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What's On

Including our Bristol media space, national and international events


  • Our Bristol gallery is closed until further notice. We anticipate this will be until mid-April at the very least and will keep the situation under review.
  • We are cancelling all our workshops, talks and other events, in Bristol and elsewhere, between now and the end of June. 
  • All our volunteer-led events in the UK will also be cancelled to the end of June at least. Volunteers may wish to proactively cancel events beyond this point. This will include Distinctions Advisory Days.
  • We are working hard to maintain our process of Distinctions Assessments as these do not require in-person attendance. If you have any questions about your Distinctions application, please contact the Distinctions team.

Refunds or transfers:
HQ organised events
: We will be contacting all those who have already booked to facilitate a transfer or refund ASAP. Thank you for your patience.
Volunteer led events: If you have a questions about an event organised by our Chapters, Groups or Regions, please visit the event page and contact the organiser.

To read more about our response to COVID-19 please click here


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Distinctions Roadshows

3 October. Location: Sheffield (click here)

Our roadshows display some of the best images from around the world and bring them closer to you. RPS Distinctions take you on a personal journey, exploring not just technical competence but how you want to develop as a photographer, how others react to your work, and what you want to say as an artist. Photography has a purpose, and that is to explain, challenge, inspire and tell stories.

The RPS aims are to educate members of the public, promote the highest standards of photography, and encourage public appreciation of photography. There is no better way of doing this than coming along to one of our roadshows. You will see images in various genres, including Travel, Fine Art, Contemporary, Documentary, Landscape, Natural History and Applied. The day will be led by Peter Hayes FRPS, Chair of the Distinctions Committee.

You will also be able to hear from successful applicants, who will talk about their Distinctions journey. 

On the day you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about applying for a Distinction with the RPS. We will explain:

  • What our assessors are looking for
  • What you need to do
  • What to avoid
  • How you can join the thousands who have gained a distinction with the Society

We very much look forward to seeing you.

Learn more about Distinctions


Our gallery is currently closed until further notice. In the interim, you can explore The International Photography Exhibition 162 which will continue its tour later in the year. We are proceeding with preparations for our next exhibition, Squaring the Circles of Confusion, and will keep the opening date under review. Please check back for updates and sign up for our newsletter.



Plant and Garden Photography. 21 August. Location: Hereford

Introduction to your Digital Camera. 24 October. Location: Bristol


DISTINCTIONS ASSESSMENTS - for regional assessment days, please see UK section below

LRPS: 2 Apr3 Jun, 4 Jun1 Jul, 2 Jul7 Oct, 8 Oct4 Nov, 5 Nov

Applied: 28 Oct (ARPS), 29 Oct (ARPS), 29 Oct (FRPS)

Conceptual & Contemporary: 22 Apr (ARPS), 23 Apr (ARPS), 23 Apr (FRPS), 23 Sept (ARPS), 24 Sept (ARPS), 24 Sept (FRPS)

Documentary: All events sold out - please visit again as more will be added as available.

Fine Art: 17 Jun (ARPS), 18 Jun (ARPS), 18 Jun (FRPS)14 Oct (ARPS), 15 Oct (ARPS), 15 Oct (FRPS)

Landscape: 6 May (ARPS), 7 May (ARPS), 7 May (FRPS)

Natural History: 8 Apr (ARPS), 9 Apr (ARPS), 9 Apr (FRPS)2 Sept (ARPS), 3 Sept (ARPS), 3 Sept (FRPS)

Travel. 24 Mar (ARPS), 25 Mar (ARPS), 25 Mar (FRPS)9 Sept (ARPS), 10 Sept (ARPS), 10 Sept (FRPS)



Click these links for more: Group events and Regional events.


International events

CREDIT: Chris Renk


18 October-14 November 2020
Location: Germany

The German Chapter cordially invites you to its 10th Exhibition Proportions. We expect to present around 90 images. 

The Exhibition opens on 18 October 2020 in the Gallery of the HAGENRING and will be displayed until 14 November 2020.

Join us to learn how our members engaged with the subject of 'proportions' and to see their photographic interpretation of the theme.

Learn more