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ESFIAP, MPAGB, FIAP, MPAGB (duh!)

All those awards and letters. Just which is which and what do they all mean?   John Winchester explains.

A Few Definitions.

Over the years I have been confused by the short-form titles of the various organisations to which we refer during our club meetings. I've therefore prepared a dossier of information, which will hopefully clarify some of these as follows:
  1. WCPF Western Counties Photographic Federation. The Western Counties Photographic Federation was formed in 1932 and is one of fifteen Federations within Great Britain
  2. PAGB - Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. This is the umbrella organisation to which WCPF is affiliated.
  3. FIAP - "Fédération International de l'Art Photographique". This is the ultimate organisation to which national photographic groups are affiliated.
  4. RPS Royal Photographic Society. The Royal Photographic Society is a membership organisation that promotes all aspects of photography across art and science.


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With the exception of the WCPF, these organisations offer distinctions of one sort or another. Probably the most familiar are those offered by the RPS. Unlike the other organisations, to use the relevant letters after one's name requires that you are a member of the RPS.

ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY AWARDS

  1. LRPS = Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. This requires the submission of a panel of ten images.
  2. ARPS = Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. This requires the submission of a panel of fifteen images plus a statement of intent.
  3. FRPS = Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. The requirements for this could not be established at the time of writing. This distinction is very difficult to achieve.

PHOTOGRAPHIC ALLIANCE OF GREAT BRITAIN AWARDS

  1. CPAGB = Credit award for the PAGB. This requires the applicant to have been a member of an affiliated club (via WCPF for example) for a minimum of 2 years. The application requires submission of 10 prints or Digital Projected Images. The pass mark based on the published scoring method is 200 points across the 10 images.
  2. DPAGB = Distinction award for the PAGB. This requires the applicant to have been a member of an affiliated club (via WCPF for example) for a minimum of 3 years. The application requires submission of 15 prints or Digital Projected Images. The pass mark based on the published scoring method is 300 points across the 15 images.
  3. MPAGB = Master award for the PAGB. This requires the applicant to have been a member of an affiliated club (via WCPF for example) for a minimum of 5 years. The application requires submission of 20 prints or Digital Projected Images. The pass mark based on the published scoring method is 450 points across the 20 images.

FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONAL DE L'ART PHOTOGRAPHIQUE

The conditions for these distinctions are complicated and fully defined on the FIAP web site   http://www.fiap.net/
Following is a list of headings:
  1. AFIAP (Artiste FIAP)
  2. EFIAP (Excellence FIAP) this is the base distinction with 4 further levels of progression
  3. EFIAP/B: Excellence FIAP Bronze
  4. EFIAP/S: Excellence FIAP Silver
  5. EFIAP/G: Excellence FIAP Gold
  6. EFIAP/P: Excellence FIAP Platinum
  7. ESFIAP: Excellence for Services Rendered to FIAP
  8. HonEFIAP: Honorary Excellence FIAP


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