TWO prestigious photographic societies are endorsing the Image Hong Kong '93 International Photographers' Meet. The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) will present two seminars, and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is to organise - for the first time in Hong Kong - two sessions of Distinctions Workshops and Licentiateship Assessments for amateurs and professionals. The workshops will give photographers the chance to have their work appraised by fellows of the RPS. A greater opportunity is being offered by the Society's Licentiateship Assessments, which gives photographers the chance to gain an internationally recognised award. On becoming members of the society, photographers are entitled to use the letters LRPS after their name. Six fellows of the RPS will be at Image Hong Kong '93 to carry out assessments. Successful photographers will receive certificates at the closing awards and presentation dinner. Entrance to the workshops costs $195, and assessment appointments cost $350 for members and $700 for others. The RPS has 12,000 members in more than 40 countries. It was founded in Britain not long after the invention of photography and has the Queen as its patron. The ASMP is one of the world's best-known photographic societies. It is represented in 31 countries and has more than 5,000 professional members in print and electronic media. The society is known for its publications and educational programmes aimed at helping photographers preserve their rights and intellectual property. During the meeting, the ASMP will present two seminars under the umbrella heading, ''Photography in the 21st Century''. The first is titled ''New Digital Generation''; the second, ''Copyright and the Electron''. Among the speakers will be ASMP's chairman of international relations, Vince Streano, its president, Matt Heron, and its national first vice-president, Robert Rathe. It will cost $195 for each seminar. After Image Hong Kong '93 closes, the ASMP and the French-based Journees De L'Image Professionnelle, will hold the global conference for the protection of photographic copyright. The conference, the second of three to be held around the world by the World Council of Professional Photographers, will be held in Hong Kong next Wednesday. More than 20 presidents of photographic associations in Asia will attend.