Rockin' Rotterdam. The RPS Benelux Chapter Photography Project

"Rockin’ Rotterdam" is a photographic project where we have taken one creative or interesting photo in every street within the Rotterdam ring road.  We have had over 4000 images submitted from 93 photographers. In the exhibition we will showcase one photo for every street - all 2800+ of them. All the photos can be viewed on this web site.

In exhibition you will see work from the organising group, displayed alongside that from members of the public, all of whom throughly enjoyed exploring the streets of this vibrant, amazing city.  We have had Rotterdammers joining in, and very many nationalities.   All coming together to celebrate Rotterdam.

Why not come along and see what we took in your street? Or if you are visitors then this is a splendid way to really get to know the city - the diversity of people and neighbourhoods.

Each postcode is represented by one of our photographers who has provided a few words about their personal feelings when shooting in the streets.

After the exhibition the entire collection of images will be given to the Gemeente for the city archives and their use. It will make a valuable collection which future generations of residents and students will be able to refer to.

We wish to thank the various sponsors who have contributed to funding the exhibition - without them this would not have been possible.

The project is being organised by the Royal Photographic Society Benelux Group, but photos have been submitted not just from our members but absolutely anyone. All 93 of them.

What sort of photos have we taken?

Just about anything creative and quirky – the more interesting we could make a street look the better:

  • The postman delivering the mail,
  • The local cat basking in the sun,
  • The buildings and characteristic architecture,
  • The people and their everyday activities,
  • The shops or a typical local store,
  • Street art.

Colour, mono, night time, day time, snow, fog, rain – it all adds to the variety.

The Scope of the Project

We defined the area as postcodes 30XX of Rotterdam that lie within the ring road. 

Exhibition Photo book

A Rockin' Rotterdam photo book will be available at the exhibition. This will be a great way for those enjoying the exhibition to retain the memories of the project and all those people involved. It would make a great gift for a proud Rotterdammers, for participating photographers, friends and family. A selection of images will be displayed with the aim of showing the essence of each postcode. To order a book email  

Meet ups (photo-walk)

We organised Sunday morning meetings for photographers to visit the streets to take the photos.  More than 90 people took part over the six months.

  • Meet UPs are now finished.

Collecting the photos

We have now closed the project from the point of view of taking new photos.

Own a Postcode

Some individuals and camera clubs took ownership of an entire postcode and committed to taking all the photos in that area. When these images are displayed in the exhibition then only their photos for the 'Own a Postcode' area will be displayed. However the web site galleries contain all the photos taken for each postcode.

Map of Completed Areas

Copyright statement

The photographer retains the copyright of any image they submit to Rockin’ Rotterdam. However by forwarding photos to us you are agreeing that we may upload them to our web site, use them in other Rockin’ Rotterdam communications such as Blogs or Social Media.

In addition, if and when we put on a Rockin’ Rotterdam exhibition, that we may print your submitted photo(s) for inclusion in the exhibition.

Rotterdam Council have asked to be permitted to use images from the collection. Every photographer has been asked to agree to this - if you did not get an email then please contact us on In addition it is the intention of the organisers to give the Council a copy of the full collection of images for their archives. Again we have sought the agreement of photographers. Copyrights will be respected.

Images submitted must be your own work. Work submitted that is owned by others will not be accepted as there is then no guarantee they are giving their permission for us to use the work.

No fees will be charged or made for the use of your photos. Rockin’ Rotterdam organisers will not pass on your images to any third party without the copyright owners prior permission (see above in regard to the Council).


Anyone is welcome to join us at Rockin’ Rotterdam meetings. However the organisers will accept no responsibility for your safety whilst you are participating.

Every participant must take personal responsibility to stay within the law and respect the neighbours when out shooting images for the Rockin’ Rotterdam project.