In 1930 the various regional federations, of which the NCPF is one, came together to create the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB), designed to provide a similar service to the regional Federations but at a national level.

The PAGB operate a number of inter federation competition and exhibitions, in which the entries are usually drawn from the top placed clubs and Prints within each federations competitions.

In addition, the PAGB also award Photographic Distinctions/awards which are only open to Camera Club members. These Awards for Photographic Merit (APM) 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 awards are held for life without any annual fee and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name.

Below is a list of Hexham Members with PAGB distinction panels.

DPAGB Panels

Distinction Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (DPAGB)