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CREDIT: Lottie Davies

International Photography Exhibition 165

Call for entry Open: 7 February - 8 May 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.

Find information on these pages on how to be part of the 165th edition of the International Photography Exhibition

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

Read the press announcement for the call for entry →

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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.

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CREDIT: Ashley J. Bourne
Entry Overview
Entry Information

1. Anyone of any age can submit their images to the IPE - this includes student, amateur, professional and non-professional photographers and image-makers worldwide.
2. The IPE is an open-call exhibition; therefore all subjects and approaches can be submitted, including alternative photographic processes and experimental work. There are no predefined categories, allowing for a completely open submission. Read our FAQs for details on artwork size. Entrants can submit four images from a series of work or four single images. One free single image entry is available to everyone.

3. Register online to submit your images. After the closing date, 8 May 2023, the online selection takes place and all shortlisted entrants are invited to submit prints for the final stage of selection. Entrants remain anonymous throughout the online and print selection process. 

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CREDIT: Anton Roland Laub
Key Dates & Submission Fee

Early-bird prize draw deadline:
Tuesday 4 April 2023

Closing date for entries:
Monday 8 May 2023

Notify shortlisted entrants:
W/C 19 June 2023

Print submission window for shortlisted entrants:
21 June - 31 July 2023


One free single image submission is available to all entrants. Payment for a series of work or a set of single images is made online during the entry process.

Standard entry of four images:
£30 per person

RPS Member entry of four images:
£24 per person

Entry of four images for anyone Under 30:
£18 per person* 
*Entrants must be under 30 years old on 8 May 2023 (proof of age will be required if selected)

Reduced entry is available for groups of 10+.
Please contact the Exhibitions Team 

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

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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

Selection Panel


Àsìkò is a visual artist who uses photography, digital collage and other forms of art to explore ideas of culture and heritage.  His practice is anchored by the interpolation of his emotional experiences as a Nigerian born (and raised) British citizen, into a life-long, cultural and spiritual exploration of his Yoruba heritage. His work is motivated by a drive for greater self-awareness, authentic creative expression and therefore the development of a visual language that articulates new ways to understand the liberatory possibilities of African diasporic identity. 

As such Asiko’s work is aspirational. His images, although initiated by internal dialogue, seek to instigate public conversations with the audience that can help to negotiate some of the ethical contradictions inherent within modern permutations of Yoruba culture. This is because they are grounded in a wider commitment to faithfully honour and enrich the relevance of this vast and - as yet poorly understood - knowledge system and philosophy to contemporary global society. 

Asikos work has been featured on the Guardian, CNN and The BBC. His new body of work 'New World Giants' is currently on show at the Gagosian Gallery in London and his previous series 'Of Myth and Legend' is currently a public art installation on Sloane street in central London. He is represented by MTArt Agency.

Louise Fedotov-Clements

Louise Fedotov-Clements: National Curator of Contemporary Art, Forestry England / Co-Director of Earth Photo / Co-Founder & Patron, FORMAT International Photography Festival 

Louise leads the contemporary arts programme for Forestry England, the largest land manager in the UK caring for over 1500 forests. A major project at Forestry England is Earth Photo which was Co-founded by Forestry England, together with the Royal Geographical Society and Parker Harris in 2018. 

Previously Louise was Artistic Director of QUAD a centre for contemporary art and film for 20 years. Director of FORMAT the UK's leading international festival of photography for 18 years, which she co-founded in 2004. An independent curator since 1998 directing commissions, publications, residencies, performances, and exhibitions worldwide. A specialist in digital art, socially engaged participatory practice, photography, festivals, and contemporary art; a guest curator for international exhibitions/festivals including Dong Gang (Yeongwol) South Korea; Photoquai Biennale Musée du quai Branly Paris; Les Rencontres Arles, Discoveries; Dali Photo, China; Venice Biennale EM15; Photo Beijing, and LishuiPhoto China; Korea International Photo Festival.

Siqi Li

Siqi Li is a Chinese visual artist currently based in London, UK. Her practice is concerned with the mythologies surrounding familial representation, collective identity and personal history with reference to the historical and political state of her country and her experiences living abroad.

Siqi graduated from London College of Communication with an MA degree in Documentary Photography and is a recipient of the International Photography Exhibition 164 Under 30s award for her debut series Empty Nest. Working with images, archives, and literature, she reflects on the larger and more complex longing and intimacy from a narration of the day-to-day. 




Raquel Villar-Pérez

Raquel Villar-Pérez is an academic and curator whose practice focuses on de- and anti-colonial discourses within contemporary art from the socio-political Global South. She is interested in the work of women-identified image makers who address notions of transnational feminisms, social and environmental justice. She is Curator at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, where she is responsible for the delivery of exhibitions, commissions, and other curatorial projects.





About the IPE

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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
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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.

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CREDIT: Alys Tomlinson
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

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

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