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Panel Members

2020 - 2021



Benedict Brain ARPS



John R Simpson ARPS


Dr. Hazel Frost FRPS

Hazel is a Doctor currently working on the front line of the NHS

Cathy Roberts FRPS


Steve Boyle ARPS
Robert Helliwell ARPS
Ken Holland ARPS
David Jordan FRPS
Viveca Koh FRPS
Malcolm Kus ARPS
Ria Mishaal FRPS
Michael O'Sullivan FRPS
Nigel Plant ARPS
Stewart Wall ARPS
Stewart Wall ARPS
Linda Wevill FRPS
Ian Wilson ARPS
Janey Devine FRPS
Bhupinder Ghatahora ARPS
Carol McNiven Young FRPS

The Distinctions Committee

The Distinctions Committee, appointed by Council, is tasked with overseeing the delivery of all distinctions activity on behalf of The Society.

Jane Hilton HonFRPS

Jane is a photographer and documentary filmmaker who has exhibited internationally. Her work brings to our attention the extraordinary realities of ordinary people's lives and is renowned for her work documenting American Culture, in particular the American West.

Stewart Wall ARPS
Stewart Wall ARPS

Stewart is a professional photographer with 40 years’ experience with a BA (hons) and a Masters in photography as well as a professional teaching qualification. A photojournalist, Stewart is also a Regional Organiser with the RPS.

Professor Andrea Liggins PhD MA FRPS ASICI ABIPP

Andrea Liggins, who is a former external advisor to the Distinctions Advisory board, has been involved in photographic education for almost 40 years. Andrea is the recipient of the RPS Education Award 2020. She has been involved with the RPS since 1994 and was awarded the Fenton Medal in 2016. Andrea currently sits on the RPS Distinctions Research Panel.

Trevor Yerbury FRPS FMPA

Trevor is a full-time commercial photographer and the fourth generation to run his family photographic business. He has won 16 Kodak European Gold Awards and was Kodak European Photographer of the Year in 1994. He has been an invited speaker at various international conferences and is currently chair of the RPS Distinctions Applied & Portraiture panel.

Iñaki Hernández-Lasa FRPS FIPF AFIAP

Iñaki lives in Ireland and is a member of the new RPS Ireland Committee, which is currently revitalising the region for the Society. He is a Fellow with both the RPS and the Irish Photographic Federation. He has taken part in Distinctions activities for several years, including being a regular speaker at Roadshows and taking part in the Distinctions Live Talks season. He is currently an assessor with the Visual Arts panel.

Geoff Harris LRPS

External Advisor

Geoff Harris LRPS is the Deputy and Online Editor of Amateur Photographer, the oldest weekly photography magazine in the world. He's also been a regular freelance contributor to the RPS Journal. Geoff is a keen portrait, travel and documentary photographer and his images have appeared in the national press.