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Associateship - ASPPI and ASAPI




The second level of The Society's Distinctions is the Associateship - a significant step up from the Licentiateship. While in the Licentiateship we are looking for a basic competence and skill, to be successful at Associateship level you need to demonstrate a high standard of technical competence as well as provide evidence of creative ability and the development of a personal style. You also need to be able to show that you are in complete control of the technical aspects which allows you to produce quality which is entirely ?fit for purpose? i.e. it suits the subject. You can apply straight for the Associateship without having gone through the Licentiateship, but in general we do not recommend this unless you have considerable experience in photography.




Your application will be in the form Digital Files



  • 20 Images in Digital File form (the longest side 2000px)



All applicants must also submit:


A Statement of Intent: A statement of not more than 150 words outlining the purpose, objectives or intent of the work. This gives you the opportunity to tell the Panel about your work and explain why you took the images and what you want them to convey; it also enables the Panel to consider your work in a meaningful context. It should not describe the images or give technical details, unless you wish to highlight any special or unusual techniques employed.


Categories in which you can apply


 When you apply for the Associateship in Stills photography you need to submit your work in one of the following categories:


  • Contemporary
  • Creative Production
  • Natural History
  • Professional and Applied (incorporates documentary, portraiture, record, theatrical, visual journalism, wedding) -  SPPI ONLY 
  • Science
  • Travel
  • Visual Art


Criteria for all given categories


The following general assessment criteria apply to all submissions.




  • The portfolio should clearly meet the objectives given in the written statement.
  • The photographic style should be consistent across the portfolio.
  • The images should capture and communicate mood, emotion, or a sense of atmosphere where appropriate.






  • Presentation should be of the highest standard.
  • There should be no repetition of images. (As a general rule more than two similar images will be unacceptable.)



Artistic Skill



  • A competent understanding of composition, design and form should be demonstrated to communicate the purpose of the work.
  • Appropriate lighting and viewpoint must be evident.






  • The portfolio of work should be visually balanced and sequenced.
  • The images should support each other in expressing the photographer?s message.






  • There should be adequate evidence of originality in presenting the subject.
  • The portfolio should show evidence of personal engagement with the subjects.



Technical Skill



  • Use of appropriate equipment and camera controls should be evident.
  • Image exposure should be consistent in contrast and/or colour balance.
  • Highlight and shadow detail should be adequately recorded.
  • Images should be adequately sharp.
  • The work should demonstrate appropriate control in the preparation of images.




Digital Images on CD or DVD and FTP submissions



  • Please ensure that your images comply with the following requirements as your submission will not be viewed prior to the assessment. If, therefore, there is any problem projecting your images, your portfolio will not be assessed.
  • Images must be in RGB mode (even for monochrome images), and in the sRGB colour space.
  • The image size must be no larger than 2000 pixels along the longest side. The ppi setting of the image is not relevant.
  • Files must be saved in uncompressed TIFF format, with only a single layer, and with no alpha channels.
  • The file names must be two digit numbers: 01, 02, 03... to 20 so that the files sort for projection in the required order. Any suffix to the number, such as a title, will be disregarded.
  • All the image files must be placed in one folder named ?Evidence?, or you can use your name. You should also include a text file containing your name and address in the same folder.
  • The evidence folder should be written as the only contents of a CD-R disk or DVD. You should also label the disk with your name.
  • If you are applying from overseas, you can also upload your images ready for assessment using our FTP site Drop Box - full details of how to use this option are explained in full here



Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to read the Distinctions Guide? Yes, it is essential you read the relevant sections of this

Do I have to be a member of The Society before applying for the Licentiateship? Yes

What format do I have to submit? Digital files either sent by CD or DVD to head office in Cyprus or Uploaded images to the www.dropbox.com site (see users guide) both adhering to the requirements given.

How many images should I submit? 20 images (digital files 2000px on the longest side)

Can I mix black and white and colour images? Yes, but think carefully how you display/sequence them so that you do not appear to be mixing them just in order to make up the numbers.

Do I have to apply for LSPPI, LSAPI first? Yes.

When will I hear the result of my application? All applicants will receive notification of the Panel's recommendation by e-mail.

Can I get help if I am not recommended? Yes, all unsuccessful applicants receive feedback and whenever possible are put in touch with a Panel member for further advice.

Will my work be returned to me? Submissions on CD or DVD are not returned unless specifically requested.

Do I have to submit a variety of work to include landscape, portraiture, pictorial etc? No, if you have a particular area of interest in your photography, you can submit a portfolio of work on that subject. You should ensure, however, that you show variety in the composition, technique, lighting, etc.

Does my submission have to be on a specific theme? No, you can submit work with varied subject matter, but think about how the portfolio looks as a body of work.


Qualifictaion fee: €150

Our qualification Guidelines are in accordance with the Royal Photographic's Society (est 1853) qualifications in order to achieve industry standards. The RPS is the first Society to introduce qualifications in this manner

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