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Pairc Life by Paul Lanigan FRPS
CREDIT: Paul Lanigan FRPS

Documentary Distinctions

We are glad to announce that you can now apply for the ARPS and FRPS Documentary Distinctions.

Applying for our Distinctions takes you on a personal journey, exploring not just “technical competence” but how you want to develop as a photographer, how others react to our work, and what we want to say as a photographer. Therefore, we ask for a body of work that shows not just the content of the images but also the intent of the photographer. Essentially, photography has a purpose, and that is to explain, challenge, inspire and tell stories. Our distinctions make us better photographers in that sense, telling our own stories.


You can read more about the Distinctions here:

RPS Distinctions

Upcoming events:

Peter Crane ARPS
CREDIT: Peter Crane ARPS
Street Photography with Peter Crane ARPS
Peter has recently obtained his Associateship distinction in the Documentary genre

Please join us for our March Event, when renowned Street Photographer Peter Crane ARPS will explain what keeps him curious and inspired to look for and capture that ‘decisive moment’. 

Peter’s instinctive urge to wander the streets armed with his camera has created an inspiring collection of images. While taking us through a selection of these, Peter will explain his approach to how to blend and be invisible when looking for characters and how to capture the look, so that the final image may move the viewer as it did him.

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Applied and Documentary Advisory Day ARPS & FRPS
Simon Leach, chair of the Documentary Distinction Panel, will be giving advice to the participants.

Advisory days are organised by the RPS regions, so members of the public can either get advice on their body of work before applying for a Distinction or attend as an observer to learn about the Distinctions process and see what advice is given.

DATE AND TIME: 15th May 2020; 10:00 - 16:30

RPS House, 337-340 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3AR

Book your place