PAGB Awards

These distinctions are only available to members of PAGB Affiliated Clubs which all SPF Clubs are. 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 an alternative way to the RPS / BPE schemes 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 require to pay membership to keep your Award once you have been successful.

If you do well in your own club, or if your work is selected for Inter-club, SPF competitions, or you enter nationals/internationals then you’re already part way there. You cannot apply to the PAGB directly, you must apply via the SPF's Awards Officer, Libby Smith.

The SPF also run FREE PAGB Awards Workshops at least twice a year to help you through this process. Please take the opportunity to attend one of these if you are interested in finding out more whatever stage you are at. If you are interested in attending please also contact Libby Smith.

All you need to know about the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit is given on this page.

TEN NEW SUCCESSFUL PAGB AWARDS GALLERIES TO VIEW - Chris Elliott CPAGB - Robert Hendry CPAGB - Tina Lavender CPAGB - Caroline Menzies CPAGB - Mike Blair DPAGB - Ian Mitchell DPAGB - John Simpson DPAGB - Lesley Simpson DPAGB - Tom Langlands DPAGB - Ian McKendrick DPAGB

Next Workshop - 1st Oct 2017

The SPF have again organised a workshop for guidance to those SPF Club Members interested in the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit, and for those people who have submitted an application for a forthcoming PAGB adjudication. This Workshop will be held on 1st October 2017 at Stirling Court Hotel (Formerly Stirling Management Centre).

An email is being sent out (5th Sept) to all of those people who have already expressed an interest, who are being given first offer of a place. They have been given until 19th Sept to book, after which the remaining places will be opened for anyone interested to book. You must contact Libby Smith in advance to book a space, supplying all of the required details. Please do so even if you have already expressed an interest. Contact Libby 

All Details required have been notified in the above email. When the booking is thrown open to everyone, requirements wil be posted here. If you want to note your interest at this time, Libby his happy to hold your email and let you know after the 19th.  

Entry will be from 9.45am, the workshop will start at 10.00 am with individual assessment sessions of your work which others are encouraged to watch, and we will finish by 4pm This workshop is Free but numbers are limited. Priority will be given to those who have an application in for Nov 17, or Apr 18, or are about to Apply for 2018. Tea/Coffee is not supplied but will be available at the venue. Please make your own arrangements for Lunch. (There are places local to the Venue where you can purchase lunch. Packed Lunches cannot be eaten in the premises)

Gaining these Awards is a Five Stage Process
1 SPF Pre-Qualification

You require to pre-qualify in your own Federation, the SPF. To qualify to take part you have to prove that you are an active photographer taking part in your Federation events. This also helps give a gauge of the level of your work at a national level. See details and a list of SPF Qualifying events to download below. You do not need to have completed this stage to attend our workshops (See Stage 2) Please see the SPF Pre-Qualification requirements for full details (click here)

2 Attend an SPF Awards Workshop

It is recommended but not compulsory that you attend an SPF Awards Workshop, and receive advice on what level / medium / or when to apply. You can take along Prints or PDI and find out if your work is of the standard required, and get hints to improve quality. These workshops are run 2 or 3 times a year - approx. Jan & Aug/Sept. We have the advatage here in Scotland that the organisers of these workshops are also on the PAGB Awards Sub-committee - Rod Wheelans (Chairman) and Libby Smith.

Contact Libby Smith for details or visit the workshop area (click here) or Diary area (click here) of this website for details. 

3 Contact SPF Awards Officer

Contact SPF Awards Officer, Libby Smith, with your SPF Pre-Qualification details (click here), and a note of which level and medium you would like to apply in. You will then be sent a signed PAGB Application Form.

As you need to know the level and medium you are applying in before the form can be completed, we suggest you attend a workshop before submitting your form. There are financial penalties incurred if you withdraw once your form has been submitted to the PAGB.

4 Complete the PAGB Application Form

Please read the PAGB Leaflets in the below downloads for more details before continuing. Complete the signed PAGB Application Form you have been given and submit with your cheque to the PAGB Awards Secretary for a space on the next available PAGB Adjudication. These are run 2 or 3 times a year, always in April and November. (In Nov 2017 is full, Apr 2018 has a few spaces)

Spaces are on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. so your application will be acknowledged, then you will be advised when you definitely have a space and the section will run. Details will also be sent to you of how to submit your entry and the timescales for submitting.

5 The PAGB Adjudication

These Adjudications are run by the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) and are hosted by different Federations. 

You submit your work to the Adjudication you receive a space on. This can be 3 to 4 weeks prior to the Adjudication itself. Six Judges will adjudicate your entry.

For the April & November events you can attend if you wish. Extra events are sometimes required due to the volume of entries, these can sometimes be in-camera events. 

Successful PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit Applicants Apr17

The successful candidates at the Croydon in April 2017 are listed below. You can also see all of their successful images in our galleries section of this website (click here)  

Please see bottom of this page for Results Apr 2015 to May 2016. For the Nov 2016 results please visit the dedicated webpage for this event hosted by the SPF (click here)

AuthorClubAdjudicationLevel
Rosemary GilliesEdinburgh PSApr-17CPAGB
Kenneth GilliesEdinburgh PSApr-17CPAGB
More About the Three Levels of Award

Please see the below details which supplements the above.

