PAGB 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:
Blue badge and certificate
Red badge and certificate
Gold badge and certificate
They are held for life without any annual fee and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name.
All applicants must qualify via the Federation. Entrants must have been active members of a Club affiliated to The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain for a minimum of 2 years for CPAGB, 3 years for DPAGB and 5 years for MPAGB. A retrospective period of 10 years may be considered. Applications for MPAGB must have held DPAGB for at least 11 months on the date of adjudication. Please see application forms for "active member" criteria.
The EAF recommends that in order to understand the standard of work needed to achieve an award, you will also have:-
Credit of The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (CPAGB)
Distinction of The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (DPAGB)
Master of The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (MPAGB)
Adjudications are open to spectators. Entrants receive one free ticket. Further tickets may be purchased from the organising federation.
Adjudication will be carried out by 6 persons selected from the PAGB Judges List. Each print and slide will be scored electronically (2 to 5) by each adjudicator but only the total score for each photograph will be announced.
Pictures will not be presented as panels but will be mixed and judged as individual images. Prints may be unmounted or mounted but not framed. The maximum size including mount is 50 x 40 cm. Mounts to be lightweight of a type that will not damage other prints when stacked. Velcro or any similar material must not be on either side of prints. The title may be on the front of the print but not the applicant's name.
Prints & PDIs for use at future Adjudications
All successful applicants will be requested to donate a print or slide that scored in the passing range. These will be used prior to the appropriate level at future adjudications to show the standard of entry in the passing range.
For general description, conditions of entry and notes for guidance of applicants please refer to leaflet 6 in the library on the PAGB website.
The EAF recognises that some AV workers may not exhibit in prints or PDIs so may have some difficulty in satisfying the above criteria for DPGB and MPAGB. AV workers who cannot satisfy the points criteria should send to the Awards Officer a statement setting out their support for Club, Federation and National events. It is emphasised that it is support, rather than demonstration of ability, which is important. Examples of support would include entry into competitions, lecturing to Clubs and at Federation events, judging, providing equipment at events etc. To satisfy the PAGB’s requirements support will need to be demonstrated over a period of 2 years for CPAGB, 3 years for DPAGB and 5 years for MPAGB. Applicants for MPAGB must already hold DPAGB.
Applicants who have joined the EAF from another Federation and who have partially met the requirements at a Club in that Federation should write to the Awards Officer including evidence of their partial compliance in order to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility.
How to Apply
Applicants should complete the Certificate of Eligibility form on line, then print it off and have it certified by their Club/Society President, Chairman or Secretary. If the applicant has been a Member of more than one Club/Society during the pre-qualification period two forms will be required (one from each club). The completed eligibility form/forms, together with a 9” x 6” SAE should be forwarded to:
The EAF Awards Secretary
Vic Hainsworth ARPS. DPAGB.
5 Magazine Farm Way,
Lexden, Colchester, Essex, CO3 4ER
(Tel: 01206 562993)
If the application clearly satisfies the criteria then the Awards Secretary will issue the PAGB Application form and Guidance Handbook. The completed form and relevant entry fee should be returned to the EAF Awards Secretary(address above) for counter-signing and forwarding to the PAGB Secretary to the Awards. Thereafter, all administration of your entry and adjudication is handled by the PAGB.
Dates and Deadlines
The adjudication of prints and PDIs will usually be held on the last weekend in April and November each year, over two days if there is sufficient demand. Closing dates for applications to the PAGB are:
The adjudication of Audio Visual will be held on a weekend in May each year.
The closing date for applications to the PAGB is:
Applicants are advised to make their entries in good time and to allow ample time for the EAF Awards Secretary to process their applications for Certificates of Eligibility. This will normally be done as quickly as possible but at holiday times etc. may take several weeks. Occasionally it may be necessary to refer an application to the EAF Executive in which case the Awards Secretary will advise the applicant of this.