The Society's Awards are made annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and science of photography and across all areas of imaging.

The Society has made Awards to international photographers and those working in photography since 1878 when its Progress medal was first awarded. They are awarded annually and cover fifteen categories from photographers through to those working as photographic scientists, curators and educators. The Society also awards Honorary Fellowships of The Society – an honour it first bestowed in 1895. 

History & Recipients

Including a breakdown of the Award categories across the art and science of photography and names of recipients.

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Recent Ceremonies

Reviews of previous ceremonies including details of all the Award recipients and photographs of attendees.

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Featured Recipients

Features from Royal Photographic Society magazines, including The Journal, about Award recipients.

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Nominations for the 2016 Awards are now open!

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Giles Duley by Sally Smart crop

”As a photographer you tend to work a lot in isolation, especially in the type of work I do, so it means a lot to get recognition from your peers. Receiving an RPS Fellowship means the world.“

Giles Duley HonFRPS | Showcase→
Terry O'Neill

”Thank you for my wonderful medal and making a fabulous evening so memorable. This is the greatest honour I have ever received and I will cherish it.“

Terry O'Neill, HonFRPS | Showcase→