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

Fellowship (FRPS)

The Fellowship distinction requires applicants to submit a body of work/project consisting of 20 or 21 and a written Statement of Intent. Submissions are open to Associates of the RPS only. 

Fellowship Criteria

  • A submission that demonstrates a distinctive and distinguished 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 and 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 Photography: Photography which has been produced for a specific end purpose.
  2. Conceptual and 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. Fine Art Photography: Photography which communicates a creative vision.
  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.

Which genre should I apply for?

We'll be happy to help advise you, just send six images from your proposed submission and your statement of intent to:
Ben Fox
Senior Distinctions Assistant
E: ben@rps.org

Be inspired...

Passion………..it’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

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Advisory Days

Advisory days are intended to provide guidance to RPS members and non-members who are considering applying for a Distinction. They offer an opportunity for you to view successful submissions and receive personal guidance on the standard of your work and preparation of your panel.

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Online Advice

This is members only benefit. We recommend using this service once you have a proposed set of images. You'll be able to include up to five alternative images and a hanging/sequence plan. One of our panel members will provide you with written advice to help you along your journey. 

Advice
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Hanging Plan Templates

A selection of interactive PDF templates, including the Images for Screen sequence plan. 

FRPS Hanging Plans
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CREDIT: Lin Collins LRPS

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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Meet our Panel Members

Here you will find a list of all our current panel members. These are our volunteers who assess the submissions for each distinction. They also provide online advice and attend our advisory days. 

Panel Member List
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CREDIT: Ria Mishaal Cooke Sanddon 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

Members Fee: £150

FRPS Assessment Days

Contact us

For help with your Fellowship application please contact:

Ben Fox
Senior Distinctions Assistant
E: ben@rps.org
T: +44 (0)117 3164472

9am - 5pm Monday to Friday GMT.