Photographic Prize 2017

16 February — 11 March 2017

Ivin.Sam.PakistanSam Ivan, Pakistan, hand-scratched C-Type print, prize-winner 2017

About this exhibition:

First launched in 2015, this exhibition celebrates photographic artwork by emerging and established photographers.All entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of independent judges who will make their selection based on the quality and technique of their work.

View all of the selected artworks here.

The judges for this exhibition are:

• Paul Hill MBE FRPS - Photographer, Author and Educator                        • Jim Duncan - Creative Director at HROC                                                      • Lorentz Gullachsen - Advertising and Fine Art Photographer                    • Grahame Wickings - Broadcast Director of Photography and                    Professional Photographer.

This year's prizes include:

The GMC First Prize - £1,000 cash prize
• The RBSA Exhibition Prize - solo show in the RBSA’s
ground floor gallery in 2018
• The People’s Prize - selected by votes placed by visitors to
the exhibition
Ag Photographic Prize - £100 worth of photographic
printing at their laboratory in Birmingham
GRAIN Prize -  A Portfolio Review for an emerging professional photographer supported by GRAIN Photography Hub.                                 • Great Art Prize -  £100 voucher.                                                                        • St. Cuthberts Mill Prize - Photographic paper.

The RBSA gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support provided by all the prize donors.

Related events:

Photographic Historian, Pete James FRPS ASICI will be here to
close the exhibition and award the prizes at the Closing Party
on Friday 10 March 2017.

Don't miss our summer photography workshop by Paul Hill and Maria Falconer. Click here for details.


Call for entries - How to enter (now CLOSED)

Click the link on the top right to download the application pack or send a SAE to the gallery. Please use Adobe® Reader® (free software) if completing the application pack on a computer.

This exhibition is open to all artists working in a photography based medium. 

Please note: Artists under 35 pay half-priced entry fees but need to call the Gallery to pay.


Deadline to enter (now CLOSED)

Entry form, digital file(s) of the portrait(s) entered and entry fee must be received by 4pm on Wednesday 11 January.


Paying your entry fee online (now CLOSED)

Artists under 35 pay half-priced fees but need to call the Gallery to pay. Using your card details or your PayPal account please choose from the drop down menu below then click the red button.

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Buy the art you love

We also offer an interest-free loan* on purchases to the value of £100 - £2,000 through Arts Council England’s ‘Own Art’ scheme. Enquire at the Gallery or click here for details. * Representative 0% APR.


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If none of the above enables you to download the application pack, please click here to contact us and we will be happy to send it to you via email.

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Key Dates

  • Gallery 2
    16 February — 11 March 2017

    A celebration of photographic artwork by emerging and established photographers.