Be part of the International Photography Exhibition 163, the world's longest running photographic exhibition celebrating the most compelling images and stories of our time.
Alongside a £4000 prize fund and the unique opportunity to exhibit at the RPS, this year we’re excited to introduce several new awards including a two-week solo show and a photographic commission to create new work.
The annual open call celebrates contemporary photography from across the globe and submissions are welcome from new, emerging and established photographers of all levels, working in any subject or genre.
We’re also offering one free entry to everyone. Entries are open until 27 April 2021.
Learn more and enter → rps.org/ipe163
Explore some new entries below:
Natalie Christensen and Jim Eyre, VIRALSTATES/COVIDSCAPES
An ongoing series and collaboration between Natalie Christensen, a contemporary photographer based in New Mexico USA, and Jim Eyre, a photographer and creative director from London.
Sofia Conti, The Survivor
‘Donald is a veteran who served with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Donald's experiences helped me understand the mental health issues linked to the traumas of war. Support during Lockdown was limited for so many who desperately required access to mental health services.’
Ann Petruckevitch, Wild Garden
‘This image was made using camera-less and digital methods, respectively. Plants from my garden were selected and used to make colour photograms by placing them on Ilford Ilfobrom Galerie FB black and white photographic paper during the lockdown that took place in May 2020. The sheets of light sensitive paper were exposed and developed using sunlight. The resulting photograms were then digitally combined employing photoshop to produce a floral ethereal image to give the effect of a wild garden.’
R.J.Kern, Kenzi and Hootie, Anoka County, Minnesota, USA, 2020
‘The Unchosen Ones presents a series of portraits of young people and animals over time, looking at the bonds and dreams. The project, which began in Minnesota in 2016, continues to explore the changing complexion of the same youth in 2020. These pastoral portraits reflect the depth of the relationships developed over time between handlers and animals as they prepared for the summer 4-H competitions, cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.’
Yevhen Samuchenko, At the Pink Planet, Lemurian Lake, Ukraine.
‘During the summer months, microscopic algae causes the water to turn pink and red - at this time the lakes look like the surface of another planet. This unusual state of nature helps to immerse of illusory boundaries in the interaction of man and nature. A study of a person's first reaction to familiar things in an unusual view. Setting and awareness of the limits and internal limitations of perception of reality and the outside world, which everyone sets for himself.’
Ray Spence FRPS, The Lovers
Wet plate collodion images on glass
Christopher Bethell, Rodney and Ginger
‘Rodney asked if i'd ever seen a gold rush; I had no idea what he meant. He told me of his adventure to Alaska with a team of treasure hunters, flying out heavy machinery to the Russian side of the tundra in search of the precious metal. He spent three months out there earning $1000 a week before coming back for missing his son. Rodney now works at Mitch's Scrapyard located halfway up the valley's hills. Ginger isn't technically his dog but likes him the best.’
Header image: Tom Oldham, Daisy Edgar Jones
The Actor from Normal People encouraging the public to get behind Macmillan Cancer Support's Coffee Morning fundraiser, September 2020