RPS – Royal Photographic Society
Achieved by submitting a panel of pictures for appraisal. The whole panel is assessed as one unit
LRPS – Licentiate of the RPS
ARPS – Associate of the RPS
FRPS – Fellow of the RPS
PAGB – Photographic Alliance of Great Britain – this is a group made up of SPF and similar from around the country.
Achieved by submitting a set number of pictures, each of which is marked separately. The total marks must meet or exceed a set number
CPAGB – Credit of the PAGB
DPAGB – Distinction of the PAGB
MPAGB – Master of the PAGB
APAGB – Award for services rendered to club photography
FIAP - Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique. A world wide group consisting of each nations PAGB equivalent. Very few countries do not belong.
Achieved by getting a set number of international salon acceptance (with FIAP patronage) and awards in more than 1 country.
AFIAP – Artist FIAP
40 acceptances with 15 different images in 15 different salons in 8 different countries.
EFIAP – Excellence FIAP
250 acceptances with 50 different images in 30 different salons in 20 different countries
EFIAP/b – Bronze
Once you have EFIAP – an additional 75 acceptances with 25 different images not used in the earlier awards. Plus 3 awards in 3 different countries.
EFIAP/s – Silver
Once you have EFIAP/b – an additional 150 acceptances with 50 different images not used in the earlier awards. Plus 4 awards in 4 different countries. The awards are for pictures not used in earlier awards.
EFIAP/g – Gold
Once you have EFIAP/s – an additional 300 acceptances with 100 different images not used in the earlier awards. Plus 5 awards in 5 different countries. The awards are for pictures not used in earlier awards.
EFIAP/p – Platinum
Once you have EFIAP/g – an additional 600 acceptances with 200 different images not used in the earlier awards. Plus 6 awards in 6 different countries. The awards are for pictures not used in earlier awards.
MFIAP – Master (IMO the highest level of all the distinctions)
Must have an EFIAP distinction. Achieved by submitting a panel to FIAP for assessment.
BPE – British Photographic Exhibitions.
BPE1* thru to BPE5* + ABPE and FBPE
Achieved by getting a set number of acceptances at national salons in Britain that are affiliated to the BPE.
PSA – Photographic Society of America
I don’t know much about these. I think they are achieve by exhibition successes at salons affiliated to the PSA