About the MCPF

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iconAbout the Midland Counties Photographic Federation

Founded in 1907 the 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.



Vice President


General Secretary

Christine Lovatt
26 Dane Grove
Stoke on Trent
ST10 1QS

01538 754 060


Christine Mallett CPAGB EFIAP

iconChief Aim

The chief aim of the Federation is to assist Clubs/Societies to provide an adequate programme of interest and instruction for their members through the judges and lecturers. Members of Council are willing to help in any way possible when invited to do so.

If your club is interested in becoming a member of the MCPF. Please, contact the General Secretary for more details.

iconCommunication and Information

Before each General Meeting, Societies are circulated with all relevant information and occasionally there are extra mailings.

iconInsurance Cover for Camera Clubs/Societies

The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain recognize the importance of protecting both member clubs, officers and committee members from personal liability for any loss arising from claims. It has negotiated through its broker suitable insurance policies for itself, Federations and Affiliated Clubs as separate policyholders. These include Public & Products Liability, Management Protection and All-Risks.
Further information about insurances can be found at the PAGB website http://www.thepagb.org.uk/services/insurance/
Enquiries about the policies may be directed to the PAGB Insurance Officer: E-mail: insurance@thepagb.org.uk


The MCPF Newsletter is published free and sent to all Member Societies via email service for distribution among the Society Members.


Help and guidance on how to book a judge can be found in both the MCPF and PAGB handbook.


Help and guidance on how to book a Lecturer can be found in both the MCPF and PAGB handbook

The PAGB are currently looking at enabling Clubs to book Judges and Lecturers via an on-line system, when goes live all MCPF will be notified.


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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