Online advisory day: Visual Art - ARPS/FRPS

Event info

The Western Distinctions Team invite you to an Online Advisory for those working towards their Visual Art - Associate or Fellowship.

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

At this particular event, we will be looking at both digital and print submissions but obviously they will all be reviewed digitally.  


A day open to both members and non-members of the Society,

What are the requirements for Visual Art?

Visual Art Photography:  Photography which communicates a creative vision. Full details can be found in the Guidelines.

To view Associate guidelines CLICK HERE

To view Fellowship guidelines CLICK HERE

Who are the Advisors?

  • Paul Mitchell FRPS

What advice will I receive on the day?

All comments made on the day are the opinion of one person, given their extensive experience and knowledge of the distinctions process. However, you should remember that the assessment when made will be based on the results of the assessor’s opinion and discussion. Ultimately it is the applicants/photographer’s responsibility to fulfil the criteria and requirements.

All comments on the day will be based on the assessment criteria.

To view sample Visual Art Fellowship Panels CLICK HERE

To view sample Visual Art Associate panels CLICK HERE

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 to book Observer ticket CLICK HERE

** Please note that a minimum of 5 participants is required.

Before you sign up for the session, please make sure you have read the Distinctions Guidelines which contain important information on requirements. This can be downloaded from the RPS website

After you have signed up for this event, you will receive an e-mail from Michelle 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. 

RPS Distinctions **Official Group**


Observing an online advisory day is a very good way to learn about the distinctions process 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 portfolios that have been booked can be assessed.

To book an observer place please CLICK HERE

Event Organiser

Michelle Whitmore ARPS


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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