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 Media Museum in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Anyone can join the RPS as an ordinary member.
The RPS awards three levels of photographic distinctions, the Licentiateship (LRPS), Associateship (ARPS) and Fellowship (FRPS).
For distinctions handbooks: