The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain (RPS)

The RPS is recognised throughout the world as one of the leading photographic organisations. It was established in 1853 and holds one of the most important collections of historic photographs dating from 1827.

The collections are currently housed in the National Museum of Photography Film and Television in Bradford, Yorkshire. Anyone can join the RPS as an ordinary member.

The RPS awards three levels of photographic distinctions,

  • Licentiateship (LRPS),
  • Associateship (ARPS)
  • Fellowship (FRPS)

The RPS distinctions levels are described as:

Licentiateship (LRPS) is normally the entry level Distinction and is awarded for a good level of basic skill and competence. Open to members and non-Members.

Associateship (ARPS) is awarded for a high standard of technical competence and individual creative ability. Open to members and non-Members.

Fellowship (FRPS) is awarded for exceptional standards of excellence and distinguished ability. You need have achieved the ARPS before you can apply for the FRPS.

More information from the RPS web site.

The RPS distinctions are recognised worldwide. However, holders of the distinctions must remain members for life to retain the right to use the distinctions.

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Oldham Photographic Society

Oldham Photographic Society

Oldham Photographic Society offers a warm welcome to photographers at all levels. We meet on Thursday