RPS Northwest Distinctions Advisory Day

18 February 2018

10:30 - 16:00

Hough End, GMP Social & Sports Centre
Mauldeth Road, Chorlton.
United Kingdom
M21 7SX

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Non RPS Member£20.00 
RPS Member£15.00 



North West Region Advisory day - LRPS and ARPS (all five categories)  

(NB Please be aware this Advisory Day is for print submissions only)

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 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 work towards an ARPS.


Who are the Advisors?

Peter Paterson FRPS
Nigel Plant ARPS


What advice will I receive on the day?


Content and technical for the following – 

LRPS advice
Fine Art advice


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. 


Written and Technical ARPS advice for the following – 
( only available until the 18th Jan 2018 )


Applied Advice

Travel Advice
Conceptual and Contemporary Advice
Natural History Advice


What is Written and Technical 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. 


To receive advice for Applied, Travel, Conceptual and Contemporary or Natural History, you need to book your place and get confirmation from the Event Organiser by 18th January 2018. As soon as you have received confirmation, send an e-mail to Simon Vercoe at si@rps.org stating your Advisory day date and category you would like advice on. He will send you all the details you need to submit your images for advice. 



Unsure which category you are? ( ARPS only )

 Send 6 to10 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.  This is available up to the 15th January 2018




How much does it cost?

Participants (RPS members who would like advice) £15

Participants (Non-RPS members who would like advice) £20

Spectators/observers (both RPS members and non-members) £10


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 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. You with either get content or technical 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. It is advisable to bring along a minimum of 5 and a 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 on the off-chance that you can receive advice. Only panels that have been booked can be assessed.

As only light refreshments will be provided, it is recommended that attendees should bring a packed lunch.

The venue has wheel chair access and toilet facilities for the disabled.

Those wishing to attend are asked to register and pay through the RPS website. In the event that there are any problems with this process, please contact the organiser: Brian Smethhurst ARPS.


Notice of Cancellation:

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.


Location details


Hough End, GMP Social & Sports Centre
Mauldeth Road, Chorlton.
United Kingdom
M21 7SX

Brian Smethurst
Email the event organiser

Region: North West