For the first time the Royal Academy of Arts has dedicated an entire gallery to photography at its Summer Exhibition, which opens in London this week.

Work by Magnum photographer Martin Parr is among the images on show at this year’s event which runs until 19 August.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Academy of Arts said: ?The growing number of photographic works in the Summer Exhibition represents a marked increase in the use of the medium by open-submission artists and offers a complete survey of photography as a medium.?

Billed as the ?world?s largest open submission contemporary show? this year?s theme is ?light?.

Art on display also includes paintings, printmaking, sculpture and architecture.

Most of the work is for sale, say organisers.

Doors are open daily from 10am-6pm (last admission is 5.30pm). It is open until 10pm on Fridays (last admission 9.30pm).

Entry costs £7. Concessionary rates are available. To book call: 0870 848 8484 or visit

The Royal Academy of Arts is located at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J OBD.

? Three one-hour television programmes about the Summer Exhibition are due to be broadcast on BBC Two on 22, 23 and 24 June, at 7pm.

Photo: Courtesy Isaac Julien and Victoria Miro Gallery, London