As one of his other rolls in organised photography Dave Coates ARPS ESFIAP EFIAP/p APSA EPSA MPAGB APAGB is the FIAP Liaison Officer for the PAGB, and in this capacity he recently attended the biennial FIAP
Congress in Turkey. On the last evening, towards the end of the dinner and presentation of awards he was, to say the least, surpised to hear his name called out by the President having been awarded the ESFIAP Distinction.
The image above shows Dave receiving the ESFIAP Award from the President of FIAP, Riccardo Busi (right) and the Director of Distinctions, Freddy Van Gilbergen (centre).
The award is granted for excellence of service to FIAP and, whilst often granted following a nomination from the recipient’s own country, the FIAP Directory Board chose to grant it themselves in this case. It is a great honour not only for Dave but also for PAGB and all those, including PAGB’s FIAP Sub-committee and his wife Sheila, who have helped him so much over the last three to four years in his duties as Liaison Officer.