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Invitation to Enter The Memorial Trophies

Dear Club Secretary/Competition Secretary,

I have pleasure in inviting your Club/Society to take part in The WPF Memorial Day Trophies which will take place on Sunday 21st January 2018, not the 14th as previously reported to us. The 2017 day was a great success, and we hope to emulate that success in 2018.

I attach the rules of the competition, and details of the entry requirements. I also attach an entry form which I would be grateful if you would return to me with your entry.

Entry Rules     Word Doc     PDF

Entry Form     Word Doc     PDF

Note, forms changed on 28th November due to error with dates…..

If you have any queries about anything, please email me here, martinnnagle1@hotmail.com or call me on 07772 657296.

I look forward to receiving your entry, and meeting you at the Competition on 21st January.

Martin Nagle (CELO – Welsh Photographic Federation)

Invitation to Enter The Pair of Aces

Dear Club Secretary,

On behalf of the WPF, I would like to invite your Club to take part in the Pair of Aces Competitions which will be held on Saturday 17th February 2018. The event will be held at the Regency Hall in Saundersfoot. (Post code and how to get there details to follow). There are 2 competitions, namely the  Ace of Clubs (for PDI’s) and Ace of Prints. The winners and runners up in each section will be invited to represent the WPF at the PAGB Championships in Warwick and Blackburn respectively later in 2018. I have not appointed judges for the Competition yet, and will let you know who they are later.  The rules are slightly different this year. The aim is bring them more in line with the PAGB rules.

The full rules can be seen here, and will be presented to you again early in December. 

This was a very successful competition when it was held in Trealaw in February this year, and produced teams to go forward to the national events. There was a large attendance on the day, and the large number of WPF members who were there reported a very enjoyable competition. I hope that you and your Club members will join in this Competition in 2018.

If you wish to discuss any of this with me please contact martinnagle1@hotmail.com or call 07772 657296, or speak to any WPF Executive member.

Best wishes,

Martin Nagle CELO WPF

Abertawe Exhibition

Abertawe have an exhibition at the Grand Theatre Swansea from 8th Dec until 22nd Dec.

Bristol Salon Open for Entries

The UK’s Largest International Projected Digital Image Exhibition – Closing date 27 January 2018. Low entry fees. Generous discounts for club/group entries. Please contact Salon Chairman for details – chairman@bristolsalon.co.uk

Four Projected Image Sections – Open, Monochrome, Photo Travel & Nature. Approximately 300 Medals and Ribbons to be won plus a FIAP Blue Badge for Best Entrant.  A4 Full colour printed catalogue sent to each entrant.

On-line entry system www.bristolphoto.org.uk

PAGB APM Assessment Day in Neath.

The WPF Exec have arranged an APM Assessment Day on Saturday, 20th January, at Shalone Road Community Centre, Britten Ferry, Neath, SA11 2NS.

The team will consist of Rod Wheelans Hon PAGB, AMPA, FIPF,  MPAGB, MFIAP, Ann Greiner MPAGB, Gordon Jenkins APAGB  and Richard  Speirs DPAGB APAGB.

The cost of the day will be £15 for members bringing prints and images along for assessment and £5 to attend as an observer.

There will be a limit of 35 members for the assessments but no limit for observers.  FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

You will need to bring a packed lunch or travel out for lunch.  Tea and coffee will be provided.

Please email Jan Cawley asap to book your space.

Stanley Chell 2017 – Results

Firstly on behalf of Aberdare Camera Club can we thank you for your clubs participation at today Stanley Chell, for what I believe was an exceptional competition of the highest standard.

Getting members to present images as prints is becoming an increasing challenge, but we at Aberdare CC believe it to be the best format, the most creative, the most skilled, and when done well a pleasure for all to enjoy.

In the past years we’ve tried to challenge the norm in terms of judges, and so we  wish to thank Walter Benzie for accepting our invitation to judge, and bringing a fresh view and presentation style. His first score of 9.5 brought audible gasps from all attending, until we all recognised that he was scoring to ten. His comments, anecdotes and critiques  were well thought through, and communicated in a means that we all learnt a bit more. To get a former President of The Royal Photographic Association to our part of Wales was a true honour, and in conversation he was heartened by his warm welcome and is now keen to explore more of Wales. Thank you Walter.

We also wish to thank the following sponsors of today’s event and donating so generously.

  • Nomad Cases
  • PaperSpectrum
  • EOS Magazine

We also wish to thank the club members for their efforts in delivering a well presented competition, with yet again the best catering on the circuit. Aberdare always tries to give a true valleys welcome to our friends and guests, especially our secret recipe of “Bara Brith” (it all depends on the brew of the tea ;-) )

So now for the bit that you’ve all been waiting for, the results and scores.

