The following list gives the meanings of the abbreviations you may find elsewhere on these pages.
L&CPU Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union.
PAGB Photographic Alliance of Great Britain – Alliance of all the Regional Federations/Associations in Great Britain.
RPS Royal Photographic Society.
LRPS Licentiate of the RPS – This is the first level of distinction offered by the RPS. Judged on a panel of 10 prints or slides.
ARPS Associate of the RPS – Judged on a panel of 15 prints or slides.
FRPS Fellow of the RPS – The highest distinction awarded by the FRPS – Judged on a panel of 20 prints or slides.
Hon FRPS Honoury Fellow of the RPS – Awarded for services to the RPS.
CPAGB Credit from the PAGB – First level of award from the PAGB – Judged from 10 prints, or slides, with a standard of ‘Good Club Photography ‘
DPAGB Distinction from the PAGB – Judged from 15 prints, or slides, with a standard of ‘Open Exhibition Photography ‘
MPAGB Master from the PAGB – Highest level of award from the PAGB – Judged from 20 prints, or slides, with a standard of ‘The Highest Standard of Amateur Photography ‘
APAGB PAGB award for Meritorious Service. Awarded to persons who have given outstanding service to photographers belonging to member societies of the federations of the PAGB .
BPE British Photographic Exhibitions – Awards given for the number of acceptances gained. BPE1* – 25 acceptances, BPE2* – 50 acceptances, BPE3* – 100 acceptances, BPE4* – 200 acceptances and BPE5* – 300 acceptances .
FIAP Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique. Worldwide federation to develop relationships amongst photographers (the PAGB is affiliated to the organisation) .
AFIAP Artist of FIAP – The first level of award FIAP for photographic merit in international competition.
EFIAP Excellence of FIAP.
MFIAP Master of FIAP – The highest level of FIAP award for photographic merit in international competition .
PSA Photographic Society of America .