May 2019
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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.

2019 Welsh Salon Exhibition

The 2019 Welsh Salon Exhibition is now on at the Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, CF44 8DL.

It runs throughout May and is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

It is closed Sunday and Monday.

2019 Barrian Cup – Entry Deadline This Week

The Barrian Cup will take place on Saturday 8th June, 2019 and will be judged by Peter Gennard, MFIAP, EFIAP/Platinum.

It will be held at St Francis Millennium Centre, Park Road, Barry, CF62 6NX, starting 2pm.

As in last year’s competition, the Mike Lewis Trophy will be awarded to the Best Print In Show, in memory of the late Mike Lewis in addition to the Barrian Cup itself for the winning Club and the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for the Best Landscape/Seascape.

The entry deadline is 18th May, 2019.

All Club Secretaries have been emailed with details and entry forms. If you haven’t received them, please contact Roy Carr.

Please note, Roy will be attending the Only Mono battle on 18th May, 2019 and entries can be deleivered there.

Cyrmu Mono – Only Mono Battle – Saturday

Cymru Monochrome are holding their third Only Mono Competition on May 18th starting at 12.15pm.

The venue is St Paul’s Centre, Gerald Street, Port Talbot, SA12 6DQ.

Please do not park in Gerald Street it’s a short street and parking is for the helpers.

The judge will be Roger Parry ARPS MPAGB EFIAP Hon PAGB.

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.

2019 Barrian Cup

The Barrian Cup will take place on Saturday 8th June, 2019 and will be judged by Peter Gennard, MFIAP, EFIAP/Platinum.

It will be held at St Francis Millennium Centre, Park Road, Barry, CF62 6NX, starting 2pm.

As in last year’s competition, the Mike Lewis Trophy will be awarded to the Best Print In Show, in memory of the late Mike Lewis in addition to the Barrian Cup itself for the winning Club and the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for the Best Landscape/Seascape.


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.

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

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.

Kidwelly Camera Club Exhibition

Princess Gwenllian Centre, Hillfield Villas, Station Road, Kidwelly SA17 4UL.

Saturday 11th May 10.00AM – 6.00PM and Sunday 12th 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.

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.


Bargoed Exhibition

Bargoed Camera Club are holding an exhibition from Saturday 20th April (from 2pm) for about four weeks.

The location will be Winding House, Cross Street, New Tredegar, NP24 6EG.

All are welcome.

Aesthetica Art Prize

Showcase your work to wider audiences and further your involvement in the art world by submitting to the @AestheticaMagazine Art Prize 2019. Offering a £5,000 prize, publication within an inspiring anthology and exhibition space, this is an opportunity not to be missed for both established and emerging practitioners. Submit your work here. Entry deadline is 31st August.

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).

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 took 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.