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Government minister praises RPS

RPS's commitment to diversity, inclusion and environmental and social responsibility - and the way it dealt with Covid - commended


Caroline Dinenage MP, the UK Minister of State for Digital and Culture, has congratulated the Royal Photographic Society for its commitment to equality, diversity and environmental and social responsibility; and for supporting its members.

A letter from her was addressed to Emma Lewell-Buck MP who had written to Rt. Hon. Oliver Dowden MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,  praising the RPS’s response to the Covid pandemic and its online offering for the public and members during 2020 and 2021.

Dinenage said, “I recognise the power and potential of photography and commend the society on its track record of supporting it members and the wider public throughout its 168-year history”.  She praised the RPS’s new strategic plan and looked forward to seeing it deliver on its objectives.

With the first UK Covid lockdown in March 2020 the RPS quickly transferred its live offerings of workshops, talks, distinction assessments and Regional and Group activities online. It also launched new strands of online talks from Distinction holders, recipients of its bursaries and internationally-recognised Awards to engage with the members and the wider public. Through these it reached tens of thousands of people internationally who saw the talks and viewed the recordings.

With the return to live events the RPS will adopt a hybrid approach to its activities with a mix of live, online and live-streamed events to ensure it continues to attract and inspire audiences worldwide.

Details of its current events are here:  

Visit the RPS YouTube channel to see past talks: