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I became a member of the Royal Photographic Society and through their workshops developed my interest and expertise. In 2015 I was successful in being awarded the Licentiate distinction which then motivated me to try for the next level, an Associate.
A successful Associate application is a panel of 15 images. The categories are set by the RPS but the subject is chosen by the photographer.
My panel was entered into the Travel category, depicting our British seaside towns out of season.
We mostly see photographs of the seaside on warm sunny days.
The intention of my images is to capture a sense of time and place of our coastal towns during the winter months and to show how the character changes out of season.
Of course, this meant braving the elements to get the shots I wanted. It took three winters to find the time to visit enough locations.
Several hundred images later, I managed to whittle my selection down to the final 15. Not only do the 15 have to fit the ‘statement of intent’ but also have to look good when viewed together as a panel.
HOW TO.... Gain a distinction from the R P S
Maggie Jary ARPS explains
The Society’s distinctions are internationally respected and sought-after by professional and amateur photographers. Over 1000 applications for Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship are received each year with around 600 being successful. Submissions are assessed by a qualified Panel of senior members of The Society. The Society takes great care in maintaining standards and in promoting excellence amongst photographers.
The Royal Photographic Society is the UK’s leading photography organisation with a distinguished heritage, a relevance to the present, and a vision for the future. The Society’s mission is to promote and encourage the highest standards of photography through exhibitions, publications, and activities, and to support individual achievement through education and recognition. Both a charity and a membership organization, with around 11,600 members worldwide,
The Society is open to anyone with an interest in photography. The Society is consulted by government and other organizations and represents photography to the media. www.rps.org."