UK photographers have scooped Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) International Print Exhibition. And, for the first time in the competition's 162-year history, all the winners are women.
© Anna Shustikova/Royal Photographic Society
Carolyn Mendelsohn, Polly Braden and self-taught photographer Poem Baker clinched the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards respectively in a competition that attracted entries from 57 countries.
Russian photographer Anna Shustikova won Gold in the under-30s category.
© Carolyn Mendelsohn/The Royal Photographic Society
The judging panel included photography writer and editor Gemma Padley, a former AP features editor, who said of Mendelsohn’s Gold-winning image (above): ‘Carolyn Mendelsohn’s winning portrait of a young girl making the transition from girlhood to womanhood was a clear standout from the start.
‘It possesses a quietness and elusiveness, and there is something behind the girl’s eyes that gives the image its potency. It stayed with me throughout the judging process.’
Gold Award winners will receive a £1,500 cash prize.
The winning photos are due to go on display at the Photomonth International Photography Festival in London from 13-18 October, before touring the UK.
© Polly Braden/The Royal Photographic Society
© Poem Baker/The Royal Photographic Society