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2019 Memorial Trophies

Hi Folks,

The Season has started at most of your Clubs so it’s time to look forward to the first WPF organised event of 2019 for you to test your mettle against our other Clubs in a simple straightforward series of challenges: –

1. Past Presidents’ Trophy for four Colour Prints.
2. Gwyn Morgan Trophy for a set of four Mono Prints.
3. Walter Morgan Trophy for four PDIs

The Event will take place on Sunday 20th January 2019 and the closing date is Saturday 15th December 2018. The competition will take place at the Briton Ferry Community Centre, Shelone Road, Briton Ferry, Neath, SA11 2NS at 10.00 am, to finish by 4.00 pm latest. We will provide tea and coffee throughout the day but would have to ask you to bring your own food or obtain it from the local Tesco Express.

The entry fee is only a simple £10 per Club to cover venue and Judge’s expenses. Clubs do not need to enter for all Trophies.

Prior to the closing date in December I would be grateful if you could advise your intention to enter, so that we can better plan the day and then Email your PDIs direct to me as below – (No PDI copies of the prints required) and then post or deliver your prints to me at: – 52, Ffrwd Vale, Neath, SA10 7EN – (Just ring me on my mobile before you set out so that I can make sure I am home to meet you.)

Looking forward to seeing you all there for a feast of Photography!!

Any queries contact me as below – I attach for your information the renewed simplified rules for the event.

Roy Thomas

Pixels 2019

A date for your diaries…..

The next Pixels competition will take place on Saturday 2nd November, 2019.

Further details in due course…

Tenby Win Pixels

Pixels 2018, the 14th running of the competition, took place at Talbot Green Community Centre on Saturday 3rd November and was a very well attended and enjoyable competition.

It was a particularly good day for Tenby Camera Club who, with 77 points from a possible 80, were clear winners and became the first club to win the competition three times. They finished four points ahead of Afan Nedd (73 points).  Inn Focus were third on 72 points. Top North Wales club were Deeside who finished fourth, tied with Gwynfa on 70 points.

Click here to see the final Pixels 2018 score sheet.

The Tenby photos were: ‘Go’ by Mike Cullis (19), ‘Loving Life’ by Al Rees (20), ‘Water Rail at Sunrise’ by Charlie Kidd (18) and ‘Newly Emerged Four Spot Chaser’ by Gary Jenkins (20). Click here to see them.

The judges were Phil Charnock (FRPS MFIAP) and Gwen Charnock (FRPS MFIAP) who kept the audience entertained with their inciteful critique, humourous comments and a little bit of marital bickering. They made the job of judging 164 images look easy and their entertaining approach meant that time flew.

Gwen & Phil selected The Space Between Usby Dan Muckle-Jones of Ruthin Camera Club as Best Monochrome Photograph and ‘Wild Fox cubs, Early Eveningby Jenny Hibbert of Bridgend & District Camera Club as Best Colour Photograph. Click the links to see the photographs. A further nine photos scored twenty points and were in contention for the awards. You can see them here.

Gwynfa Camera Club wishes to thank everyone who attended the competition (over 140 people) and all 41 clubs that entered. Without you, this event would not be possible.

We’d also like to thank very much indeed everyone who supported the event by buying raffle tickets as this is a significant part of helping us to finance the event. Huge thanks to all those who donated such amazing raffle prizes especially Fotospeed, Permajet and Carmarthen Cameras. Also special thanks to Crystal Vision Locks and Trophies for providing the Pixels Trophies and to Fun Fillings & Valley Catering for providing such a tasty (and plentiful) buffet.

We also wish to thank everyone from Gwynfa who helped to organise and run Pixels 2018. It was a real team effort.

A slideshow of all the photographs entered can be seen on the Gwynfa home page.

Report by Leigh Woolford of Gwynfa.

Kidwelly Camera Club Exhibition

The Kidwelly Camera Club Exhibition will be held on Saturday the 17th November from 10.00 till 6.00pm and Sunday 18th November from 10.00 till 5.00pm.

The Exhibition will be held in the New Events Room at the Princess Gwenllian Centre, Hillfield Villas, Kidwelly. SA17 4UE.

The Stanley Chell Competition

This year it will be held at St Fagans Church Hall, Windsor Street, Trecynon, Aberdare, CF44 8LL on Saturday November 24th, 2018 commencing at 1pm.

The 2019 WPF Carmarthen Conference

By popular request here is the advance date for the 2019 Carmarthen Conference so you can add it to your calendars, planners or/diaries

The event will take place on the weekend of Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September, 2019.

The Bank holiday is on the previous Monday 26th August.

RPS Event – Martin Parr in Saundersfoot

We have received this from Dave Paskin….

Would you be so good as to inform your club members that the RPS will be holding a day with “World famous Photographer Martin Parr” in Saundersfoot Hall on 30th March, 2019. He will be showing some photos of Tenby that he takes whilst living in his holiday home there .

If any members book before the 1st December they will get an early bird price of £5 discount.

Click here for full details.

Hope to see a lot of members there.

Best Regards

David Paskin  (R.P.S  RO South Wales Region)

Forthcoming RPS Events

To find out about forthcoming RPS (South Wales Region) events (featuring Mari Owen, Margaret Salisbury and Martin Parr, please click here.

2018 Celtic Challenge Results

Here are the results from the 2018 Celtic Challenge.

