Category Archives: RPS Group

Doc Group SE Zoom Meeting 22nd January 2pm – Mark Phillips

We have a Zoom talk from Mark Philips, the current Chair of RPS Documentary.

Mark is a documentary photographer based near London, UK.  His photography is largely focussed on ‘constructive’ stories about people and groups taking action to address societal problems; his current emphasis is on the environment and sustainability. 

You can book and find more details here. Bookings must be made before 17:00 January 21st.

RPS Doc SE Zoom Meeting John Bolloten 2pm Sunday 12th December 2021

John Bolloten the empathetic raw, real, bleak and brutal and brilliant documentary photographer from Bradford will be giving us his Zoom talk entitled “Nothing to See Here”.

The talk will be around documentary photography with homeless and drug users at our meeting on Sunday 12th December from 2 to 4pm.

You can see more of John’s work at his website:

To book (free of charge) see

RPS Group Tuesday 16th November

We meet again on Tuesday 16th November – and again at Tangmere Village centre in the small hall. We’ll be able to see Nick Hepworth’s very recent successful L Panel, along with Tony Baverstock’s successful A panel.

I signed in to observe the RPS Licentiate assessments this week and will be able to report back. It’s very clear that the criteria for success are being equitably applied – variety of images, a range of techniques, visual understanding and a cohesive set of images – while the reasons panels are not successful are also very clear. These are as ever technical faults (over sharpening, overblown highlights, poor print quality for instance) coupled with repetition (or lack of variety) and panel collections that don’t sit well together. Come along and find out more and bring work for discussion if you are ready or simply join us to explore if the RPS distinctions are for you.

7.15pm for a 7.30pm start – £3 for Club members. We regret we are not able to offer the RPS Group to non-members for now.

The featured image is from Nick Hepworth’s successful L Panel

RPS group

I’m pleased to say Nick Hepworth was successful with his LRPS submission, and although we are unlikely to be able to see the panel this month as it is needs to come back from the RPS headquarters in Bristol, we look can give Nick our warmest congratulations.

We had a really enjoyable RPS Group meeting on Tuesday 21st September – the first time we have met in person for 18 months. It was a particular pleasure to see a number of recent successful panels at Licentiate and Associate levels, and thanks to Sarah Nichol, Lynne and Jeff Owen for bringing those along.

At last we were also able to see work in progress in print form after our months looking online. Thanks especially to Janey Devine who is currently an RPS Assessor on the L panel as well as both Travel and Documentary and so is very well placed to advise on the recent changes to the assessment criteria. With John Bradshaw’s eagle eye on technical matters and his and Graham Sargent’s long experience as assessment panel members too, the group is very well served to support those looking to pursue the RPS Distinction routes.

Your can find notes from the meeting here offering a general introduction to the different levels, and here more about the ARPS. The RPS has considerable information online, which you can find here

We meet again on Tuesday 18th October, in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

The featured images is from of Nick Hepworth’s successful L Panel

Doc Group SE Meeting Eastbourne 11am Sat October 2021

The RPS Doc SE Group will be holding first meeting of the 2021-22 season at Eastbourne. It will be followed by a PhotoWalk around Eastbourne.

The meeting will be held at:

Eastbourne and District Indoor Bowls Association, 5 Hampden Park Drive, Eastbourne, BN22 9QR at 11am on Saturday 2nd October.

Hamden Park is about 3 miles from the pier at Eastbourne and has good parking and spacious rooms,  giving us the chance to meet in a Covid safe manner utilising well separated small tables. Meeting in person will give us an opportunity to catch up with other group members, which was not possible in Zoom meetings. Refreshments will be available from the bar.

Attendance fee is £5, cash only. We will be taking lateral flow tests before coming and we would like you to do the same to minimise the risk of Covid infection.

More details here:

If you are interested in going please let me know.

RPS Digit success

The Digital Imaging Group of the Royal Photographic Society holds a PDI Competition each year and this was judged last Saturday. It was carried out online so there was a good audience for the judging, with Chris Palmer FRPS, Steven Le Prevost FRPS and our own Janey Devine FRPS in the judges’ chairs.

There were 1,875 entries in three classes, so judging was quite a marathon with 380 images selected for inclusion in the forthcoming catalogue. I watched most of the sessions and as far as I can tell from that and the online results this year I was the only club member to have work selected. As well as Rain Clearing Luskentyre , I’m very pleased to say I won Chris Palmer’s award, one of the three judges selections in the Open Colour Class for Hearth and Home.

