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The National PDI Championships at Warwick

Inn Focus, Tenby & Gwynfa travelled to Warwick to represent the WPF at the PAGB National Print Championships on Saturday 15th July and it was a good day for the Welsh clubs.

The first two rounds of the competition consist of 16 PDI’s for each of the 38 competing clubs with images scored out of a maximum of 15. The total scores for each club over two rounds determines the eight clubs who compete in the Grand Final and the 30 clubs who contest the Plate Final.

At the end of round two Inn Focus had a total of 208, enough to qualify for the Grand Final with Tenby (189) and Gwynfa (187) going into the Plate Final.

In the Plate Final clubs need to select 8 images (with only four allowed from the previous rounds). After a high scoring final Tenby finished a creditable joint 12th on 102 points and Gwynfa achieved an excellent 3rd place on 108 points (from a possible 120) with only Tamworth (111) and Dumfries (112) ahead. Well done team Gwynfa. A great result for their travelling army.

In the Grand Final each club submits 20 images, 10 of which must not have been used in the previous rounds. After an excellent selection of images were projected to the large crowd present the winners turned out to be Smethwick PS with an incredible 282 points (from a maximum 300). In a competition where the highest score an individual image can achieve is 15, they averaged 14.1 per image. Wigan 10 were runners up on 277 and Arden PG third on 271. Inn Focus were a creditable 5th on 267 and will be automatically invited to the 2018 event.

There was futher Welsh success when it was announced that Phil Morgan of Inn Focus was awarded Judge’s Choice for his photograph European Dipper. Well done Phil. (The judges were Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP BPE5*, Gabriel O’Shaughnessy FIPF FRPS MFIAP and Richard Speir DPAGB APAGB BPE2*).

Results & Awards                    2017 Scores

Have You Booked Lampeter Yet?

Bookings are currently being taken for the WPF Photographic Weekend at Lampeter  over the weekend of  2nd/ 3rd September 2017

If you don’t want to miss out on a really good photographic weekend then book today. To see what’s on and how much it will cost go to click here.

For more information you can contact Fred Davies by email at fred.j.davies01@gmail.com or telephone 02920 679864.

39th Welsh International Salon of Photography 2017

The 2017 Welsh International Salon of Photography is now open for entries here

The Rules are visible on the entries website or you can read them here.

The closing date is 19 August 2017.

New members on the WPF Executive

At the AGM in March, we were not able to elect sufficient members to the Executive to bring it to its full complement.  Since then, I am delighted to announce that Howard Evans AWPF and Ron Lines AWPF have been co-opted onto the Executive.  Their contact details are on the contacts page.

I hope you will join with me in thanking them for working on behalf of all our member societies.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – Vice President

Carmarthen Cameras Show & Competition

Carmarthen Cameras are holding their annual camera and optics show at the Halliwell Centre, Carmarthen, on 2nd September 2017 and will be sponsoring a grand ‘print competition’.

Subject: A day in the Countryside. Prize: £250 voucher to spend in-store or on show day. Winner to be announced  on show day. Closing date for entry 18th August 2017.

For further details of the competition please see this poster.

Sad announcement from Western Valley Camera Club

It is with great sadness that Western Valley Camera Club announces the passing of one of their well-respected and much loved members Derek Terry.

Derek was an accomplished photographer achieving his AWPF and CPAGB accreditations along with many international successes.  He was a member of the WVCC executive committee for a number of years as our Exhibition Officer and he was invaluable in securing us four exhibitions every year throughout the area allowing us to promote not only the camera club but also the work of all its members.

Although we will undoubtedly miss him for all the practical things he did for our club, it is the loss of him as a great friend and supporter that we will miss the most

Derek’s funeral is to be held at Moriah Church, Risca on Wednesday the 19th of July at 12.15 followed by a short service at Croesyceiliog Crematorium Cwmbran.

I am sure that you would all join with us in offering our sincere condolences to his wife, children and all of Derek’s family and friends at this sad time.

Fotospeed Foto Fest 2017

Fotospeed are delighted to bring together 4 world-renowned photographers for a day of talks Sunday 10th September 2017 at the EDGE, University of Bath Following on from the success of 2016 Fotospeed are thrilled to host FotoFest 2017 at a new state of the art location. Not only will you have the opportunity to hear talks from 4 amazingly talented photographers, Martin Hartley, Paul Sanders, Ben Hall and Colin Prior.