You can also view all of the SPF's successful photographer's submissions, at all three levels, in our Galleries Section of this website. These galleries will change on a regular basis (click here).

Also see the PAGB e-news specials for CPAGB (click here) for DPAGB (click here) or for some interesting statistics of the PAGB Awards (click here) and how to book a PAGB DVD for your club.

Credit Awards - CPAGB

The Credit Award (CPAGB) is specifically to recognize the ‘Good Club Photographer’. If you do well in your own club, and your work is selected for inter-club/ SPF competitions then you can probably qualify for this award. You don’t have to enter international* Exhibitions or win gold medals, just turn in a good consistent standard of pictures and be active in support of your club and in SPF competitions.

To achieve the CPAGB Award - you have to submit a set of 10 prints or 10 digital files of a good Club standard. These are considered by 6 adjudicators scoring between 2 and 5. The lowest score per picture is 12, the highest is 30, and you need a total of 200 for all 10 pictures to succeed.

SPF Pre-Qualification for CPAGB - You must have entered in a total of 3 of the SPF Qualifying competitions in a minimum of 2 of the last 10 years. This can include a particular event one year and the same event a different year.

Distinction Awards - DPAGB

Distinction Award (DPAGB) is judged at ‘exhibition standard’. For this you have to enter 15 prints or 15 digital files and, bearing in mind that the adjudicators are looking for international* exhibition standard, you have to score a total of 300 points to get the award. * Please be aware that this is a UK Award and styles/results received in Internationals outwith the UK cannot always be taken as an accurate guide in this regard.

SPF Pre-Qualification Requirements for DPAGB - You must have entered in a total of 5 SPF qualifying competitions for a minimum of Three Recent Years of the last 10 years. This can include a particular event one year and the same event a different year.

Master Awards - MPAGB

Master Award (MPAGB) is awarded for “the very best amateur photography”. 20 photographs, a much more stringent adjudication standard and 450 points to succeed.

SPF Pre-Qualification Requirements - MPAGB - Applicants for the MPAGB must already have held the DPAGB for at least 11 months.

SPF Qualifying Competitions

The SPF Qualifying Competitions are -

SPF Print & Projected Portfolios - SPF Digital Championship - SPF Print Championship - Scottish International Salon - SPF Entry to the Celtic Challenge - SPF Entry to FlAP Biennials - PAGB GB Cups & Trophy Competitions - PAGB Competitions (Inter-Fed; Digital Championship; Print Championship)

Please Note – You do not need to get acceptances only to have entered. No other National or International Salons count as Pre-qualifying events only the SPF’s own Scottish International Salon. You will require your Club Secretary, Competition Secretary or President to provide a note to certify your participation in the necessary qualifying events – The Awards Officer can help out if necessary.

Please also note that a number of these Competitions allow Individuals to enter if their Club does not wish to put in an entry. Have a look under the Events pages of this website for more info on the competitions we run.

PAGB Awards (AV) in Audio Visual

Awards for Photographic Merit (APM) are available in audio-visual. Joint applications are permitted.

The Levels (designated CPAGB/AV, DPAGB/AV, MPAGB/AV) are the same as for still images.

Media is by digital projection with sound, and information is given in the AV Leaflet.

Adjudications are hosted by the PAGB and may be annually or every eighteen months, depending on demand. It may help to indicate in advance that you are thinking of applying so that demand is known.

Geof Longstaff CPAGB-AV May 2016
Successful PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit Applicants Apr15-May16
AuthorClubAdjudicationLevel
Ian McKendrickQueens Park CCApr-15DPAGB
Moira GardnerKirkcaldy PSApr-15DPAGB
Jo McIntyreDumfries CCApr-15MPAGB
George GrayBon Accord CCAug-15CPAGB
Roger HintonBon Accord CCAug-15CPAGB
Audrey PeddieSt Andrews PSAug-15CPAGB
David SadlerDundee PSAug-15CPAGB
David WatsonBon Accord CCAug-15CPAGB
Martin WattKirkcaldy PSAug-15CPAGB
Robert HumphreysDonside CCAug-15CPAGB
Mary GibsonKilmarnock PCAug-15DPAGB
Eion JohnstonEdinburgh PSNov-15DPAGB
Jim HillCarluke CCNov-15CPAGB
Liana MireaBon Accord CCNov-15CPAGB
Terry RailleyEdinburgh PSNov-15CPAGB
Nicola ShepherdSt Andrews PSNov-15CPAGB
Chris BriggsDonside CCApr-16CPAGB
Andrew HayesBrechin PSApr-16CPAGB
Ian MitchellBon Accord CCApr-16CPAGB
Gordon RaeDumfries CCApr-16MPAGB
Geof LongstaffFalkirk CCMay-16CPAGB-AV