SPF Workshops

The SPF has run a variety of workshops over the years including Portrait Workshops, Judging Workshops, AV Workshops and PAGB Awards Workshops.

Currently running are PAGB Awards Workshops and Judges Assessment Days. Further details on both can be found below..

The Judging Workshop has now changed to a 'Judges Assessment Day' for those with some experience in Judging wishing to go on to the SPF B List of Accredited Judges. This is the SPF's opportunity to invite new Judges on to their 'B' List. We try to run this annually. These Days are free and are open to all SPF club members, but there are pre-requirements, and these events must be pre-booked. Observers are not permitted. Please visit the 'All Things Judging' page of this website for full details of this day and how to become an SPF Judge (click here).

More details on the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit can be found on it's dedicated pages of this website (click here) also visit the galleries area (click here) for loads of successful CPAGB, DPAGB and MPAGB panels.

PAGB Awards

In recent years the PAGB Awards Workshops have been run two or three times a year (Jan & Aug/Sept approx), and proved to be extremely popular. The aim of these workshops is to assist those people interested in gaining PAGB Distinctions - CPAGB, DPAGB, MPAGB. These workshops are free and are open to all SPF club members. These events are open to observers but must be pre-booked.

These Workshops are tailored to help you through the process of gaining a PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit (CPAGB, DPAGB, MPAGB). Please take the opportunity to attend one of these if you are interested in finding out more whatever stage you are at. All you need to know about the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit is given on this page (click here)

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.

We have the advantage here in Scotland that the organisers of these workshops are also on the PAGB Awards Sub-committee - Libby Smith and Rod Wheelans, Chairman.

Contact Libby Smith for details or visit this workshop area for details of upcoming workshops as soon as details are available.

Please visit the Diary page of this website for up to date details of forthcoming workshops.


Next PAGB Awards 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 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, 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 9.45am, 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)

Full details about the PAGB Awards can be found (click here)

SPF Judges Assessment Days

The SPF runs these Assessment Days for those interested in becoming an SPF 'B' Listed accredited Judge. They are for Club members interested in Judging, but before attending you should have had some practical Judging experience.

The purpose of the SPF Judges Assessment Day is to ascertain if you are ready to be added to the SPF’s ‘B’ List of Accredited Judges details of which will be listed in the SPF Directory. This is our opportunity to see prospective 'B' List Judges in action, with a view to inviting a few new faces on to our SPF Judges list. We try to ensure this event is run annually.

Judging Assessment Days are popular, although slightly misunderstood - They are not intended to tell you what Judges are looking, or how to Judge, but instead are an opportunity for the SPF to invite new Judges on to their list, or for those with some Judging experience to hone their skills. These have now changed their names from 'Workshops' to try and avoid confusion. 

Applicants require to complete a 'Questionnaire' which should show if they hold both the knowledge and experience of photography, and that of SPF Club photography, along with the practical experience and/or presentation skills to attend an Assessment Day, with a view to be invited to become an SPF 'B' Listed Judge. We will use the Questionnaire supplied to assess if you already have the experience to benefit from this Assessment Day. 

These Assessment Days are free and are open to all SPF club members. These events must be pre-booked, and observers are not permitted.We try to run this event annually.

During the Day we will discuss with you the pleasures and pitfalls of Judging, what clubs will expect, what you should expect, along with presentation skills. You will be asked to demonstrate your own presentation and judging skills with practical presentations.

Please see further details on the 'SPF Judges Assessment Day' or other options as to 'How to Become an SPF Judge' by visiting the 'All Things Judging' page of this website (click here) where you will find further details, along with the required 'Questionnaire', Guidance Notes, and details to assist all levels of Judges.