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IPE 163: Call for Entries

The 163rd edition of the historic photography exhibition introduces new awards and one free entry submission.

Be part of the longest running photographic exhibition celebrating the most compelling images and stories of our time.


The International Photography Exhibition (IPE) open-call welcomes submissions from new, emerging and established photographers of all ages and working in any subject or genre. New approaches, alternative photographic processes and experimental work is encouraged.

Selected photographers will be offered exclusive opportunities. New awards for 2021 include a two-week solo show at the RPS and a £1250 commission to create new work. A £4000 prize fund will be awarded to standout entrants, including an Under 30s Award.

100 images, chosen by a distinguished selection panel, will form a group exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, UK. After its first showing at the RPS, the IPE 163 will tour nationwide. Selected photographers will also be featured in the award-winning RPS Journal.

“It is an incredible honour to not only be part of a historic exhibition but to also have my work recognised by such an esteemed committee. The support and resources from the RPS has encouraged me to continue pushing myself and my work in ways that weren’t possible before. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share my interpretation of what it means to be human on this strange and fantastic planet.” – Cody Cobb, IPE 162 Award winner.

The RPS is pleased to welcome the following selectors for the IPE 163: Monica Alcazar-Duarte, Non- Fiction Photographer; Sebah Chaudhry, Creative Producer, Co-Founder and Co-Director, ReFramed; Tim Clark, Editor-in-Chief, 1000 Words; Joy Gregory Hon FRPS, Photographic Artist and Dr Michael Pritchard, RPS Director of Education and Public Affairs.

Entry is free for one image, and up to four images can be submitted for £18 – £30, as a series or as individual images.

Entries close at midnight on 27 April 2021.

Images submitted before 1 March 2021 will be entered into an early-bird prize draw to win Yukari Chikura’s photobook ‘Zaido’.

Learn more and enter →