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Distinctions 1:1 Portfolio Reviews - OU Students only

Event info

RPS Distinctions are pleased to offer one-to-one portfolio reviews for students via Zoom. This means you can have a private, individual session with a panel member, who will be able to see your images and discuss with you the best way forward. This new service is open to both members and non-members. Your computer screen and that of the panel member will be linked via the Zoom app, which is free and easy to download. The panel member will be able to see your images in detail and have a conversation with you as the session progresses in a friendly and professional atmosphere via screen sharing.

This new service applies to both Print and digital submissions. If you are preparing a Print submission, then send digital copies of the images and the presentation layout. If you are planning an digital submission, then send digital copies of the images and presentation layout.

What are Distinctions?
Applying for our Distinctions takes you on a personal journey, exploring not just “technical competence” but how you want to develop as a photographer, how others react to your work, and what you want to say as a photographer. Therefore, we ask for a body of work that shows not just the content of the images but also the intent of the photographer. Essentially, photography has a purpose, and that is to explain, challenge, inspire and tell stories. Our distinctions make us better photographers in that sense, telling our own stories.

What happens after I book?
Once you've booked using the link above, your details will be forwarded to one of our panel members for the appropriate distinction/genre. The panel member will make contact with you via email to arrange a date and time for the meeting that suits both of you. 

Which panel members will give advice?
A current panel member will be allocated to you. 

How long does the advice last?
The sessions last for approx 40 minutes. You will also receive a brief summary of the advice given via email.

How many images are needed and when & where should I send them?
Please send all images at least 10 days in advance of the booked session.

Licentiate advice – 10 images plus a maximum of 5 spares and presentation layout.

Do you have templates for presentation layouts?
Yes, please See below


What size images and requirements are needed for the advice?
Please ensure images are no bigger than 4096 pixels (landscape) x 2400 pixels (portrait).  

Images must be named with two digits only, for example: 01, 02, 03, etc

Before you book your zoom 1:1
We would encourage you to read the Guidelines which can be found at


How many times can I book a 1:1?

Once only, if you need to book please use this link
Once you have booked a place, could you send your module letter or any proof showing you have completed the course to si@rps.org
We are unable to process your booking until we receive this documentation.

OU Students: £10 

Thank you and the best of luck,

Distinctions team


Please note: All RPS panel members are volunteers, and we must respect their privacy. Once your 1:1 has concluded do not contact panel members directly under any circumstances. This also helps protect your submission from any suggestion of undue influence. Any correspondence must be sent directly to the Distinctions department (distinctions@rps.org) who will contact the panel member on your behalf. Failing to comply could result in your 1:1 being withdrawn.

On occasion, a second panel member may be in attendance during your 1:1 and the meeting may also be recorded. This can be for, but not limited to, training purposes. Any recordings made will be kept for internal use only and deleted when appropriate.

Event Organiser

The Distinctions Team


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