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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).

AWPF Distinction Workshop

An AWPF distinction workshop is being held on Sunday 28th April at Talbot Green Community Centre starting at 10 am.

This event is open to anyone interested in applying for the distinction of Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation.

There is no need to book just come along and get some valuable advice.

The 2019 Ace of Prints

Hi Folks,

It has been decided to move the Ace of Prints Competition from Briton Ferry to Talbot Green Community Centre. As this venue has a market there on Saturdays it is also necessary to change the date to Sunday 7th July 2019 with the closing date remaining at 16th June 2019.

I would be grateful if those Clubs considering entering could contact me to let me know their intentions by April – Thanks!

Because there are a few new Clubs and there have been changes of Secretaries in 2019 I have decided to circulate the Rules etc., again.

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

I do believe that any of our Clubs who have 5 print workers can compete successfully in this competition – and it will expose their members work to a wider audience, the entry must consist of Colour and Monochrome prints with no more than 3 Nature prints. So although the rules say a Club is allowed “Unlimited” numbers of prints this is just to remove any artificial limits. A Club needs 12 prints in round one and if you go through to the second or Plate round you would only need 3 more prints – making a total of 15 prints. Obviously any prints that scored lowly in the first round a Club may want to replace – say 5 more prints making 20 prints a comfortable quantity to compete with.

Now obviously a Club could come along with 40+ prints as it may decide to see what the Judges’ peccadillos or dislikes are in the First Round so that they can choose effectively for the final. I have to say I think that would be overkill as print quality is what counts.

So to summarise:– 5 print workers with 4 prints each would enable a Club to partake and enjoy the Competition. For a small £10 entry fee you could enjoy a feast of Welsh Photography and measure yourself against your Federation Clubs. I’ve even attached the First Round Entry Form so that you can start listing the great work you see in your Club right now!

Remember the Olympics motto: Taking part is what it’s all about – not just winning!

Looking forward to hearing from you before or during April – any queries contact me as below!

Roy Thomas

RPS Event – Martin Parr in Saundersfoot BOOK NOW

We have received this from Dave Paskin….

A Day with Magnum Photographer Martin Parr Hon FRPS – Sat. 30th March 2019 – 10am-4pm – Saundersfoot Regency Hall, King George V Playing Fields, Milford Street, Saundersfoot, SA69 9NG.

Martin Parr is a world-renowned documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector He is known for his photographic projects that take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, in particular documenting the social classes of England, and more broadly the wealth of the Western world. His major projects have been rural communities (1975–82), The Last Resort (1983–85), The Cost of Living (1987–89), Small World (1987–94) and Common Sense (1995–99). Since 1994, Martin has been a member of Magnum Photos. He has had 40 solo photobooks published and has featured in 80 exhibitions worldwide. The Martin Parr Foundation, founded in 2014, opened premises in his hometown of Bristol in 2017. It houses his own archive, his collection of British and Irish photography by other photographers, and a gallery.

Booking for this event closes on Tuesday 26 March so book now to avoid disappointment.

Click here for full details.

Hope to see a lot of members there.

Best Regards

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

Neath Photographic Salon 2019

Neath and District PS are again running their popular National Photographic Salon which will open for entries on 01st February 2019 with a closing date of the 21st April 2019.

The salon which is approved by British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) and also has PAGB Patronage will have four sections. Open Colour, Open Mono, Nature and Creative. The Selectors for the event will be Brian Coleman AFIAP, AWPF, FWPF, Leo Rich ARPS, DPAGB, Hon PAGB, EFIAPg,BPE3* and Brian Swinyard MA (Photography), ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAPb, PSA, BPE3* Minst.M.Mifl

Entry fees for the salon will be £10 for the first section and £2 for each additional section with PAGB and NDPS gold, silver and bronze medals, ribbons and certificates, plus an overall trophy being awarded.

Entries can be made through the club website.

Graham Meaker FRPS

We’ve received this sad news from David Jones.

Newport Photographic Club is deeply saddened to report the recent passing of lifelong member Graham Meaker.

Graham fully deserved his FRPS. A panel of butterflies and cactii secured this recognition. Images taken on “slide film” before the age of digital technology, when exposure, focus and composition all had to be set in the camera, and there was no delete button! An FRPS is still a great achievement, but to secure one on slide film in macro-photography was remarkable.

