Whether you are working digitally, using film or experimenting with more traditional processes, all subjects, genres and styles of photography can be entered into many of our competitions, grants and bursary opportunities. The majority are open to both members and non-members.

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.

Closes 31st July 2017→

Hall Marriott Essay Competition

The Royal Photographic Society Historical Group is pleased to announce the 2016/2017 Hall Marriott Essay Competition, with prizes of £100 and £50 awarded for the two best essays in the field of the history of photography and for those under 25 years of age.

Closes 31st July 2017→

flash points competition

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is partnering with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) to co-host the photography competition, flash points: a photographic exploration of health across the life course.

Closes 6th August 2017→

Documentary Group bi-monthly competition

A competition for DG members.

Closes 31st August 2017→

IGPOTY Portfolio Competition

The International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) portfolio competition in association with The Royal Photographic Society.

Closes 31st October 2017→

The Peter Hansell Scholarship Fund

The Medical Group of the RPS administers a scholarship fund in memory of Dr Peter Hansell HonFRPS, a pioneer of the practice and teaching of medical photography in the second half of the 20th Century.

Open until total annual funding allocation reached→

Student Funding

There is funding available for Society Events. This funding is to enable student photographers to attend selected Society Regional and Group events that they would not normally be able to afford.

Information and applying→

Monthly Competition: Letters

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

Opens 1st August 2017→

Environmental Bursary

The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with The Photographic Angle offers two, one-year bursaries to support a photographic project that will promote environmental awareness.

Opens 2018→

Weather Photographer of the Year

Enter your images of weather and the impact of weather to stand a chance of becoming Weather Photographer of the Year 2018.

Opens 2018→

Joan Wakelin Bursary

Administered by The Society in partnership with The Guardian. The Joan Wakelin Bursary offers £2000 for the production of a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue.

Opens 2018→

RPS Postgraduate Bursary

As part of The Society’s remit as an educational charity we offer an annual bursary of £3,500 in support of a postgraduate student studying in the UK or abroad.

Opens 2018→

Short Film Award

Can you do it in 90 seconds? DepicT! challenges filmmakers on any budget from anywhere in the world to show their stuff in just a minute and a half. In partnership with Watershed and DepicT!

Opens 2018→
Clifton Cameras Jan 2017