Photographic Prize Exhibition 2019

14 February — 09 March 2019

Fairbanks. Benjamin. MoseleyBog34. lg thumbBenjamin Fairbanks, Moseley Bog, RBSA Photographic Prize 2017 Peoples Prize winner. © The Artist

Summary of the exhibition

Our third RBSA Photographic Prize exhibition is in partnership with Argentea Gallery and will be displayed across both venues. We welcome entries from professional and emerging photographers from across the region and beyond. There are 4 prizes for this exhibition, including a £1,000 First Prize!

First launched in 2015, this exhibition celebrates photographic artwork by emerging and established photographers. This year we are working with Argentea Gallery, Birmingham to host the show. Argentea is dedicated to showing the very best contemporary photography from both British and international artists. The exhibition will be displayed across RBSA Gallery floor 2 and Argentea Gallery’s ground floor.

Free Associated Events

Don't miss the free tour of the exhibition on Saturday 16 February

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Information for artists wishing to enter

Deadline to enter HAS BEEN EXTENDED 

Entry form, digital file(s) of the piece(s) entered and entry fee must be received by 4pm on Monday 14 Januray.


All entries must be submitted digitally and will be selected by a distinguished panel of independent judges who will make their selection based on the quality and technique of each work.

The Selection Panel members for this exhibition are:

Camilla Brown Associate Curator at GRAIN Photography Hub and    freelance writer at Photomonitor.                
Maria Falconer  (Panel Chair) - Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Lecturer at De Montfort University, and dance photography specialist.                                            
John Hodgett - Professional Photographer with clients including Vogue and the British Journal of Photography.

Closing Party & Prizes

Prizes will be awarded by Nicola Shipley, Director of GRAIN Projects, at the Closing Party on Friday 8 March (the event will start at RBSA Gallery and include both the RBSA and Argentea Galleries).

The GMC First Prize - £1,000 cash prize
Purchase Prize donated by Norstrom Family - £500
The People’s Prize Exhibition Prize - Ground floor solo show exhibition in 2020 awarded to the artist selected by votes placed by visitors to the exhibition.
GRAIN Portfolio Review -  A Prize for emerging photographers. Supported by GRAIN Projects

Call for entries - How to enter

The application pack is available. Click the link in 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.

  1. Click the link on the top right to download the application pack or send a SAE to the Gallery to request a hard-copy. Please use Adobe® Reader® (free software) if completing the application pack on a computer.
  2. Read through all the terms and conditions in the application pack.
  3. Complete the entry form and exhibit labels.
  4. Return the entry form by the deadline stated in the application pack. We recommend that artists submitting their entry by e-mail do so several days before the deadline to ensure there is time to deal with any technical difficulties.
  5. Pay your entry fee using PayPal (see below), by calling the Gallery (0121 236 4353) to pay by card over the phone, or by paying in person at the Gallery by cash or card. cash or card in person. Please note: Artists under 35 pay half-priced entry fees

Paying your entry fee PayPal

Please ensure that you follow the instructions provided and check your payment carefully.

  1. Check how many works you are entering.
  2. Go to the correct button for your age - there are different buttons for artists aged over 35 and artists aged 35 and under.
  3. Select the correct entry fee amount from the drop down menu.
  4. Click the 'Pay your entry fee now' button. The yellow checkout button will take you to your PayPal account. The white button will take you to a guest account to pay using your card details.
  5. Do not edit the entry fee quantities in PayPal.

Please note: The RBSA is not responsible for incorrect PayPal payments.

Entry fee for artists aged over 35

Entry fee for artists aged 35 and under

Troubleshooting download problems

Downloading files involves many variables and these may cause various problems. If you experience any issue when downloading the application pack please check the following to help you resolve the problem:

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If you are still unable to download the application pack after checking the above, please try to right click the link and choose 'Save link as'.

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.

Key Dates

  • Gallery 2
    14 February — 09 March 2019

    A celebration of photographic artwork by emerging and established photographers.