Liminal State
CREDIT: Cody Cobb

International Photography Exhibition 162

Event info

We are afraid the Royal Albert Hall is closed 


The RPS International Photography Exhibition 162 featuring work from 43 international photographers tours the UK throughout 2020 and into 2021. 


The exhibition will be on display in the Royal Albert Hall's Ground Floor Corridor and can be viewed when attending a performance between 2 April - 27 April 2020. There will be free open days on the following dates:

Saturday 11 April 2020 (times TBC)

Saturday 18 April 2020 (times TBC)


Selected from a worldwide open call and curated by some of the most influential people in photography today, this edition includes stark landscapes made during periods of extended solitude, alongside images created using pinhole cameras (made from apples) which celebrate community orchards. Spirituality, family, identity, and inclusion are some of the powerful narratives explored this year.


The selection panel included Shannon Ghannam (Global Education Director at Magnum Photos), Skinder Hundal MBE (CEO/Director of New Art Exchange), Yan Wang Preston (Photographic Artist and lecturer at the University of Huddersfield) and Cian Oba-Smith (Editorial and Commercial Photographer), who were joined by RPS Director of Education Dr Michael Pritchard. They selected an exhibition enthused with storytelling, reflecting the concerns of the modern world.


The IPE is kindly supported by theprintspace.


Find out more about the International Photography Exhibition and how to submit to our next call-for-entries, online.


Free Admission on public open days





Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore



Anita   (Punica   granatum,   Pomegranate,   Meaning:   Fertility)
CREDIT: Leslie Sheryll

International Photography Exhibition

The International Photography Exhibition (IPE) is an annual international open-call to photographers and image-makers of all ages. Each year, a touring photographic show is curated by some of the most influential people in photography today.


Steeped in history, the IPE has been held almost every year since 1854, the year after The RPS was founded and is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world. 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 Paul Strand.

Discover the 2020 edition
Horse Bath

Exhibition Tour Dates

Visit the exhibition at one of the following venues: 

Beverley Art Gallery, Beverley: 19 September - 16 November 2020 

Oriel Art Gallery, Theatr Clwyd: 28 November 2020 - 16 January 2021

The Museum of Somerset, Taunton: 17 May - 10 July 2021

The Museum of Gloucester, Gloucester: 27 January - 5 June 2022

Ian at Home
CREDIT: Frederic Aranda

Selected Photographers

Congratulations to the 43 international photographers selected for the International Photography Exhibition 162.

Meet the Photographers
Grandfathers Death
CREDIT: Kerry Dean

Exhibit your work

Call for entries for the International Photography Exhibition 164 (IPE 164) will be announced in January 2022.

Awards include a group exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, and a £4000 prize fund to support future projects. 
Entry is through an open-call where we welcome submissions from new, emerging and established international photographers of all ages. Email the Exhibitions team if you’d like to receive a reminder when entry opens.

IPE 162 Selectors

Exhibition Selection Panel

Learn more about this year's panel of respected industry leaders.

Meet the Panel