Photography: Club Photography

Learn how the Camera Clubs are Organized on a Local, National, and International Level

Let’s clear up some confusion, shall we?

New Zealand

I slowly got an understanding that we have local clubs, regions (which is a more geographic boundary than a legal entity), and a national society. In New Zealand, that is the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ). But there is also a distinction between photographers and professional photographers. Professional photographers have additional (also paid) access to another national body, which caters for the needs of professional photographers only (NZIPP).

  • a photographer (all levels, including professionals)
  • an affiliated photography club

Single photographer -> local camera club -> (regional organisations/federations) -> national organization/society -> international body: FIAP

FIAP

On a world level, we probably only have to look at “International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique” as the overarching federation for all affiliated societies of the participating countries. There is only one member organisation allowed per country as a full member, other local or national bodies can be affiliated, but only with reduced rights. There are 92 countries represented in FIAP, with 1.5 million represented individual photographers.

  • In New Zealand, we have PSNZ affiliated with FIAP.
  • In Australia we have the APS (Australian Photographic Society)
  • In the US, we have the Photographic Alliance of America (PAA) as a Member of FIAP.
  • In UK, the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) is affiliated. Interestingly, Scotland is affiliated separately with the “Scottish Photographic Federation”, and Wales with “The Welsh Photographic Federation”. But Wales is also a member of PAGB, so that is all very confusing. Can someone from the UK give me a rundown on why not only PAGB is affiliated?
  • In Germany, it is the “Deutscher Verband fuer Photografie (DVF)”.
  • In France, the “Fédération Photographique de France”.

Where do I start?

Most people start their club-organized photography life by joining a local club, not caring about any affiliations and national or international clubs or organizations.
Then after a while the paths split. Some photographers have no interest in competing with their images, and that’s great! It’s not a competition to get into competitions.

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