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Joining the RPS, is it worth it please?

TonyDy Plus
11 52 3 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2018 11:21PM
It might be worth considering the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain to which most photographic societies are affiliated. They offer qualifications which are cheaper than the RPS and are yours for life once you attain them

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LenShepherd 12 4.2k United Kingdom
23 Mar 2018 9:15AM

Quote:To answer the OP's question, the answer has to be "maybe".

Membership is relatively expensive though the price includes a now good monthly printed Journal.
The specialist interest groups (extra cost) can be very good - in my case the Nature Group.
The standard required even for the entry level Licentiateship qualification would severely challenge many camera club competitors.
"Birds of a feather flock together" comes to mind. Being in the RPS is not for all photographers though I consider it worthwhile for many relatively experienced photographers.
An issue for the OP is that with "only" around 10,000 members nationally local members can be a little thin on the ground. Being able to travel to meet others can help enjoyment.
peterjones 18 5.0k 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2018 3:29PM
I understand from a friend that if you are a member of the DPS you can obtain RPS membership at half price which does of course make it much better value...I haven't checked but it is well worth checking out.

Re the DPS I understand that they offer a distinction route.

Membership of any of the institutions is a very personal choice; the RPS are strong for example in the quality of their monthly journal, strong in organising regional and local events and their website is good and on it you can have a personal portfolio.

It is again up to you if you think the distinctions are worth pursuing; some of us have and some haven't but the distinctions are successful in goal setting and motivating you to do better but they aren't a cheap option.

Why not try it for a year and decide for yourself?


thewilliam2 3 1.4k
29 Mar 2018 11:13AM
I've just had an email from RPS reminding me of the member benefits.

One is a discount from Towergate Insurance which, if you're professional or well equipped, should save you more than the RPS sub. I've been with Towergate for about 30 years and found them to be reliable.

There's also a useful discount from Nomad portfolio boxes, which many of us use on a regular basis.

RPS also offer a reduced sub for us geriatrics who are over 65.

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