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Documentary Advisory Day ARPS & FRPS - observer tickets only

Event info

What are Distinctions Advisory days?

Advisory days are organised by the RPS regions, so members of the public can either get advice on their body of work before applying for a Distinction or attend as an observer to learn about the Distinctions process and see what advice is given.

If you do book for advice you, will have the opportunity to discuss your body of work with a current panel member in a professional but friendly atmosphere, and if you book just to observe it’s a good way to learn about the Distinction process and see how advice is given.


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 our 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.

Tickets for advice are now sold out
We can add your name to the waiting list.
Please send your request to and in the email header please put Documentary waiting list


What is documentary photography?

Photography which communicates a clear narrative through visual literacy.


Before you attend this event

We would encourage you to read the Guidelines which can be found at the bottom of this page.


Which Panel Members will give me advice?

1. Simon Leach FRPS

2. Steve Smith FRPS


How many images shall I bring?

ARPS advice – 15 images plus a maximum of 5 spares
FRPS advice – 20 images plus a maximum of 5 spares


Do all my images need to be mounted?

All images should be mounted except your spares, this will ensure we can display them correctly.


If you have any enquiries or require further information, please contact Andy Moore, Distinctions Manager by emailing

Event Organiser

Andy Moore


Venue Information

Wheelchair Access


Cancellation policy

Please click here to read our cancellation policy.


RPS House

337-340 Paintworks

Arnos Vale



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