June 2019
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Last chance to enter Ace of Prints

Hi Folks,

You’ve still got time to enter on the 16th June and all you need is 5 print workers and a mixture of Mono & Colour Prints – you won’t have too much competition either as only 9 Clubs out of our 50+ have entered!!

I’ve attached the rules and first round form for you to use if you and your Club get a Sudden Rush of Enthusiasm – you need to get your first round form, listing your 12 prints to me by the 16th June and of course bring a magnificent £10 with you on Sunday 7th July at the Talbot Green Community Centre. We don’t need PDIs for this event we will use a video camera to display to the audience.

Rules     Round One Form (Word version)    Round One Form (PDF version)

Get yourself and your Club members to come along and cheer on the contestants – the top 2 Clubs will be invited to represent us at the PAGB Print Championships in Blackburn where they will have to fight it out with 30+ Clubs from all around Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is good to measure your Club and its photographers against the best in the PAGB.

The Clubs that have so far advised they are taking part are: –

Afan Nedd      Bridgend      ISO      Neath     Newport
Rhondda      Swansea      Tenby      Western Valley

If you know differently give me a call.

So my heartfelt thanks to those Clubs for supporting the WPF events – without you it would be a very quiet day!! ;>))

Roy Thomas

The 2019 WPF Carmarthen Conference

The 2019 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.


Booking Form

Stanley Chell 2019

This year’s Stanley Chell competition will be on Saturday 23rd November 2019.

Further details will be circulated in due course.

Tim Pile at Western Valley

On Thursday 27th June 2019, Western Valley Camera Club will welcome Tim Pile FIPF MPAGB EFIAP/p with his “Have I Got Nudes for You” presentation.

Visitors are welcome to come along. It will start at 19:30 at our usual venue at Cross Keys rugby club, Pandy Park, Woodward Avenue, Cross Keys, NP11 7BS.

Non members welcome, £5.

Susan’s Exhibition – The Horse

Gwynfa member Susan Williams has an exhibition on at Cwm Farm Shop, Ynyswen from June 10th.

2019 Barrian Cup Results

We’ve received this from Roy Carr at Barry.

Congratulations to the ISO Group who won this year’s edition of the Barrian Cup, scoring 90 points out of a possible 100. Gwynfa came second with 87 and Inn Focus third with 86. All the scores can be seen here.

Sharon Prenton Jones, a member of the ISO Group walked away with the Mike Lewis Trophy for Pearl and Malcolm Kingswell won the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for best Landscape/Seascape.

Many thanks to Peter Gennard who did a sterling job of judging this afternoon prints, especially since he judged them ‘cold’, adding to the suspense.

Thank you too to all who attended and to fellow members of Barry Camera Club who made the event happen. A good afternoon was had by all.

PAGB Inter Federation – WPF Entries Selected

Hi Folks,

Please find attached the listings for the 4 Sections in this Competition – the prints were selected from this year’s Welsh Salon and the PDIs were selected from the Welsh Salon and the Ace of Clubs entries.

Open PDI

Nature PDI

Mono Prints

Colour Prints

The Judging takes place on June 15th in Burton on Trent – see poster below.

Hopefully we’ll do better this year!

Roy Thomas

WPF Programme Secretaries – New Facebook Group

If you are both a Facebook user and a Programme Secretary of a WPF Camera Club you may wish to join our newly set-up ‘WPF Programme Secretary’s Group’ where we share information and ideas about how to find great guest speakers.

If you are interested in being added as a member, please go here and click ‘Join Group’ or ask either Leigh Woolford or Gareth Martin to add you.

Dewi in ‘Mastering Film Photography’ book

Last autumn Dewi Jones of Neath & District Photographic Society was approached by a gentleman named Chris Gatcum, a writer of books on photography. Chris had admired the quality of pictures Dewi was producing from an Agfa Clack camera on his Flickr website and asked whether he could have four pictures for inclusion on a book to be published by Ammonite Press. After a few checks allayed any suspicions, Dewi duly sent the pictures and vowed to keep silent until the book was published.

This Monday the book entitled ‘Mastering Film Photography’ duly arrived. It features work from six photographers with two pages each in a book of 176 pages.

