The 27th April has been in my diary for some time, its the day my application was to be judged for the distinction award Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (MPAGB)
The MPAGB is the highest of 3 distinction awards available from The PAGB and seeks to recognise the highest standard of UK Amateur photography. The Adjudicators are looking for a very high standard of photography, images which, in their opinion, would enjoy a considerable level of success in International Exhibitions, and also go on to win occasional awards. Its not unusual for International Exhibitions to receive over 10,000 world wide entries, with the top images being accepted into the exhibition. From the accepted entry some 40 or so will go on to receive awards. This really is an extremely high level to have your work judged against.
20 prints were presented to 6 highly experienced International Level judges, and were marked on a numerical voting system. In short, the 20 pictures were judged against the standard, and had to achieve a total score of 450 or above to be successful. After an agonising 45 minutes of sitting in a full audience watching the live judging, the total score for my application reached 468 and had reached the required scoring range to be successful.
To date a little over 100 photographers have received The MPAGB award since the PAGB became autonomous from The RPS (Royal Photographic Society) in the mid 90's.
My application represented a substantial amount of work in terms of selection and preparation of the images, and I am highly fortunate to have had the help and encouragement from my mentor David Butler, Gwen and Phil Charnock, and Christine Widdall along the way.
The pictures submitted were a mixture of Sports, Creative and Travel images and can be seen below.
The PAGB comprises 15 federations based on geographical locations across the UK. The total number of clubs / societies within the federations exceeds 1,000, with tens of thousand of members in total being served by The PAGB. The PAGB also represent The UK on the world stage and are the UK membership representation to FIAP, the world governing body.