  • Stanley Chell 2017  -Best Club – Inn Focus
  • The Hans Hoyer Trophy – Best Monochrome – Six Pack One Pack – Coltraine Koh – Inn Focus
  • The Glyn John Trophy – Best Colour – The Apple Woman – Gwynfryn Jone – Gwynfra
  • The Glan and Mair Trophy – Best Landscape – Horses at Kenfig – Jayne Libby – Cymro Momo
  • The Doris Chell Trophy – Best Image – The Historian – David Norton – Rhondda

A few Images attached of the winners can be seen below and the scoresheet can be seen here

Thank you all for entering, and  see you all at Stanley Chell 2018.

 

Arena Seminar 2018

Friday 16th to 18th March 2018 at the Riviera Hotel, Burnaby Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, BH4 8JF

Arena is pleased to announce details of the 2018 Arena Seminar. The Seminar has become established as a major weekend event in the photographic calendar. The Seminar brings together a first-class group of speakers and photography enthusiasts for a weekend of lectures, discussion and the opportunity to share inspirational photography.

This year we are pleased to announce another excellent line-up of speakers: George Georgiou, Hans Strand, Jason Bell, Paul Russell, Polina Plotnikova, and Steve Smith.

In addition to the lectures we will be running the hugely popular ‘Print Walk’ where guests can show their work to other delegates. The seminar will also feature the well-received ‘Arena Print Raffle’ together with an opportunity to visit the Fotospeed stand on the Saturday.

We are pleased to be returning to the Riviera Hotel in Bournemouth once more where we can look forward to the excellent service and facilities that we have enjoyed on previous seminars.

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The Photography Show is back!

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The firm favourites are back, including the Super Stage, Behind the Lens Theatre, the ever-popular Live Stage and Canon of course, plus new for this year, The Great Outdoors will focus on everything from dramatic landscapes, to macro shots in your back garden, to special occasions in any weather

Save £3 on standard adult entry (pay only £10.95) with our special discount*

Book your tickets here – use promo code EOSTPS18 to claim.

Plus, stay up to date with the latest announcements on The Photography Show website.

*Discount code expires on 14 March 2018 and applies to standard adult entry tickets only

Smethwick International Exhibition

You can now book to see the projected images and prints from the 43rd Smethwick International.

Full details can be found on the here where you can also order and pay for tickets. For those of you who are some distance away there is a weekend options for a super day out. On all four weekend days you will be able to see both the Open Colour and Monochrome AV, plus see and listen to the live commentary on the Nature Projected images. There will be over 500 accepted prints on view.

The opening day is already filling rapidly with bookings from award winners so book early for that.

2018 Welsh Salon

The 2018 salon will be with us soon the closing date as past years will be our AGM day 4th March 2018, with the selections taking place on the 24th and 25th March. The three selectors are Vince Penticost, Jonnie Rogers and Ian Whiston of Northwich Cheshire. The salon will open for entries in January with the cost staying the same as last year.

I’m looking for a venue to exhibit our salon big enough for 150 prints hopefully there are members in the WPF who can suggest a place where I can visit please have a think and let me know.

Cliff Emery

Congratulations to Jenny Hibbert

Congratulations to Jenny Hibbert who had a photograph selected in the inaugural PAGB Masters of Print Competition. This was a highly competitive event. No photographer was allowed to win more than once. Jenny’s winning entry was “Hawk Owl Hunting Over Snow” and was awarded a Silver Medal by judge Gwen Charnock.

There are superb photographs and photographers who have been accepted into this, the first masters of print exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Robert Burt Gallery at 57-61 Union Street, LONDON, SE1 1SG from Tue 5th – Fri 15th Dec, (10.00-16.00, closed Sat & Sun), with an opening and private view on Monday 4th December from 2.00 p.m.

Although the PAGB are looking at the possibility of staging the exhibition at other UK venues, this is the one to visit. Do, please, make the effort, most people can do London and back in a day by public transport.

The WPF are looking to host the exhibition of about 60 prints in our area in the New Year if a suitable venue can be found.

2017 AWPF Assessment Results

The assessment of this year’s AWPF candidates took place at Talbot Green Community Centre on Sunday 5th November 2017. There were 19 entries, 16 print and 3 digital, resulting in 11 successful candidates gaining their AWPF.

Congratulations to the following successful candidates:

  1. Gillian Mackay AWPF – Tenby C.C. – MAN UP MUDDY WEEKEND
  2. Roy Peters AWPF – Tenby C.C. – ABANDONED
  3. Suzanne Donovan AWPF – Caerphilly C.C. – MEGALOPOLIS 2.0
  4. Christine Tidman AWPF – Gwynfa C.C. – RAGGED VICTORIANS
  5. Carole Evans AWPF – Morriston C.C. – TOWER
  6. Michael Hodgson AWPF – LOVE OF FLOWERS
  7. Sarah Canton AWPF – Wrexham & District P. S. – AT THE WATERS EDGE
  8. Kenneth Prandy AWPF – Abergavenny C.C. – THE RIO TINTO MINING AREA
  9. Chris Powell AWPF – Western Valley C.C. – REFUSE TO CONFORM
  10. Colin Harrison AWPF – Midland Counties P.F. – GOLD KING MINE SCRAPYARD ARIZONA
  11. Jean M Chadwick AWPF – Llandudno P.S. – ASPECTS OF INDIAN LIFE

The Judges were.

