RPS International Photography Exhibition 160

  • Chevy Impala

    by Owen Harvey

  • Jessica from the series Waters Edge

    by Matthew Hamon

  • Snag Trans Canada Highway

    by Wes Bell

Exhibition Catalogue now available: buy online 

Award Winners announced:

Gold Award
 (£1500): Margaret Mitchell (UK), Kyla, Liam, Steven, Leah in the Backcourt. From the series, In this Place
Margaret Mitchell is a photographer based in Glasgow. Her overarching interest lies in people and their stories, with childhood, youth, place and belonging often explored in the people and places photographed. The inner and lived worlds of others are central to her photography with her work seeking to portray the individual and their experience(s).

Mitchell 's work has been exhibited widely, including at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Street Level Photoworks and will feature in the forthcoming exhibition ‘When We Were Young: Photographs of Childhood’ at the National Galleries of Scotland.

Under 30s Gold Award (£1500): Owen Harvey (UK), Lunatic Lowriders, Chevy Impala, Sanchez, Sosa. From the series Ground Clearance
Owen Harvey is a London based documentary photographer, often focussing on Youth, Subculture and Identity.

Harvey works commercially for such organisations as BBC, Time Inc., Financial Times Magazine, GQ Magazine, Sony Music, Fred Perry and many more. Alongside this, Harvey works on long term personal projects. These projects have been exhibited internationally at venues including The Photographers' Gallery, Royal Albert Hall and Photoville NYC. Publications such as The British Journal of Photography, GUP Magazine and online platforms, Dazed and Confused, i-D Magazine and Featureshoot have also featured these works.

Silver Award (£750): R. J. Kern (US) Anna and Helen, Blue Earth County Fair, Minnesota, 2016; Kol and Annabell, Anoka County Fair, Minnesota, 2016. From the series, The Unchosen Ones
R. J. Kern (b. 1978) is an American artist, whose work explores ideas of home, ancestry, and the sense of place. He uses the photographic medium in multiple formats, utilising both natural and artificial light to document the interaction of people, animals, and cultural landscapes. His first monograph, The Sheep and the Goats, will be published by Kehrer Verlag in Spring 2018 with the limited-edition artist version available starting November 2017.

Bronze Award (£500): Wes Bell (Canada). Snag. 11th Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat, AB, Canada. 2015; Snag. Trans-Canada Highway, Redcliff, AB, Canada. 2016; Snag. 23rd Street N.W., Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Bell pursued a studio intensive program at the Alberta College of Art and Design, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography. After a long successful career in fashion photography, Bell returned three years ago to live in Alberta after residing and working in Milan, Italy and New York City. He continues to photograph in both the studio and on location responding to the natural beauty and detail in the raw Canadian environment that surrounds him. Re-energized by his academic studies of the History of Photography, his passion for fine art photography was again reignited. He is currently working on a five-part exhibition series, Lost for Words, Final Steps, Rapt, Snag and In Plain Site.

IPE 160 exhibiting photographers: view online

Exhibition Tour Dates:  

13 - 16 October, PHOTOBLOCK at The Old Truman Brewery, London, http://www.trumanbrewery.com/photoblock

27 January – 10 March, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
17 March - 14 April, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire, www.chapelgallery.org.uk
28 April – 9 June, The Civic, Barnsley, www.barnsleycivic.co.uk
20 June - 26 September, Art at the Heart of the RUH, Bath, www.artatruh.org

2017 Selection Panel:

Karin Bareman: Exhibitions & Projects Organiser Autograph ABP, Writer and Curator in Photography
Zelda CheatleCurator, Editor, Lecturer & Consultant in Photography
Sian Davey: Documentary and Editorial Photographer 
Ingrid Pollard HonFRPSPhotographer, Media Artist and Researcher
Abbie Trayler-Smith: Documentary & Portrait Photographer 

The International Photography Exhibition 160 is supported by theprintspace.

About the IPE:

The International Photography Exhibition (formerly known as the International Print Exhibition) has 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. Now in its 160th year, it is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world. (Read more about the exhibitions' history, and The Society here.)

The selected exhibition reflects the breadth and aesthetics of the photographic medium today and brings together work from student, amateur and professional photographers. It encompasses both single images and series across all genres, including Documentary, Landscape, Editorial, Photojournalism, Fashion, Contemporary, Conceptual, Portraiture, Abstract and many more. The work is executed in many ways from alternative processes to contemporary approaches.

Committed to promoting the highest standards of photography whilst supporting photographers at all levels of ability, The RPS also recognises young talent and encourages photographers under 30 to submit their work, which will be considered for a dedicated under 30s award.

All selected photographers are eligible for several cash prize awards aimed at helping to support future photographic projects and will benefit from the exposure gained from the exhibition tour, which travels nationwide. 

For reference only:

Submission details (entry has now closed):

- Worldwide open submission
- Open to members and non-members 
- All genres and styles eligible, including alternative photographic processes and techniques
- Selected by an influential panel of prominent photographers/industry professionals
- Shortlisted work to be submitted as prints, supported by theprintspace
- Final selection from shortlisted prints

Selected photographers will benefit from:

- Awards and cash prizes (totalling £4,250) aimed at helping to support future photographic projects
- Nationwide tour, opening at PHOTOBLOCK, Old Truman Brewery, London
- Additional London exhibition for 4 award winners at theprintspace gallery, London (2018)
- Publication in the exhibition catalogue
- Feature in the award winning RPS Journal
- International press coverage

2017 Shortlisted Photographers: 

View the photographers shortlisted for the final stage of the IPE 160

Enquiries contact: Exhibitions Department 

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