Graham was also a respected authority on cactii: he grew them in two greenhouses in his garden and displayed them both to photographic clubs and cactus societies.

In Newport Photographic Club, Graham was highly respected by his peers and provided inspiration to new members over many years. He has been greatly missed since ill health prevented him from attending regular club meetings.

When the club introduced Honorary Life Memberships, Graham was the first to be given this award.

The Meaker family tradition in photography will continue to be kept alive by his son Chris, who is a committee member at our neighbouring club, Western Valley.

Our thoughts are with Chris and the rest of his family at this time.

Graham’s funeral will take place at Langstone Crematorium at 11.30 am on Friday 29th March.

Results From 2019 Bridgend 5-8 Competition

This from Roger Daniel at Bridgend & District Camera Club:-

Last night Bridgend & District Camera Club, held it’s annual 5 to 8 International Photo Harmony Competition expertly judged by Joan Ryder Rathband, FRPS,FPSSA, AFIAP, DPAGB and Clive Rathband, FRPS,FPSSA,EFIAP, DPAGB. The competition attracted entries from all over the world with the top three places going to:

1st – Ian Bateman (this is the 3rd time in a row that Ian has won) with his entry – Cathedral

2nd – Jane & Stephen Lee with their entry – Yellowstone Winter

3rd – Lisa Buckalders with her entry – Visions of Africa

Well done to all who entered.

New Monochrome Print Salon Announced

We’ve received this news from the good folk at Smethwick PS.

We are excited to announce the new website for the 1st Midland Monochrome exhibition, part of the group of British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE). It has received PAGB Patronage No 2019-25. It will see more than 20 Awards being given and acceptances will be eligible for the BPE Crown Awards scheme.

The Midland Monochrome seeks to give a broader platform and exposure to monochrome prints. These can be traditional wet prints or modern giclee or laboratory prints. We have four categories, with something for everybody. The four categories are:

1. Open Monochrome

2. Portraits and Figure Studies

3. Scapes (Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape)

4. Wet Prints Silver Prints plus Alternative Processes (e.g. Cyanotype, Salt Print, Wet Colodian)

Online entry will open on 20th March. Until then, feel free to revisit the website for any announcements or additional content. All major updates will be announced in the ‘News’ section of the site.

Thanks to Dave Lingham for the heads-up.

Cyrmu Mono – Only Mono Battle

We have received this from Gareth Martin…

Cymru Monochrome are holding the third National Monochrome Competition on May 18th, To be held in Port Talbot, South Wales. Closing date May 7th.

4 Prints per club.
1 Print per photographer.
£12 Entry Fee.
Judge: Roger Parry, ARPS,MPAGB hon PAGB, EFIAP.

In 2017 41 clubs took part, in 2018 42 Clubs took part, in 2019 will we have more.

I will send more info out to the clubs taking part.

If you want your club to take part contact Gareth Martin, AWPF,CPAGB Chairman, Programme Secretary Cymru Monochrome

Margaret Salisbury – RPS Talk Cancelled

Due to unavoidable circumstances Margaret Salisbury’s talk to the RPS South Wales group on Sunday 14th April 2019 has been cancelled.

Those who have already paid will be reimbursed by the RPS.


Dennis Russ

Tony’s New Exhibition in Porth

Tony Smith has a new exhibition coming up at The Factory (POP Factory) in Porth from the 11th to 29th March. It will be in their Art in the Attic room and will consist of photographs from his current project ‘People of the Rhondda’, his November 2017 project ‘Tonypandy’, new images taken in the Factory and others which have not previously been displayed. There will be around 70/80 prints.

Morriston Camera Club 2019 Exhibition

Morriston Camera Club Annual Photographic Exhibition 2019.

This year the annual photographic exhibition will be held as usual during the Easter Week. The purpose of the exhibition is to give each and every member of the Morriston Camera Club the opportunity to show their printed photographs to their family’s, friends and the general public.

The Exhibition will be held as usual in: The Crypt, St Davids Church in Wales, Woodfield Street, Morriston, SA6 8AS. Admission is FREE.

We will set-up the exhibition on the Tuesday and the Exhibition will be open from Wednesday to Saturday inclusive. The exhibition will be taken down on Saturday afternoon.

