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Davies_Lottie_Experiment #4
CREDIT: Lottie Davies

International Photography Exhibition 165

Call for entry Opens: 7 February 2023

The RPS International Photography Exhibition (IPE) is the world’s longest running photography exhibition. We encourage everyone to participate in the annual open call, including new, emerging and established photographers worldwide, and everyone can submit one image for free.

The RPS is an independent educational charity. By supporting the IPE, you help us to continue our mission of bringing 'Photography for Everyone'. 

Kitto_Nicholas_Highrise Tennis in Mongkok, Hong Kong
CREDIT: Nicholas Kitto

Call for Entries / IPE 165

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.


CREDIT: Natcha Wongchanglaw
IPE 164 Open House Saturday 28 January

The RPS is delighted to host a series of talks from a selection of IPE 164 exhibitors to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. The talks will be held at RPS House, Bristol UK, and streamed live online.

Visit the exhibition on the opening day, meet exhibitors and create your own artwork in our family-friendly workshop

IPE 164 Open House 28 January - Program of talks

Find out more about each talk and how to book by following the links below:

10:30 – 11:00 | Owen Harvey | Book Tickets

11:15 – 11:45 | Laurie Beck Peterson | Book Tickets

12:00 – 12:30 | Siqi Li | Book Tickets

13:45 – 14:15 | Michelle Sank | Book Tickets

14:30 – 15:00 | Max Miechowski | Book Tickets

15:15 – 15:45 | Alys Tomlinson | Book Tickets

IPE164 Open House
Harvey_Owen_Lou _ Paisley. From Series, Young Fathers
CREDIT: Owen Harvey
Discover the IPE 164
Meet the IPE 164 photographers

46 photographers were selected to exhibit in the International Photography Exhibition 164 from the annual open-call, including new, emerging, and established photographers worldwide.

Find out more about the artist of the 164th edition of the IPE and their work. The International Exhibition 164 is on display at RPS Gallery 28 January - 7 May 2023

Explore the IPE 164
At the Pink Planet
CREDIT: Yevhen Samuchenko
Inspiration from the archives

The IPE is selected from an open-call. This means that images across all genres, using different types, processes, and experimental techniques can be submitted.

Explore the collection from recent editions and be inspired to enter your work. 

IPE Inspiration Gallery
Liminal State
CREDIT: Cody Cobb

Exhibition's History

The International Photography Exhibition has been held almost every year since 1854 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.

Awards & Recognition

The International Photography Exhibition presents an opportunity to exhibit in the world's longest running photography exhibition. You will also be eligible for several significant awards:

1. IPE Award  /  £1000 and 1-year free membership to the RPS

2. Under 30s Award  /  £1000 and 1-year free membership to the RPS

3. Exhibition Tour  /  100 photographs will be selected for the touring exhibition, opening at the RPS Gallery, Bristol

4. RPS Journal Features  /  Four opportunities for a photographer to feature in the award-winning RPS Journal, selected by the Editor

5. Visitor Prize  /  £250 prize voted for by visitors to the Bristol exhibition

6. Selectors Spotlight  /  Four photographers will receive a statement by one of the guest selectors about why they selected the work. This will be included in the exhibition

7. IPE Journal Edition  /  All selected photographers will receive a digital copy of the IPE edition of the award-winning RPS Journal

8. International Recognition  /  Shortlisted photographers will be celebrated across our online and digital channels, including opportunities for Instagram take-overs 

9. Membership Offer  /  All IPE entrants receive 15% discount on a new RPS membership 

10. Digital Spotlight  /  We will share stand-out entries during the entry period across RPS digital channels

RPS House Day
CREDIT: Evan Dawson

RPS Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom

RPS Gallery is situated in the photography hub of Bristol alongside the Martin Parr Foundation. Previous exhibitions have included Squaring the Circles of Confusion: Neo-Pictorialism in the 21st Century, Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors, IN PROGRESS: Laia Abril - Hoda Afshar - Widline Cadet - Adama Jalloh - Alba Zari; Jack Latham's Sugar Paper Theories and Mandy Barker's Altered Ocean. 

Young Carers: A Life in Focus: 21 December - 21 January 2023

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm, free admission

Recent Awardees 

IPE 64 Award: Natcha Wongchanglaw

"In addition to knowing that my work has been chosen for the exhibition where the work of the world's most renowned photographers, including Roger Fenton and Paul Strand, was once exhibited, I am thrilled and deeply humbled to have received the IPE Award.  I can't even begin to express how grateful and honored I am. I am extremely thankful that my work has been recognized and appreciated by the panel and RPS, and that I can also share it with a wider audience."

Natcha Wongchanglaw, Thailand | USA

IPE 164 Under 30s Award: Siqi Li

"I feel extremely humbled to be given this award and very pleased to see people of different backgrounds connecting with my personal narratives." 

Siqi Li, London / Beijing

IPE 163 Award: Tim Franco

"I am really humbled that my work has been selected for the IPE awards, especially after seeing all the amazing work that was submitted this year!"
Tim Franco, France

IPE 163 Under 30s Award: KyeongJun Yang

"I am deeply honored to win the award and I am thankful to everyone who appreciates my dad’s story."
KyeongJun Yang, South Korea 

IPE 162 Award: Cody Cobb

"It's an incredible honor to not only be a part of an historic exhibition but to also have my work recognized by such an esteemed committee. The support and resources of The RPS has encouraged me to continue pushing myself and my work in ways that weren’t possible before. I'm incredibly grateful for this opportunity to share my interpretation of what it means to be human on this strange and fantastic planet."
Cody Cobb, USA

The International Photography Exhibition is supported by