Awards & Distinctions

Both the RPS (Royal Photographic Society) and the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) invite their members to gain recognition for their photographic achievments by submitting work for assessment.

Success leads to one of the following qualifications:

Royal Photographic Society

  • Licentiateship (LRPS) for a good level of basic skill and competence. 10 images assessed.
  • Associateship (ARPS) for a high standard of technical competence and creativity. 15 images assessed.
  • Fellowship (FRPS) for exceptional standards of excellence and distinguished ability. 20 images assessed.

Photographic Alliance of Great Britain

  • Credit (CPAGB) standard is ‘good club photography’. 10 images assessed.
  • Distinction (DPAGB) standard is ‘open exhibition photography’. 15 images assessed.
  • Master (MPAGB) standard is ‘highest standard of UK amateur photography’. 20 images assessed.

British Photographic Exhibitions

British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) exists to encourage photographers to enter exhibitions and to recognise successful entrants via the issue of Crown Awards.

Points are earned for every entry accepted in a BPE exhibition. 25 points makes you eligible for a BPE1 Crown Award*, continuing up to 300 points for a BPE5 Crown Award*.

*After which you may apply for Associate and Fellow status.

FIAP Distinctions

The Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique (FIAP) is an international organisation, formed in 1950 and hosted in Luxembourg, whose members are national associations of photographic societies.

If you are particularly interested in entering your images into exhibitions (print, PDI or AV), take a look at the FIAP distinctions which are designed to offer support for club photographers.

You have to be part of a PAGB affiliated club (which we are) to take part and exhibitions must have FIAP patronage to count.

Club Nights – Tuesdays 7.30pm – 10.00pm

Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1UE

Workshops and Special Interest Groups – Thursdays 7.30pm – 10.00pm

Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1UE