Service Awards

This part of our website is dedicated to Awards for Meritorious Service, awarded to individuals from SPF Clubs, for their exceptional contributions to photographic societies either in Scotland or throught the PAGB.

Many people over the years have been added to the SPF's own Roll of Honour (HonSPF) for service to Scottish photography. Below you will see a list of recipients of this Award. We have also supplied details of how you can go about nominating someone.

The PAGB also has an Award for Meritorious Service called the APAGB, as a national recognition of individuals who have given meritorious service for many years within the PAGB community. 

PCPC Honorary President Duncan McEwan HonSPF

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 Federation 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. 

A New Member of the SPF Roll of Honour
Andrew West HonSPF

On the 7th October 2021 Andrew West of Fraserburgh PS was added to the SPF Roll of Honour. He was presented with his Roll of Honour certificate by the SPF President Gordon Rae. Andrew joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society back in 1958 when the club had only been on the go for some 7 years. Since then his only break from the club was during 1959 to 1961 when Andrew was based in Wales with the RAF on national service. So if you do the maths, Andrew has been a member of the club for 60 years, an amazing length of time.

In 1976 Andrew was elected President of Fraserburgh PS, a position he was to hold for 43 years. In the absence of other candidates he also took on roles as Secretary and as Treasurer, so it can be confidently said that Andrew has kept the club going through all sorts of changes.

The Roll of Honour nomination was supported by Allan Gawthorpe, a Past-President of the SPF and Fraserburgh’s President Mike Chandler. The SPF were delighted to approve this nomination for someone who has been on their Club’s committee for such an exceptionally long time, possibly even one of the longest ever serving officebearers!

You can read all of Andrew's citation below.

David Ogden HonSPF

At the 2016 SPF Digital Championship David Ogden of St Andrews Photographic Society became a member of the SPF's Roll of Honour. He was presented with his Certificate by SPF President Hunter Kennedy.

"As a member of his Club Committee for the past 30 years, he has served in many capacities from Committee Member to President; Holding the post of President in 1996-97. During much of those 30 years he held the most onerous and crucial roles on the Committee; Holding the post of General Secretary for 14 year, he was responsible for filling the Society’s syllabus; Taking on the roles of Internal and External Competition Secretaries for a total of 10 years." - extract from citation.

You can read all of David's citation above.


John Coyle, a member of Penilee CC, was awarded the APAGB for service to photography in June 2015, after the opening of the Scottish Salon. John was one of our Roll of Honour recipients in 2003. 

SPF Roll of Honour

The SPF Roll of Honour is an award presented to individuals for service to Scottish photography. It is awarded to a person belonging to a member club of the Scottish Photographic Federation who has given exceptional service to club photography in Scotland. The nominee must have given his/her services to helping club photography within the Federation or the Federation itself over a minimum of 15 years by for example judging, lecturing, running a national/international event or having given exceptional service to his/her club(s) and / or the Federation.

Roll of Honour - How to make a Nomination

Any member of the Federation whether as an individual or on behalf of a club may make a nomination. The nomination must be treated at all times as strictly confidential and not be made known to the nominee until decided by the Awards Committee and the Executive informed. Nominations should be sent to the SPF President.

To qualify for this Award, the recipient must have given his or her services to helping club photography within the Federation, or the Federation itself, over a minimum of 15 years. This could be, for judging, lecturing, running a national or international event or having given exceptional service to his or her club(s) and/or the Federation. If you require any advice re a possible applicant’s eligibility please contact the SPF President or SPF General Secretary. Full details can be downloaded below.

PAGB Award for Meritorious Service APAGB

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.

APAGB - How to Make a Nomination

Both the Nominator and the Nominee must be members of clubs affiliated to the PAGB. Nominations must be made on the approved nominations form as published in the PAGB Handbook and on their website (click here).

It must be accompanied by a comprehensive Citation and a separate Record of Service, each completed by the Nominator who vouches for accuracy. Nominations do not require prior approval by Club or Federation but the PAGB Awards sub-committee will inform the PAGB Exec Member of the Federation of the Nomination.

A copy of the full Guidance and the Nominations Form is available to download below.

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 on the PAGB page of this website (click here) 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

Libby Smith, Carluke CC

SPF Roll of Honour

Below are the Current List of Roll of Honour recipients. Sadly a number have passed away over the years. 

Roll of Honour RecipientClubs and Organisations they have Belonged To
Gracie L Alison HonFRPS APAGBEdinburgh PS
William Anderson APAGBKilmacolm, Anchor and SPF EC
Dr David F Clark OBE ARPS BPE2*Deveron
Alex (Sandy) Cleland FRPS AFIAPEdinburgh and RPS
Bob Collins AFIAPQueen's Park CC
Peter Connolly AFIAPKilmacolm, Anchor and SPF Exec
Prof Richard Cormack EFIAP DPAGBSt Andrews PS
John Coyle APAGBPenilee and SPF Exec
George Cruikshank EFIAP APAGBEdinburgh PS and SPF Exec
Dr Robert L C Cumming ARPSGlasgow & West, Scottish Circle, Milngavie & Bearsden
John DavidsonMoray CC
William DoigQueen's Park CC, Scottish Circle and SPF Exec
Fred Duncan ARPSDundee PS
Alec G EunsonQueen's Park CC
Malcolm S Gillies APAGBKirkintilloch, Scottish Circle and SPF Exec
David W HayPerthshire PS and SPF Exec
Bob Hunter APAGBDingwall CC
James Joyce FRPS FIPF APAGBDingwall CC and Scottish Circle
Charles Lawson APAGBBon Accord CC
John S Logan ARPS APAGBScottish Ramblers, Glasgow Central, and SPF Exec
William McCance FPSA HonEFIAP APAGBKilmacolm, Anchor, Paisley Colour, SPF Exec and FIAP
Duncan I McEwanPaisley Colour PC
Duncan McIntyre APAGBQueen's Park CC, Cowal and SPF Exec
Campbell M McNairBiggar CC and SPF Exec
Robert S Murray APAGB FTDS Dingwall CC
David OgdenSt Andrews PS
Rikki O'Neill FRPS MPAGB FIPF Dundee PS and RPS
Alastair PatersonDeveron CC
Roy B Robertson FRPSDundee PS and RPS
William RobertsonPaisley PS
Stewart Russell Kirkcaldy CC
Douglas Shirran APAGBBon Accord CC
Libby Smith MPAGB EFIAP APAGBCarluke CC, PAGB, SPF Exec and Scottish Salon
Neil Smith DPAGB AFIAP APAGBCarluke CC, PAGB, SPF Exec and Scottish Salon
Robert D SmithBon Accord CC
Gordon L Stevenson APAGBQueen's Park CC, PAGB and SPF Exec
Joe B Thomson Aberdeen CC
Clive D Turner ARPS EFIAP DPAGB APAGBGlasgow Teles, Paisley PS, Scottish Salon & SPF Exec
Heather Urquhart ARPSMoray CC
Eric T Watt APAGBQueen's Park CC and SPF Exec
Andrew WestFraserburgh PS
Rod Wheelans FRPS MFIAP MPAGB HonPAGBGlasgow Teles, Kirkintilloch, Dumfries, SPF and PAGB Exec
Jack H Yule APAGBPaisley PS, Scottish Salon & SPF Exec

A number of years ago the SPF Executive took the decision to keep recipients on the list even if they had passed away. This means that this record may be incomplete as some records were lost before this time. If you can help by supplying information that may add to the early recipients we would be pleased to hear from you. Also, if you can add to the Clubs/Organisations that the individuals above belonged we would also be grateful to hear from you. All information to be sent to the SPF General Secretary.