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RPS Members Summer Exhibition | Call for entries now open | Enter your work

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CREDIT: Cody Cobb


A range of exciting opportunities from competitions with some great prizes to funding for your projects

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 | Bursaries | Exhibitions | Awards | AffiliationVolunteer opportunities

André Bergmans
CREDIT: André Bergmans

RPS Members Summer Exhibition 2023

Call for Entries: 1 Nov 2022 – 22 Jan 2023

Celebrating photography by RPS members

The RPS Summer Exhibition 2023 is a new exhibition open-call, inviting you to enter your images for an opportunity to exhibit at RPS Gallery, in July 2023, as part of a summer series of events next year. Entry is open exclusively to our creative community of members, across all experience levels and interests.

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Apply for a bursary

Karen Knorr, The Winds Of Change, Villa Farnese, Caprarola
CREDIT: Karen Knorr

Women in Photography Bursary

A £3,000 bursary for a female photographer, supported by Karen Knorr HonFRPS.

In addition to the award, the bursary recipient will receive one-to-one mentoring sessions from leading women in photography on a variety of subjects.

Applications now closed.

Applications closed
Eleri Griffiths
CREDIT: Eleri Griffiths

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.

Entries closed
Alan Mcfetridge
CREDIT: Alan Mcfetridge

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. 

Entries closed
8. James Morgan Postgraduate Winner 2009 2
CREDIT: James Morgan

RPS Postgraduate Bursary

Supported by MPB.

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.

Entries closed
Falmouth MA Image
CREDIT: Rosie Day

Funding for Falmouth online courses

RPS members are eligible for a discount on the course fees of two Falmouth University flexible 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. 


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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
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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.


Closed for 2022


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CREDIT: Alexander Ward

RPS Summer Exhibition

RPS Summer Exhibition 2023

Call for Entries: 1 Nov 2022 – 8 Jan 2023

Celebrating photography by RPS members

The RPS Summer Exhibition 2023 is a new exhibition open-call, inviting you to enter your images for an opportunity to exhibit at RPS Gallery, in July 2023, as part of a summer series of events next year. Entry is open exclusively to our creative community of members, across all experience levels and interests.

Find out more
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CREDIT: Yevhen Samuchenko

International Photography Exhibition

The RPS International Photography Exhibition (IPE) is the world's longest-running photography exhibition, now in its 164th edition, and offers everyone a unique opportunity to exhibit in a group exhibition at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol, UK, before touring. 

Entry is through an open-call where we welcome submissions from new, emerging, and established international photographers of all ages. Entry for the IPE 164 is now closed, we will announce the final selection for the exhibition in December 2022

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Sue Flood FRPS

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.

Currently closed. View SPotY 2020 here
EXPOSURE Mark Anthony Agtay
CREDIT: Mark Anthony Agtay

Exposure competition

Exposure runs bi-monthly, with a special guest photographer selecting their favourite winning images. 

The winning images will be published in the RPS Journal.

Exposure is open to all RPS members. You will be required to re-register when you enter. 

The Exposure competition will re-open for entries on 15th July

Visit an exhibition

Casey Lazonick

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year celebrates the world’s finest food photography and film, showing every aspect of food and its place in society, at a time when food has never been more important and more central to our lives. This exciting exhibition, now in its eleventh year, opens for the second time outside of London at The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol.

The exhibition, drawn from thousands of entries from over 60 countries, showcases a diverse range of images: from the World Food Programme Food for Life category, showing the humanitarian aspect of food, to the Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture category, spotlighting food photography and styling.

Free entry, no booking required

RPS Gallery, Bristol 19 November - 11 December 

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Tony Connelly, Action for Children
CREDIT: Tony Connelly, Action for Children

Young Carers: A Life in Focus

The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with Action for Children, have been working with Young Carers Across the UK. Inviting them to take part in a project that would enable them to learn new things and showcase what’s important to them.

Young Carers: A Life in Focus showcases the work of young carers across the UK, showing what they feel makes them unique and telling stories of things most important to them. Their experiences and interests come together to highlight the day-to-day lives of young people outside of their caring roles and gives them a platform to test new skills and celebrate their creativity. 

RPS Gallery, Bristol. 21 December - 21 January 2023

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Volunteer Opportunities


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.

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RPS Awards 2023

Nominations are open throughout the year and are reviewed each January.

The RPS Awards are offered annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and science of photography.

The categories span different genres and applications of photography, including the recognition of achievements in moving image, new media, science and imaging, education, and curation. The categories continue to evolve to reflect new ways of seeing, making, and sharing photography.

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