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18th June 2021 GMT

Qualification Structure - Licentiateship

The ‘Societies’are doing their best to lead the way in the accessibility of qualifications by acknowledging the importance of a digital submission.

Access to this qualification is best attained by making full use of the Mentor Me programme during which we are able to give you positive advice in support of your application.

Categories of Licentiateship

LSWPP - Licentiate of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers
LSISLP - Licentiate of The Society of International Sport &Leisure Photographers
LSINWP - Licentiate of The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers
LSITTP - Licentiate of The Society of International Travel &Tourism Photographers
LSIMPP - Licentiate of The Society of International Media &Press Photographers
LSICIP - Licentiate of The Society of International Commercial and Industrial Photographers
LSISEP - Licentiate The Society of International School and Event Photographers
LSIFGP - Licentiate The Society of International Fashion and Glamour Photographers

What we expect of a Licentiate

We are looking for images that show the applicant is in full control of the medium. The images should show correct camera technique, full control of the lighting and the final production of the finished image. Many images fail at the last hurdle because the final digital file or print quality is poor, showing banding from ink jet prints, blemishes that should have been retouched or poor presentation. Very often colour balance is wrong. We expect to see that the photographer is in control of the subjects portrayed and in the case of people, that they are posed in an attractive manner and good expressions obtained.

The images should be presented in such a way that if the judges were members of the public they could not reasonably be rejected. In other words they are “of marketable quality”.

Digital Submission for Licentiate - Guidelines

We are mindful of the needs of our members, who for the most part operate within the digital arena. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to open up the accessibility of submission for qualification in a more contemporary and practical manner by allowing panels of high quality digitally captured images to be presented.

To try and avoid any confusion in making a digital submission for your Licentiateship qualification we feel that it is essential to lay down a number of guidelines.

  • Unless otherwise agreed with the ‘Societies’management team a digital submission will take the form of 20 Images in JPEG format, sequentially numbered 01 to 20 with no prefixes whatsoever. A separate contact sheet of all 20 images must also be included
  • Each file should not exceed 2MB
  • The files should be placed in a single folder and inserted in to a zip folder for electronic upload to our upload facility.
  • The zip folder should be named as follows: for example
  • Keep the images to 2000 pixels on the longest side
  • Ideally you should enclose a short note stating your current position, experience, aspirations and outlining any relevant training you may have undertaken.

Print Submission for Licentiateship

A submission of twenty prints is required at 20x16” of a uniform size and flush mounted. (mixed wedding/portrait panels are not acceptable).

In the case of all other submission your application should be in a singular discipline i.e. landscapes, pictorial, illustrative, commercial etc. If in doubt please contact head office for advice.

Further advice on submissions and the requisites for a successful Licentiateship application is available via the Mentoring Programme.

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