RPS International Print Exhibition 159

  • Blackwater Burn

    by Greg Kahn

  • Drywest Moonscapes

    by Uwe H Martin

  • Young Cowboys

    by Brett Erickson

Our thanks go to everyone who entered, all the shortlisted photographers and to the selectors – we were overwhelmed by the response and the truly eclectic range of work submitted. 

The Exhibition launched during the Photomonth International Photography Festival in east London, alongside a packed programme of events. East London's Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, hosted the exhibition at PHOTOBLOCK, their dedicated space for photographic events during the festival. Read the press release and view the exhibition map (PDF, 601KB). See below for the full touring schedule.

View the selected photographers
Read the awards announcement

The IPE 159 catalogue has now sold out.

Award Winners:

Gold Award (£1500): Carolyn Mendelsohn (UK), Alice.
Carolyn Mendelsohn is an artist and photographer using photography, film and sound. She has a business as a portrait photographer, and her passion is in creating personal work that is rooted within the story and the lives of people and their communities. She has received many awards and has worked nationally and internationally. She is based in Saltaire, Yorkshire. carolynmendelsohnphoto.com 

Under 30s Gold Award (£1500 + Metro Imaging mentorship prize): Anna Shustikova (Russia), School Bus.
Anna  Shustikova grew up in Zarechny, a small town, in Russia. She studied physics and mathematics in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 2010-2014 and now lives in Moscow where she works as a scientific journalist, teacher of physics, documentary photographer and writer. shustikova.viewbook.com

Silver Award (£750): Polly Braden (UK), Lucie, from the project 'Great Interactions. Life with Learning Disabilities and Autism.
Renowned for her naturalistic photographs of human relationships, Polly Braden has published two books, China Between (2011) and Great Interactions: Life With Learning Disabilities and Autism (2016), both with Dewi Lewis Publishing. She works on long term self initiated projects as well as working for publications such as The Guardian and the Saturday Telegraph. A previous winner of both the Jerwood Photography Prize and The Guardian Young Photographer of the Year award, Braden has exhibited internationally including exhibitions in the UK, Germany and the United States. In November 2016 Hoxton Mini Press is publishing her new book, shot in partnership with David Campany, Adventures in the Lea Valleypollybraden.com

Bronze Award (£500): Poem Baker (UK), The Jungola Klownz of Deptford.
Poem Baker is a self-taught photographer, focusing on documentary, fashion, and street photography. She recently signed to Angela Woods Agency.  Poem’s work is characterised by its intimacy, adding her own tender twist to each portrait she makes with her subjects. poembaker.co.uk

2016 Selection Panel:

Celia Davies: Director of Photoworks & Brighton Biennial Photo Festival
Malcolm Dickson: Writer, Curator & Director of Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
Russ O’Connell: Picture Editor for The Sunday Times Magazine, past Picture Director for Q Magazine
Gemma Padley: Freelance Photographic Journalist & Editor, Projects Editor for British Journal of Photography (BJP)
Dougie Wallace: London-based photographer recognised for his expressive social documentary and distinct and direct style of street photography

Exhibition Tour Dates: 

13 October, opening night of PHOTOBLOCK at The Old Truman Brewery, London, 6pm - 9pm, all welcome (no tickets required)
14 - 18 October, PHOTOBLOCK at The Old Truman Brewery, London. Part of the Photomonth International Photography Festival. Find out more about PHOTOBLOCK online.

16 November - 11 December, Royal Albert Hall, London. The exhibition can be viewed when attending performances or on the following free public open days: 19, 20 November 10am - 1pm, 26 November 10am - 4pm, 10 December and 11 December 10am - 4pm.

14 December - 7 January 2017, University of Brighton

14 January - 11 March, The Museum of Somerset, Taunton
22 April - 3 June, The Civic, Barnsley

10 June - 1 July, Titanic Museum, Belfast International Photography Festival. Opening event Friday 9 June, 5pm-7pm. Free admission, all welcome

11 - 21 July, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, Retina - Scottish International Photography FestivalJoin in for the opening event on Tuesday 11 July, 6pm - 8pm, all welcome. (Retina have created an event listing on Facebook for the opening)

About the IPE: 

The RPS 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. Now in its 159th year, it is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world. 

The call for entries to the next competition will be available at the end of Feb 2017. Email us if you would like to receive a notification when the next competition opens.

Exhibition enquiries contact: Exhibitions Department

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