Liminal State
CREDIT: Cody Cobb

Exhibition: International Photography Exhibition 162

Event info

The International Photography Exhibition (IPE) is a unique celebration of photography today, presenting work which offers insight into current approaches to photography, comments on contemporary issues, and introduces you to new photographers and image-makers from across the world.

The IPE is formed from an annual international open call, which is open to everyone to participate. Each year, the IPE features a wide range of subjects, genres, and experimental techniques, including traditional photographic processes, and each edition welcomes a new guest selection panel who curate the exhibition.

The selection panel for the IPE 162 included Shannon Ghannam (Global Education Director at Magnum Photos), Skinder Hundal MBE (CEO/Director of New Art Exchange), Dr 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.

First prize was awarded to American photographer Cody Cobb for his striking series titled Strange Land. The extraordinary images of stark landscapes were taken during periods of solitude in the American West. With New-Zealand based artist Chriag Jindal receiving the Under 30s prize for Into the Underworld / Ngā Mahi Rarowhenua, a remarkable series of work revealing a network of lava caves in Auckland, using LiDAR technology.

The work of the award recipients is presented alongside images from 41 international photographers.

For further information on the exhibiting photographers visit IPE online.

The RPS is grateful to both theprintspace and the selection panel for their support of the IPE 162.

If you are interested in submitting your work to our next exhibition, the call-for-entries opens on 12 January! Sign up here to receive an email reminder when the call is announced.  


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
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

RPS Gallery, Bristol: 23 January 2021 - 5 April 2021 (Cancelled)

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the RPS gallery will be closed until April 2021.

To learn more about our how we are responding to the pandemic click here.

Grandfathers Death
CREDIT: Kerry Dean

Exhibit your work

Entries are now open for the International Photography Exhibition 163 (IPE 163)

Awards include a group exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, a two-week solo show, and a £4000 prize fund to support future projects. 
Entry cost: One free entry is available to all entrants, then £18 - £30. 

Submit your images before 1 March and be entered into a prize draw to win Yukari Chikura's photobook ‘Zaido’.

Entries close 27 April 2021. 

Find out more
IPE 162 Print Store Gif

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.

Download a list of prints available here

Buy Prints
Ian at Home
CREDIT: Frederic Aranda

Selected Photographers

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

Meet the Photographers
IPE 162 Selectors

Exhibition Selection Panel

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

Meet the Panel