About the NCPF

The Northern Counties Photographic Federation (NCPF) is one of fifteen such organisations that between them cover the whole of the United Kingdom. When it was founded in 1901 its purpose was summarised in these terms:- “It exists solely for the purpose of enabling the various Federated Societies to mutually assist each other for the advancement of Photography”. The current Constitution simplifies this but retains the essential element in describing the object of the Federation as being:-

“The Advancement of Photography”

In 1930 the various federations came together to create the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, designed to provide a similar service to the Federations but at a national level. A slightly more detailed history of the Federation can be found on the “History” page but; for those who wish to read the definitive history of the Federation, they can do no better than obtain a copy of the book, “A History of the Northern Counties Photographic Federation 1901 – 2001” prepared by our Honorary Life Vice President, Stan Bewick AFIAP APSA APAGB, and published to celebrate the Federations’ Centenary.

We serve about 50 clubs across the North of England, including the counties of Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham, Cleveland and the northern part of Cumbria. A number of clubs from North Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders are also members, as are some national organisations. The Federation is divided into six geographical Areas, each of which can organise functions on a more local level. The Federation’s affairs are run by the Executive Committee, which organises a range of services and functions for its member clubs and their individual members.

These include:-

NCPF Lecturers’ List

NCPF Judges’ List

NCPF Directory, containing the above and much more

“Northern Focus”, your local ‘on-line’ newsletter

Annual Club Championships

NCPF Annual Competitions

The Northern Counties International Salon of Photography

Judges Seminars

Distinctions Workshops

Social Events with National Lecturers and Presentation Evenings

Support for local Areas for further more localised inter-club activities

Portfolios of members photographs for circulation to clubs & societies

Promotion and Support for clubs events Federation wide via e-mail circulations

Promotion and support of clubs and individual members via the web site.

Through our affiliation to the PAGB we also gain access to:-

PAGB Handbook with national lists of Lecturers & Judges

PAGB’s National Inter-Club Competitions (via our own Annual Club Championships)

PAGB Inter Federation Competitions (via our own NCPF Annual Competitions)

Insurance facilities for Clubs and their members.

National and International Exhibitions and Competitions

PAGB and FIAP awards systems for individuals.


All images on this site are subject to copyright (c) and should not be used without express permission of the author. Website by Gerry Adcock ARPS e-mail gerry@ncpf.org.uk