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What's On

Including our Bristol media space, national and international events


The RPS runs hundreds of events a year. These include those created and often hosted by our RPS House Bristol team such as world-class exhibitions, workshops, Distinctions assessmentssymposiums, talks, and film-screenings. There are also many volunteer led activities across the UK/world. These volunteer events can offer the opportunity to enjoy field trips, meetings, workshops, talks and other events with fellow photographers in your local area or in specific genres of photography. Events in bold are organised/co-organised/administered by our Bristol HQ team. If you have questions regarding these events, contact the event organiser listed on the event page or our main switchboard 0117 3164450/

To download our current workshops brochure click here. Sold out events are not included below.

Bristol events

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CREDIT: Leslie Sheryll

International Photography Exhibition 162

15 February - 22 March 2020
Location: RPS House, Bristol

The RPS International Photography Exhibition returns to Bristol in February to launch its 162nd edition, featuring work from 43 international photographers.

Selected from a worldwide open call and curated by some of the most influential people in photography today, this edition includes stark landscapes made during periods of extended solitude, alongside images created using pinhole cameras (made from apples) which celebrate community orchards. Spirituality, family, identity, and inclusion are some of the powerful narratives explored this year.

A series of photography talks and workshops will be programmed during February and March. The exhibition will tour to London, Yorkshire and Wales throughout 2020 and into 2021.

The IPE is kindly supported by theprintspace.

Admission is free

Learn more


International Photography Exhibition 162 (IPE 162). Closes: 22 March

Squaring the Circles of Confusion. 10 April-21 June


WORKSHOPS - for more HQ organised workshops around the country see below

Starting with a Blank Canvas: Polina Plotnikova ARPS. 23 February

The Intimate Landscape with Tony Worobiec FRPS. 7 March

Build your own Website with Squarespace. 12 March

Introduction to Lightroom Workshop. 4 April

Design and Develop a Photobook with Tim Daly. 5 April

Running Your Own Photographic Business. 27-28 April

Light Painting with Michelle Essenson. 9 May

Introduction to Photoshop Workshop. 17 May

DISTINCTIONS ADVISORY DAYS - for regional advisory days, please see UK section below

Documentary Advisory Day ARPS & FRPS (observer tickets only). 22 February

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

LRPS: 4 Mar, 5 Mar, 1 Apr, 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)


Visit to RPS House. 29 February

Contemporary Group AGM. 14 March

An Afternoon with Teresa Eng and Sarah Lee. 14 March

Street Photography with Peter Crane. 15 March

Landscape Group Symposium and AGM. 21 March

Around the UK

CREDIT: © Cameron Leask

Two Day Portraiture & Beyond with visit to the V&A Archive

20th & 21st February 2020
Location: London

Drawing inspiration from some of the most important and ground-breaking photographers, you will learn a variety of camera techniques and approaches that will bring the most out of your portraiture. 

We will analyse the work of Martin Parr, Robert Frank, Vivian Maier, Steve McCurry and many others to explore the dynamic between photographer and sitter. 

By the end of this intensive two day course, you will have more confidence in your portraiture, both technically and on how to approach your subjects in this ever popular genre.

We will have access to the V&A print room, which we will visit on day two to see some truly stunning original prints.

Learn more and book

RPS HQ ORGANISED WORKSHOPS - for more of our workshops in Bristol see above

London Night Shoot. 19 February. 15 April. Location: London

Two Day Portraiture & Beyond with Visit to the V&A Archive. 20-21 February. 16-17 April. Location: London

Long Exposure Photography – Brighton. 28 February. Location: Brighton

A Sense of Place - Benedict Brain ARPS. 10 March. Location: Wales

Learning to Light Paint - Dee Dougherty. 11 March. Location: Buckinghamshire

Learn the Secrets of Car Studio Photography James Mann FRPS. 11 March. Location: London

Street Photography – Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane. 13 March. Location: London

Slow-Mo Mojo with Benedict Brain ARPS. 25 March. Location: West Dorset

Photographic Wellbeing - John Humphrey FRPS. 25 March. Location: Buckinghamshire

Hands on Introduction to Analogue Film Photography. 26 March. Location: Buckinghamshire

Historical Architecture - Urbex Day at Elvaston Castle. 27 March. Location: Derbyshire

Male Art Figure Lighting Intensive. 28 March. Location: Kent

Child Portrait Photography - Saraya Cortaville. 29 March. Location: Buckinghamshire

Two Day Wedding Photography Workshop. 4-5 April. Location: Wiltshire

Cosplay Intensive Workshop - Jon Gray. 4 April. Location: Kent

Macro Photography. 14 April. Location: London


Night Sky Photography at Herstmonceux Observatory. 29 February. Location: East Sussex

Photography Development Workshop. 7 March. Location: York

Wildlife Photography: Birds of Prey. 19 March. Location: West Sussex

Turner Country: Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. 24 March. Location: Kent

Coastal Abstracts Workshop. 28 March. Location: Cornwall

RPS Distinctions Workshop Long Compton. 5 April. Location: Warwickshire


LRPS Advisory Days at The Photography Show

14-15 March
Location: NEC, Birmingham

An opportunity to seek Advice and Guidance from one of our LRPS Panel Members during a 25 minute 1:1 meeting.

