RPS = Ridiculous Promotional Suicide?

Let’s all help South West Tourism create a free advertising campaign and picture library shall we? With the backing of the Royal Photographic Society.

NO, let’s not.

You couldn’t make it up. Absolutely ridiculous. Read it and weep.

Whatever gentrified muppet within the RPS thought this was a good idea needs their head looking at. If it can be found that far up.

Hang on…I may have it all wrong…it says on the blurb that “Your contribution is not just about giving, because in return there is the opportunity to develop new skills in capturing images of genres you may never have considered”


Any and all new explanations for the RPS acronym accepted here.

Here’s a few just in (to my head):

Right Piss Snatch?

Royal Poor Show?

Rights Plucking Shysters?

Please share yours. Acronyms that is, not pictures for this Rancid Professional Sideshow.

It doesn’t look like the members are happy about it either – duh – first comment I find on their own forum:

“Is it true? Is it a hoax? It cant possibly be true can it that the organisation here to promote photography is actually mounting a campaign to value photography as worthless.

This mad scam is aimed at acquiring photographs free of charge for the South West Tourism. Not only do they not want to pay any money but the don’t even guarantee the photographer will be credited. The even demand rights to sub licence the images to third parties!

Whos responsible for this??????????

I am NOT HAPPY my membership fees which I earn from selling photography are being used to promote the idea that photography is utterly worthless.”


Discussion (9 Comments)

  1. Ciara says:

    as we say oop north – Reet Pinching Scroats

  2. Pete Jenkins says:

    It incenses me more than I can articulate. What possible motivation, what possible gain is there to the RPS in this? It undermines their own professional membership, and although it is an amateur focussed, but yes they have many, acknowledge professionals in their ranks, and the message it send to everyone else, including all the other photographic organisations is simply unrepeatable.

    I trust that the RPS is given a thorough spanking by its own membership, the photographic Press and the British Photographic Council of which the RPS is a member.

    It is bad enough when Publishers such as News International and the Guardian News Media take us for a ride without organisations supposedly supporting photographers put the boot in as well.

    I wonder what their next bright idea will be, free pics of the Olympic Games?

    Insanity, sheer insanity…

  3. Lisa Hogben says:

    Rubbishing Poor Suckers, Rude Prick Shites, Rendering Photographers Senseless…

    I could go on but I have to get back to the incredibly poorly paid work I am doing for a young marketing type that was probably related to the well paid marketing type that came up with this one…

  4. Simeon says:

    Some old fart will come put and say” in these austire times we the RPS have decided to give ( can’t spell philanthropy) to the region. This anouncement is enough to make your piss boil.

    Rights philching shits

  5. Interesting…

    The requested URL /resources/group_downloads/SWT-launch.pdf was not found on this server.

    Has it been removed I wonder?

  6. Following responses from some members we have withdrawn “The Season doesn’t end with summer” project and will be working with the Visual Journalism Group and South West Tourism to review the terms and conditions.


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