Walter Benzie elected as RPS President

30 September 2015

Society news

Media Release: Walter Benzie elected President of The Royal Photographic Society

Bath, UK, 26 September 2015 -- The Royal Photographic Society today elected Walter Benzie HonFRPS as its President for 2015-2017. He is the Society’s sixty-third President since it was formed in 1853. 

Benzie describes his photographic interests as ‘eclectic’ ranging from digital photography to photographic history. He a judge on the Southern Photographic Association circuit and sits on the Society’s own Licentiate distinctions panel.  In his election manifesto he set out a number of objectives for his Presidency including maintaining the standard of The Society’s distinctions, growing membership, expanding its educational activities, and encouraging membership participation in The Society’s activities.

He has been on the Society’s Council and a trustee since 2009, holding the role of Treasurer between 2009 and 2013, and Vice President since then.

© Michael Pritchard. The RPS Officers 2015-2017. Walter Benzie commented: “I am very honoured to have been elected as President of The RPS; The RPS is a vibrant and healthy organisation with a growing membership. It has expanded its activities in recent years; I hope that by the time my term ends the Society will be even better placed to support its members, and the wider public in this fast-changing digital world”.

The same election also saw Robert Albright FRPS elected as Vice President,  and Dr Del Barrett ARPS joining The Society’s Council. The full set of election results can be found here

Image captions: 
(top): Walter Benzie (left) is presented with an Honorary Fellowship on his election as President by immediate past President Derek Birch ASIS HonFRPS (right).  
(lower): The Society's Officers: (l-r) Geoff Blackwell FCCA, ARPS, Treasurer; Walter Benzie HonFRPS, President; Robert Albright FRPS, Vice President.

For further information or to arrange an interview contact: Dr Michael Pritchard, Director-General, on +44 (0)1225 325733 or email:

Notes for editors
The Royal Photographic Society is the world’s oldest national photographic organization dating from January 1853. It is an educational charity (no. 1107831) and membership organization with around 11,300 members and is based in Bath. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in photography. The Society aims are to promote photography and to support photographers and to help them improve their skills. It also acts as an spokes body provide comment for the media on matters relating to photography and imaging. See more at: