The Royal Photographic society 159 International print exhibition

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This spring The Civic Barnsley has been the host to The Royal Photographic Society’s 159 International Print exhibition.

The exhibition features a mixture of work by photographers of all ages, from 16 different countries.

The History of the Exhibition

The International print exhibition has been running for 159 years. It began the year after the Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1854. When it first started it included work from world famous photographers, such as Roger Fenton and Edward Steichen.

In more recent years the RPS have opened up the exhibition in form of a competition, giving photographers from all walks of life the opportunity to have their work showcased.

The Judges

The 2016 selection panel was made up of 5 highly regarded men and women in the art world, all with a different view point.

Celia Davies is the director of Photoworks and Brighton Biennial Photo Festival.
Malcolm Dickson is a writer, curator and director of Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.
Russ O’Connell is the picture editor for The Sunday Times Magazine.
Gemma Padley is a freelance photographic journalist and editor and the projects editor for the British Journal of Photography (BJP).
Dougie Wallace is a London based photographer recognised for his distinct style of street photography and documentary work.

The Awards

Each year there are four main awards presented during the exhibition. They are Gold award, Under 30’s Gold award, Silver award and Bronze award.

The awards each come with a cash prize attached, with the Under 30’s also offering a Metro imaging mentorship prize.

With entries coming in from 57 countries the judges had a difficult job to choose just four winners.

The Winners

For the first time in its history all the winners of The Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition are women.

Carolyn Mendelsohn from the UK won the Gold Award.
Her passion is creating work rooted in the story and lives of people and their community. Her winning image is ’Alice’ from the series ’In Between’. The series focuses on the transition between childhood to young adulthood with children aged between 10 and 12.

Anna Shustikova from Russia won the Under 30’s Gold Award.
Her winning image ’School Bus’ was taken after a school trip to a nature reserve. Every year children go to the reserve to seed a special field for the cranes that arrive in the autumn.

Polly Braden form the UK won the Silver Award.
Her winning image ’Lucie’ comes from the series ’Great Interactions. Life with learning disabilities and autism.’ The series looks at the everyday lives, achievements and milestones that people with learning difficulties and autism experience.

Poem Baker from the UK won the Bronze Award.
The image of Tutti Frutti and Toni Tits AKA the Jungola Klownz was her winning image. It was taken from a series of images that followed the girls around their home, work and community in Deptford. The winning image shows them in their local Pie and Mash shop having dinner.

All the winning images can be seen on the RPS Winners Announcement on their website.

Get Involved

The RPS hold a number of competitions throughout the year, all of which can be found on their competition page here.