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Our History

Founded in January 1853 The Royal Photographic Society has, throughout its history, played an important role in photography.

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Coat of Arms

The 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 that date to its formation in 1853

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Chief Executives

From Roger Fenton to the current incumbent The Society's Secretary, now known as the Chief Executive, has helped guide and manage The Society's activities and affairs.

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Journal Archive

A freely available, fully searchable, digital archive of the RPS Journal from 1853 to 2015. An unrivalled wealth of photographic history at your fingertips.

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Telling a great travel story, with Bob Books

Andy Lowe who's travel book on a journey through Ethiopia was Bob Book's 'book of the month' selected RPS Journal editor Clare Harris.


Voting now open for the latest monthly competition

Discover the members shortlisted from May's Wildlife competition. Vote for your favourites until 13 June.


RPS International Print Exhibition 159 at Belfast Photo Festival

Visit the RPS International Print Exhibition 159 at Titanic Belfast, as part of the Belfast Photo Festival. All welcome to attend the opening night on Friday 9 June.


Monthly Competition: Shape

Open to all members, submit your images on the theme of shape to the monthly competition during July. Open for entry: 1 - 31 July.