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Distinctions 1:1 Portfolio Reviews

Event info

Please Note: Bookings for 1:1 advice will not be taken from 01/12/2021. This is to allow time for our volunteers to catch up on the recent requests before the festive holidays. Booking for 1:1 with return in the new year.
We will get to everyone as quickly as possible and in order of request. But please do take into consideration when planning that there is potential for an extended period of time between booking and us being able to offer an appointment.


RPS Distinctions are now offering one-to-one portfolio reviews via Zoom. This means you can have a private, individual session with a panel member, who will be able to see your images and discuss with you the best way forward. This new service is open to both members and non-members alike and covers all Distinction levels and all genres. Your computer screen and that of the panel member will be linked via the Zoom app, which is free and easy to download. The panel member will be able to see your images in detail and have a conversation with you as the session progresses in a friendly and professional atmosphere via screen sharing.

This service applies to both Print and Digital submissions. If you are preparing a Print submission, then send digital copies of the images and the presentation plan. If you are planning a Digital Submission, then send digital copies of the images and the presentation plan.

A 1:1 is ideal for anyone who is nearly ready to apply or would like a preliminary discussion about submission ideas.

What are Distinctions?
Applying for our Distinctions takes you on a personal journey, exploring not just “technical competence” but how you want to develop as a photographer, how others react to your work, and what we want to say as a photographer. Therefore, we ask for a body of work that shows not just the content of the images but also the intent of the photographer. Essentially, photography has a purpose, and that is to explain, challenge, inspire and tell stories. Our distinctions make us better photographers in that sense, telling our own stories.

Which RPS Distinctions level is right for me?
If you are not sure, then start with the Licentiate (LRPS). To learn about the LRPS requirements please visit the Licentiate page. For more experienced photographers, who have an interest in a particular genre, then visit the Associate page (ARPS) or Fellowship page (FRPS).

What happens after I book?
Once you've booked using the link above, your details will be forwarded to one of our panel members for the appropriate distinction/genre. The panel member will make contact with you via email to arrange a date and time for the meeting that suits both of you.

Which panel members will give advice?
A current panel member from the relevant panel will be allocated to you. Please see links below for a list of all our current panel members.

LicentiateApplied and Portraiture | Contemporary | Documentary | Landscape | Natural History | Travel | Visual Art

How long does the advice last?
The sessions last for 40 minutes. This may be extended but this will be down to the individual panel member. You will also receive a brief summary via email of the advice given.

How many images are needed and when & where should I send them?
Please send all images to the panel member at least 10 days in advance of the booked session.

Licentiate advice – 10 images plus a maximum of 5 spares and presentation layout.

Associate advice – 15 images plus a maximum of 5 spares and statement of intent and presentation layout. 

Fellowship advice – 20/21 images plus a maximum of 5 spares and statement of intent and presentation layout. 

Do you have templates for presentation layouts?
Yes, please See below


What size images and requirements are needed for the advice?
Please ensure images are no larger than 4096 pixels (landscape) x 2400 pixels (portrait).  

Images must be named with two digits only, for example: 01, 02, 03, etc

Before you book your zoom 1:1
We would encourage you to read the Guidelines which can be found at


How many times can I book a 1:1?
You can have a maximum of two 1:1 portfolio reviews on the same project.

Member £20
Non-member £25

Thank you and the best of luck,

Distinctions team


Please note: All RPS panel members are volunteers, and we must respect their privacy. Once your 1:1 has concluded do not contact panel members directly under any circumstances. This also helps protect your submission from any suggestion of undue influence. Any correspondence must be sent directly to the Distinctions department (distinctions@rps.org) who will contact the panel member on your behalf. Failing to comply could result in your 1:1 being withdrawn.

On occasion, a second panel member may be in attendance during your 1:1 and the meeting may also be recorded. This can be for, but not limited to, training purposes. Any recordings made will be kept for internal use only and deleted when appropriate.  

Event Organiser

The Distinctions Team


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