RPS Announces Photographers for the 163rd International Photography Exhibition

December 6, 2021

The Royal Photographic Society has announced the photographers selected for the latest edition of its International Photography Exhibition. 57 international photographers will exhibit in April 2022.


the International Photography Exhibition (IPE) is the oldest photography exhibition in the world. Now in its 163rd edition, IPE 163 is a powerful exhibition that demonstrates the scope of contemporary image-making and storytelling today. It explores themes of identity, cultural heritage, global societal issues, gender politics, mental health, the natural world and the human condition.

The selected artwork pays particular attention to the personal impacts of the pandemic, capturing hardship, grief, resilience and hope. The selected photographs were chosen anonymously from an open global call in which over 8,000 images were entered by 3,944 photographers from 114 countries.

A total of 105 works by 57 photographers will be on display in the 163 International Photography Exhibition at RPS Gallery, Bristol from April 16 to July 3, 2022. Each edition of the IPE invites a selection panel of guests made up of great voices in photography.

Liz Hingley, Kitchen Court Hearing.  RPS 163rd International Photography Exhibition

Liz Hingley, Kitchen Court Hearing

Bringing together an exciting mix of expertise in photography, curation and publishing, the selectors of IPE 163 were Monica Alcazar-Duarte (non-fiction photographer), Sebah Chaudhry (creative producer, co-founder and co- director of Reframed UK), Joy Gregory HonFRPS (award-winning artist photographer) and Dr Michael Pritchard, director of RPS programs.

the IPE 163 Award is given to Tim Franco, Franco-Polish photographer, for his work ‘Unperson – Portraits of North Korean Defectors’. Tim has been based in Shanghai for a decade, documenting China’s incredible urbanization and its social impacts.

It was during this time that he developed his style of working primarily on analog camera and trying to bring a minimalist aesthetic to documentary photography.

In 2016, Tim moved to South Korea where he worked on a three-year project on North Korean defectors.

Tim Franco, Han Song-i, from the series Unperson – Portraits of North Korean Defectors.  163rd International Photography Exhibition

Tim Franco, Han Song-i, from the series Unperson – Portraits of North Korean Defectors. Winner of the IPE 163 Prize

south korean photographer KyeongJun Yang receives the Under 30 Trophy for work on his ‘Men Don’t Cry’ series. Yang went to the United States when he was 18 and studied journalism and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His work focuses on the impact of society and culture on individuals and small communities.

IPE 163 presents experimental techniques and innovative approaches to challenge expectations, spark conversation and give voice to underrepresented communities. Collectively, the exhibition forces us to reimagine our way of interpreting the world.

Monica Alcazar-Duarte, on being chosen for one of the Selectors Spotlight Awards, said, “Serving on the IPE 163 Selection Jury has been a deeply rewarding experience. This year’s selection encompasses a variety of issues that have been present in our society in recent years.

KyeongJun Yang, Hug, from the series Men Don't Cry

KyeongJun Yang, Hug, from the series Men Don’t Cry

I look forward to seeing all of the selected prints exhibited together next year. I also hope that this exhibition will open a space for
necessary conversations going on in our society today.

Evan Dawson, CEO of RPS, said: “The photographs chosen for this year’s International Photography Exhibition are some of the most striking we have ever seen. Our most popular open call to date attracted more people from 114 countries around the world, demonstrating the power of photography to tell meaningful stories and connect with each other, even when travel hasn’t happened. been possible for so many people. Congratulations to all the selected photographers.

Yevhen Samuchenko, On the Pink Planet (Pink Salt Lake in Ukraine)

Yevhen Samuchenko, On the Pink Planet (Pink Salt Lake in Ukraine)

Visit IPE 163

RPS Gallery, The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, UK
April 16 – July 3, 2022
Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

IPE 163 will visit sites nationwide including the Gloucester Museum in 2023

#IPE163 #RoyalPhotographicSociety

the Opening of the call for applications IPE 164 on February 15, 2022.

IPE is supported by theprintspace.
Learn more: rps.org/ipe163

(Feature image of Àsìkò, Spirit in the room, from the series Manifestations.)

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Tracey L. Sweeney