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.
RPS Awards 2020
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 now.
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.
Science Photographer of the Year
Funding for Falmouth on-line 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.
The Peter Hansell Scholarship Fund
The Medical Group of the Royal Photographic Society 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.
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.
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
DepicT! Short Film and RPS Cinematography Award.
In partnership with Watershed and DepicT! winning films will be screened at BAFTA Qualifying Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.
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.
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.
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.