Distinctions

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.

 

Distinction facts
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    3,420

    members hold an LRPS Distinction

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    2,313

    members are Associates (ARPS)

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    663

    members are Fellows (FRPS)

Assessment

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.

What are RPS Distinctions?→
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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.

How do I apply?→
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Downloads

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

Forms and Practical Information→
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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 magazine features.

What's worked for others→
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Exemptions

If you have gained a photographic qualification within the last ten years you may be eligible for an Exemption - which means you could be awarded an LRPS or ARPS Distinction without having to submit a portfolio

Do you qualify?→
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Qualifications

Learn more about The Society’s Qualifications: The Imaging Scientist Qualification (ISQ) & the Imaging for the Creative Industries Qualification (CIQ).

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Distinction Stories

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”The icing on the cake was a resounding full house of green cards from the respected judges on the Assessment day. I was on cloud nine... Gone and forgotten were the false starts and earlier disappointments.“

Janet Haines ARPS
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”A Fellowship represents a photographer's Everest, the highest level of attainment. I'm currently sitting at that peak, breathing a huge sigh of relief, and admiring the view.“

Chris Palmer FRPS