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Bumper Entry for Pixels 2016 – All welcome to attend

A big thank you from Gwynfa Camera Club to all the clubs who have entered Pixels 2016. They are:

Aberdare, Abergavenny, Bargoed, Barry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bridgend & District, Caernarfon, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Cardigan, Carmarthen, Coleford, Cwmbran, Cymru Mono, Deudraeth, Dwyfor, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, Hay, Inn Focus, Kidwelly, Llandudno, Llanelli, Merthyr Tydfil, Mold, Morriston, Neath & District, New Quay, Newport, Pennant, Port Talbot, Pyle & Porthcawl, Rhondda, Sirhowy Valley, Swansea, Tenby & District, The Vale, Towy Valley, Tredegar and Western Valley

Pixels 2016 takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, 5th November 2016. Our esteemed judge for the event will be David Lowe ARPS DPAGB.

As usual, the venue is Talbot Green Community Centre, Llantrisant. We commence at 2.30pm and doors open at 1.45pm.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether your club entered, and we look forward to seeing you on the day.

Here is a poster for your club noticeboard.

The Stanley Chell Competition

We have received this from Aberdare Camera Club…

Aberdare Camera Club are proud to announce that this year’s Stanley Chell Photographic Competition for prints will be held on Saturday 3rd December 2016.

Click the links for an invitation, directions to the club and the entry form.

As usual, members of Aberdare Camera Club will be at this year’s Pixels on November 5th to collect entries. If your club would prefer an alternative then either deliver to our club on a Monday evening, or contact myself or any other member of the club to agree an alternative.

As usual a warm welcome is extended to all those attending, and the usual buffet and warm drinks will be made available.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

PAGB National Touring Exhibition in Barry

Photographic Alliance of Great Britain National Touring Exhibition  – Art Central Gallery, Town Hall, King Square, Barry, CF63 4RW. Thursday 6 October – Saturday 29 October 2016.

Every year the PAGB organises a selection of images submitted by the 15 regional Federations that cover the whole of the UK. From an entry of about 1500 photographs, 150 prints and 150 digitally projected images are accepted. These are then exhibited in about 4 centres throughout the country and the WPF are delighted that Arts Central in Barry is  hosting the Exhibition throughout October.

The 2016 PAGB SONY Inter- Federation Print and Projected Digital Image Competition, includes thirty Welsh photographers in this exhibition. This prestigious National photographic competition will show the best of the country’s keen photographers who are members of the  numerous photographic clubs across the UK.

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Welsh International Salon showings.

Ebbw Vale CC  are hosting a showing on 4 November. All members of other clubs are welcome to attend.

Barry Camera Club are hosting a showing on 18 November. All members of other clubs are welcome to attend.

Eryri Photo Group are hosting a showing on Saturday 26th November 2016 at 2.00pm. Craig-y-Don Community Centre, Llandudno.

Club Internal Competitions

I know I have suggested this before, but PLEASE will clubs consider doing away with marks and reward their photographers with an AWARD.

There are so many advantages in doing this:

  1. Club members leave the club having listened to the critique and not grumbling about harsh judging or the low score they have achieved.
  2. I suggest that each club gives the winning members an award in the form of postcard-sized coloured cards (gold, silver, bronze) with a nice design on them and the title of the competition etc. Highly commended and commended prints could have suitable coloured stars or spots stuck on the back of them.  For the PDIs, the club member could keep his/her own record sheet and be given the star or spot to put on it.  I am sure there are imaginative ways clubs could reward PDIs.  This way everyone scoring the equivalent of 16 or above would come away with something.  For the PRINT or PDI of the year the club may be able to go to the expense of an award in the form of a medal which are not that expensive.  I know one well-known judge who keeps all his International awards in a large loose-leaved folder.  Club members could do the same.
  3. MOST important is that judges are not scorned for marking hard (as the club members may see it) when they are doing their best to be fair. I sometimes come away from a judging feeling bad that I have had to award so many low marks.  But if the quality of images produced on the night was below average then I should not have to feel bad about my honest appraisal of the night’s work.  It is the marking system that is at fault, in my opinion, not the judge.

PLEASE think about it clubs – judges work hard on your behalf and certainly should not be punished for their honesty.  There is nothing worse than a judge being kind because he/she feels bad about giving low scores.

Remember, it is up to YOU – the clubs – to help beginners to improve – not the judge.  The judge can give advice on how an image MAY be improved, but the club members should be there to help and instruct.

Ed Cloutman (WPF Judges and Presenters Secretary)

Celtic Challenge Results

The WPF hosted the annual Celtic Challenge Competition at the Glamorgan Holiday Hotel Porthcawl recently. Visitors from 5 of the Federations who competed enjoyed an abundance of splendid photography, and a masterclass in how to judge a competition by Martin Fry FRPS, APAGB, AFIAP, AV-AFIAP. The Republic of Ireland won the Competition, and won 2 of the “Best in” awards, for colour print and projected image.

