South Wales Region LRPS and ARPS Advisory Day

14 September 2019

10:00 - 16:00

Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery Aberdare CF44 8DL
Depot Road
United Kingdom
CF44 8DL

Tel:01685 886729

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Non RPS Member£20.00
RPS Member£15.00

South Wales Region Advisory day - LRPS and ARPS (all five categories) 
Attending this Advisory day will give you the opportunity to discuss your portfolio with current panel members in a professional but friendly atmosphere.

If you would like advice on your portfolios, it’s very important to read the following information carefully, as it explains what you need to do. If you have any questions, please e-mail and quote South Wales Advisory Day 14/09/19
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 

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.
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?
Chris Palmer FRPS - Fine Art panel member
Ian Wilson ARPS - Licentiate panel member
What advice will I receive on the day?

Content and technical for the following –
LRPS advice
ARPS advice  in Fine Art

We will display a successful example portfolio for LRPS and ARPS in 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 –
Applied Advice
Travel Advice
Conceptual and Contemporary Advice
Natural History Advice

Please note we are unable to show example portfolios for the above categories. You can see examples at

Please note you must request Written and Technical advice by the 14th August 2019.

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 This will be read out to you at the Advisory Day, the panel member present will give you technical advice on your prints and provide a copy of the written advice.
To receive advice for Applied, Travel, Conceptual and Contemporary or Natural History, you need to book your place and get confirmation from the Event Organiser by 14th August 2019. As soon as you have received confirmation, send an e-mail to Simon Vercoe at stating your Advisory day date and category you would like advice on. He will send you all the details you need to submit your images for Written and Technical advice.

Unsure which category you are? ( ARPS only )
 Send 6 to10 images to with your statement of intent and we will be happy to advise you which would be the best category. In most cases it’s the statement of intent that dictates the category.  This is available up to the 14th August 2019

How much does it cost?
Participants (RPS members who would like advice) £15
Participants (Non-RPS members who would like advice) £20
Spectators/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.
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 that have been booked can be assessed.
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: Trevor James 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
Trevor James
Email the event organiser
07792 827972

Location details
Cynon Valley Museum,
Depot Road,
CF44 8DL


Opening times

10.00 am to 4pm

Hearing and access requirements

Disabled access available via lift

Trevor James
Email the event organiser
07792 827972

Region: South WalesGroup(s): Contemporary, Contemporary SW, Creative Eye, Digital Imaging, Digital Imaging Online, Digital Imaging Western, Landscape, Nature, Travel, Visual Art