About Us

Overview.  The London Region of the RPS aims to provide opportunities for photographers of all levels to learn and develop their skills in positive and enjoyable environments, whether in workshops, as group events, on group walks or by taking part in projects.

London Micro-Groups.  We currently have four micro-groups - street, london naturally, bookworms and London Midweek Explorers.  These groups meet on a regular, usually monthly, basis, and are led by volunteers with particular interest in these areas - to see more, follow the links - or go to the London Events page to find out when the next meeting or meet-up is going to take place.   

London Local Groups.  We have three local groups - SE, SW and N London - where Members meet once a month to discuss 'all things photographic'.  Meeting dates are shown on the Events Page. Meetings are open to all and do not require bookings - so come along!

Distinctions Support.  We have our own Distinctions Support Team.  Working closely with Bristol HQ we run a number of Advisory Days for both Licenciate and Associate levels each year, usually one per quarter - again details can be found on the London Events page.  We are just starting up a new self-help workshop group - details here. Watch the website for further dates or e-mail LondonDist2@rps.org

London Region Members Exhibition.  We held our second London Region Members Exhibition in Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highate in February 2019 and our 2019/20 Exhibition will be held there too in February 2020.  To submit work for the Exhibition, follow the link here  The Opening Night is on 5th February - link here - and the Exhibition itself will run from 6th February to 2nd March. Here's the link.

Keynote Talks  In 2017 the Region offered Keynote talks from Guardian Sports Reporter, Tom Jenkins and Fine Art and Advertising Photographer, Peter Dazeley FRPS.   At our January 2018 AGM, Chris Steele-Perkins FRPS presented some of his pictures and gave us hints and tips about photographing festivals and events.  On 15th Janury 2019  Steve Smith FRPS gave the Keynote Talk following our AGM.  We hope to run more of this type of event later in the year.

London Major Projects.  The London Region has been unique in running a major project each year. Our 2016/17 project "Breathing London" was completed in terms of photography in April 2017 with an Exhibition in July that year.  Here is the website.  Our 2018 project "Celebrating London" closed for photography on 1st January 2019.  There is a exhibition currently in progress at The Hanbury Hall Cafe here and we are holding a Special Summer Event on 10th August here here when pictures from our new Street Exhibition and panels from the Celebrating London Exhibition will be on display - and more!

London Region Workshops.  From time to time we offer 'special' Workshops.  We ran a series of three with Zoe Wishaw in 2017 and you can read about Zoe here and about the workshops on the events page here and here.  We ran a successful workshop in July relating to Colour printing.  Here.    Bristol HQ have extended their Workshops programme over the past year and now stage workshops in the London Region too.  These are shown on the Region's Event pages and also in the Bristol HQ Workshops section.

London Region's Charitable Projects   As part of the charitable work in which the RPS is engaged, we have extended a helping hand to Cafe Art, an organisation which, through art and photography, helps people who are, or have been, affected by homelessness.  As well as helping with the calendar programme, in 2018 we ran a special mentoring programme (more information here) resulting in a series of Exhibition. A similar programme is being run this year.

We also support a small independent charity called KICK-IT-OUT, by providing volunteer photographers at their events. KICK-IT-OUT enables, facilitates and works with the football authorities, professional clubs, fans and communities to tackle all forms of discimination.

There are opportunities for people to assist with the Cafe Art programmes and for people to join the pool of photographers who photograph Kick-it-Out events for their advertising campaigns.  Any interest, please contact Judy Hicks at http://londonro2@rps.org

Getting involved - Volunteering.  The RPS is run by a small staff at Bristol HQ and by a huge number of volunteers - and London is no exception. The London Region Volunteer Team is built on a self-selecting basis: typically when Members have been to a number of events over a period of time, have got to know us and have explored what interests them and where they feel they can add value, they will put themselves forward or be invited to join!  We work very much as a team and the Core Team meets as a group on a quarterly basis to share ideas.

Keeping in Touch.  We keep in touch with our members through our events, through e-mails, our Facebook pages and Twitter. At the end of each month we send out, by e-mail, an update called Capital Letter, which reminds members of key events happening during the next two months. To join our Regional Mailing List, click here Information about forthcoming events is also published in The RPS Journal, which is distributed to all Members at the beginning of each month.: In 2019 we will continue to try to improve our social media communications.

Our main Facebook Instagram and Twitter channels are here - click on the images below to go directly to our social media pages...

 https://www.facebook.com/RPSLondon @The_RPSLondon

We have a number of Facebook Groups and Flickr sites for the individual micro-goups and regions - if you need help in finding these, please ask!

And you can find us on meetup....