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Associate (ARPS)

**Updated 30 November 2021**

Assessments for the first half of 2022 have been announced. 

Licentiate Assessments | Associate Assessments | Fellowship Assessments

FAQs
The Associate distinction requires applicants to submit a body of work/project consisting of 15 images and a written Statement of Intent and a Presentation Layout. The images must be of a high standard.

Associate Criteria

  • A Statement of Intent that defines the purpose of the work, identifying its aims and objectives.
  • A cohesive body of work that depicts and communicates the aims and objectives set out in the Statement of Intent.
  • A body of work that communicates an individual's vision and understanding.
  • A high level of technical ability using techniques and photographic practices appropriate to the subject.
  • An appropriate and high level of understanding of craft and artistic presentation.

The Associate distinction is split into various specialist areas, which we refer to as genres. Many of the genres have additional specific criteria. It is important to read through the Associate Guidelines and the Genre Definitions documents for further information.

Associate Genres & Definitions

The genre definitions below are written to give you the widest creative freedom so that you can select the genre in which you are most likely to succeed. Assessments at Associate are divided by genre so that they are assessed by the appropriately skilled Fellows of the RPS.

  1. Applied and Portraiture Photography: Photography which has been produced for an intended purpose.
  2. Contemporary Photography: Photography that communicates a visual realisation of a stated argument, idea or concept.
  3. Documentary Photography: Photography which communicates a clear narrative through visual literacy.
  4. Film: The work can be created in any moving image format including film, video, and digital media.
  5. Landscape Photography: Photography that illustrates and interprets earth’s habitats, from the remotest wilderness to urban environs
  6. Natural History Photography: Photography which illustrates an element of natural world within an unrestricted, uncultivated and untamed environment.
  7. Travel Photography: Photography which communicates a sense of place.
  8. Visual Art Photography: Photography which communicates a creative vision.

Which genre should I apply for?

We'll be happy to help advise you, but due to high demand we can only offer genre advice via our Distinctions Facebook page until further notice. Please post six images from your proposed submission and your statement of intent and a moderator will offer advice. 


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Be inspired...

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Distinctions Talks: Live

If you've missed any of our talks, you can catch up here. 

Distinctions Talks: Live

Hazel Mason FRPS, Travel panel member, explains what travel photography means to her and outlines what is needed to put together a successful Travel panel.

Linda Marshall ARPS says the journey towards her becoming an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society began with a talk at her local camera club and explains where she got the inspiration for her successful Fine Art panel.

Jo Kearney ARPS explains for her successful Travel panel it was essential to have a plan..

Rob Friel ARPS explains how he became an Associate by using a camera phone to shoot through the windows of a fast-moving train.

Sarah Dow ARPS suffered the loss of both parents, four cancers, a husband with major health problems and finally divorce. She tells Peter Hayes FRPS that working on her Associate submission helped her come through all the distress she suffered.

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one2one advice

one2ones are available for members and will require you to Login to access and book. 

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Advisory Days

Advisory days are hosted by the RPS Regions & some Specialist Interest Groups. These can be a great opportunity to present Printed images for some feedback before an assessment. 

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Panel Members

Panel Members are our volunteers who assess the submissions for each distinction. They also provide online advice and attend our advisory days. 

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FAQs

If you have a burning question, we've possibly already answered it. Have a look through our Frequently Asked Questions to see if we have. 

FAQs
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Assessment Days

Follow the link to view a list of all our up coming dates for the first half of 2022.

Please note: Priority booking is reserved for Members of the RPS. Non-Members can apply from 17th January 2022. 

Associate Submission Fee: £120 

ARPS Assessment Dates 2022
Certificate & Badges

Replacement Certificates & Badges...

Duplicate Certificates and Lapel Badges can be purchased from the Distinctions Department. This is particularly useful if either are lost, damaged or you just want a spare. 

To purchase, please email distinctions@rps.org with your name and membership number stating which item you're after. For Certificates, please also include your name as you would like it to appear. 

Certificates: £25 each 

Lapel Badges: £10 each

Both prices above include postage

Contact us

For help with your Associate application please contact:

Ben Fox
Senior Distinctions Assistant 
E: ben@rps.org
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday