June 2018
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Welsh Salon Exhibition Now Open

The 2018 Welsh Salon Exhibition is now open at the Volcano theatre, High Street, Swansea. It runs until until Friday 29th June. The exhibition is open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4:30pm. Venue website here.

Car Parking: High Street Car park,

Trains: the theatre is also a few minutes walk from Swansea Railway Station.

Time to Book for the WPF Carmarthen Conference

This year’s conference will take place between Friday 24th  and  Sunday 26th August 2018

Don’t miss out on a great Photographic weekend – Book today!

To see what’s on and how much it will cost go here.

For more information on the event View/Download:

Poster for the 2018 Conference

2018 Conference Booking Form

2018 Conference Brochure (Online version)

2018 Conference Brochure (Printable version)

Or contact David D Jones by email or telephone 07952 184004

40th Welsh International Salon of Photography 2018

I am pleased to announce that this year’s International exhibition has been granted patronage by FIAP, GPU, PAGB and PSA.

The online entry system will be opened in a few days’ time and, in the meantime, the rules and further information are available here.


Welsh International Chairman

Lynne Morris of Mad Cow Designs at Gwynfa on June 21st

Lynne Morris of Mad Cow Designs will be speaking at Gwynfa CC on Thursday, June 21st, 2018. Her talk will be entitled ‘Expect the Unexpected’.
Admission is £2 to club members and £5 to non-members. All welcome. (Non-members please let Leigh Woolford ( know if you wish to attend as places are limited).

A gentle reminder to all clubs

When you invite a judge or a presenter to your club please:-

Keep club business short – i.e. not longer than 5 minutes.  If you have a lot of club business then please attend to it during the tea brake.

If there are a lot of pictures to be judged, or you are informed that the presentation is long, then please keep the tea brake short.

This is in response to several complaints from judges and presenters.

Ed Cloutman (WPF Judges and Presenters Secretary).

Ten Tips for Competition Shots

Andy Beel FRPS in his latest blog gives 10 Hot Hints to add impact to club competition photographs.

“If you have ever driven away from your club after a competition thinking “the judge tonight was a complete buffoon” then here are a few hot hints to help you improve your chances of winning. Photography is about the art and craft of communication, you are the viewer’s eyes. You have made a deliberate choice of the subject matter add the presentation to be judged. You are in control of the process from beginning to end, so “begin with the end in mind” to quote Dr Stephen Covey. What do the best pictures in the style or genre look like? Be aware of what good looks like.”

You can read the rest of Andy’s Blog here.

Barrian Cup Won by Inn Focus

The Barrian Cup was won by The Inn Focus Group (95 points) with Tenby second (92 points) and Gwynfa third (88 points).

Angela De Roy Jones of Gwent won the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for Best Landscape/Seascape with Deganwy Winter Walk and Coltrane Koh won the inaugural Mike Lewis Trophy for the Best Print in Competition with Settle Down.

The award winning photos can be seen below together with judge John Tilsley presenting Tom Dee from Inn Focus with the Barrian Cup and Jay, Mike’s daughter, presenting the Mike Lewis Trophy which was accepted on Angela’s behalf by Tom as no one from Gwent Photographic Society was present.

The full score sheet can be seen here.

Ian can help you with PSA accreditation

Ian Ledgard of Towy Valley CC writes

I have recently been appointed to a volunteer role within the Photographic Society of America as Country Membership Director for Wales. I have been a member since 2005 but there are only a handful of PSA members in Wales. My task will be to support existing members and encourage other to join this worldwide organisation.

Those who enter International Salons should be aware that PSA offers awards for photographic achievement based upon acceptances gained. From the autumn onward I will be available to give detailed presentations to clubs within Wales or to meet with individuals who may be considering joining PSA.

Please contact me on ot by telephone on 01558 823953.

PAGB Inter-Fed Entry Final Listing

Please find below the full listing of the 120 Pictures that have been chosen across the 4 competitions to represent the WPF at this Annual Event to be held on 9th June in the KCPA Federation – Judges are Rod Wheelans, Clive Tanner and Roger Hance – We have entered the maximum allowable of 30 in each of the 4 competitions but the decision as to the winning Federation will be made on the total of the best 15 scores from each entry.

