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RPS International Photography Exhibition 165: Shortlist Announced


Great to hear one of my latest images has been shortlisted for the International Photography Exhibition 165. 'Reflective Bear' was taken on the sea ice, off eastern Greenland, while exploring this remote region onboard French icebreaker 'Le Commandant Charcot'. Thanks in particular to Stephen Johnson of Copyrightmage for his masterful image preparation and printing, Fujifilm UK and the team from Ponant.



Reflective Bear - Ian Dawson



The shortlist features work from 416 photographers from 41 countries. The photographers were chosen from a worldwide open call in which over 6000 images were entered by 5205 photographers around the world.


The selection, made anonymously, demonstrates the breadth of contemporary image-making and storytelling that includes alternative approaches, new genres, and processes. Exploring themes of identity, relationships, religion, conflict, global cultural issues and the environment.


The RPS International Photography Exhibition (IPE) is the world’s longest running photography exhibition celebrating contemporary photography from across the globe. Each edition of the IPE invites a panel of leading voices in photography, and they bring an exciting mix of expertise in photography, as artists, curators and editors.


The IPE 165 guest selection panel are The IPE 165 guest selection panel are Àsìkò (Visual artist), Louise Fedotov- Clements (Co-Founder of FORMAT), Siqi Li (Visual Artist), Dr Michael Pritchard (RPS Director of Programmes and photohistorian) and Raquel Villar-Pérez (Curator).


The final selection of 100 photographs and award winners, which will be chosen from the shortlisted prints in September, will be announced later this year. Selected exhibiting photographers will be offered exclusive opportunities including two awards, the IPE Award and the Under 30’s Award alongside a £2250 prize fund and features in the award-winning RPS Journal.


The International Photography Exhibition 165 will be on display at RPS Gallery, Bristol in January 2024.

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