Royal Photographic Society  

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The Royal Photographic Society was founded in the United Kingdom in 1853 as The Photographic Society "to promote the Art and Science of Photography". In 1874 it was renamed the Photographic Society of Great Britain, and in 1894 it became The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain with the permission of Queen Victoria. The Royal Photographic Society was granted a Royal Charter in July 2004.

It offers various levels of distinctions in photographic skills and runs an extensive programme of lectures and events throughout the United Kingdom and abroad, through local groups and special interest groups. The Society owns a major historic collection of photographs, photographic equipment and books which was deposited with the National Media Museum in Bradford.

It publishes the Photographic Journal, whose editors have included Jack Schofield, and also a peer reviewed journal devoted to imaging science and technology, 'The Imaging Science Journal'.


Besides membership (which is simply paid for), there are also distinctions that the society awards.

These include (From lowest to highest distinction):

  • LRPS: Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society
  • ARPS: Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society
  • FRPS: Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society

In addition the RPS offer Imaging scientist distinctions that deal with the mechanical, chemical and engineering aspects of photography alongside the visuals.

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