now in its 161st edition, the IPE is a celebration of photography today offering insight into current trends and subjects whilst providing a platform for the photographers of tomorrow.

Presenting 100 beautiful, strong and accomplished images by 54 contemporary photographers, the IPE 161 will tour the UK and Ireland through 2019, opening at the RPS in Bristol early 2019:

Early 2019 Royal Photographic Society, Bristol 
30 March to 12 May Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
22 May to 23 June Royal Albert Hall, London
5 July to 4 Sept Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
4 to 27 October HIP Festival, Hull

Discover the 54 exhibiting photographers here rps-international.org/about/exhibitors-161, keep a look on our social media for Instagram takeovers, events and more exhibition updates. 

Introducing the RPS IPE 161 award winners below - you can see their winning images plus a small selection from the exhibition in the gallery to the right.

Gold Award (£1,500): Catherine Hyland, UK
The Gardener
Maddens Wind Farm
From the series Wait-And-See Pudding with patience Sauce

Catherine Hyland is a photographer living and working in London. Her work is primarily landscape based, rooted in notions of fabricated memory, grids, enclosures and national identity. She graduated from Chelsea College of Arts with a 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and completed her Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art in 2011. catherinehyland.co.uk

Copyright Catherine Hyland - Maddens Wind Farm and The Gardener
© Catherine Hyland, Maddens Wind Farm (left), The Gardener (right)

U30s Gold Award (£1,500): Christopher Bethell, UK
The Grand Canyon. 2015
Coney Island. 2015
Motel. 2015
A Cat in a Car. 2015
From the series, The Duke of Earl

Christopher Bethell is a photographer, journalist and occasional picture editor. Graduating from London College of Communication's MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in 2015, Bethell came away with a body of work about his imagined family history and dual nationality with the USA. With this work Bethell has been nominated for the Magnum Graduate Photographers Award and the MACK First Book Award, won gold at Offspring Photomeet's Portfolio Awards and came first in theprintspace's Trajectory competition. His work is interested in the acceptance of subjectivity within documentary photography and how fiction can be used to tell a truth. Bethell’s clients include VICE, Buzzfeed, The Guardian and The Telegraph. christopherbethell.com

Silver Award (£750): Alys Tomlinson, UK
Sister Agnes
From the series, Ex-Voto

Having grown up in Brighton, Alys Tomlinson studied English Literature and Communications at the University of Leeds and then photography at Central Saint Martins. She recently completed an MA (Distinction) in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. Alys is most interested in the relationship between people and place, exploring themes of environment, belonging and identity. She lives in London and combines commissioned work for editorial, design and advertising clients with personal work, which she publishes and exhibits. Alys was recently named Sony World Photographer of the Year. Her series Ex -Voto will be published as a book by GOST in Spring 2019. Back her Kickstarter campaign herealystomlinson.co.uk

Bronze Award (£500): Oli Kellett, UK 
Cross Road Blues (Grand Ave, Chicago)
Cross Road Blues (Hubbard St, Chicago)
Cross Road Blues (Louisiana St, Houston)

Oli Kellett (b. 1983) is a British photographer based in Hastings, UK. After graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design he spent four years writing scripts for TV adverts before focusing full time on photography in 2008. 

In 2018 he was awarded both the Royal Academy Arts Club Award (awarded to an artist aged 35 or under for a work in any medium) and the Royal Academy Rose Award for Photography. olikellett.com

Exhibition Selectors for the IPE 161:

Karen Knorr, Photographer and Professor of Photography
Jack Latham, Photographer
Christiane Monarchi, curator and founding editor of the online magazine Photomonitor
Aaron Schuman, artist, writer, editor, curator and lecturer in Photography (Course Leader, MA Photography, UWE)
Jon Tonks, Documentary Photographer

We are very grateful to our selectors and creativehub for their support of the IPE 161.


About the IPE:

The International Photography Exhibition (formerly the 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. Read more about the exhibition history, and The Society here: rps.org/about

Now in its 161st year, it is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world. Entry for the IPE 161 closed on 4 April 2018 at midnight BST.

In addition to exhibiting in the touring exhibition, selected photographers are eligible for several cash prize awards, totaling £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.

Entry overview:

- Worldwide open submission
- Open to members and non-members, of all ages
- Open call with no categories, all genres and approaches eligible, including alternative photographic processes 
- Online entry of up to 6 images, from a series or as single images 
- Selected by an experienced panel of photographers and industry professionals  

Awards / Opportunities:

- RPS Gold Award, £1,500
- RPS Gold Award for a photographer under 30 years of age, £1,500
- RPS Silver Award, £750
- RPS Bronze Award, £500
- Each award winner receives RPS Membership for a year
- Nationwide exhibition tour
- Print sales using the creativehub platform
- Feature in the award winning RPS Journal
- Press coverage

For competition inquiries and to be notified when the next call for entries is announced please email the Exhibitions Department.

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