What the letters mean

When the club gets a speaker or judge from outside they sometimes have a lot of letters after their names. These are awarded by various bodies. This page willl give some of the more common ones. The bodies I will deal with are the The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB), the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) and the Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique (FIAP). There are others which I will not deal with here.
In alphabetic order:-

BPE
these awards are granted on gaining a certain number of acceptances in exhibitions recognised by the BPE. You get one point for every accepance. In order they are:- 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
Higher awards are ABPE and FBPE.

FIAP
These awards are granted on gaining acceptances and awards in Internetional exhibitions with FIAP patronage. To get these you must be a member of a club in a national federation. As at 2016 the necessary acheivements are :-
AFIAP (artist FIAP)- 40 Acceptances with at least 15 different photographs.This success must have come from at least 15 different salons with FIAP Patronage, and those salons must be spread over at least 8 different countries. At least 4 of your 15 photographs must each have gained at least ONE acceptance as a PRINT as opposed to as a PDI.
EFIAP (Excellence FIAP) - After gaining AFIAP you then have to increase to at least 250 Acceptances (including those gained at AFIAP) with a total of at least 50 different photographs. This success must have come from at least 30 different salons with FIAP Patronage, and those salons must be spread over at least 20 different countries. At least 12 of your 50 photographs must each have gained at least ONE acceptance as a PRINT as opposed to as a PDI. To have at least two different photographs that have each received at least one award. These awards must have been gained in different salons from different countries. Higher awards are (in order or ease of getting them ) EFIAP/b, EFIAP/s EFIAP/g, EFIAP/p, EFIAP Diamond 1, EFIAP/Diamond 2, EFIAP Diamond3, and MFIAP.

PAGB
The PAGB is the governing body for club photography in the UK. Not all clubs are affiliated to it, and only members of member clubs can apply for their distinctions. The letters APAGB are given for service to photography, but the other letters have to be competed for. A panel of 6 judges all give marks designed to give an average mark for a number of images that would equate to a specific standard,
CPAGB (Credit)
This is given for good club photography, which is more or less photography which would be chosen to represent a club at inter-club competitions. It is given for 10 images and a score of 200 points is required.
DPAGB (Distinction) The pictures should be of a standard which would gain acceptance at a national exhibition. It is given for 15 images and a score of 300 points.
MPAGB (Master) the pictures should be of a standard to gain awards in national exhibitions.

RPS
The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853 and their honours are perhaps the oldest and most established ones in the world.
Unlike the others dealt with here, in order to use their letters you must be a current member of the society. Membership fees are 118 per annum (concessions 55 for over 65, under 25, students and disabled). These are awarded for panels of images, not individual pictures. As such, the arrangement of the pictures on a panel is also taken into account.
LRPS (Licentiate) This is given for a panel of 10 pictures.
ARPS(Associate) This is for a panel of 15 pictures.
FRPS (Fellowship) This is given for a panel of 20 pictures.


Details are as correct as I can give them, but may vary with time. Further details are available on the web sites of the respective organisations.
14/11/2016