Welcome to Ripon City Photography Society
RCPS was founded in 1949. We are a warm, friendly and enthusiastic group who are always happy to share our knowledge. All levels of photographer, from beginner to national award holders are guaranteed a warm welcome. We meet on Monday evenings from September until March and endeavour to run a varied programme with nationally recognised speakers, internal print and projected image competitions, demonstrations and a variety of evening and day hands-on workshops. During the summer, visits to a variety of local and country venues of photographic interest are offered.
Our society is affiliated to the Yorkshire Photographic Union (YPU) and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) and we encourage members to participate in their competitions and exhibitions. In recent years we have won a number of individual and society awards including the YPU Young Photographer of the Year 2015. We also have an increasing number of experienced members who have achieved awards from both the PAGB and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).
If you enjoy taking photographs with anything from smartphones to the latest DSLR cameras and would like to develop your level of skills together with like-minded members, then please join us at The Arches, Holy Trinity Church. However, if, after looking through our website, you are unsure about whether the society is for you, please attend as a visitor at £3.00 per night which is refunded if you decide to become a member. (The break time coffee and biscuits are excellent value.)
A Word From Our President…
Welcome to the 2016-17 season
In recent years photography has changed beyond all recognition with the introduction of compact cameras and now mobile phones; people across the world are posting a wide variety of images on social media sites for all to see, some more interesting than others. Nevertheless it is still an art which many people enjoy professionally or as a hobby and now a huge variety of camera equipment and accessories has become accessible to anyone interested in developing their technique and skills.
The Committee members have been working hard to construct a programme for the coming year which we hope will help you further develop those skills. We encourage you to enter our competitions we have set for the year, as constructive comment from judges can further help develop your overall photographic skills and technique.
As a Society our aim is to develop a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in which we can learn from one another and from our guest speakers during the year. We do have some members with in-depth knowledge who are more than willing to share their experience and expertise with others.
Photography is a fascinating activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities and you do not need to own an expensive camera and set of lenses. Over the years we have seen some very imaginative and creative images taken with a simple point-and-shoot cameras. So if you would like to meet like-minded people who still have to take their best photograph, we will be delighted to see you on Monday evenings, starting 26 September.
Finally the Committee and I look forward to welcoming back last year’s members for another successful and enjoyable season.