The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) is an organisation that co-ordinates specific activities for photographic clubs in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. It does this through 15 geographical regions known as Federations.
There are 15 Federations, representing over 1200 camera clubs and photographic societies in the UK, virtually all of them are affiliated to a regional Federation. All 15 Federations come together as the PAGB, which is managed by a voluntary Executive Committee comprising a handful of officers and one member from each Federation. Each Federation is completely autonomous and look after their own affairs. Individual membership to the PAGB is not possible!
Access to the facilities described below is via membership of a club, society or group that is affiliated to the PAGB through its Federation.
The PAGB organises national competitive photographic events for its Federations and for clubs. It also offers other services such as Recorded Lectures to clubs and its own photographic Distinctions, known as Awards for Photographic Merit.
PAGB awards for photographic merit are open to all members of clubs, societies and groups affiliated to the PAGB through their Federations and are at three levels: Credit (CPAGB), Distinction (DPAGB) and Master (MPAGB). Awards are held for life without any annual fee and holders are entitled to use the designated letters after their name.
The PAGB is run by an Executive committee whose members are nominated and elected from members of each Federation at the Annual General Meeting each April. This executive meets three times per year to discuss and arrange the events and matters related to the PAGB.