South East Region Advisory Day – ARPS (All five categories)

06 May 2018

10:00 - 16:30

Detling Village Hall
Pilgrims Way
United Kingdom
ME14 3EY


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The event is now fully booked for participants but there are still places for spectators.  If you would like to join a waiting list for participants in case of cancellations please contact the organiser, details below.


This day has been organised for all those working towards the 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 ARPS and which level am I?

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?
Fine Art - Chris Palmer FRPS and Richard Tickner FRPS
Applied - Andre Du Plessis

What advice will I receive on the day?

Associate panels will be given content and technical advice OR technical and written advice depending on your chosen category.


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

Unsure which category you are? (ARPS/FRPS only)
Send 6 to 10 images to 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?
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 and make your way to the Meeting Room. 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

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

ARPS Fine Art advice
ARPS Applied advice
ARPS Travel advice
ARPS Conceptual and Contemporary advice
ARPS Natural History advice

Opening times

Registration at 10:00am and refreshments.

Event starts at 10:30am


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.

General Notes

As only light refreshments will be provided attendees are advised to bring a packed lunch.  The venue has wheelchair access and toilet facilities for the disabled.

Martin Gandy
Email the event organiser

Region: South East