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Distinctions one2one - OU Students

Event info

RPS Distinctions are pleased to offer one2one portfolio reviews for Open University students via Zoom. This means you can have a private, individual session with a panel member, who will be able to see your images and discuss with you the best way forward. This new service is open to both members and non-members. Your computer screen and that of the panel member will be linked via the Zoom app, which is free and easy to download. The panel member will be able to see your images in detail and have a conversation with you as the session progresses in a friendly and professional atmosphere via screen sharing.

What are Distinctions?
Applying for our Distinctions takes you on a personal journey, exploring not just “technical competence” but how you want to develop as a photographer, how others react to your work, and what you want to say as a photographer. Therefore, we ask for a body of work that shows not just the content of the images but also the intent of the photographer. Essentially, photography has a purpose, and that is to explain, challenge, inspire and tell stories. Our distinctions make us better photographers in that sense, telling our own stories.

What happens after I book?
Once you've booked using the link above, your details will be forwarded to one of our panel members for the appropriate distinction/genre. The panel member will make contact with you via email to arrange a date and time for the meeting that suits both of you. 

Which panel members will give advice?
A current panel member will be allocated to you. 

How long does the advice last?
The advice will be up to an hour and, because of the two-way discussion, this will help build support and also create meaningful and personalised feedback, which will include clear steps of a way forward.

How many images are needed and when & where should I send them?
Please send all images at least 10 days in advance of the booked session.

Licentiate advice – 10 images plus a maximum of 5 spares and presentation layout.

Associate Documentary Advice - 15 images plus a maximum of 5 spares, presentation layout and Statement of Intent. 

Do you have templates for presentation layouts?
Yes, please See below



What size images and requirements are needed for the advice?
Please ensure images are no bigger than 4096 pixels (landscape) x 2400 pixels (portrait).  

Images must be named with two digits only, for example: 01, 02, 03, etc

Before you book your zoom one2one...
We would encourage you to read the Guidelines which can be found below...



How many times can I book a one2one?
Open University Students can use this service once only. 

If you wish to book a further one2one session, please book via www.rps.org/advice 

Once booked, you must send send your module letter or any proof showing you have completed the course to andy@rps.org
We are unable to process your booking until we receive this documentation.
What about notes of the one2one?
We strongly suggest you take notes, this will help you and the advisor to ensure that the advice is understood.

All bookings are £40

Thank you and the best of luck,

Distinctions team

Please note: All RPS panel members are un-paid volunteers, and we must respect their privacy. Once your one2one has concluded you must not contact panel members directly under any circumstances. This also helps protect your submission from any suggestion of undue influence. Any correspondence must be sent directly to the Distinctions department (andy@rps.org) who will contact the panel member on your behalf. Failing to comply could result in your one2one being withdrawn or your submission being reviewed.

On occasion, a second panel member may be in attendance during your one2one and the meeting may also be recorded. This can be for, but not limited to, training purposes. Any recordings made will be kept for internal use only and deleted when appropriate.  

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