PAGB

The PAGB co-ordinates the interests of all its UK Member Federations and their Member Clubs in matters of common interest and to co-operate with other national and international photographic bodies

Member Federations may use the sub-title ‘Member of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain’ whilst Clubs belonging to Member Federations may use the sub-title ‘Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain’. (click here) 

The PAGB organises photographic events for its Federations and Clubs. It offers various services such as Handbook, Insurances, Recorded Lectures and its own photographic Distinctions, known as Awards for Photographic Merit (APM). The PAGB has strong links with the Royal Photographic Society. It is a also a member of FIAP although Scottish membership of FIAP predates the PAGB, and SPF members are affiliated through our own Scottish membership.

A number of these PAGB events and services have to be accessed via the SPF. In this web area we have tried to direct you to the best place on either the PAGB website or to the SPF area of this website as appropriate.

The PAGB is run by an Executive Committee who are elected at the Annual General Meeting each April. This Executive meets three times per year to discuss and arrange the events and other matters related to the PAGB. To find out Who's Who on the PAGB Executive (click here)  

The SPF currently, and unusually, has two members on the PAGB Executive Committee - Rod Wheelans MPAGB MFIAP HonPAGB and Libby Smith MPAGB EFIAP HonPAGB. Both are holders of the JS Lancaster award for service to PAGB photography.

Rod is also Honorary Life Vice-President of the PAGB as well as a Past President. He is Chairman of the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit and the PAGB Print Championship, and also editor of the PAGB's e-news.  Libby is the SPF's member of the PAGB Executive and is on the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit, PAGB Digital Championship and PAGB Print Championship sub-committees.

PAGB Diary

The PAGB's full Diary of events is available from their website (click here) although we have included many of the popular ones in our own SPF Diary. Check the SPF Diary for the SPF Closing Dates for SPF entries to events such as PAGB Inter-Fed Competitions. SPF held PAGB Awards Workshops will also only be listed on the SPF Diary (click here).

New PAGB Masters of Print

The NEW Masters of Print competition is open to Individual Photographers, who are members of SPF member Clubs. Individual Photographers may enter directly, without any pre-qualification. Some details are available below, more can be found (click here).

This new PAGB Masters of Print Competition will be held for the first time this October, and will thereafter be held annually. The Judging will be followed by a public Exhibition. Photographers may enter prints to any combination of the Monochrome, Colour and Nature Categories, and awards are made to individual prints. Prints are then selected for the Exhibition. Awards and Selections for the Exhibition will also be published in the Exhibition Catalogue.

PAGB Newsletter the e-news

The PAGB produces a regular free newsletter called the e-news which keeps Clubs and individuals up to date with PAGB events and offers from sponsors. This includes news and information relevant to SPF member Clubs and can be anything from Insurance changes to Competition Results.

The SPF notify all of its Clubs, Judges and Lecturers by email whenever an e-news is available but Individuals are encouraged to sign up for a copy. You can do so by visiting the e-news website (click here) The images above and below show you what the e-news looks like and a sample of its content.

Rod Wheelans is the editor of the e-news. Contact Rod directly if you would like an article to be considered for publication in the e-news.

PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit

These distinctions are only available to members of PAGB Affiliated Clubs. As a member of an SPF Club you are eligible to apply.

If you are looking for a challenge, or you would like to see how your photography measures against others throughout the UK, then this is a great way for you to achieve some letters after your name. You do not have to produce work as a panel, just have the required number of photos at the level you are applying for. You can enter in Prints or as Projected Digital Images. You only pay on applying and you don’t have to pay any ongoing membership fee to keep your Award once you have been successful. 

You must Pre-Qualify and apply through the SPF's PAGB Awards Officer. Full details can be found on this website's Distinctions area (click here)

The PAGB run Awards Workshops to aid applicants in through the process. The SPF also runs these, and we have the advantage of having two members of the PAGB's Awards Sub-committee involved in running them - Chairman Rod Wheelans, and SPF's PAGB Awards Officer Libby Smith. Visit our SPF Workshop area for up to date details (click here) 

Above are some successful applicants from the August 2015 PAGB Awards Adjudication. More examples of successful candidates can be seen in the SPF's Gallery section of this website as well as on our own SPF Distinctions area.

Your Club can also hire a CD from the PAGB Recorded Lecture Serivce which contains more examples at the various levels of Awards (click here) for details contained within the Catalogue of the RLS.

