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CREDIT: Mark Godfrey LRPS

Licentiate (LRPS)


**Updated August 2020**

In response to the on going pandemic, The Society has made the decision for RPS House to stay closed to the public for the remainder of 2020. Please click here for more information

However, all planned assessments remain scheduled to take place at RPS House, allowing us to welcome back Print submissions as well as Images for Screen and Books. This is of course still subject to any possible further Government imposed restrictions.  

Licentiate Assessments | Associate Assessments | Fellowship Assessments

The assessments will take place at RPS House, but to help keep attending staff and panel members safe, we will be not be able open our doors to an audience.

The Distinctions Team


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.

It will require you to submit 10 images which reflect your ability as a photographer. 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

Be inspired...

Distinctions Talks Live 2

Distinctions Talks: Live

The RPS is proud to announce a second season of free talks beginning on 24 September. Plus, if you've missed any of our previous 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

Recommended Resources

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CREDIT: Jude Beck on Unsplash

1:1 Online Portfolio Reviews

This service will resume from 4th January 2021


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
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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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CREDIT: Matthew Bickham LRPS

Assessment Days

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

LRPS Assessment Fees

Standard Fee: £107
Members Fee: £75 

Licentiate Assessment Dates
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Hanging & Sequence Plan Templates

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

View Templates

Contact us

For help with your Licentiate application please contact:

Simon Vercoe
Distinctions Assistant
T: +44 (0)117 3164473

9am - 5pm Monday to Friday GMT.