About The RPS

This is the competition website for entry to the RPS International Photography Competition.  Learn more about The Society and how to become a member on the main website  www.rps.org

The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity promoting both the art and science of photography and aims to help individuals realise their potential as photographers. It is a membership organisation and, as a charity, undertakes a significant number of activities for the public benefit.

Membership is open to all, irrespective of experience or knowledge. No qualifications are required to join, simply a passion and love for photography or images, its technologies or applications.

The Journal is the world’s oldest photography magazine. Published monthly, all members receive a copy and can download back issues.

Many of our members join to further their own photography and to embrace the challenge of working towards our internationally-recognized Distinctions (LRPS, ARPS and FRPS) or Imaging Science Qualifications (QIS, GIS, AIS and ASIS).

By attending Society events – some 300-plus each year - our members enjoy unparalleled opportunities to share knowledge, meet and learn from other photographers and to develop their photographic interests and skills.

The Society holds a number of exhibitions and competitions for members and non-members. The International Photography and International Images for Science exhibitions are held annually alongside exhibitions organised by Special Interest Groups, Regions and Overseas Chapters.

The Royal Photographic Society's educational remit is central to its work. The Society organises practical workshops and lectures and, in conjunction with its Regions and Special Interest Groups, arranges additional activities, lectures, visits and field trips. The Society also supports photographers and students through its bursary programme.

Our annual Awards, held in London each September, recognise the highest achievements of individuals from all fields of photography. Albert Watson HonFRPS, Annie Leibovitz HonFRPS, Joel Meyerowitz HonFRPS and Steve McCurry HonFRPS being recent Centenary Medal recipients.

The Society has a long and proud History. Established as The Photographic Society in 1853, in the pioneering days of photography, it became Royal by decree in 1894, and in 2004 it was presented with a Royal Charter. The Society’s Collection of priceless photographs and historical items is now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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