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icon Who are the MCPF ?

Founded in 1907 the Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MCPF) consists of over 100 clubs and covers the Midland counties, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, and North Gloucestershire.

The MCPF is one of the 15 regional Federations of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. It exists for its members and is run by its members.

The MCPF actively seeks to support and connect individual photographers and their clubs across the West Midlands. We promote the highest possible standards of photography through seminars, workshops, events, friendly competitions, and access to national and international distinctions and events.

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iconWhy register with the MCPF

For our clubs and societies

  • Lists of judges and speakers prepared to visit clubs and contribute to their programmes.
  • Recruitment and training of volunteer judges.
  • Standard terms and conditions for booking judges and speakers.
  • Opportunities to showcase club photography in their annual Exhibitions: MidPhot, Photofolio, Midland Salon. All these celebrate Midlands photography (PDI, prints, audio visual, panels).
  • Competitions to select clubs to go forward to National competitions.
  • MCPF Travelling Portfolio showcasing the very best of Midlands photography.
  • Access for clubs to public liability and other insurance policies negotiated by the PAGB to apply particularly to club activities.
  • Access to the PAGB Recorded Lecture Service.
  • Your members will have more opportunities to meet more like-minded people and find out their opinions on current issues.
  • Regular e-mailings to club secretaries to keep them abreast of photographic events.
  • Regular newsletters to inform you of MCPF news, events and a place to advertise your club’s events and news.

For individual club members

  • Opportunities to enter MCPF and PAGB competitions and exhibitions.
  • Participation in all MCPF exhibitions showcasing the best of Midlands photography; including the International Midland Salon, the Photofolio Exhibition and the Panels.
  • A programme of central events and workshops covering all genres of photography.
  • Opportunity for individual members of clubs to apply for the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit.
  • Opportunity for individual members of clubs to apply for Distinctions from the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP).
  • Opportunities to learn and grow as a photographer.
  • Opportunities to connect, make friends and promote the art of photography.
  • Regular newsletters to inform you of MCPF news, events and a place to advertise your club’s events and news.
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iconAbout the PAGB


The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) is a membership organisation that co-ordinates activities for photographic Clubs in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland (including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). It does this in collaboration with 15 geographical Federations.

The PAGB organises photographic events for its Federations and Clubs. It offers services such as Recorded Lectures and its own photographic Distinctions, known as Awards for Photographic Merit.

The PAGB has strong links with similar organisations. In the UK, it has cross-representation with the Royal Photographic Society. It liaises throughout the world via its membership of FIAP (The International Federation of Photographic Art).

The PAGB is run by an Executive Committee whose members are elected at the Annual General Meeting each April. This Executive meets three times per year to discuss and arrange the events and other matters related to the PAGB.


What are the benefits of membership?

There are lots of benefits such as access to discounted Club Public Liability Insurance, to volunteer judges and lecturers, competitions and exhibitions for clubs and their members, and much more.

What are the conditions of being a member?
  1. Your club must have been in existence for more than 12 months.
  2. Have a basic Committee.
  3. Can demonstrate financial stability.
  4. You have some form of Public Liability Insurance (PLI). This can be taken out either through the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) scheme or through your own insurance company or any other means)

We would like to see a copy of your constitution (rules).

Where are meetings and Exhibitions/Competitions held?

General Meetings and AGM are held at the Old Schoolhouse, Churchbridge, Oldbury, W. Mids B69 2AS

Exhibitions are normally held at the Old Schoolhouse, Churchbridge, Oldbury, W. Mids B69 2AS

The MidPhot Av Competition is normally held at the Priory Centre, Church Road, Stretton, Burton on Trent DE13 0HE

The Print and Pdi Championships are normally held at Braunston Civic Centre, Braunston, Leicester

Is there a subscription?

Yes, there is an annual subscription which is due in January. The subscription is made up of two parts set annually at the June AGM the prior year.Subscriptions are due in

  1. A flat rate set per club (which includes the PAGB element).
  2. An amount per club member.

For more details contact either the MCPF General Secretary sec@mcpf.co.uk or the MCPF Treasurer treasurer@mcpf.co.uk

Can I manage online my club details and members?

Yes, the MCPF keeps your details in a secure online database which can be accessed via Member Login

However, only your Club Secretary has permission to update this database. Or you can send them to the MCPF Record Secretary or Webmaster and they can update them for you.

Can you help me get in-touch with a local club?

Yes, at the top of this page you will find a section called Find a Local Photographic Club. Enter your postcode or town and the system will show club in that area. If you zoom out more clubs will appear. Click on any of the clubsmap marker and a link to their website and/or a contact name will appear.

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