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Torn By Gabriella Muttone


An open call, free-to-enter online photo exhibition by the RPS Women in Photography Group

The Royal Photographic Society's (RPS) Women in Photography Group are calling for submissions from female and female-identifying photographers for a unique and inspirational online exhibition we are hosting, titled SELFIES: WOMEN IN PHOTOGRAPHY.

A Photographer Lost In Lockdown By Alice Chapman
CREDIT: A photographer lost in lockdown by Alice Chapman
About the exhibition

Self-portraiture has been used as an artistic expression by artists since the first painters, long before social media. SELFIE, defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself….”, is the latest, and more accessible, iteration of that art form. Both allow the photographer to share with us how they perceive themselves, and how they wish for us to see them.  

With this exhibition, we are asking female and female-identifying photographers to step out from behind the lens in celebration and recognition of the talented women in our profession. You do not need to be a member of the RPS to participate.

The SELFIES: Women in Photography exhibition will run from 15 June to 31 July, 2022 from a virtual gallery, allowing an opportunity for a global audience to view.  

All images from this show will be stored on the RPS Women in Photography website at the end of the online exhibition.

Selfie By Sarah Haskell
CREDIT: Selfie by Sarah Haskell

Closed for Entries

The SELFIES: Women in Photography exhibition will run from 15 June to 31 July, 2022 from a virtual gallery, allowing an opportunity for a global audience to view.

Inescapable By Kirsty Wilson
CREDIT: Inescapable by Kirsty Wilson
Fees and entry info

There are no entry fees for SELFIES.

If you would like to make a donation to our Women in Photography Bursary to help support a new woman photography graduate, you are very welcome to do so with your entry. Donate to the bursary here.

This opportunity is available for all female and female-identifying photographers, RPS Members and Non-Members.

Up to TWO (2) images may be entered per photographer.

If you are not a member of the RPS or the RPS Women in Photography Group, information on how to join may be found here.

Empty Nester By Carol Olerud
CREDIT: Empty Nester By Carol Olerud

Specifications for entries

  • All submitted files must be named with title of the work and photographer's name.  Files that are not labelled correctly may not be accepted.  Correct file naming looks like this: image-title-by-firstname-lastname.jpg
  • Images can be landscape, portrait or square format.
  • Submitted images must be jpegs no larger than 4,500 pixels on the longest edge; less than 5mb in size.  Images that do not meet this criteria may not be accepted.
  • Images must be suitable for a family audience.
  • The RPS Women in Photography Group reserves the right not to display work.
  • Please read the Terms and Conditions for the 'fine print'

We will be in touch by email to inform entrants who are selected for exhibition by 30 May, 2022.

Terms and Conditions

Copyright remains with the originator and each photographer shall be deemed to warrant that they own the entire copyright in the work.

The RPS Women in Photography Group reserves the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media any entry, without payment, for the purpose of the exhibition and publicity. If we do so, we will credit the image using the file name that is provided by the photographer when submitting (image-title-by-firstname-lastname).

At the end of the Online Exhibition period, all of the selected images will be archived on the RPS Women in Photography website under a SELFIES page where they may continue to be viewed by the public.

Please ensure that you read and agree with the above information before you submit your application. By submitting your application, you are agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions and the information set out above.

Selection Panel

CREDIT: Tracy Marshall-Grant
Tracy Marshall- Grant

Tracy Marshall-Grant is an Arts Director & Producer specialising in the production of photography exhibitions, festivals, education projects and workshops. She is the new Director of Development for the RPS tasked with development membership, communications and the income generations strategies of the organisation. Tracy previously directed LOOK Photo Biennial and was Director of Development at Open Eye Gallery Liverpool and Executive Director at Belfast Exposed Gallery. Prior to coming to join RPS in October 2021, she was the Festival Director of the inaugural Bristol Photo Festival.

Tracy is also co-founder and Director of Northern Narratives, the non-venue based photography production company. Through that she has been working on the production of a large international tour of Martin Parr’s Irish work which is touring Ireland and America during 2021-2023. She is also working on the Chris Killip retrospective with key photography publishers and galleries. She was also the project manager behind the RPS’s Holocaust portrait exhibition with the Imperial War Museum, the Holocaust Memorial Trust, and the office of the Duchess of Cambridge, which is currently showing at RPS House.

Tracy has a previous career as Director of Development for a number of international Arts organisations covering the development of work for classical music, visual arts and literature. Prior to this she had also been a Director of Campaigns for health, social welfare and education charities across UK & Ireland.



CREDIT: Teri Walker
Teri Walker

I have always had an interest in art and photography and dabbled in both over the years. I purchased one of the first Canon DSLR’s that came out and spent many years happily snapping family and travel pics - relying heavily on the ‘Auto’ setting as I hadn’t had the time to learn more. In 2019, I left the corporate world and ‘retired’ in Somerset. Finally having time to dedicate to learning more about photography, I enrolled in an Open University course run in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society. I was hooked!

The first lockdown happened while I was on my OU course. My photography has been largely restricted by what has been accessible to me during Covid; landscapes, wildlife and nature. I have been experimenting with macro which I have found I have a particular interest in. I keep reminding myself that photography is a journey and I am enjoying it all very much.

I took over as the Chair of the RPS Women in Photography group in October, 2021. We are building our programmes and exploring new projects that our Members can participate in while also trying to encourage others to join up. It’s an amazing opportunity to meet so many talented women from all walks of life.

CREDIT: Laura Noble
Laura Noble

Laura Noble is an artist, collector and the Director of L A Noble Gallery (LANG) in London and FIX Photo Festival. She represents emerging and established artists and champions them through LANG exhibitions, festivals and museums in the UK and abroad. She curates both at LANG and independently at venues globally, working with organisations promoting photography, residency programmes and also as a portfolio reviewer at photo festivals worldwide. She launched FIX Photo Festival in 2016 garnering worldwide recognition, opportunities and participation.

Her writing includes The Art of Collecting Photography a seminal book on collecting photography, with primary essays in many monographs and anthologies. As an avid collector, Laura prides herself on discovering new talent, developing projects and driving education in the arts. She is currently working on a new book about photography inclusivity and representation, which will launch alongside a global touring exhibition.

Laura’s advice on professional practice and the art market is also keenly received at several museums, universities and institutions around the world. She is dedicated to helping emerging photographers.  She runs workshops, mentoring and one-to-one portfolio reviews in person and online for photographers at every stage of their career. Laura is committed to inclusivity in the arts through her projects, writing, exhibitions and participation.

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CREDIT: Dr. Amak Mahmoodian
Dr. Amak Mahmoodian

Born in Shiraz, Iran. Lives in Bristol, UK.

Amak's work questions notions of identity and home, bridging a space between personal and political. Through her journey she explores the effects of exile and distance on memory, dreams and daily life.

In 2015, she completed a practice-based doctorate in photography at the University of South Wales, having previously studied at the Art University of Tehran. Working with images, poems and archives, she looks for the lyrical realities framed in the photographs. Amak has shown her work extensively and won numerous awards. Her most recent was 'Winner of the Best Photo/Text Book 2020, Rencontres Arles, France. She has published two books; Shenasname 2016, RRB Photobooks/ICVL Studio and Zanijir 2019, RRP Photobooks.