Fellowship of The RPS (FRPS)

Our highest level of Distinction.  Requires a body of work/project of 20/21 images of a distinguished photographic and creative standard accompanied by a Statement of Intent. Fellowship submissions are open to Associates of the Society. On this page you will find everything you need to apply for an FRPS.

Fellowship categories:

  • Applied Photography inc. Documentary: Photography which has a specific end purpose or use. This includes professional photography, portraiture, theatrical, record, architectural, wedding, visual journalism, sport.
  • Conceptual and Contemporary Photography: Photography which explores, defines, illustrates or evaluates issues through photographic images.
  • Film: The work can be created in any moving image format including film, video, and digital media.
  • Fine Art Photography: Photography produced to fulfil the creative vision of the photographer in expressing and sharing perceptions or emotions.
  • Multimedia: encompasses Audio Visual, Film and Television and interactive multimedia. Multi platform work should be submitted in this category.
  • Natural History Photography: Includes all branches of natural history, including zoology and botany.
  • Research, Education and Application of Photography: as a general rule, applications will be by way of a written paper.
  • Science photography: includes scientific and medical imaging, medical photography or other related discipline by the submission of a portfolio.
  • Travel Photography: Photography with no geographical limitations, and should express the feeling of a time and place, and portray a land, its people or culture.

Unsure which category you are? Send 6 to10 images category@rps.org with your statement of intent and we will be happy to advise you which would be the best category. The statement of intent can dictate the category.


  • Applied Photography inc. Documentary: Photography which has a specific end purpose or use. This includes professional photography, portraiture, theatrical, record, architectural, wedding, visual journalism, sport.
  • Conceptual and Contemporary Photography: Photography which explores, defines, illustrates or evaluates issues through photographic images.
  • Film: The work can be created in any moving image format including film, video, and digital media.
  • Fine Art Photography: Photography produced to fulfil the creative vision of the photographer in expressing and sharing perceptions or emotions.
  • Multimedia: encompasses Audio Visual, Film and Television and interactive multimedia. Multi platform work should be submitted in this category.
  • Natural History Photography: Includes all branches of natural history, including zoology and botany.
  • Research, Education and Application of Photography: as a general rule, applications will be by way of a written paper.
  • Science photography: includes scientific and medical imaging, medical photography or other related discipline by the submission of a portfolio.
  • Travel Photography: Photography with no geographical limitations, and should express the feeling of a time and place, and portray a land, its people or culture.

Unsure which category you are? Send 6 to10 images category@rps.org with your statement of intent and we will be happy to advise you which would be the best category. The statement of intent can dictate the category.

  • Applied Photography inc. Documentary: Photography which has a specific end purpose or use. This includes professional photography, portraiture, theatrical, record, architectural, wedding, visual journalism, sport.
  • Conceptual and Contemporary Photography: Photography which explores, defines, illustrates or evaluates issues through photographic images.
  • Film: The work can be created in any moving image format including film, video, and digital media.
  • Fine Art Photography: Photography produced to fulfil the creative vision of the photographer in expressing and sharing perceptions or emotions.
  • Multimedia: encompasses Audio Visual, Film and Television and interactive multimedia. Multi platform work should be submitted in this category.
  • Natural History Photography: Includes all branches of natural history, including zoology and botany.
  • Research, Education and Application of Photography: as a general rule, applications will be by way of a written paper.
  • Science photography: includes scientific and medical imaging, medical photography or other related discipline by the submission of a portfolio.
  • Travel Photography: Photography with no geographical limitations, and should express the feeling of a time and place, and portray a land, its people or culture.

Unsure which category you are? Send 6 to10 images category@rps.org with your statement of intent and we will be happy to advise you which would be the best category. The statement of intent can dictate the category.

FRPS Galleries

Successful FRPS Distinction portfolios.

Examples of FRPS successes→

Advisory Days

A list of forthcoming Advisory Day dates.

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Assessment Dates

A list of forthcoming Assessment dates.

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Online Advice

One-on-one advice (RPS member only).

Online Advice→

Hanging Plans

A selection of writable PDFs to help you build and submit your portfolio.

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FRPS - Guidelines

All the information you need to submit your FRPS portfolio for assessment.

Feb 2017
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FRPS - Application Form

Please download and fill in to apply for an FRPS assessment. If you have booked your place online, ignore section 8 and attach a copy of your receipt of payment instead.

Feb 2017
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Return Work Label

Please print and enclose with your portfolio.

Feb 2017
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Evidence Label

Please print and attach to your portfolio.

Jul 2016
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Clifton Cameras Jan 2017
Clifton Cameras Jan 2017