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The Societies Licentiateship Qualifications

Clare Shapcott LSWPP

The Societies of Photographers 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 Mentoring 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 and Leisure Photographers
LSINWP – Licentiate of The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers
LSITTP – Licentiate of The Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers
LSIMPP – Licentiate of The Society of International Media and Press Photographers
LSICIP – Licentiate of The Society of International Commercial and Industrial Photographers
LSISEP – Licentiate of The Society of International School and Event Photographers
LSIFGP – Licentiate of The Society of International Fashion and Glamour Photographers

What we expect of a Licentiate

Images must show be of good saleable work consistent with standard professional practice. Judges are looking for a good use of skill and technique in most applicable elements (see What are the Judges looking for? For a full list of elements) in a minimum of 16 out of the 20 images submitted. For this level of qualification we require a minimum of four different commissions/sessions to be included in each submission, to achieve a good use of skill and technique over a variety of sessions shows the consistency we are looking for to award Licentiate.

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’.

Print submission for Licentiateship

A submission of twenty prints is required at 20×16” of a uniform size and flush mounted. In the case of an SWPP (LSWPP) submission your application should consist of either wedding or portrait images from at least ten commissions. (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.

What it costs

SUBMISSION FEES: LICENTIATE £65
RE-SUBMITTED PANELS £32.50
(Provided they are submitted within six months)

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