London Region Advisory Day - LRPS and ARPS (all five categories) - Advice

16 November 2019

10:15 - 16:30

London Bridge Hive
Team London Bridge
1 Melior Place
United Kingdom

LRPS - member£20.00 
LRPS - non-member£25.00 


A day open to Members and Non-Members, this day has been organised for all those working towards the Licentiate and Associate Distinctions.

Categories covered:

LRPS Advice

ARPS Applied Advice

ARPS Fine Art advice


People can get written advice and technical feedback on the following:

ARPS Conceptual and Contemporary Advice

ARPS Natural History Advice

ARPS Travel Advice


Attending this Advisory day will give you the opportunity to discuss your portfolio with current panel members in a professional but friendly atmosphere.


What are the requirement for LRPS and ARPS, and which level am I?

LRPS ( Licentiate ) – If you are not sure, then start with the LRPS, as you will need to show a good photographic competence in camera work, visual awareness, communication and presentation, as detailed in the Guidelines. Click here to see example of the LRPS -


ARPS (Associate)  – You need to demonstrate a high technical competence as well as provide evidence of creative ability and the development of a personal style in either of the following categories, Fine Art, Natural History, Travel, Applied and Contemporary and Conceptual. Click here to see example of the ARPS -


Please note : You can apply direct for the ARPS without being an LRPS, but we would recommend getting an LRPS first before working towards an ARPS, unless you have considerable photographic experience. If you are not sure, it’s much better to start with the LRPS and then work towards an ARPS.


Who are the Advisors?

  • Rosemary Willman HonFRPS
  • Dr Andre du Plessis FRPS
  • Paul Mitchell FRPS


What advice will I receive on the day?


Content and technical for the following – 


LRPS Advice

ARPS Applied

ARPS Fine Art


What is Content and technical advice? – The panel member present sits on this panel and you will be given content and technical advice face to face, and also a copy of the comments given. 


Written and Technical ARPS advice for the following – 


ARPS Conceptual and Contemporary Advice

ARPS Natural History Advice

ARPS Travel Advice


What is Written and Technical advice? – a current member of the panel that you wish to submit to will provide written feedback on the content of your proposed application A summary of this will be read out to you and a hard copy will be provided to you. A panel member present will give you technical advice on your prints.


Please note you must request Written and Technical advice as soon as possible but in any event by 16th October, to give time for your panel to be assessed and for the advice to be sent to us.


We are unable to show example portfolios for all the above categories on the day. You can see examples on the website at


How much does it cost?

RPS members who would like advice:  £20

Non-RPS members who would like advice:  £25

Observers (both RPS members and non-members:  £15


How many images shall I bring?

10 images plus a maximum of 5 spares LRPS
15 images plus a maximum of 5 spares ARPS


Do all my images need to be mounted?

All images should be mounted except for your spares; this will ensure we can display them correctly.


Attending for Advice:

Before you attend please make sure you have read the Distinctions Guidelines which contains important information on requirements, categories and criteria regarding the panels. This can be downloaded from the RPS website



Spectating is a very good way to learn about the distinctions system and to see the advice given. Please do not bring any of your own images to the event on the off-chance that you can receive advice.  Only panels which have been pre-booked can be assessed.


Registration and Payment:

Those wishing to attend are asked to register and pay through the RPS website by clicking on the blue button above. .If you have any problems at all, please contact Brian on or the Distinctions Department in Bristol:



Cancellation policy

The Society is unable to refund any cancellation or offer a transfer to another event if the attendee does not notify the Distinctions Department by e-mail 14 days prior to the event start date. email The Society reserves the right to cancel any event 7 days prior to its start date, or less than 24 hours due to adverse weather conditions or extraordinary circumstances beyond its control. All attendees are advised to check hotel and travel cancellation/refund policies, as the Society is unable to offer compensation for any loss.

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Region: London