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CREDIT: Ria Mishaal Cooke Snaddon FRPS

Fellowship (FRPS)


The Distinctions Department are taking the out break of the Coronavirus very seriously and the impact it has on us all. To protect the health of our Panel Members, Staff and Applicants is our primary objective. We unfortunately have to request that until further notice, please do not send us your prints, Books, CDs or USB submissions. We hope that this will be a temporary request and will review the situation over the coming weeks. 

Please Check our Frequently Asked Questions for more information

Please email all Booking Forms for NEW applications directly to distinctions@rps.orgAgain, please do not post your Booking Forms to RPS House. To help us process your booking more effectively, we request that you choose to make your payment via PayPal (details available on page 3 of the form). Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

LATEST UPDATE: Applicants working on print designed panels can still have work assessed during the coronavirus period, but they will not be required to send in prints. You still submit the same set of images digitally complete with your Hanging Plan showing how you would have asked for your prints to be displayed.

The Distinctions Team


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 everyone (New for 2020). 

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. 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. Landscape Photography: Photography that illustrates and interprets earth’s habitats, from the remotest wilderness to urban environs
  7. Natural History Photography: Photography which illustrates an element of natural world within an unrestricted, uncultivated and untamed environment.
  8. 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

Be inspired...

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.

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Live Talks: Catch up

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

Catch up for Live Talks

Recommended Resources


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.

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.

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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. 

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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: 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. 

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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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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.