Photographic Distinctions – what they are and how to get them

This section gives basic information about photographic distinctions from various awarding bodies:-

British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE),

Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB),

Federation Internationale d’Art Photographique (FIAP) and the

Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

Being awarded photographic distinctions is a way of gaining recognition for achievement and encouraging improvement of photographic skills. It’s great to have something to aim for and to increase motivation and it certainly concentrates the mind!

Photographic distinctions can be achieved in a number of different ways from the various photographic organisations that offer them. In some cases a panel of work is assessed either collectively or individually by a group of acknowledged experts in the field. In other organisations, acceptance of work into qualifying exhibitions and the aggregation of points over a period of time is the route.

Candidates for any distinction are advised to seek help in selecting their submission from someone who has already achieved at least that level of award and preferably higher. Entering work for national and international exhibitions is also a good way of assessing the potential of a particular piece of work.