The Advisory Day is now full for participants, but there is plenty of room available for spectators.
Please contact the event organiser if you would like to be put on a waiting list in the event that someone else drops out.
Attending this Advisory day will give you the opportunity to discuss your images with current panel members in a professional but friendly atmosphere.
All those wanting advice must book in advance:
ARPS Applied advice
ARPS Conceptual and Contemporary advice
ARPS Fine Art advice
ARPS Natural History advice
ARPS Travel advice
What are the requirement for LRPS and ARPS, and which level am I?
LRPS ( Licentiate ) – If you are not sure, then start with the LRPS, as you will need to show a good photographic competence in camera work, visual awareness, communication and presentation, as detailed in the Guidelines
ARPS (Associate) – You need to demonstrate a high technical competence as well as provide evidence of creative ability and the development of a personal style in either of the following categories, Fine Art, Natural History, Travel, Applied and Contemporary and Conceptual.
Please note : You can apply direct for the ARPS without being an LRPS, but we would recommend getting an LRPS first before working towards an ARPS, unless you have considerable photographic experience.
If you are not sure, it’s much better to start with the LRPS and then words towards an ARPS.
Who are the Advisors?
Chris Palmer FRPS, Gianpiero Ferrari FRPS & Jill Pakenham FRPS.
What advice will I receive on the day?
Content and technical for the following -
ARPS in Fine Art and Natural History
What is Content and technical advice? – The panel member present sits on this panel and you will be given content and technical advice face to face, and also a copy of the comments given.
Technical and written advice for the following -
ARPS – Applied, Travel and Contemporary and Conceptual
What is Technical and written advice? – The panel member present does not sit on the panel but has been given written advice by a current panel which will be read out to you. The panel member present will give you technical advice on your prints and also a copy of the written advice.
If you would like Technical and written advice, you need to book your place and get confirmation from the Regional Organiser, once you have received confirmation, you need to send your images on disc/memory stick to Simon Vercoe at the head office in Bath (The Royal Photographic Society,Fenton House, 122 Wells Road, Bath BA2 3AH).The images need to be jpeg, sRGB and 1400 pixels if landscape or 1050 pixels if portrait saved at the highest quality, we need a hanging plan and, for ARPS, we also need a statement of intent. You can only book this advice a minimum of 28 days before the advisory day.
How much does it cost?
£15 for RPS members who would like advice
£20 for non-members who would like advice
£10 for observers.
How many images shall I bring/send?
10 images plus a minimum of 5 spares and maximum of 10 for the LRPS
15 images plus a minimum of 5 spares and maximum of 10 for the ARPS
Do all my images need to be mounted?
All images should be mounted except for your spares; this will ensure we can display them correctly.
Attending for Advice:
On arrival please register at the front desk and then place your panel safely on the desks to the side of the room. You will have the opportunity to receive guidance on your proposed panel and how to prepare it. The panel assessors will introduce the advisory day and show examples of successful panels. You will then be invited to display your images for comment. As a participant, you should bring your prints that you consider could form the basis for a panel, along with spares. It is advisable to bring along a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 spare images.You will either get content and technical advice or technical and written advice, depending who the advisors are on the day.
Before you attend please make sure you have read the Distinctions Guidelines which contains important information on requirements, categories and criteria regarding the panels. This can be downloaded from the RPS website www.rps.org/distinctions.
Spectating is a very good way to learn about the distinctions system and to see the advice given. Please do not bring any of your own images to the event on the off-chance that you can receive advice. Only panels that have been booked can be assessed