Common Photographic Abbreviations

NQCC: That's us! New Quay Camera Club, affiliated to the PAGB through the WPF.

WPF: The Welsh Photographic Federation. Our region and one of the 15 regional Photographic Federations of the PAGB.

PAGB: The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, founded in 1930, it is the coordinating body for its 15 autonomous, regional, Photographic Federations and Unions. The PAGB organises a number of National Events and offers its Awards for Photographic Merit (APM) to club members.

CPAGB = Credit

DPAGB = Distinction

MPAGB = Master

APAGB and Hon PAGB for service to the PAGB and its affiliated Clubs.

FIAP: The Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique. More than 85 national associations are members, comprising nearly one million individual photographers. FIAP gives its Patronage to many International Exhibitions and Salons and awards its own distinctions AFIAP, EFIAP and MFIAP. They also organise Biennial competitions in several genres. Both Scotland and Wales were members of FIAP before the PAGB joined. Scotland has maintained its membership constantly and the WPF re-joined a few years ago so both access FIAP services and competitions via their own FIAP Officer. (North Wales is not separately affiliated to FIAP.

PSA: The Photographic Society of America, has many non-USA members and, like FIAP, offers its patronage to International Exhibitions as well as awarding its own Star Rating and distinctions such as QPSA, PPSA, EPSA, MPSA, GMPSA, GMPSA/b, GMPSA/s, GMPSA/g, GMPSA/s, or GMPSA/p;                           

RPS: the Royal Photographic Society, is the oldest of these organisations, dating from 1853, and is comprised of around 11,000 fee paying individual members, amateur and professional, mostly in the UK. It has a substantial permanent staff based in its HQ in Bath and, with the help of many volunteers, arranges a full programme of exhibitions and education. It offers distinctions, to its members only, of:

LRPS = Licentiate

ARPS = Associate

FRPS = Fellowship

plus Honorary distinctions for service to the Society

BPE: The British Photographic Exhibitions, an affiliation of 20 UK National Exhibitions and offers its own BPE Crown Awards, as well as ABPE and FBPE, for participation in them.

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