January 2018
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Memorial Trophies – TODAY

The Competitions will be held on Sunday 21st January 2018 commencing at 10.00 am with the Walter Morgan Trophy Competition. The Gwyn Morgan Trophy Competition will follow after a coffee break. The WPF Memorial Trophy will follow at 2.00pm following a lunch break. Hot and cold drinks will be provided throughout the day, but lunch will not, so you are advised to bring your own.

The venue is Shelone Road Community Centre, Shelone Rd,  Briton Ferry, Neath SA11 2NS.

The judge will be Rod Wheelans FRPS, MPAGB, APAGB, MFIAP, Past President of the PAGB, and a judge with an outstanding record of judging up to and including International Competitions. He will be assisted by a PAGB team comprising of  Gordon Jenkins APAGB, Anne Greiner MPAGB and Richard Speirs DPAGB, APAGB.

The Clubs I have had entries from for the Memorial Trophies are as follows; Abergavenny,  Afan Nedd,  Bridgend,  Coleford,  Cwmbran,  Gwynfa,  Inn Focus,  Merthyr Tydfil,  Morriston,  Neath,  New Quay,  Port Talbot,  Rhondda,  Swansea,  Tenby,  Towy Valley,  Vale,  Western Valley.

Welsh Salon Open For Entries

The Welsh Salon of photography 2018 is now open to receive entries. To enter please visit the following website. The cost to enter is £1.50 per print or PDI with a minimum entry fee of £6.00. Closing date is Sunday March 4th 20.59.

However, if you plan to enter prints you will need to enter online earlier a little earlier as you will have to deliver them in one of the ways outlined below.

Option 1: Check with your club if they are organising a delivery of prints to the AGM. If not….

Option 2 – You can take your prints to the AGM yourself and enjoy an exciting afternoon too.

Option 3 – Take your prints to Cliff Emery (Salon Chairman) at 4 Seaward Avenue, Port Talbot, SA12 7LT.

The Salon selections will take place on the 24th and 25th March and the selectors are Nick Jenkins, Johnnie Rogers and Ian Whiston of Northwich, Cheshire.

You can read the full conditions of entry here.

Good Luck

Cliff Emery Salon Chairman

Bridgend 5 to 8 Photoharmony Competition

The annual Bridgend 5 to 8 Photoharmony competition is accepting entries until 19 February.

Judging takes place at 7.30pm on 19 March at our usual venue, Nolton Church Hall, Bridgend and non-members are welcome to attend. The judge this year is Howard Bagshaw ARPS MPAGB.

Full details and on-line entry are available on our website.

Pair of Aces Update

Hi everyone,

So far, I have received notice from the following Clubs that they intend to the Pair of Aces Competitions.

  • The Vale
  • Bridgend
  • Tenby
  • Inn Focus
  • Swansea

If any other Club has expressed an intention of entering please advise me again at or 07772 657296 as soon as possible. Any other Club is welcome to enter providing they advise me of their intention of doing so by Sunday 28th January. Full rules can be seen on here.

I will contact all the Clubs who have said they will enter within the next week.


Martin (CELO)

Bristol Salon – Entry Deadline Imminent

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 –

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

Welsh Salon Selector Change

There is a change of selectors for the forthcoming Welsh Salon.

Regrettably Vince Penticost has had to stand down due to ill health and Nick Jenkins will take his place.

Best wishes to Vince for a speedy recovery. We hope he can be a selector in the future

Cliff Emery (Salon Chairman)

Why not book Andy Beel FRPS?

Andy Beel FRPS is available for 2019 lectures at your club… Full details here.

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4th March 2018. Details to follow….

Gareth’s New Talk

Gareth Martin has started work on a new talk which will be called ‘Browse the Latest Collection’.

It will be a digital talk with 30 prints which will be shown at half time and will include both colour and Mono images.

It will be ready for 2019 bookings.

Please contact Gareth Martin AWPF, CPAGB.

The 105th Southampton International Exhibition

The 105th Southampton International Exhibition of photography is organised by Southampton Camera Club, which was founded in 1896 and is one of the oldest camera clubs in Great Britain.

Closing Date: 4 February, 2018.

6 Sections – Over 150 awards, including 15 Gold Medals

All entrants will receive a high quality A4-sized full colour printed catalogue (with 4-Star rating from FIAP).

Full details here.

Free RPS Multimedia AV Advisory Day

The Royal Photographic Society are organising a Free RPS Multimedia AV Advisory Day in Gloucester on Saturday 3rd March.

In the poster below you can see details of how to participate.

RPS Distinction Advisory Day 030318

Rhondda Camera Clubs 75th Birthday.

rhonddaThis month sees the 75th anniversary of the conception of the Rhondda Camera Club. It came about due to the interest in photography of two friends John H. Davies of Llwynypia and Mr. Tom Jones of Tonypandy. They were joined by Mr. Walter Morgan M.A. of Treherbert an artist who was interested in learning how to use a camera and process the ensuing negatives into prints. John and Tom taught Walter the mechanics and he taught them about Composition, Texture and Light etc.

This all took place just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Others joined the trio over the next few years and it was decided to form a camera club. On January 11th 1943 the club was formed with H. J .Jones of the Bute Hotel, Treherbert as Chairman, Walter Morgan as Secretary, John H Davies as Treasurer with Tom Jones and three others as members of the committee.

The club did not meet for long at Treorchy. Circumstances compelled the club to move to a new meeting place at the headquarters of the Garrick Dramatic Society at Llwynypia.

A hard winter and restrictions on fuel, due to the war, made the accommodation less than hospitable with a member from Treorchy forced to bring down an oil stove that the membership gathered around to discuss their photographic interests and problems.

In 1946 the club were advised that the Maes-yr-Haf Educational Settlement in Trealaw with its well heated and comfortable premises would welcome the club, and it was here that the club would remain until after the 25th anniversary in 1968.

Since that time, the meeting place has changed on a number of occasions and also reverted back to the Maes-yr-Haf at times. The club has been at its present meeting place for some years now, only a few hundred yards from the Maes-yr-Haf.

For this, the 75th Anniversary, a series of displays and exhibitions are planned to take place in shop windows and library’s throughout the two Rhondda Valleys. The first of these was put in place on Friday 5th January 2018 at “The Window Shop”, Treorchy. It will run until Monday 15th January 2018.

Arena Seminar 2018

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.

Arena Seminar Web Advert

The Photography Show is back!

The Photography Show will be back for its fifth year at the NEC, Birmingham on 17-20 March 2018. Develop your passion – get kit from over 250 brands, be inspired by tutorials led by those in the know and take advantage of an abundance of opportunities to enhance your skills in your chosen field.

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

2017 Celtic Challenge Results

It was a creditable 4th place for the WPF in the 2017 Celtic Challenge.

Click here for the full scores and placings as well as the individual scores and award winners.

Judges for the Competition were Gwen and Phil Charnock FRPS, MFIAP from Wigan (L&CPU) and the Celtic Challenge Saturday Lecturer was Colin Trow-Poole MPAGB, FRPS, FIPF from Arden (MCPF).

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.