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Ap­ply­ing for RPS ac­cred­i­ta­tion means you can im­prove your skills and give your work more im­pact

Amateur Photographer - - 7 Days - To con­tact the Dis­tinc­tions team email dis­tinc­tions@rps.org or call (+44) 1225 325 733 (quote ‘Am­a­teur Pho­tog­ra­pher’). For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.rps.org/dis­tinc­tions

the ben­e­fits of ap­ply­ing for rPS ac­cred­i­ta­tion

As the world’s lead­ing pho­to­graphic char­ity, The Royal Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety of­fers its mem­bers (and non-mem­bers) a unique op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther their knowl­edge and fine-tune their work by ap­ply­ing for a So­ci­ety Distinc­tion. An RPS ac­cred­i­ta­tion is per­fect for pho­tog­ra­phy fans who wish to gain fur­ther ad­vice and im­prove their work – and in some cases, fur­ther their ca­reer as well. Ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the RPS cer­tainly doesn’t get any more pres­ti­gious, and mem­bers can ap­ply for three lev­els of Distinc­tion: LRPS (Li­cen­ti­ate), ARPS (As­so­ciate) and FRPS (Fel­low­ship); the So­ci­ety rec­om­mends that you ap­ply for the LRPS first, un­less you’re an ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­pher. All as­sess­ment events are held at the RPS Head­quar­ters in Bath.

LRPS (Li­cen­ti­ate)

For the LRPS (Li­cen­ti­ate) Distinc­tion, ap­pli­cants must show va­ri­ety in ap­proach and tech­niques, but not nec­es­sar­ily in sub­ject mat­ter. This is a de­mand­ing but achievable ac­cred­i­ta­tion for most ded­i­cated pho­tog­ra­phers.

Visit www.rps.org/ dis­tinc­tions/lrps to learn more about the LRPS Distinc­tion.

ARPS (As­so­ciate)

To be­come an As­so­ciate of the RPS, ap­pli­cants will need to sub­mit a body of work that demon­strates a high tech­ni­cal abil­ity to­gether with a com­pre­hen­sive knowl­edge of their spe­cial­ist cat­e­gory. The spe­cial­ist cat­e­gories for ARPS ap­pli­ca­tions in­clude Fine Art, Con­cep­tual and Con­tem­po­rary, Film, Mul­ti­me­dia, Nat­u­ral His­tory, Re­search, and Science and Travel.

Find out more about the ARPS Distinc­tion at www.rps. org/dis­tinc­tions/arps.

FRPS (Fel­low­ship)

To be­come a Fel­low of the RPS, ap­pli­cants will need to show clear ev­i­dence of dis­tinc­tive pho­to­graphic abil­ity as well as the high­est tech­ni­cal stan­dard, which shows an in­di­vid­ual ap­proach to their spe­cial­ist cat­e­gory. In a sim­i­lar way to the ARPS cat­e­gories, the spe­cial­ist cat­e­gories for FRPS ap­pli­ca­tions in­clude Fine Art, Nat­u­ral His­tory, Con­cep­tual and Con­tem­po­rary, Film, Mul­ti­me­dia, Re­search, and Science and Travel.

See www.rps.org/ dis­tinc­tions/frps for more in­for­ma­tion on how to get a Fel­low­ship ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

Get in touch

The Royal Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety is above all an in­ter­na­tional, mod­ern and for­ward-look­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion with a dis­tin­guished past. The So­ci­ety pro­motes pho­tog­ra­phy and im­age-mak­ing by bring­ing the creative com­mu­nity to­gether and seeks to help pho­tog­ra­phers, at all lev­els, to de­velop their skills.

Robert Friel was in­spired by the ever-chang­ing sea­sons dur­ing his train com­mute

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