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Hard work pays off with The Royal Photographic Society
It took me a long time to make the decision to go for photographic distinctions. I had watched others suffer with 'stress' of selecting the right images, pulling them all together, the expense of getting them printed and mounted and, of course, the trauma of being rejected. For me in the UK there were two possible routes, the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain or the Royal Photographic Society. Each have their own merits, but for me the draw of being part of a Royal society drew me in.

So, over a period of six months, I pored over existing images, swapped colour for black and white and finally booked both and advisory day and Assessment day to see if I was good enough. The advisory day is an opportunity to present your panel of 10 images to a couple of 'experts' from the RPS. Thankfully, they only made one suggested change to my selection, as I had booked the Assessment day, when the real judging takes place, very close to the Advisory Day, so no time to research and take new images.

The 'big' day at the RPS headquarters at Bath, England, was a nerve-wracking affair, sat in a room with maybe 20-30 other photographers, all apparently biting their nails and breathing occasionally, while awaiting their turn to be judged by a group of six, highly respected and qualified judges. Again, thankfully, the people at the Advisory day proved top be correct and my panel was recommended for the distinction of Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS). The individual images with which I was successful can be seen here:

What next? I know have the bug and want to progress further, so, after a short breather I will be compiling a 15 image panel to put forward for Associateship (ARPS)