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The RPS has Chapter groups across the world. Led by wonderful volunteers, they offer support for your photography, friendship, events and activities.

Overseas member benefits


Online Advice 

When applying for a Distinction, Online Advice enables you to receive guidance from an assessor prior to your application. Receiving online advice on your images helps with understanding of your photography and lets you move forward with your photographic journey.  

Apply now


Funding for projects available to help with costs for equipment, travel and publication. The Joan Wakelin and Postgraduate Bursaries are open to members:


Member Only competitions

We have many International entrants and winners in our 365 Monthly Competition. It is a great way for your work to be recognised by your peers. Winners work also appears in the RPS Journal.

Enter here:



The Society’s Awards are offered annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and science of photography. Members are invited to nominate in the autumn, through the Society’s website. 

Our recipients are often happy to take part in lectures or workshops organised by our members. Please approach them through Jo Macdonald, Awards Manager,


International Photography Exhibition

The International Photography Exhibition (IPE) celebrates the best in photography from around the world and selected work from the open-call annually tours the UK and Ireland.

Supported by a UK professional print lab overseas entrants, if selected, have the benefit of free printing plus guaranteed delivery in time for the selection. RPS members also receive a discount of 20% on the entry fee.

Learn more here: International Photography Exhibition


Science Photographer of the Year

RPS members get discounted entry rates to the Science Photographer of the Year competition. We ask for the best images of science, whether this means experiments, people doing science or how science impacts on our daily lives. The shortlisted images are shown at London’s iconic Science Museum and other major venues.

Learn more here: SPotY


Digital Imaging Group Online 

The Digital Imaging Group (DIG) embraces all genre and styles of work and are a highly active group.   They offer an online membership option which is ideally suited to RPS overseas members.  An online member can engage fully with DIG by reading the various publications using page turning software; increasingly we are using video conferencing to facilitate our overseas members joining key meetings. Distance is irrelevant to the online member.  

Learn more here: DIG Online


Documentary Group Overseas Membership

Being a member of the documentary group has many benefits including entry to the Documentary Photographer of the Year competition and our bi-monthly online competition, as well subscription to our monthly emailed Newsletter and Decisive Moment, our quarterly online magazine. 

Learn more here: Documentary Overseas