Three Italian photographers have clinched top awards in a contest run by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) which pulled in nearly 5,000 entries.


Picture credits (left to right): Mattia Vacca; Antonio Busiello; Michele Palazzi

Antonio Busiello won Gold, Mattia Vacca scooped Silver, while Michele Palazzi won the Under-30s Award.

More than 1,200 photographers entered the RPS International Print Exhibition, which is the 156th since it was first launched in 1854.

‘The finalists all had one thing in common – they communicated a story or message in a very direct way,’ said chair of the judging panel, photographer Ray Spence.

Anthony Holland Parkin, director of editorial content at Getty Images – also one of the judges – said: ‘The Cullatore (pictured above) struck a chord with a number of the judges.

‘In a world obsessed with retouched perfection, Antonio’s honest image of a man proudly displaying his huge calluses challenges the viewer, and raises valid and contemporary questions about body image.’

An exhibition of the best 115 entries is due to open at Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford on 20 July.

To view the chosen images visit the RPS website