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CREDIT: Rachel Nixon

RPS Exhibitions

The RPS hosts a series of exhibitions in RPS Gallery, Bristol each year. Find out more about our current and upcoming exhibitions and calls for entry below.

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CREDIT: Muhammad Mostafigur Rahman

International Photography Exhibition 165

RPS Gallery | February 3 - June 2 2024 |  Free admission

The RPS International Photography Exhibition (IPE) is the world’s longest-running photography exhibition. Now in its 165th edition, renowned for showcasing a diverse range of contemporary photography from around the world.

The International Photography Exhibition 165 explores themes such as environmental issues, identity, community, dementia or grief in their work, showing how contemporary photographers are engaging with and capturing aspects of the world that are not only visually compelling but also socially and culturally significant.

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Upcoming Exhibitions - 

Boomsatsuma Graduate Showcase

RPS Gallery | June 15 - June 30 2024 | Coming Soon

Now Touring

James From The Series Fighting Spirit Of Soth London ©Aneesa Dawoojee
Photo North Festival #5 - The Fighting Spirit of South London
Leeds, UK | April 12 - April 14 2024

In partnership with The Royal Photographic Society, Photo North deliver The Fighting Spirit of South London by Aneesa Dawoojee to a northern audience.

The Fighting Spirit of South London delves into the lives of martial artists and combat sports athletes from gyms near Aneesa's home. Through her lens, Aneesa has captured the indomitable human spirit as these individuals confront life's challenges head-on.

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CREDIT: Dr Edward A Hyde FRPS
Weston Museum - RPS Summer Exhibition
Weston-Super-Mare, UK | April 23 - July 13 2024

This spring visitors to Weston Museum can discover an inspirational selection of 80 images showcasing photography taken around the world by members of the Royal Photographic Society in The Royal Photographic Society’s Summer Exhibition.

Visitors to the exhibition will get the chance to see the finest work from RPS members, learn more about photography and connect with others who have a passion for taking photographs.

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Call for entry

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CREDIT: Nicholas Kitto

Call for Entries / IPE 166

Photographers and image-makers, of all ages, can submit their work to the RPS International Photography Exhibition. Submissions are encouraged from new, emerging and established photographers worldwide.

The IPE presents a unique opportunity to exhibit in a group exhibition at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol, UK, and other nationwide venues, alongside a prize fund to support future photographic projects.

Exhibition selection is anonymous throughout, including the award winners, with a changing guest selection panel for each edition. The process is both rigorous and fair, where digital image and print work form part of the selection process. Each IPE edition is a unique celebration of photography today.

The information on this page includes all you need to know to submit your work to the International Photography Exhibition, including details of our Awards, key dates and an extensive FAQs. If you have an enquiry, or would like to hire and exhibit the IPE at your venue, email the Exhibitions Team. We thank you for your support of the RPS.

Call for entry opens 20 February 2024

IPE 166

Exhibition Hire

These exhibitions are for hire. For more information email 

Elia from the series Fighting Spirit of South London©Aneesa Dawoojee
CREDIT: Aneesa Dawoojee FRPS

Only Human: Aneesa Dawoojee

Aneesa Dawoojee FRPS a South London portrait and social documentary photographer, who’s interest in community, resilience, hope and social discussion have seen her work recognised by the media, funding bodies and the photography world alike.

Only Human: Aneesa Dawoojee showcases The Fighting Spirit of South London and previously unseen work from her new series March of the Hummingbirds.  

Only Human: Aneesa Dawoojee is a touring exhibition, please contact for a touring information pack


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CREDIT: Frederic Aranda FRPS

International Photography Exhibition

The International Photography Exhibition (IPE) is a unique celebration of photography today. Held continuously since 1854, it is the world’s longest running photography exhibition.

The IPE is curated from an international, annual open call that welcomes entries from new, emerging, and established photographers, working across any subject or genre.

Each edition of the IPE tours the UK after opening ar RPS Gallery, Bristol. If you have an enquiry, or would like to hire and exhibit the IPE at your venue, email the Exhibitions Department. We thank you for your support of the RPS.

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CREDIT: Alexander Ward

Exhibition Publications

Available in the RPS House bookshop or online we stock a variety of books that run alongside out exhibitions programme. 

Some of the publications available:

RPS Summer Exhibition Pack - the pack includes posters, postcards and a unique digital exhibition platform - Find out more

Squaring the Circles - Find out more

International Photography Exhibition 164 Limited edition Zine - Find out more

International Photography Exhibition 163 Limited edition Zine - Find out more