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Welsh Salon Exhibition Now On

The Welsh Salon of Photography Exhibition is now on at Maesteg Sports Centre and Library, CF34 9DS. It ends on the 25th of May, 2017.

Please note, this is NOT the library in Browns Lane. The correct postcode for Maesteg Sports Centre and Library is  CF34 9DS.  This leads you to their car park which is shared with Maesteg Rugby Club and Tesco.

(Directions:- As you approach and enter Castle Street, 500yds up there is a set of traffic lights, turn left here to enter the shared car park.  (If you are not driving up a twisting slip road, you are in the wrong place). Continue over the pedestrian crossing, passing Tescos and keeping left down through the first car parking lane to the bottom. At the bottom turn right and Maesteg Sports Centre and Library is straight ahead of you. It is a large stone building dating from the mid 1800’s .

Opening times at the library are as follows:
Mondays – 9am-5pm
Tuesdays – 2pm-6pm
Wednesdays – 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
Thursdays – 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
Fridays 2pm-4pm
Saturdays 9:30am-1pm and 2pm -4pm
Sundays 10am-5pm (to be confirmed)

The selectors were Brian Coleman, Gary Shinner and Michael Krier.

Important – If you visit the salon and the titles of the PDI’s disappear from the screen, please mention it to one of the organisers and he/she will put it right.

Lampeter Booking Forms now available

Photographic Feast at Lampeter – Booking Forms now available

If you’ve never been to the WPF Photographic Weekend at Lampeter you’re missing out!

The event will take place at the Lampeter University Campus over the weekend of 2nd/3rd September 2017 at a fully inclusive cost of £115.  What are you waiting for?

Booking forms are now available at the WPF website on the WPF Photographic Weekend 2017 page.

The booking form includes much more detail on the event and the speakers attending.

Fred Davies

WPF Conventions Officer

Port Talbot Salon Open for Entries

The 2017 Port Talbot International Salon is open for entries.

Further information can be found here.

The deadline for entry is Sunday 17 June 2017.

Cymru Mono – Mono Only Battle Result

This report from Gareth Martin:-

Cymru Monochrome’s biggest, and possibly the largest and the only monochrome print battle of its kind held in the UK ever, was held on Saturday 13th May at St. Paul’s Centre, Port Talbot. More than 100 people turned up at “Only Mono” with 41 clubs from all over the UK taking part and with 164 prints of the highest standard to be judged we knew we were in for a treat.

We were there early just to finalise things and people from far and wide started arriving two hours before the start time of 12.45.

The top three clubs were:
1 Inn Focus – 75 points
2 Swansea – 73 points
3 Cotswold Monochrome – 72 points

The top three prints were:
1 Artic Fox – Michael Windle, Cotswold Monochrome
2 Little Owl – Susan Rowlands, Port Talbot
3 Three up – David Bolton AWPF, Tenby    

There were 19 prints awarded an “Only Mono” highly commended certificate. Full score-sheet HERE.

I came up with the idea of running a monochrome print battle that covered clubs from all over the UK several years ago, but it didn’t get off the ground for one reason or other so in April 2016 I put it to the new Cymru Mono committee and they all agreed to the idea. Next, I went looking for a venue and got St. Paul’s Centre.  

We all thought if we get 15/20 clubs that would be fine for starters. Within a month it went above and beyond my dreams.  I think we went up to 30 clubs in one month and although I had a cut off number of 35 clubs, after I stopped advertising it more clubs kept asking could they take part.

I knew Imants Grindulias, of Cardiff CC and a fellow judge, was a wood turner so I asked him to make two trophies and use his design with our club logo in it. I had photographed an Indian Wedding for Ram, owner of Cinnamon Kitchen, in 2015 so I asked him if the restaurant would sponsor the trophies, which he kindly arranged.

Kevin Thomas was top of my list for judges. I have known Kevin since the very early 1980s and we served together on the WPF committee several years ago, so I wanted him to be the first judge to start this battle and he did a superb job for us.

I managed to get the mayor to open the battle and that is thanks to Cllr Saifur Rahman for arranging it within one week. A big thank you also goes to Pyle and Porthcawl PS and Geoff Baker for loaning and setting up the print panel stand for the 19s and 20s.

Jill and Peter Young kindly organised certificates, so a huge thank you to them, along with Peter Thomas who photographed the day. Also, thank you to Cymru Monochrome members for all the little jobs they did, including bringing along raffle prizes so that Mike Lewis, who kindly sold tickets, had something nice with which to tempt buyers.

My wife says she didn’t do anything but she was on hand when needed i.e. to type the score sheet and the mayor’s form.

A big thanks, too, for everyone who turned up and made it a fantastic event; it was worth all the hard work I put into it.

After the event ten of us, including four members of Hailsham CC went to the Cinnamon Kitchen for a well-earned meal.
The planning for the 2018 Only Mono Battle has started. There are ideas being mooted to see if we can make it better, so put this date in your diary:  May 12th 2018 at St. Paul’s Centre, Port Talbot. I will be sending out invitations out around June 24th as this is the time it will be going out in the PAGB News.

