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CREDIT: Evan Dawson


Exclusive opportuntities, activities and resources for Young Photographers


For more information on our current projects please contact Elise Wootten, Engagement officer,

Opposites Alike Josie Cockburn, 15
CREDIT:  Josie Cockburn, 15

Young Carers: A Life in Focus

The Royal Photographic Society and Action for Children have enouraged young carers across the UK to take part in a project that would enable them to learn new things and show us what’s important to them. Through a series of workshops by artist Jo Bradford skills have been learned to take their photography to the next level.


Visit the Exhibition


We can accommodate school visits to our exhibitions, please contact Elise Wootten to discuss.


School Tours

We offer FREE school visits to our exhibitions. Visits include an introduction and tour of our current exhibition by a member of our education team. 

To book your visit please email Elise, Engagement Officer, with the date and time you would like to visit, your schools name, and the number of people attending. 

We offer creative educational workshops as additions to our school visits. If you are interested in seeing our workshop offer please email

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CREDIT: Will Price-Lockyer

Schools Certificate

We want to reward those students who excel in their GCSE Photography exams by awarding them an RPS Certificate in Photography.

If you are a teacher or know of any school teaching photography at GCSE level, please let them know about the certificate. It’s free and has already proved a hit with the students.

For further information please contact: Elise Wootten, Engagement Officer,

Image © Will Price-Lockyer, A* student from Crispin School Somerset 


Our rescources are produced by Photopedagogy and give you ideas on how to look at photography in different ways. 

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CREDIT: Photopedagogy

Exploring an Exhibition

Visiting a photography exhibition can be exciting. Whether it's your first visit or you're a gallery regular, these activities give you some playful ideas on how to look at the work in a different way. 

What new things will you discover?

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CREDIT: Susan Derges HonFRPS

Squaring the Circles of Confusion

Explore pictorialism, a movement of photography that shows the beauty of images and photography as an artistic tool, rather than just a way of capturing reality. 


Squaring the Circles of Confusion is an upcoming RPS exhibition. 

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Sugar Paper Theories

Photography is a powerful tool for memory. Remembering exactly what happened around a photo being taken can be difficult, especially if it was a long time ago, the truth can become skewed.

These activities based on Jack Latham's exhibiton Sugar Paper Theories explore how memory is attached to images and how these memories can be recalled or reinvented.

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CREDIT: Michelle Whitmore ARPS

Science Photography at home

Science and Photography go hand in hand. here are some step by step guides on how you can create your own beautiful images with everyday materials such as liquid, ink and smoke.

See how these elements react to one another, experiment and capture what you discover. 

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CREDIT: Laia Abril

In Progress

Identity and storys can be interpreted in many ways within an image. The way we understand and remember the world can be hugely effected by photography and how its presented to us.

This rescource invites you to act as a curator and gather images together. Think about their meaning as individual photographs and the story they tell when presented as a whole. 

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CREDIT: Mandy Barker

Altered Ocean

The powerful exhibition Altered Ocean by artist Mandy Barker raises awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. 


This resouce looks at the power of collecting and recording evidence through photography showing the effects we have on our ever-changing world. 

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Space Steps

These resources made in connection with the exhibition Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond explore how we see the world from beyond its surface and invite you to consider the context of images when they show us things we've never seen before. 


What will you discover?



Content and features of Young Photographers within the RPS programme.

The Beauty Of Soap Bubbles By Kelly Zhang
CREDIT: Kelly Zhang


Young Photographer - Kelly Zhang

The Beauty of Soap Bubbles ©

'I took this photograph of soap bubbles in 2022 and was genuinely amazed by their iridescent hues and rich textures. The swirling pattern of colours is caused by thin-film interference, where light reflected from the outer soap layer interferes with light reflected from the inner soap layer.'

Kelly Zhang is a young photographer based in New York, USA, specialising in abstract macro photography. Currently, she is a junior at Jericho High School in Long Island. Inspired by the scientific phenomena behind soap bubbles, Kelly began photographing them in 2022. The swirling pattern of iridescent colours in the bubbles, caused by thin-film interference, symbolises the transitory nature of our lives. Kelly has received several awards for her work, including first place in the 2022 American Association of Physics Teachers High School Physics Photo Contest and Honourable Mention in the 19th Julia Margaret Cameron Award.

