LRPS and ARPS advice

LRPS and ARPS Advisory Day - Birdham

Event info


The Southern Region is hosting an Advisory Day for the Licentiate level (LRPS) and Associate (ARPS) Contemporary genre on 3rd July 2022.

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

When booking please be sure to select the additional LRPS or ARPS Advice add-on ticket in addition to the RPS Member or Non Member ticket.

What is an Advisory Day?

Members and non-members can get advice on their body of work before applying for the Distinction or attend as a spectator to learn about the Distinctions process and see an example of a successful panel for Licentiate and ARPS Documentary.

Working for a Distinction takes you on a personal journey that will improve your technical skills, develop your creativity, and broaden your understanding of photography. To find out more about the Distinctions process click here.

What are the requirement for LRPS and ARPS?

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. Find out more about the LRPS Distinction here.

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. Find out more about the ARPS Distinction here.

Applicants wanting to receive advice on genres other than Documentary will need to apply for advice through the RPS (as per the Associate guidelines found here) but can receive general guidance on the day from the Documentary Associate advisor.

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?


ARPS: Richard Brayshaw FRPS

How many images shall I bring?

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

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.

Attending for Advice:

The hall will be open from 9.30am. On arrival please register at the front desk and then place your panel safely on the desks to the side of the room.

As a participant, you should bring your prints that you consider could form the basis for a panel, along with spares.

Before you attend please make sure you have read the Distinctions Guidelines which contains important information on requirements, categories and criteria regarding the panels. These can be downloaded from the RPS website here.

When booking please be sure to select the additional LRPS or ARPS Advice add-on ticket in addition to the RPS Member or Non Member ticket.


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.

If you wish to spectate then please use the separate event booking page here


Tea, coffee and biscuits free of charge throughout the day.

It is recommended that attendees should bring a packed lunch.

There are a number of cafe's in the area (particularly in the villages along Chichester Harbour) within a ten-minute drive. There is also a local Nisa and Shell service station where sandwiches can be purchased.

Event Organiser

Paul Cox ARPS


Venue Information

Car parking on site
Disabled access throughout

Cancellation policy

Cancellation by you:

If you wish to cancel your booking, PLEASE let the event organiser know with as much notice as possible.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us:

It is possible that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for reasons beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed, we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

If an event is cancelled, we will give you as much notice as we are able to, and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund.


Birdham Village Hall

Crooked Lane



PO20 7EX