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Licentiate (LRPS)




Distinctions offer individuals a real opportunity to develop as a photographer and gain insight and understanding into their own style of photography.

We offer three levels of Distinction; Licentiate, Associate & Fellowship. We recommend you apply for the Licentiate first, unless you're an experienced photographer, in which case you may decide to apply for our Associate distinction first.

For the Licentiate, applicants must show (among other criteria) a variety of approach and techniques but not necessarily in subject matter. It's demanding but achievable for most dedicated photographers and requires the submission of 10 images and a Presentation layout which reflects your ability as a photographer.

The RPS wants more individuals to commence their Distinctions journey and realise the benefits of this experience. To achieve this goal of reaching a wider audience and taking more individuals through the Distinctions journey, we’re making the application process easier for those starting out.

From spring 2024 anyone hoping to obtain a Licentiate will be able to apply online only, submitting 10 digital images and a presentation layout. For those working on a print submission two assessments will be planned for February and March 2024.

On this page you will find everything you need to apply for the Licentiate (LRPS).

Licentiate Criteria

All applications for the Licentiate distinction will be assessed against the following criteria. Please be sure to read through the LRPS Guidelines for more details about each section: 

  1. Camera work and Technical Quality
  2. Visual Awareness
  3. Communication
  4. Overall Impression

Join the Distinctions community. 

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

Hazel Mason FRPS explains her enjoyment of being a member of the Licentiate panel, explains in detail what panel members are looking for, and highlights the importance of Advisory Days.

Anne Belcher LRPS explains how joining the RPS helped her photographic journey. Anne says taking part in an Open University course helped her gain her LRPS. 

15-year-old Esmé Lloyd from Dorset explains how she achieved her LRPS and improved her photography

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one2one advice

To book a one2one, please follow the link below 

How to book a one2one
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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. 

Panel Member List
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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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CREDIT: Matthew Bickham LRPS

Assessment Days

Licentiate Submission Fee: £85 

Licentiate Assessment Dates
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 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. 

Please note: You must be a current member to purchase a new certificate or badge. 

Contact us

For help with your Licentiate application please contact:

The Distinctions Department

9am - 5pm Monday to Friday