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A brief guide to photographic societies 


Dawlish & Teignmouth Photographic Club (DTPC) is affiliated to the Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF).  WCPF is a member of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) which co-ordinates activities (e.g. judges and lecturers) for photographic Clubs. 


We take part in the South Devon Photographic League (SDPL), which is an entry by the club as a whole.


The WCPF holds an annual Members’ Exhibition (for individual entries).  The WCPF also holds the Annual Kingswood Salver (for club entries) and the Knightshayes Trophy (for individual entries).

The best work from the Members’ Exhibition represents the WCPF at the inter-Federation Exhibition (involving Federations across Great Britain).

The PAGB has a system of awards for photographic merit.  Credit (CPAGB)  Distinction (DPAGB) and Master (MPAGB).  It is for individuals to apply.  Entry is by a set of images (DPI or print) which are assessed individually. 


The Royal Photographic Society holds talks, open competitions and exhibitions.  It is international and its distinctions are sought-after worldwide.  There are regional meetings and special interest groups. There are three levels of Distinction: Licentiate, (LRPS) Associate (ARPS) and Fellowship (FRPS).  Applications are by individuals.   Entry is by a panel of images (DPI or print) which are assessed as a coherent set of work.  LRPS looks for a variety of work, but ARPS and FRPS require a body of work on a theme or genre, accompanied by a statement of intent.  FRPS is defined as a distinctive body of work at the highest level of technical ability.


Other Societies:

  • FIAP  The International Federation of Photographic Art 

  • BFE    British Photographic Exhibitions

Both have a distinctions system and hold frequent exhibitions.


There are quite a few more societies across the world, many offering distinctions.

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