Distinctions

The Royal Photographic Society Distinctions are recognised as the most prestigious in the photographic world. We offer a range of Distinctions and Qualifications that members and non-members can apply for.

 

Distinction facts
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    3,505

    members hold an LRPS Distinction

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    2,363

    members are Associates (ARPS)

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    841

    members are Fellows (FRPS)

About Distinctions

Explaining The Royal Photographic Society Distinctions; the order you take them in and what the initials mean. This section also includes information on other qualifications and exemptions.

What are RPS Distinctions?→

Step by Step

New to Royal Photographic Society Distinctions? This section will walk you through the process from when you are initially thinking of applying to the format of the Assessment day itself.

How do I apply?→

Downloads

All the essential forms you will need to apply for your Distinction. This section includes Guidelines, Application Forms and postage labels. You will also find a full list of RPS Panel Members.

Forms and Practical Information→

Distinction Successes

Seeing successful Distinction submissions by other photographers can be an extremely useful tool for your own journey. This section includes links to Member Distinction panel galleries and magazine features.

What's worked for others→

Exemptions

If you have gained a photographic qualification within the last ten years you may be eligible for an Exemption - which means you could be awarded an LRPS or ARPS Distinction without having to submit a portfolio

Do you qualify?→

Qualifications

Learn more about The Society’s Qualifications: The Imaging Scientist Qualification (ISQ) & the Creative Industries Qualification (CIQ).

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Distinction Stories

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”When you go for a Distinction you are only really competing against yourself and even if you are not successful your photography improves by the very act of preparing for it.“

Tim Pile ARPS
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”A Fellowship represents a photographer's Everest, the highest level of attainment. I'm currently sitting at that peak, breathing a huge sigh of relief, and admiring the view.“

Chris Palmer FRPS