The following is the schedule of Dates/Times.
WEDNESDAY 24th April 2019 Opening time 10am – 5pm.
THURSDAY 25th April 2019 Opening time 10am – 5pm.
FRIDAY 26th April 2019 Opening time 10am – 5pm.
SATURDAY 27th April 2019 Opening time 10am – 1pm.

The Photography Show 2019

The Photography Show at the N.E.C. in Birmingham is back for 2019.

Dates are 16-19 March, 2019.

Full details on their website.




2019 Ace of Clubs Results

It was an enjoyable day at Talbot Green and I would like to thank all 9 Clubs that took part, the 3 Judges Roger and Judith Parry of the MCPF together with Eddy Lane of the WCPF.

I also need to thank those members of the WPF Executive that were there and carried out all the work – including the mundane furniture movement etc.

My congratulations go to Inn Focus who won overall – but as they had already qualified for this year’s PAGB Inter Club PDI Warwick Event we must also congratulate Gwynfa and Tenby who came second and third and as such they too have been invited to represent the WPF on the 13th July.

So again we will have 3 Clubs from the WPF – my best wishes go to all of them for this success and for good fortune in July.

Now that we are back to having a simple PDI Ace and a separate Print Ace in July (As required by the 2018 AGM) it would be nice to see more Clubs enjoy the challenge next year!

Below you can find find summary and detailed results for the three rounds.

Round One Results           Round One Individual Scores

Round Two Results          Round Two Individual Scores

Final Results                   Final Individual Scores

Roy Thomas / CELO

Russell Adams Jet Age Exhibition

We have received this which may be of interest to members…

Russell Adams F.R.P.S., was the Chief Photographer for the Gloster Aircraft Company and his images from the 1950’s and 1960’s remain some of the most iconic aviation photography, not least because they were taken using a hand-held plate camera!

The Jet Age Museum, which is dedicated to the aviation industry in Gloucestershire, is holding an exhibition of Russell’s work each weekend during March which may be of interest to your members.

Entry to the museum and the exhibition, which includes many images not previously seen by the public, is free.

2019 GB Cup

Congratulations to Inn Focus Group (11th), Afan Nedd CC and Western Valley CC for being in the Top 50 of the GB Cup (Open). Nick Walton of Inn Focus Group took the award for Best Dark Humour.

In the GB Cup (Small Clubs) Bridgend & District CC, Rhondda CC and Carmarthen CC featured in the Top 50.

Congratulations to everyone.

Bridgend 12-Way Is No More

We have been advised by Jenny Hibbert at Bridgend that they will no longer be running their 12-Way battle.

Tony’s Archive bought by National Library

Tony Charles’ “Pioneers of Welsh Pop” fine art portraiture collection has been purchased by the National Library of Wales for its photographic archive and for its external public exhibitions loan programme to selected art galleries in Wales.

The second year photography degree project captured striking black & white images of some of the leading Welsh pop, rock & entertainment icons who started performing in the 1960s. The icons Tony photographed have been instrumental in helping preserve and develop the Welsh language and culture. The collection is the result of twelve studio shoots.

The images comprise Heather Jones, Meic Stevens, Gwyndaf Roberts, Delwyn Sion, Hywel Gwynfryn, Geraint Jarman, Dewi ‘Pws’ Morris, Huw Jones, Dafydd Iwan, Frank Hennessy, Y Dilau – Mair Robins, Gaynor Walter John and Meleri Mair, and Maldwyn Pate. Twelve images were selected from over 1,200 images taken during the 2017/18 academic year.

During the second half of 2018 the exhibition was exhibited for two months at Yr Hen Llyfrgell, The Hayes, Cardiff, and then in Oriel Plas Glan Yr Weddw, Llanbedrog, north Wales up to Christmas.

Some of the studio portrait images were shot in Cardiff, including at the Cardiff Metropolitan University photographic studio, Llandaff campus, others in north Wales. The uniqueness of the project in terms of capturing an aspect of Welsh music culture, has attracted extensive media coverage including a review on BBC Radio Cymru.

Further details, including S4C television’s coverage of the exhibition launch, can be found here.

Tony gained his Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation in 2012 and on completing his Photography degree is planning to continue studying at University to undertake a Master’s degree in Fine Art specialising in Photography.