01 September 2019

10:30 - 16:00

Hough End Centre
Mauldeth Road West
United Kingdom
M21 7SX

Tel:0161 856 1797



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?

Nigel Plant ARPS - Licentiate

Richard Brayshaw 


What advice will I receive on the day?

Content and technical for the following – 

LRPS Advice
ARPS Conceptual and Contemporary Advice

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. 


Please note you must request Written and Technical advice by the 3rd August 2019

Written and Technical ARPS advice for the following – 


Natural History

Fine Art

Applied and Documentary

For applicants in all other A categories, images should be submitted to HQ not less than 28 days prior to the event for a written advice, which will be read out on the day.

We are unable to show example portfolios for the above category. You can see examples at


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.


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



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:

On arrival please register at the front desk and then place your panel safely on the desks to the side of the room. You will have the opportunity to receive guidance on your proposed panel and how to prepare it. The panel assessors will introduce the advisory day and show examples of successful panels. You will then be invited to display your images for comment. As a participant, you should bring your prints that you consider could form the basis for a panel, along with spares. You with either get content or technical or technical and written advice, depending who the advisors are on the day.

You should bring with you a hanging plan and in the case of Associateship Panels, please bring your statement of intent.

Please ensure that your portfolio cases have your name and address on them and that your name is on the rear of your prints.


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.

As only light refreshments will be provided, it is recommended that attendees should bring a packed lunch.

The venue has wheel chair access and toilet facilities for the disabled.

Those wishing to attend are asked to register and pay through the RPS website. In the event that there are any problems with this process, please contact the organiser: Brian Smethurst ARPS

Notice of Cancellation:

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.

Contact details
Tel. 07803 022754

Location details

Greater Manchester Police Sports and Social Centre 

The Hough End Centre

Mauldeth Road West


Manchester M21 7SX



Brian Smethurst
Email the event organiser
07803 022754

Region: North West