The selection was made from the WPF 2018 Salon Acceptances and our congratulations go to all those selected. In addition because our Salon Exhibition is delayed due to non-availability of a Venue in May  our Thanks and Appreciation go to those whose prints were chosen who have provided a second copy for us to use – or in some cases providing a high quality PDI and allowed us to print and mount for them – we couldn’t have done it without you folks!

Colour Prints        General PDI       Monochome Prints       Nature PDI

GOOD LUCK To Everyone – I will circulate the scores soon after the event.

Roy Thomas.

RPS South Wales Events

The Committee for the RPS South Wales region have been working hard to bring you some excellent events for 2018.

These are remaining events for you in 2018:

Janet Haines & Gary Shinner on 30th September at Briton Ferry Centre.

Mari Owen & Nia Knott @ St. Pauls Centre on 18th November 2018. (Free entry)

Entry is very reasonably priced: One is £8, one is £10 and one is free. Click on the links above to find out more and, if you wish to come along, please remember to book early or you may miss out. There are some very good raffle prizes too. So why not come along?

Dennis Russ (Events Coordinator RPS South Wales Region).

Masters of Print Exhibition

The PAGB have in 2017 introduced a new individual competition for Prints – known as the Masters of Prints. Each club member was asked to submit their best piece of work in mono, colour or nature and the judges chose some 59 prints to represent the absolute best of club work in 2017. The official opening was held in London in December last year and it is now on a tour of the UK calling in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

We have been extremely fortunate to secure the use of the Aberystwyth Arts Centre for the month of June and this is sponsored by both the WPF and NWPA bringing together the whole of Wales in a central location.

The Exhibition will be formally opened on 2nd June by the Director of the Arts Centre together with the Presidents of the PAGB, WPF and NWPA at 2.00pm, you are all cordially invited, to help with the buffet we would be grateful if you could Email Cliff Emery with your intention to attend at

Please find attached a poster giving details and a PDF with some explanatory words from Rod Whelans.

Unfortunately Jenny Hibbert whose work, “Owl Hunting Over Snow” was accepted is unable to attend as she had a prior arrangement – which is a shame.

Roy Thomas

The WPF in 1958 Amateur Photographer

Thanks to Johnnie Rogers who spotted this article from 5th March 1958 whilst browsing through some old ‘Amateur Photographer’ magazines. It seems feedback from clubs in Wales had waned and Amateur Photographer hoped to revive interest in its weekly column.

The WPF came into being in 1951 and was initially a Federation covering the whole of Wales. Later, in the early 1970s we think, the clubs in North Wales split away to form the NWPA. A full list of WPF Past Presidents can be found on our history page here.

If you have any interesting information about the history of the Federation, please let us know

New WPF Competition Rules Proposed

This message from Roy Thomas….

This is intended for the Secretaries & Competition Secretaries of WPF Camera Clubs – because personnel change regularly I would be grateful if you could pass this to the correct person and by return inform me of any changes – thanks! Continue reading New WPF Competition Rules Proposed

Lampeter Convention becomes Carmarthen Conference

The WPF Lampeter Convention is moving to a new venue and has become the WPF Carmarthen Conference.

The new venue is The Halliwell Centre, University of Wales, Trinity St David, College Road, Carmarthen. SA31 3EP.

This year’s dates are Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2018. Full weekend (2 nights and 2 days inc. Friday & conference dinner) is just £170. Saturday & Sunday (1 night and 2 days inc. conference dinner) is £120. Day visitors £40 (Conference Dinner £21 supplement).

More information about the location, speakers and events can be seen here.

Roy’s Exhibition

Roy Carr is holding an exhibition ‘A Year In Their Lives’ at the Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare from 15th June until 14th July (The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4p.m.).

Roy will be giving ‘walk through talks’ at 2p.m on each of the Saturdays that the exhibition is open, telling the tales behind the photographs on display.  The majority of the work on show is from his documentary project, ‘A Year In Their Lives’ which depicts the key events in the sheep farming year, featuring three farms in the Cynon Valley, so there is a strong local connection to the exhibition. He will also have a number of landscapes on display.

You can read more here. You can view Roy’s newly developed web site here.

Midland Salon Open for Entries

The 69th Midland Salon of International Photography is now open for entries. Closing Date is 27th June 2018.

The Exhibition of Prints and Projected Digital Images will be held at The Old Schoolhouse, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands from 4th to 12th August 2018.

Full details here.