East Anglia Advisory Day - LRPS and ARPS (Applied, Fine Art)

12 November 2017

10:30 - 16:30

Foxton Village Hall
Hardman Road
United Kingdom
CB22 6RN

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Distinctions Advisory Day

ADVISORY PLACES now all filled, but there are still a few places left for observers.  Please contact Ian Wilson (ian@greenmen.org.uk) if you would like to come. 

Areas covered will include:

LRPS advice

ARPS Applied advice

ARPS Travel advice

ARPS Fine Art advice

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?

Will Cheung FRPS & Richard Walton FRPS.

What advice will I receive on the day?

Content and technical for the following: 

  • LRPS
  • ARPS in Applied inc Documentary
  • ARPS in Travel
  • ARPS in Fine Art

Technical and written advice for the following: 

  • ARPS in Conceptual and Conceptual
  • ARPS in Natural History

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.

What is Technical and written advice?

The panel member present does not sit on the panel but has been given written advice by a current panel which will be read out to you. The panel member present will give you technical advice on your prints and also a copy of the written advice. If you would like advice for Applied, Travel, Contemporary and Conceptual or Natural History, you need to book your place and get confirmation from the Regional Organiser. Once you have receive confirmation, you need to e-mail 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 get advice. You can only book this advice a minimum of 28 days before the advisory day.

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. Please send at least 30 days before the advisory day.

How much does it cost?

£15 for RPS members who would like advice, £20 for non-members who would like advice, £10 for observers.

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.

Location and Timing

Foxton Village Hall from approximately 10:30 to 16:30.


Ian Wilson ARPS (ian@greenmen.org.uk)

Ian Wilson
Email the event organiser

Region: East Anglia