Nanosatellite © Lina Yeleuova
CREDIT:  Lina Yeleuova

Young Photographer Runner Up - Lina Yeleuova

Nanosatellite ©

On March 27, more than 150 female participants of the UniSat educational program from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan launched three state-of-the-art nanosatellites into the stratosphere. The nanosatellites, which belong to a class of small spacecraft, are equipped with several cameras, one of which is capable of capturing elliptical images of the Earth in 4K resolution. We were selected from 2,000 young women who had previously completed the UniSat online course to create and launch nanosatellites. The online course curriculum included processing environmental flight data from nanosatellites during launch, visualising the data, preparing a mission report, and using the data for scientific and practical purposes. UniSat is an educational program of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi. The purpose is to give learning and growth opportunities to women in the field of nanosatellite development. The nanosatellites were created as part of a 10-day marathon at the university.

"I am Lina Yeleuova, from Almaty, Kazakhstan, and I am passionate about photography and science. I believe that photography has the power to communicate complex scientific concepts in a way that is accessible and engaging to a wide audience."

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CREDIT: Katy Appleton

Katy Appleton

Katy Appleton was awarded the Young Science photograpger of the Year award in 2020 for her image 'Rainbow Shadow Selfie'.

The image shows a spectrum thrown onto a wall by shining sunlight through a prism. Katy has cast her own shadow onto the wall while taking the photo, so that the spectrum shines more clearly. It was felt that this apparently simple image contains many optical principles to discuss yet also harks back to the experiments of scientists such as Newton and Herschel.

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CREDIT: Raymond Zhang

Raymond Zhang

Raymond Zhang was awarded the Young Science Photographer of the Year, Climate category, in 2020.

His image 'Apollo's Emissary' shows a concentrated solar power generating station in China. 12,000 mirrors aim sunlight at a central tower where molten sodium nitrate salt is heated. The salt passes through a heat exchanger, producing steam to drive generator turbines. The thermal inertia is such that the station can work through the night, saving up to 350,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission per year.

Ella Main
CREDIT: Ella Main

Ella Main

Photography student Ella Main tells us how an experiment with magnetic oil and a glow-stick turned into a prize-winning photograph.

More videos from SPotY
Esme Lloyd FRPS

Esme Lloyd FRPS

Esmé Lloyd explains how at 15 years old she achieved her Licenciate (LRPS) and improved her photography along the way. 

Esme specialises in product photography and has a fun and creative practice using objects around her home to produce impressive images. 

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CREDIT: Derek Man

Derek Man

Derek Man was part of the International Photography Exhibition 162. Learn how he brilliantly created pinhole camera’s from apples for his project What Do You See, Old Apple Tree? 

Ilina Katya Gangnam Girls
CREDIT: Ilina Katya

More Artists Videos...

The International Photography Exhibition (IPE) celebrates photography from across the globe. Each year exhibiting artists are selected from a worldwide open-call, encouraging submissions from international photographers of all levels. 

Here you will find more artist videos and a vitural gallery of the work on display as part of IPE162.

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A selection of articles written by our Spotlight editor, Alison Webber FRPS.

For more articles, exhibitions, and events visit our spotlight page

Young Carers
Exhibition showcases the work of Young Carers across the UK

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.

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Make, Mend and Sustain

Working with the Open Eye Gallery and local charity shops, Fashion Design and Photography students from the University of Chester have designed and photographed a sustainable fashion collection created by upcycling donated clothing.


These opportunities and rescources by our friends and partners outside of the RPS

Show and Tell - The Photography Movement

Show and Tell’, organised by The Photography Movement, is a project which encourages young people between the ages of 10 and 18 to explore their own mental health through photography. The aim of the project is to provide a better understanding of how it feels to be young today. 

With the guidance of professional photographers, workshop films teach the positive link between photography and mental health. Each workshop is accompanied with a task encouraging the practice of smartphone photography as a mindful technique.

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CREDIT: Sharp Shots

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.

Click here for further info