Adrian Theze LRPS

Today I had the honour of being recommended for the award of a Licentiate Distinction from the Royal Photographic Society here in the UK.  The distinctions bestow Licentiate, Associate and Fellow memberships on successful candidates and are recognised worldwide as setting the standard in photographic excellence.

The panel commented particularly on an ‘obvious affinity the photographer (me – anonymous at this stage) had with the landscape depicted in the images’.  It was a real moment of affirmation for me, my love of Cornwall was coming through in my photographs, as judged by fellows of the Royal Photographic Society.  It felt good!

I had some help in preparing for the distinction from an extraordinarily brilliant photographer, David Penprase.  If you don’t know his work you can see it here and here.  It has been such a privilege to work with David.  He has stretched me, challenged me and generally given me such inspiration and focus I am so grateful to him for that.  I also had the pleasure of working with another fellow of the RPS Anne Sutcliffe.  You can see some of Anne’s work here.  This is how the Royal Society works and why it is so worth considering membership.  You get the opportunity to work with such fabulous photographers

The agony of preparation, the difficult decisions concerning what to include in the panel, what to leave out.  The nervous wait for one’s panel to be put up before the judges is definitely worth the genuine pleasure of gaining the recommendation and receiving that recognition.

The following image was singled out as really setting the standard.  My panel is now on loan to the RPS.  I was asked if my photographs could be used at the Society’s assessment days where prospective distinction candidates can gain expert advice on their work and the process.  I was naturally very honoured.  I leave you with what is certainly one of the best photographs I feel I’ve ever taken along with my panel hanging plan and a picture of the judges looking at my work..

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140 responses

  1. So deserving, and just fabulous. Well done Adrian, and Bravo! For he’s a jolly good fellow…

    March 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    • Thank you Mike, Cheers :-)

      March 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm

  2. Outstanding! . . . and well-deserved.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    • Thank you Emilio, really appreciate that!

      March 2, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  3. Please accept my warmest congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

    March 2, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    • Thank you so much Melinda, that means a lot!

      March 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

  4. Congratulations Adrian, you must feel on top of the world. Well done. Outstanding photos.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    • Thank you David! It does feel pretty good. A bit of a celebration this evening.

      March 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

  5. Well deserved recognition :) Congratulations…

    Thanks a lot for sharing your incredible images.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:47 pm

  6. Well deserved Adrian! Congratulations

    March 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    • Thank you Chris! :-)

      March 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      • Adrian, you make me want to go back to Cornwall! Really your heart is in your pictures!

        March 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      • Thank you Chris. I hope you will visit again.

        March 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      • So do I!

        March 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm

  7. Brilliant stuff! Congratulations!

    March 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    • Thank you very much Paritosh!

      March 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm

  8. Congratulations Chillbrook, such wonderful news to wake up to. You have so much courage doing this sort of thing, I often think I should do it, but then I chicken out. Well done.

    March 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    • Thank you Leanne. You really should, I think you’d do very well indeed!

      March 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm

  9. Cynthia


    March 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    • Thank you Cynthia! :-)

      March 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm

  10. So very happy to see you getting this recognition and honors. Congratulations! So well deserved indeed!

    March 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    • Thank you Gunta! I have really appreciated your support over the last couple of years and it’s thanks to people like yourself that I’ve taken on these challenges. Thank you again. :-)

      March 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

  11. Congratulations, Adrian. Well deserved!

    March 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    • Thank you Bente! :-)

      March 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

  12. amberafrica

    Congratulations, you work is so deserving!!!!

    March 2, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    • Thank you so much! :-)

      March 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm

  13. Congratulations Adrian, well deserved, John

    March 2, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    • Thank you John. Much appreciated!

      March 2, 2014 at 9:15 pm

  14. Congratulations and thanks for the links! I’m hoping to go for my own Licentiate Distinction this year :-)

    March 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    • Thank you Sarah. I wish you the very best of luck with it, I have no doubt you’ll be successful! Just watch those shadows and hightlights ;-)

      March 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  15. Congratulations. Wonderful images!

    March 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    • Thank you very much Victor!

