By Tony Mearman LRPS CPAGB AFIAP
The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) is the organisation that co-ordinates activities for photographic Clubs in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland (including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). It covers 15 regional Federations across the UK and NI including almost 1,000 camera clubs and approximately 40,000 club members.
The PAGB liaises throughout the world via its membership of FIAP (The International Federation of Photographic Art), essentially the worldwide governing body for camera clubs.
Each year, the PAGB hosts an Inter-Club Championship for Projected Digital Images (PDIs) and a separate competition for prints. This year, Durham Photographic Society and Keswick Photographic Society had the honour of representing the Northern Counties Photographic Federation (NCPF) for the PDI competition at Warwick. The 2017 Inter-Club Print Championship takes place in Blackburn on Sunday 29th October with Keswick and Gosforth representing the Northern Counties.
The NCPF serves about 50 clubs across the North of England, including the counties of Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham, Cleveland and the northern part of Cumbria.
The PAGB Championship is comprised of two clubs from each of the 15 Federations, plus the top 8 clubs from last year’s Championship at Warwick.
Each of the 38 competing clubs submits 40 PDI images to the competition.
With the event commencing at 9:30 am at the University of Warwick Arts Centre, an early start was required to drive the 200 miles for Joe Grabham, my predecessor as External Competition Secretary, and myself travelling from our Co. Durham homes.
We set off at 5:00 am when the roads were quiet and the weather was clear and dry. The journey was incident free, with a travel time of only 3 hours, arriving very early at the impressive surroundings of Warwick University Campus.
External Competitions Secretary
Second and concluding part, along with detailed results, to follow
Pictured: from the DPS Warwick entry, One Step Ahead by George Hodgson