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Ria Mishaal Cooke Snaddon FRPS
CREDIT: Ria Mishaal Cooke Snaddon FRPS

Fellowship (FRPS)


**Updated January 2021**

During the current lockdown, RPS House is closed to the public. All staff are working from home, with limited exceptions, following government advice. 

We do not plan to hold any RPS HQ-organised workshops or other events at RPS House during the first quarter of 2021. We are continuing to run an extensive programme of online workshops and events and will continue to add to these.

Assessments of print, digital and book submissions are taking place, including new audience attendance online. Please email booking forms to and we can accept delivery of portfolios from couriers only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Licentiate Assessments | Associate Assessments | Fellowship Assessments

To help keep attending staff and panel members safe, we will be not be able open our doors to an audience.

For more information about our position on the COVID-19 outbreak please click here

The Distinctions Team


The Fellowship distinction requires applicants to submit a body of work/project consisting of 20 or 21 images and a written Statement of Intent and a Presentation Layout. Submissions are open to everyone. 

Fellowship Criteria

  • A submission that demonstrates a distinctive body of work.
  • 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.
  • The highest 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 Fellowship 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 Fellowship guidelines for further information.

Fellowship 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 Fellowship 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. 

RPS Distinctions **Official Group**

Be inspired...

Distinctions Talks Live 2

Distinctions Talks: Live

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

Distinctions Talks: Live

Passion………’s all about passion. So says Anne Cassidy FRPS, a member of the Distinctions Contemporary Panel. In this interview she gives her tips for anyone considering applying for a Conceptual and Contemporary ARPS or FRPS.

Max Robinson FRPS talks about his Fellowship Distinction in Travel and how he got the inspiration for his successful panel.

Richard Brayshaw FRPS explains why he was delighted and proud to have achieved his Fellowship.

Viveca Koh FRPS talks about how she got the inspiration for her successful Fine Art Fellowship panel.

Linda Wevill FRPS talks about how she got the inspiration for his successful Fine Art Fellowship panel.

Recommended Resources

CREDIT: Richard Sheldrake LRPS

Distinctions Update for 2021

An update to inform everyone of the intended changes due for 2021

Distinctions Update

Advisory Days

COVID-19 UPDATE - A number of advisory days have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19. Please double check with the event organiser before booking.

Panel Members

Panel Members

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

Panel Member List
09 Whoosh!
CREDIT: Lin Collins LRPS


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. 

FRPS Ria Mishaal Photography 16
CREDIT: Ria Mishaal Cooke Snaddon FRPS

Assessment Days

Fellowship Assessment Days are held throughout the year. Follow the link to view a list of all our up coming dates. 

FRPS Assessment Fee

Standard Fee: £230
Members Fee:

FRPS Assessment Days

Contact us

For help with your Fellowship application please contact:

Ben Fox
Senior Distinctions Assistant
T: +44 (0)117 3164472

9am - 5pm Monday to Friday GMT.