Gareth Martin AWPF,CPAGB,
Programme Sec., Comp sec. and Founder of CM

PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championships 2017 Warwick

On the 15th July, 2017 Inn Focus, Tenby and Gwynfa will be representing the WPF at the PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championships.

This is an extremely well organised event providing a showcase of the best work from the 38 qualifying clubs from across the UK. It’s held in the 550-seat tiered theatre within the Arts Centre complex of Warwick University. There are bar and catering facilities within the building and ample free car parking.

Admission is by prepaid ticket only at £10.00 each. You can download a ticket application here. Your club does not have to be taking part for you to attend.

Full details and ticket application form can be found on the PAGB website.

This is a brilliant day out and we guarantee you’ll see some amazing and inspirational photography.

Diffusion Photography Festival

The Diffusion Photography Festival is taking place in Cardiff throughout May.

Full details on their website.

Merthyr Tydfil Exhibition Now On

Merthyr Tydfil club exhibition is on now until 5th June at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum.

Opening hours Monday – Friday 10am until 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 12pm until 5pm. There is a charge for the Museum Adults £2 Concessions £1 and under 16’s Free. There’s also a café on site.

AWPF Workshop 2017

There was a good turnout for this year’s AWPF workshop at Talbot green.

I enjoyed meeting prospective candidates, and viewing their work at today’s workshop.  The standard of work that we saw was very encouraging and I hope that everyone found the day interesting and informative and that they received helpful advice from our team.

Dave Lewis and myself would like to thank all those that took the time and trouble to offer one-to-one advice to the participants who brought in their work for review.

If anyone finds that further advice is needed, please get in touch.

I would also like to add that we currently have 13 applications in at this moment so if you intend having your panel assessed this year I would recommend you sending your application off as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, either to myself John Cooke or to David Lewis, all contact details can be found on the WPF web site

I wish all prospective AWPF candidates every success in November.

John Cooke.

Award for Port Talbot Salon

News from Ed Cloutman the FIAP Liaison Officer for the WPF

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Darren Boxer and his team have been awarded the FIAP Bronze Plaquette for carrying out efficiently five Port Talbot International Salons of Photography.  Congratulations to you and your team Darren, and how good this is for Welsh photography.


We have received this from Daphne Hanson DPAGB APAGB, the PAGB Awards Secretary via Jan Cawley.

If you are interested in trying for CPAGB, DPAGB or MPAGB awards, please note the following.

November 2017 PAGB Adjudications are now fully booked.

April 2018 PAGB Adjudication – The books are open and it will be hosted by the L&CPU on Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd April 2018.  Book now as spaces will fill up fast!

Barrian Cup Club Comp 10th June 2017

Entries are starting to come in. The closing date is Sunday 14th of May 2017.

For delivery/collection of prints please contact Dave on 02920 512703 or Mike on 07855 309667.

Prints can be delivered to the Cymru Mono Competition on Saturday 13th of May. Download entry forms below or at barrycameraclub.co.uk

The Barrian Cup Club Competition 2017 is for the best panel of 5 prints & the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for the best individual Landscape or Seascape print in the competition at the St. Francis Millennium Hall, Porth y Castell, Barry, CF62 6NX on Saturday 10th June, 2017 commencing at 2.00pm.

Entry Form


AFIAP Distinction

if anyone has been sent an application form by Mike Lewis for an AFIAP distinction, would they please contact me on afiap@thewpf,.co.uk so that I can give them a starter pack and answer any queries they may have.

Ed Cloutman

WPF FIAP Liaison Officer

Kidwelly Camera Club Exhibition

Kidwelly Camera Club Exhibition at Princess Gwenllian Centre, Hillfield Villas, Station Road, Kidwelly, SA17 4UL.

Saturday 20th May 10.00AM –  6.00PM

Sunday 21st May 10.00AM –  5.00PM

All photographs for sale and studio facilities available for family photographs.

Entry £1.50 including tea and biscuits. Free entry for children.

A warm welcome to all.

News about the Neath UK Salon 2017

We have now secured Selectors and a date for our postponed selection weekend.  The new date is 3rd and 4th June 2017.

After some considerable phoning around we now have our Selectors confirmed as :-


Leigh Woolford DPAGB, EFIAP AWPF

Harry Gardiner AWPF

Thanks to Peter for honouring his commitment to our Salon and a big thanks to Leigh and Harry for stepping in at short notice.

Thanks also to Denice for all the calls to secure a new date and Selectors.

Colin Kelly

2017 Welsh Salon Results

Here are the results of the 2017 Welsh Salon of Photography.


Full List of Acceptances in Club Order

Congratulations to everyone who achieved an acceptance and to all those who gained an award.

If you were unsuccessful this time, don’t be deterred, try again next year…

If you notice any errors in the results, please report them to Cliff Emery, Salon Chairman.