PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit

We are encouraging you to take your photography further and apply for a PAGB distinction (see below for details).

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The Awards for Photographic Merit (APMs) are open only to 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 awards are held for life without any annual fee and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name.

Applications in still images may be with prints or projected images, but not a mixture.

Applicants must qualify in accordance with their Federation’s criteria as an active member of an affiliated Club. This support must have been given for a minimum of 2 years for CPAGB, 3 years for DPAGB and 5 years for MPAGB from current active photographers. A retrospective period of 10 years may be considered. Applicants for MPAGB must have held DPAGB for at least 11 months on date of application.

Applicants must apply first to their Federation for confirmation of their eligibility. The procedures are available from each Federation.

Your Federation will then provide an authenticated PAGB application form, which is sent, with the fee, to the PAGB Awards Secretary:
Daphne Hanson DPAGB APAGB
Tel: 01638 741106 E-mail:

Adjudications are held at least twice a year, and there may be catch-up sessions. The aim is that nobody has to wait for more than a year from the time of application. Upcoming dates and Federation hosts are advertised in Awards Leaflet-5 .

Applicants accepted for a given adjudication will receive an entry pack by email, including an account/password for the on-line entries system to declare titles and provide image files. Applicants must respond promptly to all communications.

TICKETS: Adjudications are hosted by Federations on the rota shown in Awards Leaflet 5. Unless the event is advertised as closed, applicants may attend for no charge, and observers may purchase tickets to attend. Tickets are available via the host Federation.

Information Leaflets
Prospective applicants must read the relevant information leaflets about the APM system, as well as their local Federation procedures.

  • Leaflet 1. General Description of the APM system, with FAQ
  • Leaflet 2. Entering PDI & Prints

For background information, these leaflets are administrative.

  • Leaflet 5. Guide for Federations Hosting an Adjudication, including the Hosting Rota
  • Leaflet 7. APM Workshops
  • Leaflet 8. Advice for Mentors