RPS London Region: Distinctions ARPS ADVISORY ONLINE

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An Online Advisory Day for those working towards their ARPS in Visual Art or Documentary

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The London Region Distinctions Team invite you to an Online Advisory for those working towards their ARPS in Fine Art or Landscape or Documentary.

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

At this particular event, we will be looking at both Images for Screen and Print submissions but obviously they will all be reviewed digitally.

For more details on this online event and what to expect on the day - link here

There are just six places in total for Advice and eight for Observers.


A day open to both members and non-members of the Society, this is intended to assist anyone considering an application for a Distinction in the following categories:

  • ARPS Visual Art advice
  • ARPS Documentary advice

For advice on other categories, please contact the Distinctions Department by e-mail to arps@rps.org or London Region Distinctions Co-ordinator, Mike, on LondonDist2@rps.org

What are the requirements for ARPS?

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.

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?

  • James Frost FRPS - Documentary
  • Viveka Koh FRPS - Visual Art

What advice will I receive on the day?

Content and technical for the following

ARPS Visual Art

ARPS Documentary

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 (via Zoom online), and will receive a copy of the comments made at a later date.

How much does it cost?

  • RPS members who would like advice: £15
  • Non-RPS members who would like advice: £20
  • Observers (both RPS members and non-members: £10

Before you signup for the session, please make sure you have read the Distinctions Guidelines which contain important information on requirements, categories and criteria regarding the panels. This can be downloaded from the RPS website www.rps.org/distinctions.

It is advisable to bring along a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 spare images.

After you have signed up for this event, you will receive an e-mail from Mike advising you how, when and where to submit your images. This will need to be done at least 14 days before the Advisory Day so that the Advisers have a chance to review them in advance.

You may be interested in the very active Distinctions Facebook page, which contains comments and examples - both successful and unsuccessful - from all levels of applicant. Link here.


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 that have been booked can be assessed.


You should receive a confirmation email shortly after signing up; if you have not received it within a couple of hours, please email london@rps.org with "Eventbrite Problem" in the title and the name and date of this event in the text.

We use the email you provide at signup to contact you about this event; please make sure you enter the details correctly and that you use and address you regularly read.

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These events are organised by the London Region of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) which organises events primarily for the London Members of the RPS but events are open to all whether RPS Members or not and whether in London or not.

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