Duncan McEwan made PCPC Honorary President

At Paisley Colour Photographic Club's AGM and Prize Giving evening on 21st April 2022 the membership had the pleasure of awarding the richly deserved title of Honorary President to Duncan McEwan.

Bridge of Weir resident, Duncan, has dedicated much of his life to the Scottish amateur photography scene, having first becoming a member of the Club in 1971. More than half of Duncan's 5 decades as a Club member has seen him serve in one formal capacity or another, including being President 9 times, Vice President 6 times, a Council member 12 times, External Competition Secretary 16 times, Internal Competition Secretary once, Chairman of the Nature Division of the former Paisley International Exhibition for 8 years and its Overall Chairman for 4 years.

At national level, Duncan has previously been added to the Scottish Photographic Federation's Roll of Honour for meritorious service to club photography in Scotland as a speaker, judge and for his work with the former Paisley International Exhibition.

His legendary talent as a photographer has also been recognised by Sony ( one of the world''s pre-eminent camera and lens manufacturers) with whom he has served as an ambassador.

Duncan was delighted to receive his honorary title, with outgoing President Ken Dow presenting him with a framed certificate and a Scottish Photographic Federation silver medal inscribed with his new title.

The SPF would like to add it's congratulations to Duncan McEwan who became a member of the SPF Roll of Honour in 2003. Below is the citation read out by the then SPF President Campbell McNair when Duncan was presented with his Certificate as part of our SPF Centenary celebrations. 

Duncan has been synonymous with the best in Scottish Photography for very many years.

As a member of Paisley Colour Photographic Club, he has held most of the posts within the Club including President, as well as Chairman of the world famous Paisley International Colour Exhibition. He has also been Convener of the Renfrewshire Inter Club Competition.

He has exhibited very successfully both in the United Kingdom and overseas, gaining many top awards, and has acted as a selector at most, if not all major exhibitions in the United Kingdom and in some cases has done so several times. He is very highly regarded for his knowledge and expertise as a judge particularly in his favourite subjects of landscape, sport and natural history.

He spends most of his time photographing these in his native Scotland. Duncan travels great distances each year to deliver his many lectures or to judge at the photographic clubs throughout Great Britain, these often having to be booked two years in advance, such is his popularity.

He has been judging and lecturing for more than 20 years. In addition, there can be few if any major photographic publications in this country which have not at one time or another used his work to illustrate an article or had him as a winner of their particular competition. He is also frequently asked to provide articles for such magazines or to test equipment and write a report on these tests.

As organiser of the Minolta Club in Scotland he arranges meetings on behalf of this Club at various venues throughout Scotland, thus enabling Minolta enthusiasts to take advantage of these events no matter where they live.

He is a highly organised and motivated photographer whose contribution to the Photographic community in Scotland cannot be overstated.