Perfect for anyone thinking of applying for an LRPS Assessment in 2020.

There are limited places available (10) so early booking is advisable.

Once booked, you will be contacted with further details and times. Time slots are allocated on a first served basis.

To book you place click on your date of choice below:

14 March (very limited number available)

15 March (limited number available)

About The Photography Show:
Get an exclusive insight into the latest innovations for video and photography – and discover cutting-edge gear that could take your craft to the next level. From industry leaders to exciting new names, over 300 brands will be exhibiting their products and services. What's more, with live product launches, you can be the first to see new kit revealed. Learn more about The Photography Show here.

We will be on Stand G31 (Hall 5) for the duration of the show which runs from March 14-17. 


LRPS Advisory Day. 1 March. Location: Dorset

LRPS Advisory at The Photography Show. 14 March. 15 March. Location: Birmingham

LRPS Advisory Day (Observer places available only). 15 March. Location: Norfolk

LRPS/ARPS (Observer places available only). 21 March. Location: Bristol


DISTINCTION ASSESSMENT DAYS - for our Bristol Assessment Days, please see Bristol section above

LRPS Assessment Day. 16 May. Location: London



East Anglia 2019 Members' Exhibition. Closes: 22 February. Location: Suffolk

Scottish Members' Print Exhibition. Closes: 1 March. Location: Aberdeen

London 2019/20 Members' Print Exhibition. Closes: 2 March. Location: London

SW Region Members' Exhibition. Closes: 22 March. Location: Devon

Visual Art Group 2020 Members’ Print Exhibition.  21 March-4 May. Location: Nottingham

Scottish Members' Print Exhibition. 16 March-13 April. Location: Shetland

Creative Eye Group Members' 2020 Exhibition. 4-13 April. Location: Norfolk

East Anglia Members’ Exhibition. 4-13 April. Location: Norfolk



London Naturally: Horniman Nature Trail and Garden Photo Walk. 23 February. Location: London

Oxford University Rowing Clubs - Torpids - Street Photos. 28 February. Location: Oxford

Documentary Photo Walk in Kings Lynn. 4 March Location: Norfolk

London Midweek Explorers. 16 March (Putney). Location: London

Visit to Stour Wood and Estuary and Mistley Walls. 21 March. Location: Essex

Public Birdwatching Sail and Walk. 22 March 2020. Location: Essex

A Weekend of Photography in Mid and North Wales. 27-30 March. Location: Wales

The Naze and Walton-on-the Naze. 29 March 2020. Location: Essex



A Personal Approach to Landscape Photography by Glyn Davies. 23 February. Location: Wales

A Day in the Company of Colin & Chrissie Westgate. 22 March. Location: Berkshire

Tesni Ward, Wildlife and Nature Photographer, Talk. 28 March. 29 March. Location: Kent

Small Lines Of Trees Cropped

Landscape Group Symposium and AGM

21 March 2020
Location: Bristol

A day of renowned speakers covering many aspects of landscape photography:

Paul Sanders, Linda Wevill, Tony Worobiec and Sam Gregory

The speakers will be covering creativity, experimentation, composition and story telling in landscape photography.

During the day the landscape group AGM will be held. 

Learn more


South West Region AGM & Afternoon Lecture. 23 February. Devon

DIG AGM and Print Exhibition. 23 February. Birmingham

North Wales AGM. 23 February. Location: Wales

Creative Eye Group Members’ 2020 Exhibition Selection & AGM. 1 March. Cambridge

Scottish Members Exhibition Print Selection and Region AGM. 7 March. Location: Scotland

Archaeology & Heritage Group AGM. 28 March. Location: Surrey



North West Contemporary Group Meeting. 7 March. Location: Lancashire

North London Meeting. 9 March. 6 April. Location: London

South West London Group Meeting in Putney. 10 March. Location: London

ICM/Multiple exposure/Abstract Photography. 14 March. Location: London

South West Region West Cornwall group meeting. 18 March. 20 May. Location: Cornwall

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