Sidmouth photographer captures attention of the Royal Photographic Society

Michael Ginsberg LRPS

Michael Ginsberg LRPS - Credit: Michael Ginsberg LRPS

A Sidmouth-based photographer is celebrating after being recognised for his camera skills by the prestigious Royal Photographic Society, a leading authority on photography since 1853.

Michael Ginsberg LRPS, Sidmouth resident and vice-chairperson of Sidmouth Photographic Club (SPC), is the latest club member to have been awarded a distinction from the RPS when he achieved Licentiate (LRPS), during lockdown this year.

The front cover of the Visit Sidmouth 2021 brochure

Michael's sunset photo used for the front cover of the Visit Sidmouth 2021 brochure - Credit: Michael Ginsberg LRPS

LRPS is the first of three levels of distinctions offered by the society which it describes as “demanding but achievable for most dedicated photographers”. Successful candidates are required to demonstrate a variety in approach and techniques in a panel of 10 images, scrutinised individually and as a whole by expert assessors to ensure the photographer meets the required standards for the distinction.

The assessment of his work was carried out via an online Zoom meeting with an audience of fellow photographers. 
Michael said: “There was a large online attendance for the event and the standard of the entries were so high I was increasingly nervous about my own chances. Each submission is thoroughly critiqued by the judges who then vote amongst themselves on whether to award the distinction and so I was hugely relieved and delighted when my panel was accepted.”

He went on to describe how members of SPC had supported him: “I would thoroughly recommend aiming for a distinction with RPS for anyone as it provides a positive focus for your enthusiasm and gives a great sense of achievement. However, I would have found it much more difficult without the support of SPC and the number of members with higher distinctions who gave invaluable advice, in addition to the excellent guidance and peer support provided by the RPS itself, and I would thoroughly recommend joining RPS and a club such as SPC if you want to take an interest in photography further.”

It has been a busy year for Michael who has also enjoyed seeing his image of a sublime sunset over Sidmouth selected for the front cover of the Visit Sidmouth 2021 brochure. Also featured in the brochure are images from Sidmouth photographers, Sarah Hall and Kyle Baker.

More details can be found at and

Unexpected Menace

Unexpected Menace - Credit: Michael Ginsberg

Jurassic Dawn

Jurassic Dawn - Credit: Michael Ginsberg


Five-a-day - Credit: Michael Ginsberg

Lock Keeper’s House

Lock Keeper’s House - Credit: Michael Ginsberg

Forest Floor

Forest Floor - Credit: Michael Ginsberg

The Scoop

The Scoop - Credit: Michael Ginsberg


Underpass - Credit: Michael Ginsberg

Two Small Leaves

Two Small Leaves - Credit: Michael Ginsberg

Feathered Friends

Feathered Friends - Credit: Michael Ginsberg

No Rush Hour

No Rush Hour - Credit: Michael Ginsberg

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