RPS opens registration for the 164th International Photography Exhibition

March 15, 2022

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has announced the 2022 call for entries for the 164th edition of the International Photography Exhibition (IPE 164).

It is the oldest photography exhibition in the world and celebrates contemporary photography from around the world.

The open call welcomes submissions from new, emerging and established photographers of all ages and working in any subject or genre.

New approaches, alternative photographic processes and experimental work are encouraged.

The Death of Actaeon by Yushi Li from RPS IPE 163

The Death of Actaeon by Yushi Li from RPS IPE 163

Selected photographers will be offered exclusive opportunities. A prize of £4,000 will be awarded to the top entrants, including the IPE Prize, the Under 30 Prize and a commission of £1,250 to create new work.

Then 100 images, chosen by a guest jury, will form a collective exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, England, in January 2023.

Selected photographers will also be featured in the award-winning series PRS Log and on RPS digital channels.

Reflect contemporary approaches

RPS CEO Evan Dawson said‘The breadth of photographs submitted for the International Photography Exhibition from around the world means that our final exhibition is always thought-provoking and sometimes thought-provoking – as it should be. As the oldest photography exhibition in the world, it is important that it continues to reflect contemporary approaches and issues.’

Tim Franco, winner of the IPE 163 award, said, “I’m truly honored that my work has been shortlisted for the IPE Awards, especially after seeing all of the incredible work that has been submitted this year.”

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

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

the IPE 163 is on display at the RPS Gallery, The Royal Photographic Society, from April 16 to July 3, 2022.

How to enter

Entry is free for one image, and up to four images can be submitted for £18-£30, either as a series or as individual images.

Entries close at 11:59 p.m. BST on May 17, 2022.

Images submitted before April 1, 2022 will be entered into a raffle to win a signed copy of Ioanna Sakellaraki’s photo book The truth is in the ground.

For more information and details on how to enter, just visit the RPS 164 International Photography Exhibition.

Liz Hingley’s Kitchen Court Audience at RPS’s International Photography Exhibition 163

About the IPE

The IPE has been held since 1854 and is the oldest photography exhibition in the world. IPE is selected anonymously through an annual international open call that welcomes applications from new, emerging and established photographers, working in any subject or genre. The open call is a unique opportunity to exhibit at the Royal Photographic Society and nationwide, and receive prize and awards.

About RPS

The RPS is an educational charity with an international membership.

Founded in 1853, the RPS aims to make the art and science of photography more widely available and is committed to making photography accessible to everyone.

Now a leading photography community in the world, the RPS is based in Bristol, UK, and has over 10,000 photographers.

It aims to inspire people through its exhibitions, PRS Logits awards and events.

The RPS helps photographers create images through its educational programs, degrees and public initiatives.

Membership is open to everyone.

For more information, visit the Royal Photographic Society website.


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