Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB)
The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) consists of the Federations, Associations and Unions of photographic societies and camera clubs in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It promotes and co-ordinates various activities for its members, including exhibitions of members’ work. There are 15 regional federations. The PAGB organises national photographic competitions, for which it awards medals, ribbons and certificates and also presents a series of Awards for Photographic Merit. The Awards are open to all members of Clubs affiliated to the PAGB through their Federations and are at three levels:
- Credit (CPAGB) – Blue badge and certificate – requires 10 prints or 10 projected images at good club standard.
- Distinction (DPAGB) – Red badge and certificate – requires 15 prints or 15 projected images at “Open Exhibition” standard.
- Master (MPAGB) – Gold badge and certificate – requires 20 prints or projected images – the standard is the highest level of amateur photography. Work should be capable of achieving awards at open exhibition level.
Holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name.
Submissions are made via the photographic federation’s Liaison Officer, listed in the federation’s directory or handbook. There are usually two adjudication sessions a year for prints and slides and one for AV at various locations around the country.
The L&CPU run a mentoring scheme for the PAGB Awards. Speak to Christine about it – she is one of the mentors.