In effect, each Circle is a club in its own right and, as such, can determine its own method of operation within the broader rules of the parent organisation. Because the Club reaches into your own home, your participation can be enjoyed in comfort over a few days.
For those photographers who live too far from a town with a photo club, or those with a disability who find travelling difficult or access to club rooms inconvenient, postal folios are an ideal means of gaining active participation in their hobby. Of course, if you already belong to a local club, UPP participation can be an excellent supplement to your existing activities and a great way to expand your photographic friendships.
The usual method of folio circulation is by post. However, a recent addition to the usual method of distribution is by use of the internet. There is now a number of Circles that circulate images either by email or by upload/download via the internet. This method obviously reduces the significant cost of monthly postage but, of course, images can only be viewed on screen and not by high quality print.
At the end of each UPP year we hold an annual convention and annual general meeting (AGM). This takes places (usually) over a weekend in September. During this event, the monthly (Gold Label) winner of each folio from each Circle are exhibited (or projected). The exhibition is competitive, with a number of trophies up for grabs and is judged by three independent judges. The trophies and Certificates of Merit are presented at the AGM. As well as the formal aspects of the event there is also entertainment with lectures by very prominent photographers. More information on this is available on the AGM page.