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.
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. New for 2020 is a category exploring how climate change is affecting the landscape and built environment.
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.
SPotY Prizes for under 18's
Young winning image-makers chance to win Olympus cameras.
This year the Science Photographer of the Year competition has two categories, general science and the science related to climate change. Each of these has groups for photographers aged under 18 and for those aged 18 and over.
Win a Nikon camera!
Exposure will run bi-monthly, with a special guest photographer selecting their favourite winning images.
Submit your photos in response to a theme and be in with a chance of winning a multi award-winning full frame, mirrorless Nikon Z6 and Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens (worth c£2,000). 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. This competition is supported by Nikon
Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year
For 2021, the RPS is pleased to be supporting the Student Food Photographer of the Year category.
Submit your images to be in with a chance of winning an RPS Membership and a one-to-one review with Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor, Zoe Whishaw. The winning images will be published in the RPS Journal.
Would you like your photograph to be the most prominent image on the RPS website?
From received entries, a number of our members work will be selected to feature as the main image on the RPS home page for a day each the following week.
We're inviting you - our members, friends and photographic community - to take part in a live photo activity.
Every Sunday at 9am BST we will announce a theme on our social media channels. You then have until 5pm to respond to the theme. We only want to see photographs that have been taken between 9 am and 5 pm on the Sunday.
We’ll share our favourites throughout the week on our social media and website.
RPS Awards 2021
Nominations are now open
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.
International Photography Exhibition 162
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.
This edition explores narratives of spirituality, identity, inclusion and the environment, with each photographer bringing their own unique perspective to these universal themes.
Submit your work
The International Photography Exhibition is in it's 163rd year. In January, we will announce a worldwide open-call to photographers and image-makers, of all ages, to submit work for the exhibition. Submissions are encouraged from new, emerging and established photographers.
New partnership with Sharp Shots Photo Club
We are very excited to be supporting Sharp Shots Photo Club in delivering their workshops and courses. We have some great projects in the pipeline, which we hope will inspire the next generation of photographers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.