It was generally agreed that the event was a great success and well put together. Every print was projected  on to a large screen through Live View so everyone could see them in detail, and the projected images were displayed using DiCentra which put titles and scores on screen.

In the evening we enjoyed a splendid 4 course meal at the Hotel and welcomed Madeline Moon MP as a special guest. The Meal was preceded by entertainment by the Morlais Male Choir.

Here are the overall results and here are the individual results for monochrome prints, colour prints and PDI’s.

The photograph below shwos Vittorio Silvestri, President Northern Ireland Photographic Federation, receiving the Celtic Challenge Trophy from Madeline Moon MP on behalf of the Irish Photographic Federation

Martin Nagle (CELO)


Come on Clubs

This is an appeal to all clubs.

The WPF Judges and Presenters, struggle through the rush-hour traffic, many times in appalling weather conditions (to find a lot of club members have stayed in), driving at night through the winter months, so that you can be entertained.

Is it much to ask that you, in return, give the judges feedback.  Only the following clubs have given feedback since the summer recess – Cardiff, Gwent, Bridgend, Gwynfa, Ross, Tenby, Coleford, Morriston and Neath.  I think that is a pretty poor show on the rest of you.  Where would you be if all the lecturers and presenters said to me they had had enough and would like to be taken off the list.  Many, like me, are getting older and driving at night becomes more difficult, and I know of some Judges/Presenters who are well over 70 and dear Pat was in his eighties and still driving as far as Tenby and back to Cardiff.  I could name Tenby members who also travel long distances in the other direction.  They are wonderful people and give up many hours of their time for YOU.

So come on clubs, give the judges the feedback they deserve.  It does get fed back to them and it does improve the standard of judging in South Wales.  Good judges DO take notice of your comments and it helps them improve.

As far as new judges are concerned, please give them a try and look at the figures on the judges page which will tell you how many returns I have had for them.  Remember, most new judges will be nervous and it will take them several judging sessions to find their feet. So don’t expect them to be perfect at first – but if you don’t give them a chance they will not be able to improve.  Your comments are very valuable to these new judges.  And let’s not be complacent – there are many very experienced judges who I hope listen to their feedback as well, including myself!

And speaking of that – I have not had any feedback from the last seven or eight clubs I have judged at!

Come On Clubs!

Ed Cloutman (WPF Judges and Presenters Secretary).

Newport Host Bristol Salon

Newport Photographic Club will once again be hosting the screening of the Bristol Salon 2017.

This prestigious event will be held at the Riverfront, Newport on Friday April 21st 2017.  Tickets will be available at £5 through the Riverfront  –  full details will be circulated nearer the date.

Newport looks forward to welcoming all club members at what is always an enjoyable event.

Stanley Chell December 3rd.

Stanley Chell will be held on Saturday December 3rd at the Aberdare club house.

Invites and rules will be sent out shortly but we apologise if we miss any clubs, but all are  welcome to enter.

Closing date for entry will be the day of Pixels and as usual members of Aberdare CC will be in attendance to collect.

Lampeter Convention – 2016

The Convention took place over the weekend of the 2nd to 4th of September at Trinity College, Lampeter. It was attended by 58 delegates from across South and West Wales who were entertained by 4 incredibly talented Photographers.

Putting this together with a number of trade stands, good company and good food made for a fabulous weekend.

If you didn’t attend you missed something special!

You can see photos from the event and details of the speakers here.

Pair of Aces Competitions 2017

The Pair of Aces Competition (print & digital) will take place on Sunday 19th February. 2017. The winning club and the runners-up will be invited to represent the WPF at the PAGB Inter Federation Competitions in 2017.

It’ll be an all day event held at Maes y Haf Community Hall, Trealaw, Rhondda. Full details coming soon.

The Memorial Trophies 2017

The venue will be Newtown Llantwit Community Centre, Crown Hill, Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd CF38 2NA and the date will be Saturday 14th January 2017. All details and conditions of entry will be published by 8th October.

Please note, the WPF executive have decided to move the Walter Morgan Trophy and the Glyn Morgan Trophy away from the Welsh Salon next year and into the Memorial Trophy. The was unease and discontent over the way that the selections were made and displayed in the last Salon so it was agreed to try a different approach.

Henceforward there will be 3 separate competitions held on the same day. The Walter Morgan Trophy for Mono Prints, The Glyn Morgan Trophy for Digitally Projected Images and Thw WPF Memorial Trophy for Colour Prints. They will all be judged on the same day.

Celtic Challenge 2016

These are the Welsh Photographic Federations in the Celtic Challenge Competition which will be held on Saturday 15th October commencing at 1.00pm. The venue is the Glamorgan Holiday Hotel, The Square, Porthcawl, CF36 3BW.

You are very welcome to attend this event and enjoy a competition between 7 Federations. For more information email

Please note, some of the visitors from the other regions have asked if WPF members are available to take them to visit places of photographic interest on Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday morning. So far, no one has offered to help, so if you are available on any of these days and would like to meet some friendly photographers from other parts of the UK, please contact me as soon as possible on 07772 657296 or martinnagle1@hotmail.com.

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