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The contest, which opens for entries on 1 March, is aimed at amateurs, students and professionals.

Entries are encouraged from all genres of photography, using a ‘wide range of photographic processes’.

An RPS spokesman said: ‘The International Print Exhibition represents work from early career photographers and professionals, as well as individuals who enjoy photography and feel they have something to offer.’

The International Print Exhibition – whose past contributors have included luminaries such as Julia Margaret Cameron – boasts £4,250 in cash prizes to help support winners’ future photographic projects.

The competition, which also offers a 12-month mentorship programme with professional lab Metro Imaging, runs until 31 May 2016.

The best entries will appear in an exhibition due to tour six venues across the UK.

Last year’s under-30 Gold Award winner David Severn, said: ‘Winning the Under-30s Gold Award has been the highlight of my career so far. It feels great to have this validation and recognition of my work.

‘Winning the award has really strengthened my confidence in my practice and given me great encouragement to delve deeper into my work and build on my successes.’

Jan Kloss, the 2015 Gold Award winner, said: ‘Winning Gold… was an unexpected thrill and one of the biggest achievements of my career to date.

‘It was a privilege to have my print exhibited alongside the work of other such talented photographers, and the support of the RPS gave me a real boost.

‘The prize money has helped fund my solo show, “The Photographic Guide to the Pubs of East London”.’

Judges include former AP features editor Gemma Padley, now a freelance journalist and projects editor at the British Journal of Photography; and Russ O’Connell, picture editor at The Sunday Times Magazine.

Entry fees apply. For example, RPS members will need to pay £20 to enter four images, while non-RPS members pay a £30 fee.

Those who enter before 31 March 2016 will qualify for a signed copy of the book Don McCullin: The New Definitive Edition.

For further details visit www.rps.org/exhibitions-and-competitions/competitions/ipe-159.

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