About The RPS

The Royal Photographic Society exists to educate members of the public by increasing their knowledge and understanding of Photography and in doing so to promote the highest standards of achievement in Photography in order to encourage public appreciation of Photography.

Membership is open to all, irrespective of experience or knowledge. No qualifications are required to join, simply a passion and love for photography or images, its technologies or applications.

Many of our members join to further their own photography and to embrace the challenge of working towards our internationally-recognized Distinctions (LRPS, ARPS and FRPS) or Imaging Science Qualifications (QIS, GIS, AIS and ASIS).

By attending Society events – around 650 each year - our members enjoy unparalleled opportunities to share knowledge, meet and learn from other photographers and to develop their photographic interests and skills.

The Society holds a number of exhibitions and competitions for members and non-members. The International Print and International Images for Science Exhibitions are held annually alongside exhibitions organized by Special Interest Groups, Regions and Overseas Chapters.

The Royal Photographic Society educational remit is central to its work. It organises practical workshops and lectures with its Regions and Special Interest Groups arrange additional activities, lectures, visits and field trips. The Society also supports photographers and students through its bursary programme.

Our annual Awards, held in London each September, recognise the highest achievements of individuals from all fields of photography. 

We help support photographers by providing feedback to the Government in consultations, work with the police on photographers' rights, act as an advocate with the media on behalf of photographers and photography and work with other organisations to raise awareness of copyright.

As an educational charity, we support young people through school and university visits, scientific workshops and by contributing speakers. We provide indoor and outdoor exhibitions for the wider public interest which, as well as being displayed in the UK, have travelled around the world from China to the Ukraine. We also have an annual bursary programme, with sponsorship to be won for environmental and medical photography as well as postgraduate research, social documentary issues and short films. Our supplementary charitable work includes working with other charities such as Cafe Art who run an annual photography contest for those affected by homelessness. 

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Trustees, staff and over 450 volunteers help The Society realise its strategic aims.

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Duchess of Cambridge becomes new RPS Patron

Today, Kensington Palace announced Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has become the new Patron of the Royal Photographic Society.

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Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries many of the great photographers and scientists were RPS members. Today The Society and its current membership continues to make important contributions to all aspects of imaging.


RPS Journal

The Journal is the world’s oldest photography magazine. Published monthly, all members receive a copy and can download back issues.

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The Society's Awards are made annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and science of photography and across all areas of imaging.


Support the RPS

Leave a legacy, give a gift or become a Corporate Sponsors to help us continue to fulfill our charitable aim to be the leading, learned community for photographers, underpinned by a robust educational platform.

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Work with us

We are a small team of committed, friendly people who work in our beautiful new building in Bristol. Please visit our jobs page if you would like to join us!

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We have 500+ volunteers generously giving their time to help run this large UK charity with an international reach.

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RPS Documents

This section includes downloadable Royal Photographic Society Procedural Documents, Annual Reports and Charter Rules By Laws

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