The RPS offers many opportunities to develop as a photographer and interact with others. Most of these opportunities are open to all and range from the chance to have your work considered for major exhibitions to applying to receive funding for your next photographic project.
Joan Wakelin Bursary
The Bursary was established in 2005 in memory of distinguished documentary photographer and Honorary Fellow of The Society, Joan Wakelin. The Bursary is administered by The Society in partnership with The Guardian and offers £2000 for the production of a photographic essay on a social documentary issue.
You will also be able to claim your portfolio printed by Metro Imaging and a portfolio review with their Creative Director Prof Steve Macleod.
TPA/RPS Environmental Bursary
The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with The Photographic Angle is offering a 1-year bursary to support a photographic project that will promote environmental awareness. The £3000 funding must be used to assist with travel expenses, photographic equipment and other project-related costs.
The Peter Hansell Scholarship Fund
The RPS Medical Group administers a scholarship fund in memory of Dr Peter Hansell HonFRPS, a pioneer of the practice and teaching of medical photography in the second half of the 20th Century.
The fund provides financial support for any person working in a programme of study or research in the field of illustrative documentation in medicine.
Funding for Falmouth online courses
The Royal Photographic Society offers exclusive bursaries for members wishing to join one of Falmouth Universities Flexible’s part-time, online photography courses.
Falmouth University has a history of more than 100 years of creative thinking and recognise that everyone should have access to first-class education.
RPS Postgraduate Bursary
As part of The RPS remit as an educational charity we offer an annual bursary of £3,500 to support a postgraduate student (students on courses in photography or undertaking research in photography).
This bursary is open to UK and International students.
DepicT! Short Film Competition
The RPS in partnership with Watershed and DepicT! offers a £1000 Award for the film or animation that displays exceptional cinematography. The qualifying films will be shown at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival. Enter your films, that are no longer than 90 seconds, now.
Image: From 'The Wall' by Fareideh Naderi, Iran. The Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award 2020.
Science Photographer of the Year
Science Photographer of the Year shows how photography enables scientific research, captures its results and highlights the many ways that science impacts our daily lives.
Images come from researchers, professional and amateur photographers and students at university and at school. The images are chosen without regards to the experience of the photographer or the equipment used, a good idea and keen eye is all that is needed.
Follow the link to discover the winning images from the 2020 competition along with many other exciting resources to explore.
International Photography Exhibition
Entry to the IPE 164 will be announced in January 2022. The open-call welcomes submissions from new, emerging and established photographers of all ages, working in any subject or genre.
This is a unique opportunity to exhibit in a group exhibition at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol, UK, and other nationwide venues. Other awards include a prize fund of £4000 to support future photographic projects, a 2-week solo exhibition and a photographic commission to create new work.
In Progress: Laia Abril - Hoda Afshar - Widline Cadet - Adama Jalloh - Alba Zari is a collection of solo exhibitions by five of the most innovative photographers working today.
The exhibition explores personal history, cultural identity, nationality, community, migration, displacement, memory, responsibility, morality, belief and the creative process – and highlights the diverse possibilities that photography offers in the pursuit of both artistic and social progress.
In Progress is open 20 May – 24 October 2021 at RPS Gallery as part of Bristol Photo Festival.
International Photography Exhibition 162
The IPE is an annual international open-call to photographers and image-makers of all ages. Each year, a touring photographic show is curated by some of the most influential people in photography today.
This edition explores narratives of spirituality, identity, inclusion and the environment, with each photographer bringing their own unique perspective to these universal themes.
Volunteers are intrinsic to many of our departments and we have a great variety of roles to offer across them. Opportunities range from helping with activities on a local level (e.g. in your Region, Chapter or Group), to applying for election as a Trustee and working to set strategy. The roles encourage you to use your existing skills and develop new ones.
RPS Awards 2022
Nominations are open throughout the year and are reviewed each January
The RPS International Awards are offered annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and science of photography.
The Society has adopted a wide definition of photography which refers to the art or science of the recording of light or other radiation on any medium on which an image is produced or from which any image may by any means be produced.