RPS International Print Exhibition 159


  • Opens 14 January  to 11 March 2017

  • Features work from 75 international photographers

  • Free entry

Launched in 1854 and now in its 159th edition, The Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition 159, is the longest-running exhibition of its kind in the world. This year’s exhibition features an eclectic mix of work by 75 photographers from 16 countries, carefully selected by a panel of experts, and will provide a fascinating insight into the range and diversity of photography today.

A world-wide competition

Taking the form of a competition, with entries submitted from both amateur and professional photographers throughout the world, the IPE finalists and medal winners were selected by a panel made up of social documentary photographer Dougie Wallace, Brighton Biennial Photo Festival Director, Celia Davies, Director of Glasgow’s Street Level Photoworks Malcolm Dickson, Picture Editor for The Sunday Times Magazine Russ O’Connell and photography writer and editor Gemma Padley.

All four medal winners are women

For the first time in the exhibition’s long history, all four medal winners are women. UK photographers Carolyn Mendelsohn, Polly Braden and Poem Baker secured the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, and Russian photographer Anna Shustikova won the under-30s Gold award. The four medal-winning prints can be seen at the exhibition which is touring venues and photography festivals throughout the UK. The exhibition at the Museum of Somerset is the only scheduled venue in the South West.

Read more about the winners on the RPS website

International Print Exhibition 159 is free to visit.


Associated family events

Funky photo 

Saturday 28 January 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Use our costumes and props to create some funky photos. Be inspired by the exhibition then take your own pictures – bring your phone or camera. Free drop-in.

Tell your story in a picture

Wednesday 15 February 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Family fun drop-in. Age 3 – 12. £1 per child