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→
Assessment

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?→
Thermal Infrared Images of Faces by Francis Ring

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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NBH Award

Distinction Stories

Olivio Argenti FRPS

”Preparing for both an ARPS and an FRPS was indeed a challenge. But it was well worth it. I am now more confident in my own approach and honored that my FRPS work is in the RPS Collection at the National Media Museum in Bradford.“

Olivio Argenti FRPS
Chelin Miller LRPS

”You (RPS Staff and Panel) have been friendly and helpful throughout and although applying for an "L" can be intimidating, everybody made me feel that I could approach you for advice, and indeed it has been most useful!“

Chelin Miller LRPS