PAGB Awards

The PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit

The CACC is hosting the PAGB Awards assessment on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November of this year and so this is a good time to attend an assessment without the need to travel too far. The assessment will be held at the James Theatre, Watford Grammar School for Boys, Rickmansworth Road, WD18 7JL.

So what are the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit?

The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) is a membership organisation that coordinates, activities for photographic Clubs in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). .
The Awards for Photographic Merit (APM) are open only to members of Clubs affiliated to the PAGB through their Federations and are at three levels

  • Credit (CPAGB) – Blue badge and certificate
    • Standard: Good Club Photography
  • Distinction (DPAGB) – Red badge and certificate
    • Standard: Open Exhibition Photography
  • Master (MPAGB) – Yellow badge and certificate
    • Standard: Highest Standard of UK Amateur Photography

The awards are held for life without any annual fee and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name. 

Applications can be as Prints or Projected Images but not a mix. You will upload your entry to the PAGB on-line system, using digital file copies of your Prints or digital files for Projected. Prints are then sent in advance or may be delivered to the assessment session.
Basically, it’s a similar award to the Royal Photographic Society’s LRPS or ARPS, but not quite as expensive. There are a few qualifying criteria that you have to meet, such as being a club member for at least 2 years for the ‘C’ and 3 years for the ‘D’, that you attend the club regularly and have made your work available for at least one CACC event throughout the year.
If you’re interested in submitting for an award, or simply want more information, you can find out more on the CACC Website or the PAGB Website.