Western Region Advisory Day

26 October 2019

10:00 - 17:00

RPS House, 337 Paintworks
Bath Road,
Arnos Vale
United Kingdom


Spectator places only*

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?
Providing advise for Licentiate panels will be Linda Weevil FRPS
Providing advice for Associate panels Chris Palmer 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 OR technical and written advice depending on your chosen category.

Content and technical for the following -
LRPS advice
ARPS advice – categories TBC

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. 

Technical and written advice for the following (categories TBC) -  
ARPS Applied Advice
ARPS Conceptual and Contemporary Advice
ARPS Fine Art Advice
ARPS Natural History Advice
ARPS Travel Advice

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, Conceptual and Contemporary, Fine Art, Natural History or Travel, you need to book your place and get confirmation from the Regional Organiser.

Once you have received 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/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 make your way to the Meeting Room. 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.

How much does it cost?

£15 for RPS members who would like advice

£20 for non-members who would like advice

£10 for observers.


Opening times:
10.00 – 16.30
Doors open at 10am for a 10.15 start.

General note:
Tea and coffee will be provided. There are a small number of retail outlets nearby but it is recommended that attendees bring a packed lunch.  

The venue has wheelchair access and toilet facilities for the disabled. Parking is extremely limited, please let us know if you require a space to be reserved for you.

Full details of how to get to RPS House can be found on the RPS website

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 or transfer to another event 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.


Michelle Whitmore 
Email the event organiser

Region: Western



Michelle Whitmore
Email the event organiser

Region: Bristol (HQ), The RPS Journal, Western