The Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition has once again come to the Civic, Barnsley.
The exhibition features a mixture of work by photographers of all ages, from all over the world.
The 160th Exhibition
This year there is a huge range of photography styles and subjects in the exhibition. The combination of digital and darkroom processes gives the exhibition a character I’ve not seen before. There’s a wet collodion image, catchy titles such as “Cabbages and Kings” and some moving text and image combinations.
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.
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.
Margaret Mitchell from the UK won the Gold Award.
Margaret is a photographer based in Glasgow. Her interest lies in people and their stories, including childhood and youth. Her work has been exhibited at the National Portrait gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and will soon feature in the exhibition When we were young: Photographs of childhood in the National galleries of Scotland.
Owen Harvey from the UKwon the Under 30’s Gold Award.
He works as a commercial photographer for well-known companies, as well as keeping up with his personal projects. The personal projects he works on have been exhibited at The Photographer’s Gallery, Royal Albert Hall and Photoville NYC as well as being published in magazine print.
R.J>Kaern form the US won the Silver Award.
This American photographer uses different mediums of photography, utilizing natural and artificial light to create his work. He focuses on home, ancestry and the idea of place in his work.
Wes Bell from Canada won the Bronze Award.
With a background in fashion photography Wes Bell photographs in the studio and on location to create his images. He is particularly interested in fine art photography. He is currently working on an exhibition series lost for words, Final Steps, Rapt, Snag and In Plain Site. The exhibition will be a full series split into five parts.
All the exhibiting photographers can be seen on the RPS Winners Announcement on website.
The RPS hold a number of competitions throughout the year, all of which can be found on their competition page here.