Structure of Camera Clubs in the UK
Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB)
The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) is an organisation that co-ordinates activities for photographic clubs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It does this through 15 geographical regions known as Federations
Each Federation has local clubs affiliated to it; so by joining an affiliated camera club you become part of a Federation and therefore part of the PAGB. Salisbury Camera Club is part of the Southern Counties Federation (SCPF). You cannot join the PAGB as an individual.
The SCPF currently consists of 69 camera clubs or photographic societies from within the Federation's geographical region (includes all or parts of Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset, West sussex, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands).
The PAGB organises national competitive photographic events for its federations and for clubs, as well as its own awards for photographic merit direct to qualifying club members. If you belong to Salisbury Camera Club, you can therefore enter for any of the PAGB awards.
The PAGB has strong links with similar organisations in different countries throughout the world though its membership of FIAP (The International Federation of Photographic Art
The PAGB is run by a committee elected from members of each federation
There are Awards for Photographic Merit (APM) and these are open to all club members (provided you have been an active member for at least two years) at three levels:
- Credit (CPAGB) - Standard required: Good Club Photography (10 Prints or digital images)
- Distinction (DPAGB) - Standard required: open Exhibition Photography (15 prints or digital images)
- Master (MPAGB) - Standard requirement: Highest Standard of UK Amateur Photography (20 prints or digital images)
All images are judged on their own, they are not shown together as a panel, so each image will need to make and impact in a very short space of time.
The awards are your for life without any annual fee and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name. For more information go to:http://www.thepagb.org.uk