LRPS and all ARPS categories Advisory Day **Fully Booked for advice, sorry**

19 November 2017

10:30 - 16:00

Whatton Jubilee Hall
Church Street
Whatton in the Vale
United Kingdom
NG13 9EL

Tel:0795 512 4000

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NB Fully Booked for Licentiateship advise, sorry

Attending this Advisory day will give you the opportunity to discuss your images and get advice in a professional but friendly atmosphere.

A panel member from the LRPS and ARPS in Fine Art will be present and can offer content and technical advice to face to face.

For advice in ARPS Natural History, Applied, Travel and Conceptual and Contemporary you need to book your place by the 19th October. for more details see below.

Who are the Advisors?

Andy Wilson FRPS - Fine Art panel member
Nigel Plant ARPS - LRPS panel member

What advice will I receive on the day?

Content and technical for the following - 

ARPS Fine Art

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. 

PLEASE NOTE : If you would like advice for ARPS in Natural History, Applied, Travel or Conceptual and Contemporary. You must book your place by the 19th October. This gives us time to get written advice for you, which will be read out on the day and a copy given to you.

What is Technical and written 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.  

What do you need to do by the 19th October?

You need to book your place and get confirmation from the Event Organiser. As soon as you have received confirmation, send an e-mail to Simon Vercoe at 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 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?

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.

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

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.

Advice available on the day

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


Stewart Wall arps
Email the event organiser
0795 512 4000

Region: East Midlands