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CREDIT: Mark Godfrey LRPS

Licentiate (LRPS)

COVID-19 UPDATES

**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 distinctions@rps.org 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

FAQs

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

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

Recommended Resources

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CREDIT: Richard Sheldrake LRPS

Distinctions Update for 2021

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

Distinctions Update
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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. 

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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

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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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

Contact us

For help with your Licentiate application please contact:

Simon Vercoe
Distinctions Assistant
E: si@rps.org
T: +44 (0)117 3164473

9am - 5pm Monday to Friday GMT.