Dewi will be giving a talk with print illustrations at the Neath clubhouse on Tuesday, May 28 at the usual 19.30.

If you want to take a look Dewi’s Flickr account can be seen ‘here’.

Congratulations Dewi.

Ken Stoneman

We have received this sad news from Alan Shepherd at Gwynfa.

Ken Stoneman passed away on Tuesday 28th May. Ken has been a member of Gwynfa since the very early days of the club and during that time occupied several committee roles including Chairman and Treasurer. He will be missed by everyone.

Funeral Arrangements: There is a service in Ebenezer Church, Talbot Green at 2pm on Wednesday 12th June and later at Coychurch Crematorium at 3.15pm. Thanks to Alan Shepherd for the information.

Malcolm Owen

We’ve received this sad news from Mike Jones.

Malcolm Owen, former member of the Rhondda Camera Club, passed away on Wednesday 22nd May.


Llanelli Photographic Society are extremely sad to announce the passing of Joyce Mollet on Friday 3rd May after a long illness. Although her family live thousands of miles away both her son Matthew and daughter Sarah were there.

Joyce was well known for her portraits of Indian people and their environment and made numerous trips to uncharted tourist routes in the country, where she was able to observe the lifestyle and day to day living of the villagers.

A selection of these images gained her several distinctions with LRPS, ARPS and AWPF.

She was a long standing member of the club and to date won more club trophies than anyone else. The membership will miss her contribution to competitions and day to day running of the club. She was also a major force in the Llanelli Historical Society and through that she assisted the club with its 125th Anniversary celebrations in 2016.

She will be sadly missed and remembered with respect.

Her funeral will be held at 11am, Thursday 16th May at the Llanelli Crematorium.

A day with Antony Penrose.

RPS South Wales are organising a day with Antony Penrose curator of the Lee Miller Archives.

21 July 2019 – 10:30 – 16:00

Talbot Green Community Centre, 93 Clos Springfield, Pontyclun, CF72 8FE.

More information and tickets here.

Photo Tour to India

Liz Barry, a photographer based in Swansea is working with a local Travel company NEI UK Ltd to organise a photo tour to India from October 7th to 22nd. Full details on her website.


2019 Welsh Salon Results

Here are the Awards and Acceptances from the 2019 Welsh salon of Photography.

All Awards

Colour Prints

Monochrome Prints

Projected Digital Images

Also, all the non-selected prints are ready for collection from Cliff. Please contact him on 07971 204261 or email to arrange collection or to report any inaccuracies in the results.

The Salon Exhibition this year is in the The Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, CF44 8DL. It opens on May 1st and closes on May 31st.

The official opening and awards presentations are on Saturday 4th May 2.00pm.

AWPF Assessment 2019

AWPF assessment for the 2019 season is now open for applications.

To apply please use the new application form which has an extra paragraph that indicates you agree to the WPF using the data you have written on the application form so we comply with the new data protection law. It will also allow us to communicate with you regarding your application.

Our Judges for this year will be:-

  1. Gary Shinner (Chairman) AWPF,  LRPS, EFIAP/b, MPSA, BPSA.
  2. Brian Coleman FWPS, Hon.AFIAP.
  3. Leigh Woolford FWPF Hon, DPAGB, AWPF, EFIAP, BPE3*.
  4. Pete McCloskey FRPS, APAGB.
  5. TBA

Dates for your Diary:-

  1. The AWPF workshop is at Talbot Green Community Centre on Sunday 28th April, 2019 at 10am.
  2. The last day for applications is 22nd September, 2019.
  3. The AWPF Assessment day is at Talbot Green Community Centre on Sunday 3rd November, 2019 commencing 10am.

Please be aware that we can only take 25 applications a year, enclose a cheque with your application. £40 to members of WPF affiliated clubs, to anyone else the fee is £50.

The distinction of AWPF is available to everyone on completion of a successful Panel. Over the last few years we’ve had successful panels from England and several countries outside of the UK. Such is the growing reputation of the Distinction of AWPF.

Please don’t leave it to late last year we reached our limit of 25 by the end of April. We will have a reserve list, but not take a chance. SO APPLY NOW!

David Lewis (AWPF Distinctions Secretary).