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CREDIT: Rebecca Faith Photo

What's On

The RPS runs hundreds of events a year. These include our world-class exhibitions. There are also many volunteer led activities across the UK/world

Major exhibitions

We hold four major exhibitions a year at RPS House, Bristol. Our exhibitions also tour - see below for dates. To view additional volunteer led exhibitions click here.

Liminal State
CREDIT: Cody Cobb

International Photography Exhibition 162

15 February - 22 March 2020
Location: RPS House, Bristol
Admission: Free

The RPS International Photography Exhibition 162nd edition, features work from 43 international photographers. Selected from a worldwide open call and curated by some of the most influential people in photography today. Spirituality, family, identity, and inclusion are some of the powerful narratives explored this year.

Further tour dates:
London: 2 April-27 April 2020
Yorkshire: 13 June-12 September 2020
Wales: 20 November-16 January 2021

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 Death of Coltelli
CREDIT: Tom Hunter

Squaring the Circles of Confusion

10 April- 21 June 2020
Location: RPS House, Bristol
Admission: Free

Pictorialism was photography’s dominant art form from the mid-nineteenth century until the early twentieth century. It focused on the beauty of subject matter, the perfection of composition and the photographer as artist, in contrast to photography as a scientific or documentary medium.

Neo-Pictorialism has an emphasis on the aesthetic and embraces the other-worldly. It is a direct and positive reaction to the digital age and new technologies. 

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David Spears ASIS FRPS Tadpole Of Common Frog

Science Photographer of the Year

Coming in 2020

Science Photographer of the Year brings together eye-catching images that show science being done, show how photography helps science or how science impacts upon our daily lives.

The competition is open to everyone, without regard to age or photographic experience. There are just two categories - for photographers under the age of 18 and for those aged 18 and over.



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We hold offer a range of workshops to help develop and improve your photography. To view our additional volunteer led workshops click here.

Light Painting 01
CREDIT: © Dee Dougherty

Improve your work

The RPS organizes many events around the country each year. These range from using your camera phone to running your own photography business.

To download a pdf of the latest workshop brochure click here.




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CREDIT: © Simon Ellingworth

Featured: Street Photography

This workshop is ideal if you want to explore street photography in any form, get inspired, learn appropriate techniques and spend time in London shooting and practicing these new found skills. We will focus on Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane

Learn more and book:

15 May. Location: London

CREDIT: © Nigel Wilson

Featured: Macro Photography

On this one day course, you will learn how to use your camera and lens to produce stunning images. We will have a simple table-top lighting area available. You will also understand how lighting (natural and artificial) plus good composition and pin-point focusing can transform your shots.

Learn more and book:

14 April. Location: London

29 May. Location: London 

Talks and films

You can experience a range of curated talks and leading films on photography in our 101 seater auditorium. To view our additional volunteer led talks click here.


The RPS offers internationally recognized qualifications. Learn more about our qualifications and Distinctions here.

The She Inside 10 (002)


Bringing some of the best images from around the world closer to you.

You'll see images in various genres, hear from successful applicants and have the opportunity to ask questions. We'll explain:

  • What our assessors are looking for
  • What you need to do
  • What to avoid
  • How you can join the thousands who have gained a distinction with the RPS.
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CREDIT: Martin Till ARPS

Advisory Days

Advisory days are intended to provide guidance to RPS members and non-members who are considering applying for a Distinction.

They offer an opportunity for you to view successful submissions and receive personal guidance on the standard of your work and preparation of your panel.


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Paul Walker FRPS
CREDIT: Paul Walker FRPS

Assessment Days

Assessment Days are when you submit your portfolio to be assessed by our specialist panel members.

They are held throughout the year. Follow the link below to view a list of all our coming dates. 

Genres include: Travel, Fine Art, Contemporary, Documentary, Landscape, Natural History and Applied.

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Specialist groups

Konika Camera by Fern Nuttall ARPS
CREDIT: Fern Nuttall ARPS

Focus your interests

Many members choose to join one or more of our specialist Groups which concentrate more closely on particular areas of photography and imaging. All members are welcome to join any or all Groups.

Click the links below to see events being held by our Groups:

Analogue · Archaeology & Heritage · Audio Visual · Contemporary · Creative Eye · Digital Imaging · Documentary · Historical · Imaging Science · Landscape · Medical · Nature · Travel · Visual Art · Women in Photography

In your area

CREDIT: Stewart Wall ARPS

UK Regional

The RPS has a number of Regional groups across the UK. Led by fantastic teams of volunteers, they offer support for your photography, friendship, events and activities.


Click the links below to see events being held in your local region:

Central · East Anglia · East Midlands · London · North Wales · North West · Northern · Northern Ireland · Scotland · South East · South Wales · South West · Southern · Thames Valley · Western · Yorkshire



The RPS has Chapter groups across the world. Whether you are living in the area or would like to attend events while on holiday, our Chapter members would love to welcome you.


Click the links below to see events being held by your Chapter:

Benelux · Eire · Germany · Switzerland



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