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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).

Gwynfa Pixels 2018 – Entries Invited

Gwynfa Camera Club invites all WPF and NWPA clubs to take part in Pixels 2018.

A club entry consists of four digital photographs from each participating club, each from a different photographer. The club with the highest aggregate score will win the Pixels 2018 Trophy. Awards will also be made for Best Colour Photograph and Best Monochrome Photograph.

Pixels 2018 takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, 3rd November 2018. The venue is Talbot Green Community Centre, Llantrisant, CF72 8HS.

The entry deadline is 14th October, 2018 and entries may be made by email, by post or in person (by prior arrangement). The entry fee is £10.

Everything you need to enter can be found in the following documents.

Competition Details

Conditions of Entry (revised for 2018)

Entry Form

We very much hope your club will decide to take part and look forward both to receiving your entry and seeing you on the day.

Some images from Pixels 2017 can be seen below.

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

Inter-Federation Exhibition in Maesteg

The Best of British Club Photography

Every year the 15 Federations that form the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) including us the WPF (Welsh Photographic Federation) take part in an inter-federation competition where each can enter up to 30 pieces of work in 4 sections (colour print, mono print, nature and open PDI) resulting in a possible total of 1,800 images.

The exhibition that arises from the competition displays 300 images; the best 150 prints and 150 PDI selected in the opinion of the the 3 judges and can be regarded as some of the best of current British club photography. It shows the standard and style of the images that have achieved the accolade of being accepted and will surely provide inspiration to amateur photographers throughout our region.

Location – Maesteg Library has two properties and the one you require is in the Tesco Superstore car park off Castle Street, Maestegthe official Postcode is shown as CF34 9DS but on Google Maps that takes you elsewhere (to Llynfi Street) so try putting Castle Street in your Sat Nav. Or ask a local.

Dates – The exhibition will be open throughout October and once again we are grateful to the Maesteg Library for hosting our event for 2018. Please note, the Library is not open full time throughout this period so please pay particular attention to the opening times below.

Opening hours – Sundays/Mondays – The library is closed so don’t travel then!
Tuesdays it is open from 1.00 pm until 7.00 pm.
Wednesdays it is open from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm.
Thursdays it is open from 9.00am until 7.00 pm.
Fridays it is open from 1.00 pm until 5.00 pm – apart from Friday 5th October.
Saturdays it is open from 9.30 am until 5.00 pm.

Official Opening TBA – We were originally intending to have the formal opening on the 6th October but unfortunately there is a clashing PAGB Executive meeting in London so we’ll do our best to arrange it for the 13th October – I’ll confirm later. Watch this space.

Volunteers for hanging the exhibition – On Friday/Saturday September 28th/29th we intend to erect the stands and hang the Exhibition and Volunteers to help are welcome!

Volunteers for stewarding – If you’d like to spend some time in the Exhibition talking to visitors about the photographs on display and photography in general, giving them links to the WPF and PAGB website you’ll be most welcome and you’d perhaps be helping to encourage more people to consider joining our Clubs.

If you’d like to volunteer fo either, have any queries or are not a WPF Club Secretary any longer please contact me as below.

Please pass on this information to your club members.

Roy Thomas
PAGB Exec. Member/CELO for the WPF

Stanley Chell 2018 – Entries Invited

Aberdare Camera Club is pleased to invite your club to participate in this year’s Stanley Chell Print Competition, to be held on Saturday 24th November 2018.

Click these links to see the poster, invitation and entry form/competition rules.

Being a small club The Stanley Chell is our opportunity to welcome friends from around the country to meet in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Also being a small club we recognise that it is increasingly difficult to enter competitions, possibly facing reducing memberships. However we are keen to keep this print competition alive and hope that as many of you as possible enter, and attend.

It is our honour and privilege to host “The Chell”, and we look forward to meeting you and your club on the day, for what will be another great competition filled with the best prints.

Some images from the 2017 event can be seen below.

RPS International AV Festival


Entries have now closed, but if you are thinking of coming you have until Sunday 9 September 2018 to book tickets for the Saturday and Sunday Projection Sessions plus meals.  Bookings for the Festival Dinner on the Saturday evening have been very popular. There is a limit to the numbers that can be accommodated for the Festival Dinner, but we do still have some availability. Further information is available here:

Tickets for the daily sessions can be purchased on the day at the Reception Desk, but cost slightly more than tickets booked in advance. Unfortunately, meals have to be pre-ordered by 9 September to inform the Catering Service of numbers, but tea and coffee are included in the price of the session tickets.

