I'm not normally one for royal patronage, honours and all that guff. However I recently put my politics aside and joined the Royal Photographic Society. The reason I have done this is to work toward one of the society's distinctions.
These start with LRPS, then ARPS and finally FRPS. The support and guidance supplied by the society to those working towards a distinction is impressive. I've decided to postpone the OCA degree and use the LRPS to get myself ready for it.