      March 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

  16. Congratulations, Adrian. A fabulous panel and well deserved.

    March 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    • Thank you very much Simon! :-)

      March 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm

  17. Congratulations Adrian and very well deserved. You work hard and you deserve to reap the benefits and the rcognition. I am so pleased for you. Well done x

    March 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    • Thank you Angi. I hope that you will be going for your distinction at some point. I have no doubt that you’d be successful. :-)

      March 2, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      • I have a lot to learn yet but who know what the future may bring :)

        March 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      • :-)

        March 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  18. robert87004

    Lovely photos. Congratulations! So wonderful for you to be recognized in this fashion.

    March 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    • Thank you Robert!

      March 2, 2014 at 9:37 pm

  19. Adrian, I wish to extend my congratulations and tell you that I am so very happy for you. That one photo that you singled out as one of your best is truly stunning! Best, Anita

    March 2, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    • Thank you Anita, thank you very much!

      March 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm

  20. We’ll done Adrian been a plan of mine for a while but have not applied myself to it – nice one

    March 2, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    • Thank you Scott! I have no doubt that once you do, you’ll have no trouble at all.

      March 2, 2014 at 10:41 pm

  21. Congratulations on your LRPS Adrian. It takes a brave man to even try for it.

    March 2, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    • Thank you Dave. It is a bit of a daunting process but ultimately very rewarding.

      March 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  22. most well deserved Adrian…congratulations!!!

    March 2, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    • Thank you Heather! :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm

  23. Gorgious! Well done. Congratulations.

    March 3, 2014 at 12:24 am

    • Thank you very much Lou. Your support is always appreciated! :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm

  24. Congratulations that is quite an honor – your work is fantastic.

    March 3, 2014 at 12:38 am

    • Thank you Mary, that’s very kind and very much appreciated!

      March 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm

  25. It is truly a pleasure to receive this news. Many, many congratulations, Chillbrook. Your dedication to photography has been inspiring and I have loved watching your journey unfold.

    March 3, 2014 at 1:27 am

    • Thank you so much Vivian. It has been quite a journey so far and one that I feel is only just beginning is so many ways. I really appreciate your ongoing support and kind words. Have a safe, enjoyable treks into the desert. I will look forward to your pictures. :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      • Thank you, Chillbrook. And I will look forward to more of your world-class photographs. :-)

        March 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      • I will do my best! :-)

        March 3, 2014 at 7:38 pm

  26. So Happy for you! Congratulations!

    March 3, 2014 at 1:33 am

    • Thank you very much indeed Suzanne! :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm

  27. Absolutely well done and congratulations to you!

    March 3, 2014 at 2:04 am

    • Thank you Patti! :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm

  28. Hats off! Congrats! It’s obvious that you love your art. Good to see you getting some recognition

    March 3, 2014 at 3:49 am

    • Thank you for your kind words Bumba!

      March 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

  29. mk

    Well done, well deserved!

    March 3, 2014 at 4:01 am

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

  30. Oh wow, thats great, congrats and so deserved, your views of Cornwall are amazing!
    Greetings, Ron.

    March 3, 2014 at 4:11 am

    • Thank you Ron, good of you to comment, much appreciated!

      March 3, 2014 at 5:10 pm

  31. leecleland

    Fantastic news and well deserved. The amount of effort required apart from taking the ‘shots’ would put many off even thinking about it, so congratulations on your achievement.

    March 3, 2014 at 4:15 am

    • Thank you Lee. It has been a lot of work but worth it in the end. :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm

  32. That’s incredible Adrian. Congratulations.

    March 3, 2014 at 5:43 am

    • Thank you Edith. :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm

  33. Many congratulations! I am also thinking of trying for LRPS.
    I am currently the Vice President of Solihull photographic society. Ann Sutcliffe is one of our members. She produces amazing images.

    March 3, 2014 at 6:17 am

    • Thank you Rhys. I wish you the very best of luck with your L.

      March 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

  34. Brilliant news Adrian…..and thoroughly deserved 😊. One question though…..what is the image in the centre of the top row of your panel – have you posted that previously?

