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Awards History

History of RPS awards and lists of past recipients

Past award recipients

Click the links below to see full lists of previous award recipients:

Progress Medal
Centenary Medal
Outstanding Service
Honorary Fellowship
Cinematic Production
Combined Royal Colleges
Editorial, Advertising and Fashion
Fenton Medal
Hood Medal
J Dudley Johnston Medal
Lumière Award
Members' Award
Photographic Publishing
Scientific Imaging
Selwyn Award
Vic Odden


We are currently working on a history of the Awards and new features will be added below as they are created:

Combined Royal Colleges Medal: History and nominations


Nicholas White_Giles at Camasunary Bothy, Isle of Skye, Scotland
CREDIT: Nicholas White - Giles at Camasunary Bothy, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Bursary recipients

Joan Wakelin Bursary - administered by The RPS in partnership with The Guardian, for the production of a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue.

TPA/RPS Environmental Bursary - The RPS in partnership with The Photographic Angle offers a 1-year bursary to support a photographic project promoting environmental awareness.

RPS Postgraduate Bursary - supported by MPB, the RPS provides an annual bursary of £3,500 to support a UK or international postgraduate student project.

Click here to learn more about bursaries. Image above: Ngadi Smart

Franco_Tim_Han Song-i
CREDIT: Tim Franco

International Photography Exhibition

Each year as part of the International Photography Exhibition, a group of photographers receive awards to celebrate standout work. Find out more about this year's winners below.

IPE Award - The IPE Award is the flagship award of the exhibition each year. The recipient of this award receives a prize of £1500 and 1-year free membership to the RPS.

Under 30s Award - The Under 30s Award celebrates a young photographer under the age of 30. The prize for this award includes £1000 and 1-year free membership to the RPS.


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