You will also have access to the market place featuring industry leading brands and take advantage of some very special offers. The market place is open and free to anyone who wishes to visit with or without a ticket for the talks. This year we will be holding FotoFest in The Edge building at Bath University.  As the event is on a Sunday, parking is free and there is plenty of it. We are also including complementary tea and coffee for all those who attend the talks.

Full details here.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact one of the team. sales@fotospeed.com 01249 714 555

Gwynfa Summer Exhibition 2017 Now On

The Gwynfa Summer Exhibition is now on at Garth Olwg Lifelong  Learning Centre in Church Village. It runs until Thursday 20th July.

They are exhibiting 44 prints and over 100 digital images. The images are drawn from competition entries from September 2016 to date.

WPF Website

The Executive of the WPF is conscious that the current website is not of a modern and user-friendly standard.  We are seeking proposals from experienced website builders.  We do require that the new site be compiled in WordPress.

Will anyone having the necessary experience and ability please contact me by email in the first instance on vicepresident@thewpf.co.uk.


Vice President

PAGB Inter Federation Results

The PAGB Inter Federation Competitions  were held in Pontefract on Saturday 3rd June.
The Welsh Photographic Federation results are are as follows:

OPEN PDI’s  SECTION – 6th Position
NATURE PDI’s  SECTION – 9th Position (Joint)

All 15 Federations in the PAGB took part in the Competitions.

Individual awards:
SILVER MEDAL OPEN PDI’s – Bleak Grazers – Alan Jenkinson
BRONZE MEDAL NATURE PDI’s – Martes Martes – Phil Morgan
PAGB RIBBON OPEN MONO – The Orphanage – David Bolton

A total of 22 WPF members’ work has been selected to be included in the Touring Exhibition which will be in Wales for most of October. Details to follow. The documents below show the full scores and those included in the exhibition.

Colour Prints        Mono Prints        Open PDI        Nature PDI

Inter-Fed Selection

Here are the photographs selected to represent the WPF in the forthcoming Inter-Federation battle.


Open DPI

Colour Print

Mono Print

The Competitions will be held in Pontefract on Saturday 3rd June.

Do you want to attempt an AWPF?

If you are thinking of applying for the AWPF award this year, Please send your application to me ASAP, Please note the change of address. (Application forms and all other details are on the WPF website).

“Sandalwood” Westfield Road, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire. SA69 9JN. With your cheque payable to the WPF.

The success of the workshop in May has resulted in a steady stream of applications. We are capping the numbers of candidates this year, to 25 and are approaching that number now, although there are still several slots still available, I would urge those who are contemplating applying for this prestigious award, to apply soon.

Please be aware that this award is now open to anyone, not only WPF members, I shall soon be advertising the award publicly, so please members apply now.

Thank you

David Lewis

Interested in coming to Lampeter?

Interested in coming to the WPF Photographic Weekend at Lampeter but would like to know more about the programme before deciding?

Well now you can. The programme has just been published on the WPF website so you can see all the details of the two days. You can go straight to it using the link


Perhaps you may want to come for a day? In which case the programme will help you choose which one is most suitable.

For more information please contact Fred Davies by email at fred.j.davies01@gmail.com or Telephone 02920 679864.

Mike Lewis

IMG_2476We have received some awful news from Jamie Archdale-Smith at Barry Camera Club.

It is with great regret that we have to announce the sad and sudden death of our Chairman Mike Lewis on Saturday 17th June 2017.  Mike passed away unexpectedly whilst out doing what he loved best, on a walk in the countryside taking photographs.

Mike was a passionate fan of all things photographic, and will be greatly missed by all.  His passing will be a great loss for Barry Camera Club and the Welsh Photographic Federation, both of whom he served diligently for a great many years.

Our thoughts go to his family at this difficult time.

Mike’ funeral will be held at Barry Crematorium on Friday 7th July at 11.00 am and afterwards at the Seashore Grill, Beach Road, Swanbridge, CF64 5UG.

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