  1. Allen Lloyd, (Chairman) ARPS. AWPF
  2. Jenny Hibbert MPAGB, AWPF. EFIAP
  3. Brian Coleman AWPF. AFIAP
  4. Leigh Woolford DPAGB. AWPF. EFIAP BPE3*
  5. Pete McCloskey FRPS. APAGB.

The day was made possible because of the help given by many dedicated people and I would like to thank them all, in particular. The Judges for their detailed critique, our President Cliff Emery for opening the proceedings and presenting the certificates to the successful candidates, John Cooke our past distinctions Officer for his guidance, Jan Cawley for arranging the buffet, Dave Rees, Howard Evans, Ron Lines, Guy Butler-Madden, and Allan Squires.

The standard was very high this year and those less successful candidates, all of which were so close to gaining the award, are recommended to address the constructive comments made by the judges and apply again next year. We hold a workshop in the spring to advise potential applicants on how to construct a successful panel.

Next year’s Applications for the AWPF, will open at the WPF’s  AGM on the 4th March 2018.

The workshop will be in May 2018 and the assessment day will be next November.

Thank you all

David Lewis AWPF (Distinctions Secretary).

Pixels 2017 Results – Mold once more…

Thanks to Gwynfa Camera Club for this report…. Links are to their website…

Pixels 2017, the 13th running of the competition, took place at Talbot Green Community Centre on Saturday 4th November 2017 and was a tense, exciting and high scoring affair.

It was a particularly good day for Mold Camera Club from the NWPA who, with 76 points from a possible 80, were the winners just a single point ahead of four clubs namely Western Valley, Towy Valley, Barry & Gwynfa. Mold became only the fourth club to win for a second time.

The Mold photos were: Baby Gets a Kick From Dad by Andy Polakowski (19), Dancing Through the Dirt by Matt Morrow (20), The Busker by Rich Hainsworth (19) and Unlucky For Some by Linda Bell (18). Click on the links to see the photographs.

The judge was Brian Swinyard MA(Photo), ARPS, EFIAP/b, DPAGB, BPE3*, PPSA who did a terrific job of expertly judging 156 images. He was concise, humorous and informative. Brian also selected Frozen in Time by John Hufferdine of Towy Valley as Best Monochrome Photograph and Tempest by Eric Williams of Western Valley as Best Colour Photograph.

Gwynfa Camera Club would like to thank everyone who attended the competition and all 39 clubs that entered. Without you, this event would not be possible.

Click here to see the final Pixels 2017 score sheet.

We also wish to thank everyone from team Gwynfa who helped out on the day. Special thanks to Leigh Woolford, Rob Beynon, Heidi Stewart, Lynda Beynon, Allan Squires, Steve Littlewood, Alec Stewart, Gary Welsby, Meryl Natt and Rob Owen..

Huge thanks also to all those who donated raffle prizes especially Fotospeed, Permajet and Carmarthen Cameras.

Also special thanks to Crystal Vision Locks and Trophies for providing the Pixels Trophies.

A slideshow of all the photographs entered can be seen below. (NB. Alec Stewart of Gwynfa accepted the Pixels Trophy on behalf of Mold).

FIAP success for WPF photographers

Good news from the FIAP Liaison Officer

I am glad to inform you that all those seeking FIAP distinctions this year have succeeded!  These are:

Charlie Kidd AFIAP
Chris Tidman AFIAP
Gary Jenkins AFIAP
Glenn Porter AFIAP
Jenny Hibbert EFIAP/b
Lynford Hallett AFIAP
Matthew Jones EFIAP/b
Neville Thomas EFIAP/s
Nick Craddock AFIAP

Well done all of you! I will amend the website. I have emailed you separately about how to get the certificates to you.

I hope this will encourage more of you to ‘have a go’ at showing your work in internationals salons. It really is good fun waiting to see how many you have got in!

Ed Cloutman (FIAP Liaison Officer)

Nik Collection will have a future!

DxO has acquired the Nik Collection from Google and plans to continue to develop the Collection for the benefit of the photographer community. More details here.

It seems the recent petition may have had an effect.

Venice with the Byrams

This from Tony and Jenny Byram…

Following a period of uncertainty – mainly about Jenny’s new hip – I am pleased to say that there will be a Venice Carnival Trip next February.

The final cost, which does not include flights but covers all accommodation (B&B) at Gatwick and in Venice, plus all the usual ‘extras’ is dependent on the latest £/€ rate but should be around £900. 

If you are interested send me an email tonytravel@blueyonder.co.uk and I’ll send you further details. 

Tony Byram.