Our Special Interest Groups are a key part of The Society's activities. As well as becoming a member of The Society itself, many members choose to join one or more of the specialist Groups which concentrate more closely on particular areas of photography and imaging. All members are welcome to join any or all of the Groups; you can join one group for FREE within your first year of membership.

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We look for personal expression in which the photographer seeks to stimulate the imagination and arouse the emotions of the viewer; derivative or manipulative techniques are not essential.


Archaeology and Heritage

Founded in 1974 as the RPS Archaeology Group, the Archaeology & Heritage Group has since expanded to include a wide variety of heritage interests and activities.

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Imaging Science

The Imaging Science Group attracts RPS Members who are professionals in the fields of imaging science and technology (and encourages them to apply for the Society’s qualifications in Imaging Science). It also appeals to those with an educational or amateur interest in the science of imaging.

Imaging Science→


All about film, darkroom, alternative processes and hybrid imaging.



DVJ members have a common interest in street, urban and documentary photography. The group offers a lively events programme, a monthly newsletter and the opportunity to participate in a number of photographic initiatives.



The Travel Group is very active and welcomes all RPS members. We continually evolve to accommodate our members' wishes and needs; enjoy seeing work in the gallery, learning from one another and meeting up from time to time.


Join a Group

All members are welcome to join any or all of the Groups; you can join one group for FREE within your first year of membership.

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The Nature Group is one of the largest and most active of the RPS Groups, with many overseas members. Contact is through a full-colour magazine, 'The Iris', published three times a year, or the website.


3D Imaging and Holography

The Holography Group was founded in 1983 to foster interest in the subject of holography in all its forms - artistic, commercial, industrial and scientific.

3D Imaging and Holography→

Audio Visual

Audio Visual is about combining photographs to tell a story, enhancing the images with music, narration and other sound effects. It is a different way of presenting your work and ideas.

Audio Visual→

Visual Art

The Visual Art Group’s activities encourage both traditional and contemporary interpretation of a wide variety of subject matter. Contact is through the web site and the high quality magazine ‘Visual Art’.

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The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group was founded in 1972 to promote knowledge of the history of photography in all its aspects, and to encourage the preservation of photographs, photographic equipment and documents relating to the history of photography.



The Medical Group is a long established RPS Special Interest Group. It has an illustrious history of meetings of medical photographers, joint conferences with the Imaging Science Group on Medical and Forensic Imaging and collaborating series of lectures with the Institute of Medical Illustrators.


Digital Imaging

The Digital Imaging Group is the fastest growing Special Interest Group within The Royal Photographic Society. We all enjoy our photography, we also enjoy the computer manipulation of images using the various imaging software tools that are available.

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The RPS Contemporary Group is concerned with: Photography that conveys ideas, stimulates thought and encourages interpretation; photographs "about" rather than "of"

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