    March 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

    • Hi Mark, thank you. The image was originally posted (in a slightly different guise) as a response to a ‘liquid’ challenge way back. I used some tools in Photoshop to pull the ocean outside of a frame I created for the image. I then added a ‘hole’ for that water to flow in to. It was just a bit of fun. I’d been advised it was a good image to include so I did. I’d been very skeptical but the judges said it showed a certain creativity and imagination that they all liked.

      March 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm

  35. very good, well done! congratulations!

    March 3, 2014 at 7:36 am

    • Thank you Dominik!

      March 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  36. Congratulations Adrian!
    It’s something I’ve been considering for a while ….. I’m just not sure that it’s ‘me’.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:58 am

    • Thank you Noeline. It certainly concentrates your thinking about your photography on so many levels. I’m glad I’ve been through the process!

      March 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm

  37. A huge congratulations and well deserved. I have been following you for a year and your work speaks for itself.

    March 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

    • Thank you very much Ben. Much appreciated.

      March 3, 2014 at 5:27 pm

  38. Congratulations on your LRPS. Looking forward to you becoming a Fellow as well, so I can greet you as one Fellow of a Royal College to another. Cheers.

    March 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    • Thank you very much. The fellowship is a ways off yet but I’m certainly going to be aiming for it.

      March 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

  39. How absolutely wonderful for you, Adrian…congratulations!!

    March 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    • Thank you ever so much Scott! :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm

  40. Congratulations are in order! :-)

    March 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm

  41. Congratulations! I’m very happy for you. :-D

    March 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    • Thank you very much Jackie!

      March 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm

  42. Congrats!

    March 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    • the light in your featured image is nothing short of spectacular!

      March 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      • Thank you John. The beach in winter is such a great place to take photographs as you know so well yourself. This was December the 15th 2012, one of those shots that spurred me on to keep taking pictures.

        March 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      • I know I’ve seen it before, but I couldn’t help but compliment it again! :)

        March 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      • I appreciate it John. I’ve sold quite a few of these. I printed an A3 copy, gave it a 700×500 mount and made a frame from English oak and gave it to my parents for Christmas. They were delighted and it now has pride of place in their living room. Topaz also used this picture in their pre-launch promo of ‘Clarity’. It’s been good to me. :-)

        March 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      • You would sell some in New York as well. It’s wonderful to hear of your success.

        March 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      • I would love the opportunity. Perhaps there might be room to hang a few of mine at one of your exhibitions.. a few guest pictures. That would be fun.

        March 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm

  43. You absolutely deserve this. Love your photos!

    March 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    • Thank you Matt!

      March 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm

  44. Sincere congratulations, Adrian. I never doubted. You are IMHO way beyond LRPS. The panel looks great incidentally and that central top image is something quite extraordinary.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    • Thank you Andy. I will be going for the A in May. I created ‘liquid’ in response to one of the photo challenges of the same title about a year ago. I was going through my more ‘serious’ photos with David and he spotted that one and said I must include it. He hadn’t seen anything like it before. It’d never crossed my mind to. As it turned out the panel judges singled it out too. It was well received.

      March 3, 2014 at 11:02 pm

  45. Congratulations on the well deserved award Adrian!

    March 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    • Thank you Phil!

      March 3, 2014 at 11:03 pm

  46. A well-deserved honour – congratulations! Patsy

    March 3, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    • Thank you Patsy. :-)

      March 3, 2014 at 11:03 pm

  47. Awesome! Congratulations!

    My B&W Blog:

    March 4, 2014 at 9:20 am

    • Thank you Hans!

      March 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

  48. So very well earned! Huge Congrats Adrian!

    March 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    • Thank you so much Elena! :-)

      March 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  49. Congratulations with the honour. It’s very much deserved. And, yes, this pictures is outstanding. Fantastic, Adrian!

    March 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    • Thank you very much Otto. I really appreciate your comment. It is thanks, in part, to you that I carried on blogging and it is through the blog that I ultimately ended up at this point so I’m very grateful to you for that.

      March 5, 2014 at 9:12 am

      • That is quite a testimony. Thank you, Adrian.

