Advisory day - LRPS and ARPS (all 5 categories)

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Event info

This day has been organised for all those working towards the Licentiate and Associate Distinctions.

Categories covered:

LRPS advice

ARPS Applied advice
ARPS Documentary advice
ARPS Fine Art advice
ARPS Travel advice

Images for Screen Advice - now available

People can get written advice and technical feedback on the following:

ARPS Conceptual and Contemporary advice
ARPS Natural History advice

Please note you must request Written and Technical advice four weeks before the event ie by the 30st May

A day open to both members and non-members of the Society, this is intended to assist anyone considering an application to the Distinctions Panels.

Tea / coffee provided

Bring a packed lunch

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

What are the requirement for LRPS and 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 words towards an ARPS.

What advice will I receive on the day?

Content and technical advice

Content and technical – the panel member 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

Technical and written advice – The panel member present does not sit on the panel but has been given written advice to read out to you, they will give you technical advice on your prints and a copy of the written advice.

How many prints 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.

Images for Screen?

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

The region has invested in a monitor acceptable by Bath as being appropriate for advice for images fro screen - the first region to do so. Bring the images on a USB drive sRGB JPEG - 3840 pixels x 2160 pixels, as per requirements for submission.

Attending for Advice:

On arrival please register at the front desk and then place your panel safely on the desks to the side of the room. You will have the opportunity to receive guidance on your proposed panel and how to prepare it. 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.

Before you attend please make sure you have read the Distinctions Guidelines which contains 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.


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.

Event Organiser

James Frost FRPS


Cancellation policy

If you wish to cancel within 4 weeks of the date of the event, no refunds will be given. 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. The running of this event is subject to the minimum number of 8 applicants


Bridge of Allan Church Hall

Keir Street

Bridge of Allan