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.
The SPF have again organised a workshop for guidance to those SPF Club Members interested in the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit who have submitted an application for a forthcoming adjudication This half day Workshop will be held on Sunday 29th January 2017 Venue – Stirling Court Hotel (Formerly Stirling Management Centre)
You must contact Libby Smith in advance to book a space, please do so even if you have already expressed an interest. Contact Libby Please also indicate to Libby if you will be bringing Prints, PDI’s or observing only.
Entry will be from 9.00am, the workshop will start at 9.30 am with individual assessment sessions of your work which others are encouraged to watch, and we will finish by 1pm This workshop is Free but numbers are limited. Priority will be given to those who have an application in for Apr 17, or are about to Apply for Nov 17. Tea/Coffee will be supplied. 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)
For full results of SPF Photographers for the Nov 2016 PAGB Awards Adjudication hosted by the SPF please visit the NEW webpage dedicated to this event. There were 20 Successful SPF Photographers so loads of photos and information to view (click here) to visit the page.
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)
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 SPF Awards Officer, Libby Smith, with your SPF Pre-Qualification details, and a note of which level and medium you would like to apply in. You will then bne 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.
Complete the PAGB's Application Form 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 2016 it will be hosted by the SPF)
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.
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.
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.
You can view all of these author's successful photographs, along with other successful entrants at all three levels, in our Galleries Section. These galleries will change on a regular basis (click here).
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 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.
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.
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 advanc ethat you are thinking of applying so that demand is known.
|Ian McKendrick||Queens Park CC||Apr-15||DPAGB|
|Moira Gardner||Kirkcaldy PS||Apr-15||DPAGB|
|Jo McIntyre||Dumfries CC||Apr-15||MPAGB|
|George Gray||Bon Accord CC||Aug-15||CPAGB|
|Roger Hinton||Bon Accord CC||Aug-15||CPAGB|
|Audrey Peddie||St Andrews PS||Aug-15||CPAGB|
|David Sadler||Dundee PS||Aug-15||CPAGB|
|David Watson||Bon Accord CC||Aug-15||CPAGB|
|Martin Watt||Kirkcaldy PS||Aug-15||CPAGB|
|Robert Humphreys||Donside CC||Aug-15||CPAGB|
|Mary Gibson||Kilmarnock PC||Aug-15||DPAGB|
|Eion Johnston||Edinburgh PS||Nov-15||DPAGB|
|Jim Hill||Carluke CC||Nov-15||CPAGB|
|Liana Mirea||Bon Accord CC||Nov-15||CPAGB|
|Terry Railley||Edinburgh PS||Nov-15||CPAGB|
|Nicola Shepherd||St Andrews PS||Nov-15||CPAGB|
|Chris Briggs||Donside CC||Apr-16||CPAGB|
|Andrew Hayes||Brechin PS||Apr-16||CPAGB|
|Ian Mitchell||Bon Accord CC||Apr-16||CPAGB|
|Gordon Rae||Dumfries CC||Apr-16||MPAGB|
|Geof Longstaff||Falkirk CC||May-16||CPAGB-AV|