Liminal State
CREDIT: Cody Cobb

Exhibition: International Photography Exhibition 162

Event info

The RPS International Photography Exhibition returns to Bristol in February to launch its 162nd edition, featuring work from 43 international photographers.


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.


A series of photography talks and workshops will be programmed during February and March. The exhibition will tour to London, Yorkshire and Wales throughout 2020 and into 2021.


The IPE is kindly supported by theprintspace.

Free Admission

Event Organiser


Venue Information

Wheelchair Access



RPS House

337-340 Paintworks

Arnos Vale



RPS Website
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
Blue Shift 10
CREDIT: Cody Cobb

IPE 162 Tour Dates

The exhibition will tour the following venues:

RPS House, Bristol: 15 February - 22 March 2020

Royal Albert Hall, London: 2 April - 27 April 2020 CANCELLED

Beverley Art Gallery, Beverley: 13 June - 12 September 2020 POSTPONED

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

Ellie Burd
CREDIT: Ellie Burd

Print Store

A selection of limited-edition exhibition prints are available to order online through our Print Store.

Printed on C-Type Matt paper, 10 x 12 inches, with a limited edition print run of 20. All prints are £125, with global shipping included.

Download a list of prints available here

Buy Prints
Ian at Home
CREDIT: Frederic Aranda

IPE 162 Exhibitors

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

Meet the Photographers
Alone (Watch Tower), The Outback, 2016
CREDIT: Roei Greenberg

Submit your work

The IPE 163 call for entries will open in Autumn 2020!

Open to photographers of all ages and abilities, the next call-for-entries to the International Photography Exhibition (163) will open later in the year. To be notified when entry is open please send a reminder request to the Exhibitions Department 

IPE 162 Selectors

IPE 162 Selection Panel

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

Meet the Panel