L & A Distinctions Advisory Day

28 April 2019

10:30 - 16:30

The Dolphin Hotel
Station Road
Bovey Tracey
United Kingdom
TQ13 9AL

Non member bring A panel£20.00 
RPS Member bring A panel£15.00 
Non RPS member bring L panel£20.00 
RPS Member bring L panel£15.00 

This day has been organised for all those working towards the Licentiate and 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 LRPS, 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?
Licentiate adviser will be Martin Addison FRPS

Associate adviser for Fine Art is Paul Mitchell FRPS

What advice will I receive on the day?

Licentiate panels will be given content and technical advice. Associate panels will be given content and technical advice on the Fine Art category OR technical and written advice for other categories..

Unsure which category you are? (ARPS/FRPS only)
Send 6 to 10 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 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 sign in at the front desk and we will tell you where your panel need to be placed.. 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 www.rps.org/distinctions.

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 advice

Opening times

Opening times: 10.00 – 16.30 Doors open at 10am for a 10.30 start. Lunch can be ordered at the hotel but we must remind you that food not purchased at the hotel may not be consumed on the premises.

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 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.

Hearing and access requirements

The venue has no wheelchair access and toilet facilities for the disabled. Parking is available at the hotel.


Opening times

The room will be open at 10am, please do not enter before this to allow time for setting up

Cancellation policy

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Hearing and access requirements

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Martin Howse
Email the event organiser

Region: South West