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Master Photographers Association (MPA) is now part of the RPS. Everything you loved about the MPA with all the extra benefits of the RPS.

Gain certification, inspiration, community, and knowledge, with RPS Pro membership

Whether you’re taking your first steps, or an established professional looking to raise your profile this membership has everything you need.

Find inspiration and stay inspired.

Through our journals, awards, exhibitions and competitions, as well as regular talks from World-class photographers, we’ve been inspiring photographers of all levels for over 170 years.

Get recognition as a photographer

We recognise 1,000s of photographers every year through distinctions, Journal features, competitions, exhibitions, awards, and financial support through bursaries.

Expand your skills and knowledge.

With hundreds of workshops and learning experiences every year, a huge archive of training materials as well as monthly critiques, our members trust us to develop their skills and knowledge.

Be part of a thriving community.

Connect with other professionals in "The Hive" – a dedicated community platform and companion app that gives you access to a wealth of information including an archive of instructional videos, live training, hybrid meetings and webinars, topical articles and community discussions.

Your Membership

When you become an RPS Pro Member you are not just joining a community of passionate professional photographers, you are also becoming part of the Royal Photographic Society, with its unparalleled heritage and unsurpassed photographic knowledge.

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  • RPS Professional Distinctions
  • Professional certification, for those starting out
  • Access to "The Hive" community platform and app
  • Take part in critiques, competitions and social events
  • Join monthly meetings, webinars & discussions
  • Over 500 hours of learning in video archives and articles
  • Benefit from online, in-person and hybrid training
  • All the benefits of RPS Membership
  • The award-winning "RPS Journal" to your door every quarter

For just £22 per month members of RPS Pro enjoy exclusive benefits.

Membership test drive

Not sure if RPS Pro is right for you? Book a tour of "The Hive" community platform, and we'll show you around, for free. An online tour will take about 15 minutes and give you a chance to see what’s available and ask questions.

  • Experience "The Hive" community platform
  • Join an international community of professionals
  • Explore upcoming, training, events and opportunities
  • View previous critiques, training and distinctions
  • Access the hundreds of hours of learning available.

It's a great way to see the amazing value and resources that you will have at your finger tips. 

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We’re committed to photography for everyone.

Our commitment as an educational charity is to bring photography to everyone. As a member, you’ll support an organisation that provides a platform for photographers at all levels while following in the footsteps of thousands of photographers.

The RPS is the earliest established international photographic society, and as the interests and needs of our members have evolved, so too has The RPS. However, our original aims of promoting the art and science of photography are as relevant today as they were back when we first formed.

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You’re in good company

Members benefit from inspiration, community, recognition, and the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge. Don’t just take it from us!

A very supportive and inclusive association for Professional photographers and I love the way that they are constantly looking for new ways to delight their members with the range of services they offer. Their mentoring for qualifications is fabulous.

Helen Rushton

Running a small photography studio on your own can be very lonely. The MPA is an amazing association with a fantastic 'family' feel. This was even more obvious during lockdown and beyond. I would highly recommend it to any professional photographer.

Sarah Baldock

An incredible photographic association to be a member of. In the past 18 months since joining I have honed in on my skills and improved as a photographer, absorbed so much more knowledge from the other amazing members and mentors.

Dan Akerman

Great for mentoring, qualifications obviously, support and community and also a range of discounted products and services. The only Pro Body / Association I belong to or feel I need to. Just fantastic.

Martin Lewis

Everything you need for your professional journey

The RPS aims to reach pro photographers of all levels, supporting them as they develop their business.

Find Inspiration

  • Receive regular issues of the RPS Journal with pages of inspiration
  • Get regular member newsletters with trends, inspiration, and features
  • Be inspired and inspire others in the RPS Pro community
  • Visit exhibitions featuring members, new, and established photographers

Skills and Knowledge

  • Access a video archive of more than 500 hours of learning
  • Improve your photography with regular monthly critiques
  • Boost your skills at a range of workshops, on-demand, online and in-person
  • Learn from World-class photographers through our talks programme
  • Learn from others in the RPS Pro member community


  • Exclusive access to "The Hive" community platform and companion app
  • Discuss, learn and share at local meetups
  • Join monthly meetings webinars training and discussion
  • Join a passionate group of individuals as a volunteer


  • Set yourself apart with a professional Distinction from the RPS or professional certification
  • Exclusive member competitions
  • Apply for financial awards to help you create, develop and share your photography
  • Our annual RPS awards recognise the best in the photographic world
  • Exclusive member discounts and priority booking

Become an RPS Pro member today!

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