Charter, Rules & By-Laws

The Society operates under a Royal Charter, Rules and By-Laws. These are supported by its Procedural documents which specify how The Society is run on a day-to-day basis.
The Society's coat of armsThe Society's coat of arms reflects The Royal Photographic Society's standing as a Learned Society enjoying Royal patronage and its contemporary attitudes with the historical bonds which have ensured continuity and stability from the earliest days of The Society. 

Arms: These elements represent the basis of black and white photography, and that photographic images are perceived through the eyes with all light and energy ultimately deriving from the sun.

Crest: The concept of the lynx on the crest derives from the fact that the lynx, in mythological terms, is said to have the power of being "all seeing" - into and through substances - and therefore is appropriate to photography and imaging. The device held by the lynx represents both the basis of photography - the rare and normal crystalline habits of silver halides - and commemorates the historic time of The Society at the Octagon in Bath.

Supporters: The lions on either side of the shield with their ciphers (V and A) pay tribute to our historical connections and Royal Patronage dating back to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The lions are based on those on Prince Albert's garter stallplate at St. George's Chapel, Windsor.

Motto: The motto translated is all life perceived to indicate that the ability and potential for photography to observe and record (and thereby help us to understand) so much of that which constitutes our life.

Badge: The badge is based on the device held by the lynx (described above) which in turn is taken from the old brand of The Society and it also incorporates an ancient royal crown.

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The RPS Royal Charter

The Society operates under a Royal Charter granted to it by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Privy Council on 12 July 2004. The Charter states the objectives of the Society and the way it is run.

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The RPS By-Laws

The By-Laws set out the general way The Society is governed.

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The RPS Rules

The Rules are made under Section 16 of the Charter of The Royal Photographic Society. They form part of the management procedures and determine the day-to-day way The Society is run. The Charter and By-Laws of The Society prevail if there is conflict in meaning or instruction.

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