Step 1: Applying

This step walks you through how to submit your initial application for an LRPS, ARPS or FRPS. It also includes all the forms and other information you need.

We recommend applying for a Distinction in the following order:


  1. Download the relevant PDF Distinction Guidelines below and see if you feel you could meet the submission criteria - all applicants MUST read the respective guidelines.  Printed copies are available on request.
  2. Decide what format you would like to submit your images for assessment: Prints, Images for Screen, Book, Multimedia or a Dissertation. Digital images are not accepted at FRPS level.  Choose one of the following only i.e. I will apply for an ARPS in book format with 30 images:

    10 images
    15 images
    20 or 21 images
    Images for Screen
    10 images
    15 images
    Books 20 images
    30 images
    40 images
    Multimedia 8-12 minutes
    12-18 minutes 18-25 minutes
    Dissertation  ✓
  3. If you are applying for an ARPS or FRPS you may choose to submit your work in one of the following specialist categories:
    • Applied – This category can be defined as photography that has a specific end purpose or use. This by definition includes all professional photography as well as many other disciplines such as documentary, portraiture, record, theatrical, architectural, wedding visual journalism, astronomy and palaeontology.
    • Conceptual and Contemporary – Applications should explore, define, illustrate or evaluate issues through photographic images.
    • Creative - Submissions must be based on photography, but the photographer will subsequently have creatively altered the images through manipulation either in-camera or post-processing.  All imagery must be photographically based and must be produced by the applicant.
    • Multimedia – This encompasses Audio Visual, Moving Image and Multimedia including Interactive Multimedia.
    • Natural History – This includes zoology, botany, meteorology, astronomy and palaeontology. Manipulation that alters the truth of image of any kind is not permissible.
    • Pictorial – The emphasis is on the use of the camera to create the image. Images are not fundamentally altered in post-production or with in-camera manipulation.
    • Travel – anything that records an impression of a time and place. Environmental portraits, architecture, landscape, street life and still life. If it identifies a location, event or show, it qualifies as photographic travel.
  4. If you are unsure if your work meets the required LRPS, ARPS or FRPS standard, you may decide to apply for Online Advice and/or attend an Advisory day for constructive individual guidance prior to booking your Assessment.  You can find information on Advisory days in Step 2 and can book them via our Events page.
  5. If you are happy you can produce a relevant body of work to the required standard, check the Distinctions Events page for Assessment dates and book on one that suits you (contact LRPS = £60 members/£70 non-members, ARPS = £90 members/£100 non-members, FRPS = £140 members.
  6. Send in your completed Application Form (downloadable below).  At this stage you will receive confirmation of your booking and information on how to submit your work (including information for any guests attending the Assessment with you).

    Once you have completed the above steps move onto Step 2 - Preparing Your Portfolio
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LRPS - Guidelines

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

Feb 2016
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LRPS - Application Form

Please download and fill in to apply for an LRPS assessment.

Feb 2016
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ARPS - Guidelines

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

Feb 2016
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