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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.
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.
A list of forthcoming Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship Distinction Assessments dates across all categories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about The Society’s Qualifications: The Imaging Scientist Qualification (ISQ) & the Creative Industries Qualification (CIQ).
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