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.

Interested?  Click 'Join a Group' below.

Your Region/Chapter/Group(s

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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Join a Group

Our Special Interest Groups are a key part of The Society's activities.  All members are welcome to join any of the Groups; you can join one group for FREE within your first year of membership.

How to Join→

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


Digital Imaging

The DIG is the largest RPS Special Interest Group. We are non genre specific and strive to provide stimulating and inspiring learning opportunities to members, in areas such as software, processing techniques or the art of photography.

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


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→


The Historical Group was founded in 1972 to promote 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.



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.



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



The Medical Group has an illustrious history of meetings of medical photographers, joint conferences with the Imaging Science Group on Medical and Forensic Imaging and series of lectures with the Institute of Medical Illustrators.



DG 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 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.



The Royal Photographic Society’s Landscape group is the latest to be formed, ‘going live’ in January 2016. The group’s aims are to encourage and develop the practice of landscape photography, in all its many forms.


Imaging Science

The Imaging Science Group attracts RPS Members who are professionals in the fields of imaging science and technology . It also appeals to those with an educational or amateur interest in the science of imaging.

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