Associate of The RPS (ARPS)

Requires a body of work/project of 15 images of a high standard and a written Statement of Intent. On this page you will find all you need to apply for an ARPS.

Associate Criteria

  • A Statement of Intent that defines the purpose of the work, identifying its aims and objectives.
  • A cohesive body of work that depicts and communicates the aims and objectives set out in the   Statement of Intent.
  • A body of work that communicates an individual's vision and understanding.
  • A high level of technical ability using techniques and photographic practices appropriate to the subject.
  • An appropriate and high level of understanding of craft and artistic presentation.

Many of the genres have additional criteria regarding the nature of the genre. please view the distinctions guidelines.

Associate Genres and definitions

The genre definitions below are written to give you the widest creative freedom so that you can select the genre in which you are most likely to succeed. Assessments at Associate are divided by genre so that they are assessed by the appropriately skilled Fellows of the RPS.

  • Applied Photography: Photography which has been produced for a specific end purpose.
  • Conceptual and Contemporary Photography: Photography that communicates a visual realisation of a stated argument, idea or concept.
  • NEW FOR 2019
    Documentary Photography:
    Photography which communicates a clear narrative through visual literacy.
  • Film: The work can be created in any moving image format including film, video, and digital media.
  • Fine Art Photography: Photography which communicates a creative vision.
  • Multimedia: encompasses Audio Visual, Film and Television and interactive multimedia. Multi platform work should be submitted in this category.
  • Natural History Photography: Photography which illustrates an element of natural world within an unrestricted, uncultivated and untamed environment.
  • Research, Education and Application of Photography: as a general rule, applications will be by way of a written paper.
  • Science photography: includes scientific and medical imaging, medical photography or other related discipline by the submission of a portfolio.
  • Travel Photography: Photography which communicates a sense of place.

Which should I apply for? Send 6 images and your Statement of Intent to we'll happily guide you. 

ARPS Galleries

Successful ARPS Distinction portfolios.

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Advisory Days

A list of forthcoming Advisory Day dates.

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Assessment Dates

A list of forthcoming Assessment dates.

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Hanging Plans

A selection of editable PDFs to help you build and submit your portfolio.

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Online Advice

One-on-one advice (RPS member only).

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Apply Now

Guidelines and Application Forms.

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