October 2014

Port Talbot Salon 2015

The fourth Port Talbot Digital International 2015 is now open for entries. You can enter by clicking here.

There will be four sections: Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Creative and Nature. Closing date will be 25th Jan 2015.

Invitation to enter the Stanley Chell

We’ve received this from Aberdare Camera Club…

Once again Aberdare Camera Club is proud to be hosting “The Stanley Chell 2014″ print competition on Saturday 6th December starting at 1pm.

We are anticipating a very exciting competition based on the quality of entries previously entered, and as ever we hope as many of you will attend as possible. Details are on the attached which we trust you will advertise to your members. If you require any further details then please do not hesitate to contact our competition secretary Ron Steed, or myself.

Remember, apart from the competition, a warm welcome awaits you together with the best “Bara Brith” and “Welsh Cakes” on the circuit.

Invite          Poster          Entry Form/Rules

See you on December 6th.

How to use this website

This website is extremely simple to navigate. But if you feel you need help, please read this document which should will help.

Arthur Brownscombe

We’ve received this very sad news regarding Arthur Brownscombe from David Norton at Rhondda Camera Club. Arthur was a forward thinking, fascinating and well respected member of both Rhondda and Gwynfa and will be missed by members of both clubs and by everyone else who knew him.

Sad news to report I’m afraid, one of our older members passed away last Wednesday.  Arthur Brownescombe, aged 87, had been a member of RCC for a number of years. I visited Arthur regularly as he had no immediate relatives nearby and had been totally housebound for several years. Arthur was aArthur Brownscombe_07 larger than life character who led a full life and would regale me with many a colourful story about his time in the furniture business & chemical companies. Arthur’s memory was fantastic and relived intricate details about how much things cost, when and where it was in fine detail. He was very talented and loved making intricate dolls’ houses and furniture to scale. His recent hobby which kept him occupied was scale models of steam engines (his Dad drove many famous locomotives in Britain).

In the summer Mark and I took Arthur for a day out to St. Fagans as I managed to coax him to venture out (see below), having not been out for many years. He enjoyed it so much we promised to take him out again, unfortunately time beat us…

Arthur’s photography was in my genre – whacky! He would put multiple images together and make collages, ahead of his time!

I’ll update you as to when the funeral is (to be confirmed, possibly week Friday at Pencoed Crematorium).

David Norton (Rhondda CC)

Update on the funeral arrangements for Arthur Brownescombe.  The procession will leave Arthur’s house (111 Bute Street, Treherbert) at 12.15 pm on Friday, 24th October. Service at Llwydcoed Crematorium, Aberdare, at 12.45 pm. Donations to Salvation Army preferred please c/o Sue, Arthur’s step-daughter.  Sue has asked if people would give advance notice of attendance at the wake which will be held at a pub close to the Crematorium, in order for her to gauge the amount of buffet provided (as you are probably aware Arthur had very few relatives so your presence would be welcomed).
If you could let me know by return email please (by the 19th Oct latest), so I can pass approx. numbers onto Sue.

It is with great sadness that I add this item to the website. As a fellow Gwynfa member I knew Arthur well and had many interesting conversations with him. He was a fascinating character and a terrific photographer. We’ll never forget the presentation he gave to Gwynfa Camera Club. (Leigh W).

The 2015 Memorial Trophy

The 2015 Memorial Trophy will be kindly Hosted by New Quay Camera Club.

This is an annual inter club print competition for The Memorial Trophy. The competition will be held on the 18th January 2015. Conformation of entry will be by 1st December 2014. Closing date for receiving entries will be by 21st December 2014.

The event will take place at The Memorial Hall. New Quay and the judge for this event will be Margaret Salisbury. FRPS, APAGB, MFIAP.

Entry forms and rules will be sent out in October.

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AWPF Application Deadline

This year, the AWPF assessment day is Sunday 9th November and the closing date for applying is Sunday 26th October. So you have just 4 weeks to apply! Do you really want to have to wait another year?

Your completed Print or PDI panel, your application form and cheque must all be with John Cooke before 26 October 2014. Please get in touch with John if you wish to arrange to deliver your panel.

žIf you intend to apply, but are not quite ready, please let John know now!

So don’t delay. Apply today!

Ken Staines

Sad news from Richard Flannigan at Whiteheads CC.

It is with deep regret that our President Ken Staines passed away Sunday night. He has been a member since 1958. His funeral is at Toveys, 9 Cardiff Road, Newport at 1:00pm. Wednesday 22nd October. Gwent Crematorium, Cwmbran at 2:00pm then wake at Cefn Mabley Arms.

Newport Photographic Club – Autumn Exhibition

An Exhibition of the work of members will be held the Basement Gallery of the Riverfront Theatre, Kingsway, Newport. NP20 1HG.

This Exhibition will be opened formally at 2pm on Saturday 4th October. There will be free entry each day from 10am until 7pm. (Please note that the Theatre is closed on Sundays). The last day of the Exhibition will be Saturday 18th October.

Useful links for contacts and parking:

NPC website

Riverfront Theatre website

Kingsway Car park website

Dai Evans Memorial Exhibition

A memorial exhibition is being held for the wonderful Dai Evans who passed away last October.

It opens Saturday Sept 27th at 2.30pm in Ammanford Library (SA18 3DN) and there will be a cup of tea and a warm welcome to everyone who would like to come along. There will be over 40 prints on show and work from 1972-2013. The exhibition runs until Friday October 10th and opening times are as follows: Monday to Thursday 10.00am to 5.00pm. Friday and Saturday  10.00am to 4.00pm.

Those of you who knew Dai will know that this is an exhibition not to be missed.

Tom Hill

We have received this sad news:

“Aberdare Camera Club are very sad to announce that one of our long-standing members Tom Hill passed away on Sunday 14th Sept. Tom was a member of the club for many years, had served as Treasurer and was a real stalwart with his commitment and enthusiasm. He was a talented, keen photographer who approached his hobby with both wisdom and humour. He was also a true gentleman, always considerate of others. He is going to be greatly missed by us all. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this sad time”  

Many thanks, Lesley Newcombe (ACC Secretary).

Camera Club Members may wish to attend a memorial service in memory of Tom which will be held on Friday 26th September, 1.45pm at Miskin Christian Centre, Miskin,  Mountain Ash.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the British Heart Foundation and may be deposited with either of Tom’s sons, Mark or Jeoffrey.

Pixels 2014 – Deadline Approaches

Gwynfa Camera Club cordially invites clubs in the WPF and NWPA to enter Pixels 2014. The deadline for entries is October 19th.

The competition will be judged by Tony Potter and takes place on Saturday 8th November.  Information and entry forms can be found in the documents below:

Conditions of Entry
Entry Form


If your club is not on this list but think it should be, please contact Leigh Woolford as soon as possible.

Roy in India

On the 25th September 2014 19:30 at Tenby Camera Club, St Florence Hall, St Florence, Nr Tenby, Roy Packer is giving a 1½ hour presentation on his travels through India. It will feature video, music and a selection of images drawn from the many thousands taken. Guests are invited come along on the night for the event.

If any other clubs would be interested in seeing Roy’s presentation please contact

Aberdare CC Exhibition

Aberdare CC are holding their annual exhibition at Cwmdare Country Park from 2nd to 27th October. Full details here.