In recent months, in fact a year come to think of it I have been preparing my work in order to attain a Credit with the PAGB (Photographic Alliance Of Great Britain) From a selection of some 40 or so images I worked along side my mentor Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP ABPE using the L&CPU mentoring scheme, this gives the photographer a good grounding as to the required standard of image needed to gain the Credit. After several emails and exchanges of critique I finally submitted my 10 images in March 2015.
The date came for the day of the adjudication on the 25th April and we flew to Southampton to attend the event. After seeing the 'Distinction' images go though in the morning it was time for the C's to go through. 6 judges can give a maximum of 5 points, 5 is seldom awarded however. There were 16 entrants making a total of 160 images to score, so each of your images comes up every 16th image, the judge has no idea of the author, each image is show for around 3-4 seconds and the judges who are all very qualified, score the image, you need 200 points to gain the accreditation, any less and its a fail! so effectively 20 points per image.
My portfolio started off well with the first 3 images scoring 23, so 9 ahead at this stage, a good feeling but I cant get complacent, 22 points next then my highest score a 24 for DLR London, 23, 22, 21 ,18 and a 19 gave me a total of 218 and a comfortable pass meaning I had gained the CPAGB. I am the 5th member at Bolton Camera Club to receive such a merit and will be looking to improve my skills behind the camera further in order to chase the Distinction some time in the future.
Below are my 10 submitted images
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