The Royal Photographic Society
The Royal Photographic Society has headquarters based in Bath and exists to promote photography and image-making and to support photographers in realising their potential, irrespective of their level of knowledge, equipment or skills. It has an international membership. The Society also acts as a public advocate for photography and photographers.
The RPS offers three levels of Distinctions which set recognised standards of achievement throughout the world. Both members and non-members can apply for Distinctions (non-members will need to join The Society if they gain a Distinction).
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- LRPS (Licentiateship of The RPS) - images of a high standard of photographic execution
- ARPS (Associateship of The RPS) - images of exceptional standard and a written Statement of Intent
- FRPS (Fellowship of The RPS) - the highest level of Distinction. Fellowship submissions are open to Associates of the Society and Fellows of the BIPP. Images must be of an outstanding photographic and creative standard and accompanied by a Statement of Intent
The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) is a membership organisation that co-ordinates activities for photographic Clubs in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland (including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). It does this through 15 geographical Federations.
The PAGB organises photographic events for its Federations and Clubs. It offers services such as Recorded Lectures and its own photographic Distinctions, known as Awards for Photographic Merit.
The Awards for Photographic Merit (APM) 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 (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 PAGB has strong links with similar organisations. In the UK, it has cross-representation with the Royal Photographic Society. It liaises throughout the world via its membership of FIAP (The International Federation of Photographic Art).