PAGB Competitions

The PAGB run a number of competitions, some are between the 15 Federations, others are between Clubs invited to represent their Federations. Two, introduced in recent years, are open to all PAGB affiliated Clubs, which means that all SPF Member Clubs are eligible to enter. Hopefully the following information will help you understand the difference and which ones you can enter.

PAGB GB Cup

The PAGB GB Cup is an Inter-Club competition for Projected Digital Images and every club who is affiliated through a Member Federation (SPF) is eligible to enter. There is no pre-qualification for this event.

There are three separate competitions – GB Cup (Open), GB Cup (Small Clubs) and GB Cup (Nature). Entry is made online via the PAGB's Central Entry System website. Participating clubs will receive an AV show of the best pictures on a DVD, sufficient to fill an excellent Club evening. At least one of each club’s entry is always included.

Visit the PAGB website (Click here) for details about the event or visit the SPF Website's NEW dedicated web page for these events which also contains SPF Club results and awards (click here)

PAGB GB Trophy

The PAGB GB Trophy is an Inter-Club competition for unmounted Prints and every club who is affiliated through a Member Federation (SPF) is eligible to enter. This event was introduced in 2015.  There are two separate competitions – GB Trophy (Open – Mono and Colour), and GB Trophy (Nature). Entry is made online via the PAGB's Central Entry System website. (Click here) to vist the PAGB website for details about this event or visit the SPF Website's NEW dedicated web page for these events which also contains SPF Club results and awards (click here).

PAGB Inter-Federation Competitions

The PAGB organise four Inter-Federation competitions annually, for Monochrome Print, Colour Print, Projected Image and Nature Projected Image. These competitions carry PAGB Patronage, and individual medals and ribbons are awarded. All of the member Federations of the PAGB compete in these competitions. Their entries are made up from work submitted by their member clubs or authors. 

The Scottish Photographic Federation enters these events annually.  To find out more about the SPF's entry and results in these events and how you can submit images/prints for selection as part of our entry then please visit the following area of this SPF website (click here) dedicated to these events, and the SPF's Results.

The PAGB Print and Projected Image Exhibitions are selected from these Competitions by Judges appointed by the PAGB. The resulting Exhibtions are made available to the Federations in the form of DVD shows. These are available annually to book from the SPF Custodian (click here)

You can also visit the PAGB website for full details of all of the other PAGB Federation's results (click here)

PAGB Inter-Club Projected Championship

Each Federation chooses two Clubs annually to represent it at this Championship. The SPF chooses the top Clubs from our own SPF Digital Championship.

These Clubs along with the finalists from the previous year compete to determine the National Projected Champion Club, who receives the Darwin Clayton Trophy.  The Clubs who don’t make the final of the event compete for the Don Morrison Plate.  Visit the PAGB website for details (click here)

2017 PAGB Inter-Club Projected Championship - SPF Club Results

This year's event was held at this event's regular venue of Warwick University. Three Scottish Clubs made the trip to represent the SPF; Carluke CC who made last year's final, along with Eastwood PS and Dumfries CC who qualified in November's SPF PDI Championship. This year's Judges were Richard Spiers (NCPF), Roger Hance (EAF) and Gabriel O'Shaughnessy (Irish PF).

The 38 Clubs entered this year's competition, from the PAGB Federations, and competed in the first and second rounds for a place in the final. The competition was keenly fought with 8 Clubs qualifying for the final. After the first two rounds there were 15 points between the 1st and 8th placed Club. For the first time for many years no Scottish Club qualified for the final, although Dumfries missed out qualifying by just one point.

All three Scottish Clubs competed for the Plate trophy, which Dumfries CC won with a score of 112 from 8 images; Carluke finished on 105 and Eastwood 104.

No individual awards were won by SPF photographers this year, although Neil Smith of Carluke CC won a Canon camera in the raffle! 

A copy of the full results is available to download below. 

PAGB Inter-Club Print Championship

Each Federation chooses two Clubs annually to represent it at this Championship. The SPF chooses the top Clubs from our own SPF Print Championship.

