Advisory Online - ARPS Visual Art and Documentary

Event info

The London Region Distinctions Team invite you to an Online Advisory for those working towards their ARPS in Visual Art and Documentary. 

Attending this Advisory day will give you the opportunity to discuss your portfolio with a current panel member in a professional but friendly atmosphere.

At this particular event, we will be looking at both Images for Screen and Print submissions but obviously they will all be reviewed digitally.  

For more details on this online event and what to expect on the day - link here

There are just six places in total for Advice and eight for Observers. 


A day open to both members and non-members of the Society, this is intended to assist anyone considering an application for a Distinction in the following categories:

ARPS Documentary advice

ARPS Visual Art advice

For advice on other categories, please contact the Distinctions Department by e-mail to or London Region Distinctions Co-ordinator, Mike, on

What are the requirements for ARPS?


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. 


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?

  • James Frost FRPS - Documentary
  • Richard Tickner FRPS - Visual Art

What advice will I receive on the day?


Content and technical for the following – 


ARPS Visual Art

ARPS Documentary


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 (via Zoom online), and will receive a copy of the comments made at a later date. 


How much does it cost?

RPS members who would like advice:  £15

Non-RPS members who would like advice:  £20

Observers (both RPS members and non-members:  £10 (please book on separate page)

Before you signup for the session, please make sure you have read the Distinctions Guidelines which contain 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.

After you have signed up for this event, you will receive an e-mail from Mike advising you how, when and where to submit your images.  This will need to be done at least 14 days before the Advisory Day so that the Advisers have a chance to review them in advance.

You may be interested in the very active Distinctions Facebook page, which contains comments and examples - both successful and unsuccessful - from all levels of applicant.   Link here.


Observing 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.

A day open both to Members and Non-Members of the Society.



Event Organiser

London Distinctions - Mike


Cancellation policy

The Society is unable to refund any cancellation or offer a transfer to another event if the attendee does not notify the Region by e-mail 14 days prior to the event start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel any event 7 days prior to its start date, or less than 24 hours due to adverse weather conditions or extraordinary circumstances beyond its control. All attendees are advised to check hotel and travel cancellation/refund policies, as the Society is unable to offer compensation for any loss.



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