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Licentiate (LRPS)


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


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...

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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

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


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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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. 

LRPS Hanging Plans
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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
T: +44 (0)117 3164473

9am - 5pm Monday to Friday GMT.