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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q: Can I apply for the Associate distinction if I don't already have the Licentiate?
A: Anyone can apply for the Associate regardless of whether they have a Licentiate distinction or not, but we would only suggest doing so if you have a number of years of photographic experience. However, the final decision is entirely down to the applicant.

Q: Can I use my Associate images for my Fellowship submission?
A:
No, your Fellowship submission needs to be a different body of work.


Q: Can I mix monochrome and colour images within my proposed panel?
A: Yes you can. This is perhaps more appropriate for the Licentiate distinction due to the nature of the criteria.

Q: I need a mentor, can you put me in contact with a panel member?
A: The RPS doesn’t officially provide a mentoring service, we can guide you and give advice and guidance throughout your application.

Q: Do I have to wait two years before I apply for an another level of Distinction after I've been successful?
A:
There is no time period set. Although it’s generally suggested to wait and not rush into it.

 

Q: Do I pay more for membership when I gain a Licentiate, Associate or Fellowship?
A:
No, your membership subscription does not change.

Q: For my Fellowship submission, do I have to submit to the same genre as my Associate submission?
A:
No, You can change genres.

Questions about Print Format

Q: What's a Hanging Plan?
A: A hanging plan is a visual reference for your presentation of prints. It displays your images as thumbnails printed on A4 paper, representing the desired layout of your printed images. It is used for reference by the Chairman and Distinctions Staff. We've created some templates for you to use click here to view them. 

Q: What size prints should I submit?
A:
We suggest that an A4 print is more than adequate for assessing. However, the final print size is for the applicant to decide on. It's worth bearing in mind that the maximum height between the display rails is 23" (585mm). Each display rail is 21ft (6.4m) in length. 

Q: What's the maximum dimension of the display area?
A: 
The maximum height between the display rails is 23” (585mm). The maximum length of the display area is 21ft (6.4m).

Questions about Images For Screen

Q: What's a Sequence Plan?
A: A sequence plan is a visual reference for the order in which your images will be projected. It displays your images as thumbnails on an A4 page, representing the numerical order of your digital images.
Please note: It is important to remember that Images For Screen are displayed in sequence, one image at a time.  

Questions about Assessments

Q: Where can I find assessment dates?
A: You can find assessment dates on the individual distinction pages.
Licentiate 
Associate
Fellowship

Q: Can I observe an assessment? and if so, how do I book?
A: Our Licentiate and Associate assessments are open to observers. If you would like to attend, please contact us to book a seat. 

Q: Are assessments held locally to me?
A: All Associate and Fellowship assessments are held at RPS House, Bristol. We hold a couple of Licentiate assessments each year within our regions, but all other assessments are also held at RPS House, Bristol. Assessment dates can be found on the following pages:
Licentiate   
Associate   
Fellowship 


Q: Can I bring spare images to the assessment?
A:
Please do not bring any other images to an assessment, all you need is; 10 for LRPS, 15 for ARPS & 20/21 for FRPS. 

Q: Do I need to attend the assessment?
A: You don’t need to attend the assessment. However, we recommend attending as you will see other submissions, hear what happens and hear the panel member’s comments.


Q: Can I submit more than one portfolio?
A:
No, you can submit only one submission per assessment. However, you can submit to other genres.

Questions about Advisory days

Q: What are Advisory days?
A: We offer a number of advisory days throughout the year, across the UK. With these days we will assist anyone who is working towards a distinction. Advisory days are an opportunity for any potential applicant to receive advice regarding their proposed body of work.

Q: I don’t live in the UK and can’t attend an advisory day. What can I do?
A: We host a number of overseas advisory days where the applicant receives video feedback. To check availability, please contact Andy Moore