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CREDIT: Max Ferguson

International Photography Exhibition 166

Closing Date for Entries - Tuesday 21 May 2024

The International Photography Exhibition the world’s longest-running contemporary photography exhibition. 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 call for entry for the 166 edition of the International Photography Exhibition is open until 21 May 2024. 

Entry Guide & FAQ  | Terms & Conditions of Entry  | Submit your images online

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 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.

Ready to submit your images - visit the submission site

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CREDIT: George Mcleod
Entry Guide & FAQs

Please find a step-by-step guide on submitting your images to the International Photography Exhibition and a list of frequently asked questions. 

For further enquiries contact the
Exhibitions Team

See Our FAQ's
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CREDIT: Maxime Michelet
Key Dates & Submission Fee

Early-bird prize draw deadline:
Tuesday 26 March 2024

Closing date for entries:
Tuesday 21 May 2024


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 21 May 2024 (proof of age will be required if selected)

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

Li Siqi The Death Of A Beautiful Thing
CREDIT:  Siqi Li
Entry Overview
Entry Information & FAQ's

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, 21 May 2024, 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: Olufemi Olaiya
Discover the IPE 165
Visit the IPE 165 RPS Gallery Bristol

50 photographers were selected to exhibit in the International Photography Exhibition 165 from the annual open-call, including new, emerging, and established photographers worldwide.

Find out more about the artist of the 165th edition of the IPE, listen to talks and discover the latest edition of the IPE Zine.

International Photography Exhibition 165 until 3 June 2024 at RPS Gallery, Bristol

Explore the IPE 165

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. Solo Exhibition at the RPS  /  2-week solo exhibition at RPS Bristol or partnering venues, awarded by the RPS. The RPS will support the selected photographer to develop and deliver the exhibition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. 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 Aneesa Dawoojee: Only Human, 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.

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

Find out more about RPS Exhibitions

About the IPE

Cobb Cody 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.

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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.

Explore the IPE 164

Recent Awardees 

IPE 165 Award: Yuxing Chen

"I feel highly honoured and deeply grateful to have been awarded the International Photography Exhibition Award. Also, I am grateful for the support and recognition from the RPS, which means so much to the project and myself. I am incredibly excited that a wider audience sees the pagoda and other oriental constructions."

Yuxing Chen, China

IPE 165 Under 30s Award: Juno Seunghui Joo

"It is a great honour for me to be one of the winners exhibiting at RPS. Being recognised by such a renowned organisation is such a privilege and a reassurance to me and my work." 

Juno Seunghui Joo, South Korea and works in London, United Kingdom

IPE 164 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