LRPS and ARPS Observer

LRPS, ARPS (Contemporary, Travel) Advisory Day - Observer

Event info



Scottish Region Advisory Day - LRPS and ARPS  

Attending this Advisory day will give you the opportunity to view prospective portfolios 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. Click here to see example of the LRPS -

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: Visual Art and Travel. Click here to see example of the ARPS -


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?

These will be current panel members on the appropriate panels.


What advice will be given on the day?

Content and technical for the following – 

LRPS Advice
ARPS Contemporary Advice
ARPS Travel Advice


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, and also a copy of the comments given. 


How much does it cost?

Observers (both RPS members and non-members) £10

(N.B. Total Observers limited to 50)

All Booking MUST be done on-line


How many images does each applicant bring?

10 images plus a maximum of 5 spares LRPS
15 images plus a maximum of 5 spares ARPS


Attending for Advice:

On arrival please register at the front desk. The panel assessors will introduce the advisory day and show examples of successful panels.

The Distinctions Guidelines which contains important information on requirements, categories and criteria regarding the panels. This can be downloaded from the RPS website



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.

As only light refreshments will be provided, it is recommended that attendees should bring a packed lunch.

The venue has wheel chair access and toilet facilities for the disabled.

Those wishing to attend are asked to register and pay through the RPS website. In the event that there are any problems with this process, please contact the organiser: James Frost FRPS (


Location details
Bridge of Allan Church Hall
12 Keir Street
Bridge of Allan



David Ferguson LRPS (
Scottish Regional Organiser

Event Organiser

David Ferguson LRPS


Cancellation policy

Notice of Cancellation:

The Society is unable to refund any cancellation or offer a transfer to another event if the attendee does not notify the Distinctions Department by e-mail 14 days prior to the event start date. email 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.


Bridge of Allan Church Hall

Keir Street

Bridge of Allan