Region MONO COLOUR PDI Total Rank
Northern Ireland Photographic Association 185 184 178 547 1st Place
Irish Photographic Federation 178 186 172 536 2nd Place
Scottish Photographic Federation 176 179 174 529 3rd Place
Welsh Photographic Federation 171 176 174 521 4th Place
North Wales Photographic Association 173 170 165 508 5th Place
Isle of Man 157 170 166 493 6th Place

Full PDI Results

Full Colour Results

Full Mono Results


Congratulations to Margaret Jones

Congratulations are in order for Margaret Jones of New Quay Camera Club who has just gained the QPSA honour from the Photographic Society of America. Margaret is the second New Quay member to achieve this award this year.

If any other photographers are interested in trying for PSA honours then I will be very pleased to assit them.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA
PSA Membership Director Wales

‘The People of the Rhondda’ Exhibition

Tony Smith of Phoenix (Rhondda) Camera Club has a forthcoming roving exhibition entitled ‘The People of the Rhondda’. The exhibition includes snapshot photos of people from all walks of life living, working or coming from the Rhondda. The idea for the project came about when he once said the words ‘I hate doing portraits’. This resulted in a self-inspired challenge to prove himself wrong.

The roving exhibition starts with Tonypandy Library on the 5th November (with the official opening at 5.30 pm on the 6th by local councillor Gareth Hughes). It then moves to Treorchy Library on the 26th November. It will be on display for at least 2 weeks at each of these venues.

It then moves to Porth Library from the 7th January and Ferndale Library on the 28th January.

Fifty portraits will be on display at Tonypandy and Treorchy but the available space dictates that number be reduced for Porth and Ferndale.

Amman Valley Camera Club

We’ve received this message from Jackie Domingo….

I still cannot get enough people to restart and regularly attend the Amman Valley Camera Club but have a suggestion that if there is a break-away group from one or an assortment of other clubs looking for premises to run a photographic venture on a different night to their normal meeting, the Hall at Cwmgors would be viable. There is storage now in the form of a double cupboard, and the cost is fairly low at £10 per evening.

The only thing, if possible, is they keep the same name as a link to the village and surroundings and because we had grants under that title which may make it easier for any future applications. I do not mind stepping aside as Secretary, although it would be nice to be involved as an ordinary member with a new scheme, if permitted. There is a limited time I can offer this chance as I am about to cancel our use of the Hall and it is a prime evening which many other organisations are interested in taking over. Keeping hold of the Hall is essential, as opposed to one of the Committee Rooms, which although cheaper at £5 per evening, they are not suitable in size for hosting competitions.

Contact Jackie as soon as possible if you are interested.

2018 Welsh International Salon Results

The adjudication for the Welsh International Salon took place a short while ago and the lists of acceptances can be seen below together with slideshows of the Award Winning images in each section.

DPI – Open Monochrome         Award Winners Gallery

DPI – Open Colour           Award Winners Gallery

DPI – Nature         Award Winners Gallery

DPI – Photo Travel         Award Winners Gallery

Prints – Open Colour         Awards Winners Gallery

Prints – Open Monochrome         Award Winners Gallery

The selectors were Roger Parry ARPS MPAGB EFIAP HonPAGB (England), Ralph Duckett MPAGB EFIAP APAGB (England), Leo Rich ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/g HonPAGB (England), Judith Parry DPAGB AFIAP HonPAGB (England), Leigh Woolford DPAGB EFIAP AWPF HonFWPF BPE2* (Wales) and Mike Cullis ARPS DPAGB (Wales).

PSA Success For Angela

Angela Bonner a member of Hay on Wye Camera club has just achieved her first Recognition of Photographic Achievement from the Photographic Society of America, gaining first stars in both colour and monochrome divisions. Well done Angela.

I am aware that a number of other WPF members are embarking on this route to recognition as well as a number in North Wales. It is challenging to pitch your work into international competitions and rewarding when you achieve success. Anyone interested in recieving further guidance should contact me and I will be pleased to assist.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA (PSA Membership Director Wales)

Pioneers of Welsh Pop Exhibition

Tony Charles’ (a member of Cardiff Camera Club) ‘Pioneers of Welsh Pop’ exhibition is moving to North Wales taking it into the heart of the Welsh speaking community as a Welsh project.

Tony’s Cardiff exhibition closed on 20th August but the north Wales exhibition is open from 7th October to 24th December at the Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw Gallery in Pwllheli.

The images are black and white and have been shot in the studios of the School of Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the studios at the Arts Academy, Bridgend College, Trade Street, Cardiff. Some were taken in North Wales at Portmeirion Village.

Tony says:- “The 1960s saw an emergence of new Welsh talent pioneering pop, folk and rock music in Wales in the Welsh language. Some of my friends were involved in that new movement and some I photographed in the 60s and 70s. Now looking back some 50 years later, I saw an opportunity to photograph some of these Welsh icons for my latest University project. So, this project is part of my second year University degree course in Photography. 

Full details of the year’s project, including the ‘live’ TV coverage of the opening by S4C TV’s “Heno” programme, can be viewed at –

Congratulations to Colin Price

Congratulations to Colin Price of New Quay CC on achieving the QPSA award for photographic achievment from the Photographic Society of America. This was gained with a mixture of colour and mono acceptances in PSA recognised salons. QPSA is followed by PPSA which is now his next target. Well done Colin.

I hope that other international exhibitors in Wales might consider emulating Colin’s success.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA
PSA Membership Director Wales