Royal Photographic Society Awards
Licentiate of The Royal Photographic Society is normally the entry level Distinction and is awarded for a good level of basic skill and competence. Open to members and non-members. Requires 10 images which reflect your ability as a photographer. See link to RPS
Associate of The Royal Photographic Society is awarded for a high standard of technical competence and individual creative ability. Open to members and non-members.
Requires a body of work/project of 15 images of a high standard and a written Statement of Intent. See link to RPS
Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society is awarded for exceptional standards of excellence and distinguished ability. You need have achieved the ARPS before you can apply for the FRPS. Requires a body of work/project of 20/21 images of a distinguished photographic and creative standard accompanied by a Statement of Intent. See link to RPS
Photographic Alliance of Great Britain Awards
The Awards for Photographic Merit (APM) are open only to members of Clubs affiliated to the PAGB through their Federations and are at three levels - see link to PAGB
Credit Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. Blue badge and certificate. Standard: Good Club Photography.
Distinction Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. Red badge and certificate. Standard: Open Exhibition Photography.
Master Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. Gold badge and certificate. Standard: Highest Standard of UK Amateur Photography.
Associate of PAGB: This is granted to members of affiliated Federations and their clubs for prolonged outstanding service to the PAGB, their federation or club.
The PAGB awards are held for life without any annual fee and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name.
British Photographic Exhibitions Awards
The National Exhibitions which are members of the British Photographic Exhibitions offer a Crown Award system designed to enable successful exhibition photographers to gain additional recognition. Exhibitors are invited to aggregate their acceptances in the affiliated exhibitions and, upon reaching the accepted aggregate, to apply without charge for a Crown Rating Award. Each successful applicant for an award will receive a Certificate and a Ribbon and will be able to use the letters acknowledging their award after their name.
BPE1 Crown Award - 25 points
BPE2 Crown Award - 50 points
BPE3 Crown Award - 100 points
BPE4 Crown Award - 200 points
BPE5 Crown Award - 300 points
ABPE and FBPE
Those who achieve the top crown award rating BPE5* are then invited to aggregate acceptances and awards in the member exhibitions and upon reaching the accepted aggregate to apply, without charge, for Associateship ABPE and Fellowship FBPE. The successful applicant will receive a Certificate and Medal and will be able to use the letters acknowledging their award after their name. See link to BPE awards for further information
Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique (FIAP) Awards
Artist Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographque (International Federation of Photographic Art). Your first acceptance must be received at least 12 months before you can be awarded your AFIAP certificate.
Excellence Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographque (International Federation of Photograhic Art). To apply for EFIAP you must be the holder of the AFIAP Distinction.
Master of Photography Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographque (International Federation of Photograhic Art).
This is the highest award for photographic merit that FIAP grants and does require photography of the very highest standard and equates to a "doctorate" in educational terms.