There are two main types of Photographic Distinctions available to club photographers, the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) Awards and the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) Crown Awards.
The PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit are based on an assessment of a photographer’s portfolio. There are 3 levels of award, with different entry criteria:-
- Credit (CPAGB) – Good Club Photography standard. Minimum 2 years active club membership (ie 2 years of participation in club competitions).
- Distinction (DPAGB) – Open Exhibition Photography standard. Minimum 3 years active club membership.
- Master (MPAGB) – Highest Standard of UK Amateur Photography. Minimum 5 years active club membership.
Assessments are held twice a year. Full details are available at the PAGB website.
BPE Crown Awards
The British Photographic Exhibitions are a collection of exhibitions run by photographic societies across the country, which are open to any club photographer. Acceptance of an image into a BPE exhibition gives one point towards a Crown Award, which entitles the photographer to use the letters acknowledging their award after their name. The BPE crowns are awarded as follows:-
- BPE1 Crown Award – 25 points
- BPE2 Crown Award – 50 points
- BPE3 Crown Award – 100 points
- BPE4 Crown Award – 200 points
- BPE5 Crown Award – 300 points
Full details are available at the BPE website.
Upcoming BPE Exhibtions
For a list of exhibitions currently open for entries, see the What’s On Page.