If I have missed any successes do let me know and I will update this. This Annual Competition is free to DI Members and is a great opportunity to have your work shared internationally. The DI Group also organise monthly competitions and an annual print competition. The group is just one of the many special interest groups the RPS runs – have a look at the what’s on section here to find out more.

RPS Group – Covid Alert

I need to let you know that we have a case of Covid in our house – my grandson. As the rest of us are either double jabbed under 18, we are not required to isolate. As you can imagine, we have a cordon sanitaire around him and we are all taking regular lateral flow tests, which are all negative, as was the test I have just taken.

In the light of all this I am going ahead with tonight’s meeting, but I appreciate some of you may well be more cautious or perhaps needing to shelter someone who is vulnerable in your own households and will prefer not to attend.

We are meeting in the big hall tonight – plenty of space and lots of ventilation. As other precautions already in place, please bring the correct money (£3) and your own pen to sign in.

I will completely understand if you decide not to attend under these circumstances. Tonight’s session is planned as an introduction (with some recent successful panels to look at) and there will be notes available for everyone.

Lorna Brown

The featured image is from Frank Adams successful Fellowship panel

RPS Special Interest Group

I’m very pleased to say that the RPS Group has decided to meet together when the new season starts next month. There was a very strong desire to be able to get together again after our enforced separation.

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday 21st September with an introduction to the different levels of distinctions offered by the Royal Photographic Society when we will looking some recent successful panels especially for those new to the process. It will be a particular pleasure to also see some of the work that has been in in progress over our Zoom months.

The meeting takes place at Tangmere Village Centre in the small hall – please arrive well before our 7.30pm start when help in setting up will be very welcome. The meetings take place in the small hall at a cost of £3.

While our Special Interest group meetings are usually open to non-members, for now to ensure we keep our numbers limited, I regret that only Club members will be able to attend.

The featured image is from Jeff Owens recent successful A Panel

RPS Special Interest group Meetings – Your Views

You’ll see from the latest news that it has been decided to continue Club Thursday meetings via Zoom up to Christmas, a decision made in response to Members’ preferences. Zoom has certainly been a great way for our programme to carry on during these weird times and some of our interests have been at least as well served this way as in physical meetings.

I think though you’ll agree that hasn’t been the case for our Special Interest Group for those wishing to undertake Royal Photographic Society distinctions where print image quality and how groups of images (panels) sit well together is of paramount importance – tricky on Zoom

As the group meets in the small hall, is limited in numbers attending so space is not restricted and the hall can be easily ventilated, I am happy to run the meetings physically as I believe this is the more productive course for this group if members agree.

Before I confirm that however I do need to know how members feel – both those who have been regular attenders these past months but also those who might be thinking of joining us to find out more about the RPS awards.

Please let me know using

Either way – real or virtually – we will meet for the first time this season on Tuesday 21st September.

The featured images is from Lorna Brown’s recent successful Fellowship Panel

RPS Doc GroUp SE Sunday 23rd May 2021 11:00AM

This RPS Zoom meeting is in 2 parts: in the first half Dr Preston will speak to us about research & execution strategies (see below) and in the second half there will be an opportunity for up to 3 members to offer one of their ongoing projects for discussion and feedback from fellow members and the speaker.

Rivers, Trees, Journeys – Yan Wang Preston
Dr Yan Wang Preston, will discuss research and execution strategies for long-term photographic projects. She will use two of her own projects as case studies: for Mother River (2011-2014), she photographed the entire 6,211km Yangtze River in China at precise 100km intervals. For Forest (2010-2017), she followed the adaptation journeys of transplanted old trees in new Chinese cities. Both projects have won major awards, shown internationally and published extensively. Dr Preston will focus on a holistic research approach termed as Deep Mapping, in which contextual and historical research, technical experiments and a bodily intervention within the landscape all contribute to generate new artistic insights.Dr Preston – Biog
Dr Yan Wang Preston is a British-Chinese artist interested in landscape, ecology and identity. Her long-term projects, Mother River and Forest, won major awards including the 1st Prize, Professional Landscape, Sony World Photography Awards 2019. Both projects are published by Hatje Cantz in 2018. She holds a PhD in Photography from the University of Plymouth and lectures at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Event Details

From 11:00AM to 1:00PM

You can book on-line at TicketSource

Tickets cost £5:00