These Clubs, along with the finalists, from the previous year compete to determine the National Print Champion Club, who receives the John Robb Quaich, which was donated by the SPF. The Clubs who don’t make the final of the event compete for the Terry Chapman Plate. Visit the PAGB website for details (click here)

2017 PAGB Inter-Club Print Championship

For the 21st PAGB Inter-Club Print Championship there's a new Chairman, Richard Speirs, and a new venue - Westholme School, Meins Road, Blackburn BB2 6QU.

2016 PAGB Inter-Club Print Championship - SPF Club Results

This year's event was held at a new venue at Ormskirk School and was the 20th Print Championship to be held. To celebrate this milestone every entrant ticket holder got a gift, mostly with regional significance. The SPF gave Grouse whisky miniatures!

Rod Wheelans (SPF & PAGB) proposed this event and has chaired and organised it since the beginning, and this 20th Championship was to be his last as Chairman. He receive a bottle of whisky from the PAGB President, on behalf of the PAGB, in recognition of all his work over the years, and a 'very long' standing ovation from all who were present!

Four Scottish Clubs made the trip to represent the SPF; Dumfries CC who were joint winners in 2015, Carluke CC who also qualified in 2015 as finalists; along with Edinburgh PS and Eastwood PS who qualified at the 2016 SPF Print Championship. Eastwood were making the trip for the first time. This year's Judges were Irene Froy (MCPF), Richard Spiers (NCPF) and Michael O'Sullivan (Eire)

The 37 Clubs entered from the PAGB Federations competed in the first round for a place in the final. This competition was keenly fought with the top 8 Clubs qualifying for the final.

Both Dumfries and Eastwood qualified for the final which was again a close fought battle with only . The result was to see Dumfries finish in a magnificent 2nd place, only 2 point behind the winners Wigan 10. Eastwood finishing a very creditable 5th= place. They also took the award for the Best Rookie Club - a box of 'Heroes'.

Edinburgh and Carluke contested the Plate Trophy; Carluke finishing 3rd= just 2 points behind the joint winners Chichester and Rolls Royce. 

Also to mark the 20th Print Championship, many more individual awards than usual were presented. Rod also donated two new trophies for the best Mono and Colour Prints. Of the 20 individual awards presented the following went to Scottish authors;

Irene Froy – PAGB Ribbon – Predator and Prey by Mick Durham, Dumfries CC

Irene Froy - PAGB Ribbon – Arctic Tern Over Luskentyre by Tom Langlands, Dumfries CC

Michael O’Sullivan – PAGB Ribbon – Ooops! By Libby Smith, Carluke CC

Richard Spiers – PAGB Ribbon – On Jokulsarlon Beach by Ken Lindsay, Eastwood PS

Richard Spiers – PAGB Ribbon – A Simple Life by Anne Greiner, Dumfries CC

A list of all of the results is available to download below.

Services

In addition to the above, the PAGB offer a range of services including the PAGB Handbook with complete lists of Judges & Lecturers.  It also offers Patronage of Exhibitions, Service Awards and Advice Documents.

Some of these require to be accessed via the SPF, others the Clubs can go to directly.

See below and PAGB website for further details of the PAGB's services (click here)

Recorded Lecture Service

The PAGB has an extensive Recorded Lecture Service containing lectures from some of the UK’s best known photographers inc. Phil & Gwen Charnock, Irene Froy and Tim Pile on DVD. Also available are shows on the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit, and past years of the PAGB GB Cup and Inter-Fed Competitions.

Some details are contained within the PAGB Handbook, but also available on the PAGB website (click here).

Insurances

Preferencial insurances are available through the PAGB. All members of SPF Clubs can take advantage of these excluse arrangements, which are arranged with the PAGB's broker or the Federation Treasurer dependant on the Insurance required.

The PAGB's brokers are able of offer very competitive Public Liability and other Insurances.

For full details and to see how premiums/Insurances are collection or arranged in the first instance please visit the following area of this SPF website (click here) as some require to be organised by the SPF Treasurer on your Club's behalf. Links to the PAGB Insurance Broker's website and policies are also supplied there.

Service Awards

The PAGB have three Service Awards for service to photography, two of which nominations can be made to the PAGB for consideration; the APAGB and the HonPAGB - JS Lancaster Medal.

The third, the Honorary Vice Life President of the PAGB, can only be nominated by the PAGB Executive, and elected at an PAGB AGM.

More details about the APAGB and JS Lancaster Medal can be found below.

