How to Join

A Welcome to new Clubs

The Chilterns Association (CACC) is a regional federation of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB), with a wealth of experience and information available to help new Clubs. We aim to find ways of helping a new Club become established within the CACC rather than finding reasons for excluding them.

CACC Constitution, 5: “Applications for membership of the Association are welcomed from photographic clubs and societies with a membership of six or more and holding regular meetings within the boundaries of the Association.”

The Committee wishes to know that Clubs can contribute effectively as Association members, through being active in photography, being open to all, and being well managed. Neither CACC or PAGB seek to specify or interfere in the internal management of member/affiliated Clubs.

CACC rules mean that PAGB affiliation is automatic for member Clubs. Clubs which are near a Federation boundary may opt to belong to two Federations. In that case, they must agree which Federation to use for PAGB affiliation. That decision must be known to both Federations, and also determines through which Federation any entries to PAGB events are made.

How to Join

To apply for membership, an appropriate officer of the Club should write to the Association Secretary (see Committee page). It would help the Committee if you would cover the following topics in your letter/email:

  • What is your Club name?
  • What are the contact details for correspondence?
  • Where is your Club based? (CACC covers a declared area (see About Us page), although there is some flexibility)
  • What are your general aims as a Club?
  • Who can join your Club?
  • How many members do you have?
  • How often do you meet? (Six meetings per year might be considered a minimum)
  • How is your Club managed?
  • How will joining CACC help your Club?
  • Is your Club already a member of another PAGB Federation? (See the note about multiple Federation membership)

Clubs which belong to the Association:

  • Receive copies of the Yearbook. The yearbook lists other member Clubs, and lists judges and lecturers who volunteer to visit Clubs to contribute to their programmes
  • Participate in Association affairs eg, via the AGM and by nominating members for the Committee
  • Can enter CACC events, as listed in the Yearbook and shown on the web site
  • Are affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB)
  • Receive copies of the PAGB Handbook, including more judges and lecturers prepared to visit clubs
  • Can access PAGB events and the PAGB Awards scheme for members, either via CACC or directly eg, the GB Cups
  • Can access the PAGB Public Liability insurance policy
  • Can access other PAGB insurance policies eg, for equipment

The cost of membership is met by paying the annual subscription (2020: £60). Renewal is at 1st January.