The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, whose headquarters are in Bristol, is a learned society, which promotes the art and practice of photography internationally. It comprises amateur and professional photographers worldwide. It organises exhibitions, runs courses and seminars and also awards distinctions. It has many specialist interest groups that promote particular aspects of photography as well as a regional structure. A Journal and other specialist technical papers are published by the RPS. The Distinctions of the RPS are:
LRPS – Licentiate
ARPS – Associate
FRPS – Fellow
These are awarded upon submission of work to a distinctions panel and are widely recognised by all photographers. A number of NDPS members have achieved RPS distinctions.
The Society is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the EAF. The PAGB consists of the fifteen regional Federations in the United Kingdom and therefore photographic clubs across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are part of a national organisation.
The PAGB organises:
Annual print and slide exhibitions
National inter-club print and slide championships
A handbook published bi-annually incorporating lists of regional, national and international judges, and regional and national lecturers and speakers
Recorded lecture service
Insurance cover for clubs
Awards of Distinctions for photographic ability
Awards certificates for meritorious services to the affiliated societies and their members
The PAGB Annual Exhibitions are highly prestigious, as images displayed will have been selected from those submitted by the regional Federations. Anyone getting an acceptance into “the PAGB” can be justly proud that their work has been recognised at a national level. The exhibitions are shown at a number of venues throughout the United Kingdom.
The PAGB Inter-Club Print and Slide Championships are national events to decide the best clubs in each category with each Federation nominating their best two clubs to compete.
NDPS is a member of the East Anglian Federation of Photographic Societies (EAF). This comprises approximately 125 clubs in the East Anglian region (Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, parts of Hertfordshire and North and East London). Part of your membership fee goes to paying the EAF subscription.
The EAF organises:
Annual print and projected image exhibitions
Annual print and projected image club championships
All day print and slide "Spectaculars"
Lists of lecturers and judges in the region
Lists of societies and clubs in the region
The Annual Exhibitions are selected from work submitted by individual members through their club or society. Having work exhibited at the EAF is regarded as prestigious as the photographs displayed are regarded as among the best in the region and will be seen by a wide audience.