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Liminal State
CREDIT: Cody Cobb

Opportunities

Bursaries, exhibition selections, nominations, affiliation, volunteering and vacancies.

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.

Competitions

Week 6 William
CREDIT: William

Grounded

Kids and Teens Competition - Week 6 Water

An RPS, Sharp Shots and Nikon photo competition that can be done in and around the home for children 7yrs - 16yrs.

There will be a task set each week with helpful tips and ideas. Images can be taken on a camera or phone.  This is supposed to be fun but it would great if the adults could help their children to really think about what they are photographing and why.  And why not have a go – but please don’t submit any, as it’s just for them.

Prizes
There is a weekly prize and overall prize when the competition ends.

Learn more and enter

Apply for a bursary

Silvana Trevale
CREDIT: Silvana Trevale

Joan Wakelin Bursary

Administered by The RPS in partnership with The Guardian, this bursary offers £2000 for the production of a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue.

It was established in memory of documentary photographer and Honorary Fellow of The Society, Joan Wakelin.

 

Closes: 28 June 2020
Sakellaraki RPS 02
CREDIT: Ioanna Sakellaraki

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.

Closes: 19 June 2020
Marcus Doyle
CREDIT: Marcus Doyle

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. 

 

Closes: 8 June
Traum(A)Novelle Small
CREDIT: Francesco Faralli

DepicT! Short Film Competition

Open for entries

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.

Closes: 4 June 2020
Simon Dove
CREDIT: Simon Dove

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.

Apply now
Falmouth MA Image
CREDIT: Rosie Day

Funding for Falmouth online courses

The Royal Photographic Society is offers exclusive bursaries for members wishing to join one of Falmouth Universities Flexible’s part-time, online photography courses. 

 

 

 

Learn More

Exhibitions - enter and visit

Liminal State
CREDIT: Cody Cobb

International Photography Exhibition

The International Photography Exhibition (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.

 

Steeped in history, the IPE has been held almost every year since 1854, the year after The RPS was founded and is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world. In the early years, the exhibition included work from some of the world's most eminent photographers including Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, Edward Steichen and Paul Strand.

Discover the 2020 edition
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CREDIT: Gary Evans ASIS FRPS - original image Kym Cox ARPS

Science Photographer of the Year

Science Photographer of the Year showcases how photography enables scientific research, captures is results and take a broad perspective on how science impacts on 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, just a good idea and a keen eye is all that is needed.

Call for entries in 2020

Become an affiliate

Ciril Jazbec
CREDIT: Ciril Jazbec

For educational institutions

There are huge benefits for both students and educational institutions in becoming an affiliated member of The RPS.

Membership of The RPS not only offers a place to learn, discuss and progress photography but also provides a supportive environment for those studying, starting out, those making the transition from amateur to professional and for those at the top of their game.

Learn more

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers

About Volunteering

We have 500+ volunteers generously giving their time to help run this large UK charity with an international reach.

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.

Learn more

Nominate

RPS Awards 2020

RPS Awards 2020

Nominations are now closed for 2020.

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.

Nominate your favourite photographic practitioner in 2021.