The Festival weekend is an opportunity for you to see AVs from around the world whether you attend for one day or the whole weekend.

I look forward to seeing you at the Festival.


Festival Director

Cardiff Camera Club Exhibition

Cardiff Camera Club’s 2018 exhibition will be held at the HeARTh Gallery Llandough.

You can read their mission statement here.

The gallery is a unique, contemporary art space situated at the heart of the clinical setting, believed to be the first of its kind in Wales.

The Exhibition will run from 8th October to 1st November 2018 and is open daily, 9am – 8pm.

The official opening is on the 8th October.

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)

44th Smethwick International Open For Entries

The 44th Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography is now open to receive your entries. It is the UK’s Largest International Print & Projected Digital Image Exhibition all displayed at one venue, with visitors from all over the UK.

The on-line entry system is at

There are three Print Sections – Open Colour, Open Mono & Nature (Prints can be forwarded to Southampton International), three Projected Image Sections – Open Colour, Open Monochrome & Nature and over 180 Medals and Ribbons to be won plus a FIAP Blue Badge for Best Entrant.

Entry fees are low, from only £11 with special rates for club entries.

Closing date 4th November 2018

WPF Celtic Challenge Entries

Hi Folks,

Our list of entries can be seen here.

I believe we have a strong entry this year, thanks to the many photographers that sent in pictures for us to consider – it made the selector’s choices very difficult with much toing and froing before the final 30 were finalised. We had so many choices that it was fair to choose only one per photographer in each of the sections.

In order to load these up to the NIPA Entry System I need to have PDIs of the prints, Cliff is checking and hoping to find those in recent Salon and WISP entries but to make absolutely sure could I request anyone who know each of the photographers to ask them to Email me their copy PDIs.

Martin Nagle has volunteered to take our entry over to Ireland his year – for which we are truly grateful – and once loaded I will arrange to pass the work over to him.

Roy Thomas

Foto Fest South – 9th September 2018

Foto Fest South takes place at the University of Bath on 9th September 2018 between 9:30am – 5:00pm.

The event returns to the theatre at the University of Bath for a second time and has announced a line up of top speakers: Valda Bailey, Terry Donnelly, Julian Calverley and Paul Goldstein.

Further details can be found here.

2018 Celtic Challenge

The Celtic Challenge 2018 is to be held on Saturday 13th October 2018, at The Strangford Arms Hotel, 90-92, Church Street, Newtownards, Co Down, BT23 4AL. This Annual competition is hosted this year by the Northern Ireland Photographic Association – being a battle between the Celtic Regions: – NIPA, IPF, SPF, NWPA, Isle of Man and of course the WPF – Cornwall are not coming this year unfortunately.

Roy Thomas

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

A Message From Margaret Salisbury

We’ve received some information from our favourite ‘dragon’, Margaret Salisbury. She’s asked us to pass it on to all Club Secretaries and Programme Secretaries. Margaret says:-

It’s time for a change so I’m putting out a new talk in the new year to be called The Dragon’s Journey which I will hope to give to clubs from March onward but mainly of course the 2019-2020 season. I’m also cutting down so although available will be spreading out my lectures and taking on a limited number.

You can read full details here.

Want to know about the PSA?

Ian Ledgard writes in his new position as Photographic Society of America Membership Director for Wales.

I see from the catalogues from many Salons that there are a good number of Welsh entrants who are achieving success with both acceptances and awards and yet only a tiny handful have sought to seek recognition of their achievements by PSA.

PSA offers Recognition of Photographic Achievement for individuals who gain acceptances in PSA recognised exhibitions. The route is through a Stars and Galaxies system leading to QPSA, PPSA, EPSA, GMPSA and even higher awards.

It would be great to see more Welsh based photographers seeking these awards and I am very happy to provide further information and support.

FIAP Photographer’s Card

As from 1st January 2019, applicants will have to apply for their Photographer’s Card directly from FIAP and not via their FIAP Liaison Officer.  They must have a card BEFORE they submit their first application for AFIAP.  There will be a charge to update your card following each level of distinction.  Details can be found on the FIAP website.  Entries this year will be dealt with by me, as in previous years.

Ed Cloutman (FIAP Liaison Officer)

20th July 2018