APAGB - PAGB Award for Meritorious Service

This Award was instituted in 1984 to be national recognition of individual club members who have given meritorious service over many years within the PAGB community of member Federations and affiliated Clubs.

A Certificate and Badge are presented upon grant of the Award and holders may use the letters APAGB after their names.

Please visit the SPF's Service Awards area of this website for details of SPF recipients (click here)

HonPAGB - JS Lancaster Medal

The JS Lancaster Medal was instituted in 1998 to recognise exceptional service to the PAGB, and is named after its first Secretary. Award holders may use the designation 'HonPAGB' replacing any previous award of APAGB.

Anyone considering making a nomination should contact the PAGB General Secretary to be put in touch with the Awards Subcommittee Chairman. Further details are available below, and are also supplied in the PAGB Handbook.

The SPF has had two recipients of the JS Lancaster Medal since its introduction in 1998 - Rod Wheelans, Dumfries CC and Libby Smith, Carluke CC.

Past PAGB Club Championship Results
2015 PAGB Inter-Club Projected Championship - SPF Club Results

The 2015 event was held at this event's regular venue of Warwick University. Four Scottish Clubs made the trip to represent the SPF; Dumfries CC and Carluke CC who made last year's final, Dundee PS and Eastwood PS. Eastwood were cometing in this event for the first time. This year's Judges were Gwen Charnock (L&CPU), John Chamberlin (WCPF) and Leigh Preston (MCPF)

The 38 Clubs entered from the PAGB Federations competed in the first and secondrounds for a place in the final. This competition was keenly fought with 9 Clubs qualifying for the final, with 9 points between 1st and 8th=.

Both Dumfries and Eastwood qualified for the final. The result was to see Dumfries finish in 3rd place and Eastwood in 7th. Ken Lindsay from Eastwood PS also took the Best Individual Image of the day with On Jokulsarlon Beach which can be seen below.

Dundee and Carluke contested the plate competition with Dundee finishing in 3rd equal place behind the Plate Trophy winners Chorley PS.

A copy of the full results is available to download below. 

2015 PAGB Inter-Club Print Championship - SPF Club Results - Dumfries CC Joint Winners

This year's event was held at a new venue Ellesmere Port. Three Scottish Clubs made the trip to represent the SPF; Dumfries CC who were joint winners last year, Carluke CC who also qualified in 2014 and Ayr PS for the first time. This year's Judges were Phillip Charnock (L&CPU), Richard Walton (KCPA) and Gabriel O'Shaugnessy (Eire)

The 37 Clubs entered from the PAGB Federations competed in the first round for a place in the final. This competition was keenly fought with the top 8 Clubs qualifying for the final, and only 5 points between 1st and 8th place.

Both Dumfries and Carluke qualified for the final which was again a close fought battle with only 7 points between 1st and 8th. The result was to see Dumfries victorious as joint winners with Stafford PS and Carluke in 8th. A couple of images from Dumfries CC's winning entry can be seen above.

Ayr contested the plate competition, and finished only 3 points behind the Plate Trophy winners Smethwick PS.

A copy of the full results is available to download below. 

2016 PAGB Inter-Club Projected Championship - SPF Club Results

The 2016 event was held at this event's regular venue of Warwick University. Four Scottish Clubs made the trip to represent the SPF; Dumfries CC and Eastwood PS who made last year's final, along with Dundee PS and Carluke CC who qualified in November's SPF PDI Championship. This year's Judges were Barry Mead (WCPF), Leo Rich (SCPF) and Paul Keene (MCPF).

The 39 Clubs entered this year's competition, from the PAGB Federations, and competed in the first and second rounds for a place in the final. The competition was keenly fought with 8 Clubs qualifying for the final. After the first two rounds there were only 8 points between the 1st and 8th placed Club, Carluke finished in 5th place and qualified for the final. The other SPF Clubs competed for the Plate trophy.

The Final result was to see Carluke finish in 7th= place.

In the Plate competition Dumfries finished 2nd= behind Trophy winners Doncaster, with Dundee PS in 5th= and Eastwood PS 10th=. 

Mick Durham from Dumfries CC also took the Best Individual Image of the day (PAGB Gold Medal & Practical Photography Trophy) with Predator and Prey, and Eddie Cocozza from Carluke CC won a Judge's Choice (PAGB Silver) for Like Whot You See Sir?. Both images can be seen above. 

A copy of the full results is available to download below.