Special Interest Groups

Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) 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 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.  Please email: membership@rps.org to add your Free Group. You can visit each of the SIGs below to find out more information.

3D Imaging and Holography Group

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→
Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire by Mike Sasse

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.

Archaeology and Heritage→
From: Ride to the Wall by Howard Bagshaw ARPS

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→
From The Romero Family Series by Olivio Argenti FRPS

Contemporary

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

Contemporary→
Five Alive by Roger Ford FRPS

Creative

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.

Creative→
Glasses for Two by Bill Wisden MBE HonFRPS

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.

Digital Imaging→
Documentary and Visual Journalism

Documentary and Visual Journalism

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.

Documentary and Visual Journalism→
Film and Video

Film and Video

The Film and Video Group caters for both amateur and professional Members of the RPS who have an interest in, or are involved with, film and video production.

Film and Video→
Christina sitting on the Beach (c 1913) by Mervyn O'Gorman

Historical

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.

Historical→
Kettle by Francis Ring ASIS FRPS

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→
Binocular Heterochromia by Dr Afzal Ansary ASIS FRPS

Medical

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.

Medical→
Azure Damselfly on Lesser Water Pepper by John Bulpitt FRPS

Nature

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.

Nature→
Keith Pointon LRPS

Travel

The Travel Group is very active and welcomes all RPS members. It continually evolves to accommodate the wishes and needs of its members and can be contacted through the RPS website.

Travel→
Skimming at Dawn by Nicki Gwynn-Jones FRPS

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’.

Visual Art→
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