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

14 January 2017

10:30 - 16:00

Bridge of Allan Church Hall
Keir Street
Bridge of Allan
United Kingdom


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This day has been organised for all those working towards the Licentiate and Associate (Fine Art, Conceptual/Contemporary and Travel) Assessment. People can get written advice and technical feedback on Applied and Natural History. A day open to both members and non-members of the Society, this is intended to assist anyone considering an application to the Distinctions Panels.

Tea / coffee provided.


All those wanting advice must book in advance:


ARPS Applied advice - FULLY BOOKED
ARPS Conceptual and Contemporary advice - FULLY BOOKED
ARPS Fine Art advice - FULLY BOOKED
ARPS Natural History advice - FULLY BOOKED
ARPS Travel advice - FULLY BOOKED


Cost: £15 if bringing work (£20 non-members), £10 if observing.

Lunch : bring a packed lunch

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Image - GoMA Glasgow - Phil Lavery ARPS



Attending this Advisory day will give you the opportunity to discuss your images with a 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 words towards an ARPS.


What advice will I receive on the day?


Content and technical for the following -   LRPS and ARPS in Fine Art, Conceptual/Contemporary and Travel


Content and technical – the panel member sits on this panel and you will be given content and technical advice face to face, and also a copy of the comments given.


Technical and written advice for the following -  ARPS - Applied and Natural History


Technical and written advice – The panel member present does not sit on the panel but has been given written advice to read out to you, they will give you technical advice on your prints and a copy of the written advice.



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 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.

James Frost FRPS
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Region: Scotland