You submit written rather than photographic work for the Research category.

This category encompasses research in the arts & sciences of photography. It also looks at how photography is considered, how its history is recorded and preserved, how photography is taught and how it is understood in its own terms and as part of wider visual and artistic culture.

Applications are usually of a written and predominantly scholarly nature. The following covers most of what the Panel would expect to see:

  • Research in all its aspects encompassing the arts & sciences of photography reflecting the mission statement of The Society.
  • Research on an individual photographer, school or genre.
  • Photographic education.
  • Aspects of the history of photography.
  • The conservation and restoration of photographs and photographic material.
  • Curatorial accomplishments.
  • New thinking about photography and photographic theory.

Below you will find the guidelines for applying for a Research distinction. 

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Research - Guidelines

Research Photography Guidelines

May 2019
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Research - Application Form

Research Application Form

May 2019
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REAP RPS Journal December 2014


From Volume 154, Number 11 of The RPS Journal December 2014

Do you want to write about images? Then a Research Distinction could be for you.

Dec 2014
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