Attending this Advisory day will give you the opportunity to discuss your images in a professional but friendly atmosphere with current panel members from Applied and Fine Art: this Advisory day will also focus on Documentary.
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 castegories: Fine Art, Natural History, Travel, Applied and Contemporary and Conceptual.
Please note: You can apply directly 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 work towards an ARPS.
Will Cheung FRPS - Applied Panel Member
Steve Smith FRPS - Fine Art Panel Member
Content and technical for the following:-
ARPS Applied Advice inc Documentary
ARPS Fine Art Advice
Content and Technical advice. This is when the panel member present is a member of the appropriate panel. You will be given content and technical advice face-to-face, and a copy of the summary of advice form.
Send 6 to 10images to email@example.com with your statement of intent and we will be happy to advise you which would be the best category for you. In most cases, it's the statement of intent which dictates the category.
£20 for RPS members who would like advice
£25 for non-members who would like advice
£15 for observers.
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
All images shoujld be mounted except for your spares; this will ensure we can display them correctly.
The advice given will depend on the portfolio seen on the day and the advice from a panel member is guidance only It is the responsibility of the applicant to make the final decision on which images to put forward for an assessment.
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 opportunityh 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 prints that you consider could form the basis for a panel, along with spares. You will either receive content or technical, or technical and written advice, depending on who the advisor are on the day. Before you attend please make sure you have read the Distinctgions Guidelines, which contain important information on requirements, categories and criteria regarding the panels. This can be downloaded from the RPS website www.rps.org/distinctions
. It is advisable to bring along a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 spare images.
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 in the off-chance that you can receive advice. Only panels which have been booked in advance can be assessed.