Distinctions Advisory Day

15 April 2018

10:00 - 16:00

Newton Community Hall
United Kingdom
NE43 7LU

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There will be a reserve list in case of drop-outs. Contact Carol Palmer, Regional Organiser, email northern@rps.org


This day has been organised for all those working towards the Licentiate and Associate Distinctions. It is open to both members and non-members of the Society and is intended to assist anyone considering an application to the Distinctions Panels.

Attending this Advisory day will give you the opportunity to discuss your images with current panel members in a professional but friendly atmosphere.

What are the requirement for LRPS, 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 work towards an ARPS.

Who are the Advisors?
Malcolm Kus ARPS and Leo Palmer FRPS

What advice will I receive on the day?

Licentiate panels will be given content and technical advice. Associate panels will be given content and technical advice for Travel panels and technical advice with written content advice for all other categories.

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. 

PLEASE NOTE : If you would like advice for ARPS in Natural History, Applied, Fine Art or Conceptual and Contemporary. You must book your place by the 15th March. This gives us time to get written advice for you, which will be read out on the day and a copy given to you.

What is Technical and written advice? – a current member of the panel that you wish to submit to will provide written feedback on the content of your proposed application This will be read out to you at the Advisory Day, the panel member present will give you technical advice on your prints and provide a copy of the written advice.  

Unsure which category you are? (ARPS/FRPS only)
Send 6 to 10 images to category@rps.org with your statement of intent and we will be happy to advise you which would be the best category. In most cases it’s the statement of intent that dictates the category. 

Please send at least 30 days before the advisory day.

How many images shall I bring?
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 sign in at the front desk. 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. You with either get content or technical or technical and written advice, depending who the advisors are on the day. You will also receive guidance on your proposed panel and how to prepare it.

Before you attend please make sure you have read the Distinctions Guidelines which contains valuable 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.

Advice available on the day

LRPS advice
ARPS Travel advice

All other categories - technical advice and written content advice.

Opening times

Opening times: 10.00 – 16.00 Doors open at 10am for a 10.30 start. General note: Tea and coffee will be provided.  It is recommended that attendees bring a packed lunch.

Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend this event, as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another event less than 14 days prior to the event start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel an event 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

Carol Palmer
Email the event organiser

Region: Northern