        March 5, 2014 at 9:55 am

  50. Incredible achievement, and so well deserved Adrian. Very cool!

    March 5, 2014 at 6:13 am

    • Thank you very much Randall. It was quite a nerve wracking experience as you can imagine. I had to wait quite a long time for my panel to go up. I was at the back where the panels were being laid out prior to display and I could see where my panel was in the line-up. When it got to mine I think I was holding my breath but as the pictures went up and the judges started smiling I relaxed a bit. It would have been hard had the decision gone the other way but it all turned out well so worth all the work the fingernail biting. :-)

      March 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

      • That too is what is impressive. The photography is breathtaking, but it is also the prep, the layout and so much more that goes into it. While a bit nerve-wracking, it must have been great to have it all come together :-)

        March 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      • It did feel good Randall. As the pictures went up, the judges stood up to view the pictures more closely and I could see them smiling and nodding to each other. I had a pretty good idea then.. :-)

        March 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  51. Superb photographs! Congratulations, so well deserved! :)

    March 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    • Thank you Tracey. I really appreciate that. :-)

      March 5, 2014 at 7:45 pm

  52. Oh, you are so deserving of such a distinction. Congratulations, Adrian!
    : ) That first photograph is magnificent. Gorgeous understated colours and that moody light – wow!

    March 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    • Thank you very much Karen. I can’t say I was confident about the outcome but I was quietly proud of what I’d achieved when I saw the photos displayed together like that for the first time. When the judges started smiling and nodding to each other, I too was smiling having been very tense for the preceeding hour and a half as other panels were judged. :-)

      March 5, 2014 at 10:40 pm

  53. My admiration you have always had, now my sincere congratulations on your LRPS, Adrian! Your love shines through your pictures – love of nature, love of Cornwall and love of photography. Cheers and if I may – a warm hug!

    March 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    • Aww thank you Ann Christine. I appreciate your thoughts very much and yes, of course you may have a warm hug. Thank you so much. :-)

      March 5, 2014 at 10:41 pm

  54. Wow! I don’t know when I have ever seen a better photograph. Simply stunning! :)

    March 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    • Thank you very much Johanna! :-)

      March 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  55. poppytump

    An outstanding achievement ChillB .
    To see your beautiful images of Cornwall displayed under those spotlights with judges of the RPS scrutinising each and every one of them so closely I have to say was quite one of the most nerve wracking moments by proxy I’ve had for a while ;-)
    *My Very Bestest Congratulations to you *…. but I guess you know that already :-)

    March 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    • Aww, thank you so much Poppy, thank you for everything. To have you their supporting me through all of this, well, I really appreciate it so much you can’t know.. :-)

      March 5, 2014 at 11:20 pm

  56. Congratulations – that is a wonderful result. Your main photo is wonderful, it has a monumental feel to it, and certainly reflects all that turbulent weather you have been having recently!

    March 6, 2014 at 2:17 am

    • Thank you ever so much Anna! :-)

      March 6, 2014 at 8:46 am

  57. Many congratulations for your well deserved success…I have just come across your blog via Poppy’s, and looking forward to seeing more stunning images.

    March 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

    • Thank you very much Sue. I realy appreciate your visit and your comments! :-)

      March 8, 2014 at 11:54 am

      • :)

        March 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  58. Beautiful photo and congratulations!

    March 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    • Thank you Yvonne! :-)

      March 9, 2014 at 10:47 pm

  59. Yes, so deserving and the photo just takes my breath way. Very much an, “Oh my!” image.

    March 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    • Thank you so much Lynne! I’m glad you like this picture, it’s definitely one of my favourites. I printed, mounted and framed the picture for my Mum and Dad at Christmas. It’s nice to see it hanging in their sitting room. :-)

      March 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm

  60. Congratulations on a well deserved achievement.

    March 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    • Thank you very much Jim!

      March 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

  61. Congratulations – well deserved for one who has worked so hard and diligently. And that photograph is stunning. I like that they commented on your affinity for the landscape – perfect!

    March 19, 2014 at 2:55 am

    • Thank you BB, it was nice to have had that comment from the judges. :-)

      March 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

  62. Adrian, this is a terrific! Congratulations on your honour, may there be many more. Great panel you put together. I particularly like the lower right one of trees and sky.

    March 19, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    • Thank you ever so much. I really appreciate your comment. It was a good day. :-)

      March 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm