The Royal Photographic Society Distinctions are recognised as the most prestigious in the photographic world. We offer a range of Distinctions and Qualifications that members and non-members can apply for.


Find out the latest news about RPS Distinctions including events, advisory days, updated guidelines and other helpful information...

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About Distinctions

Explaining The Royal Photographic Society Distinctions; the order you take them in and what the initials mean. This section also includes information on other qualifications and exemptions.

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Step by Step

New to Royal Photographic Society Distinctions? This section will walk you through the process from when you are initially thinking of applying to the format of the Assessment day itself.

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Advisory Day Dates

A list of forthcoming Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship Advisory Days by Region across all categories.

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Distinction Successes

Seeing successful Distinction submissions by other photographers can be an extremely useful tool for your own journey. This section includes links to Member Distinction panel galleries and blogs containing useful tips.

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Assessment Dates

A list of forthcoming Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship Distinction Assessments dates across all categories.

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Receiving online advice regarding your proposed Distinction submission is a benefit of being a Member of The Society. This process is particularly useful for those who cannot attend an Advisory Day or want advice on their panel prior to attending one.



All the essential forms you will need to apply for your Distinction. This section includes Guidelines, Application Forms and postage labels. You will also find a full list of RPS Panel Members.

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