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Mike Lewis Update

The post-mortem took place for Mike on Friday.  The verdict confirmed that Mike had Ischaemic Heart Disease.  If you want more information on this condition, please view this link.

The family have thanked everyone for their well-wishes and kind thoughts, but request that this information is not spread using Facebook.

As yet, there is no date for a funeral, as the death has yet to be registered, which I understand has to be done in Llandrindod Wells, so may be a week or so away yet!

The family have also requested an indication of numbers likely to attend Mike’s funeral.  I appreciate that this may be difficult to confirm definitively, but if you could email barrycameraclub.treasurer@gmail.com by Wednesday 28th June to advise you are planning to attend, then I will reply to Mike’s daughter, Jay.

Jamie Archdale-Smith

Mike Lewis

IMG_2476We have received some awful news from Jamie Archdale-Smith at Barry Camera Club.

It is with great regret that we have to announce the sad and sudden death of our Chairman Mike Lewis on Saturday 17th June 2017.  Mike passed away unexpectedly whilst out doing what he loved best, on a walk in the countryside taking photographs.

Mike was a passionate fan of all things photographic, and will be greatly missed by all.  His passing will be a great loss for Barry Camera Club and the Welsh Photographic Federation, both of whom he served diligently for a great many years.

Further details will be provided once they are known.

Our thoughts go to his family at this difficult time.

39th Welsh International Salon of Photography 2017

The 2017 Welsh International Salon of Photography is now open for entries here

The Rules are visible on the entries website or you can read them here.

The closing date is 19 August 2017.

Interested in coming to Lampeter?

Interested in coming to the WPF Photographic Weekend at Lampeter but would like to know more about the programme before deciding?

Well now you can. The programme has just been published on the WPF website so you can see all the details of the two days. You can go straight to it using the link


Perhaps you may want to come for a day? In which case the programme will help you choose which one is most suitable.

For more information please contact Fred Davies by email at fred.j.davies01@gmail.com or Telephone 02920 679864.

WPF Website

The Executive of the WPF is conscious that the current website is not of a modern and user-friendly standard.  We are seeking proposals from experienced website builders.  We do require that the new site be compiled in WordPress.

Will anyone having the necessary experience and ability please contact me by email in the first instance on vicepresident@thewpf.co.uk.


Vice President

Midland Salon Deadline Approaches

You have until the 28th June to enter the Midland Salon. Full entry details here.

PAGB Inter Federation Results

The PAGB Inter Federation Competitions  were held in Pontefract on Saturday 3rd June.
The Welsh Photographic Federation results are are as follows:

OPEN PDI’s  SECTION – 6th Position
NATURE PDI’s  SECTION – 9th Position (Joint)

All 15 Federations in the PAGB took part in the Competitions.

Individual awards:
SILVER MEDAL OPEN PDI’s – Bleak Grazers – Alan Jenkinson
BRONZE MEDAL NATURE PDI’s – Martes Martes – Phil Morgan
PAGB RIBBON OPEN MONO – The Orphanage – David Bolton

A total of 22 WPF members’ work has been selected to be included in the Touring Exhibition which will be in Wales for most of October. Details to follow. The documents below show the full scores and those included in the exhibition.

Colour Prints        Mono Prints        Open PDI        Nature PDI

Do you want to attempt an AWPF?

If you are thinking of applying for the AWPF award this year, Please send your application to me ASAP, Please note the change of address. (Application forms and all other details are on the WPF website).

“Sandalwood” Westfield Road, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire. SA69 9JN. With your cheque payable to the WPF.

The success of the workshop in May has resulted in a steady stream of applications. We are capping the numbers of candidates this year, to 25 and are approaching that number now, although there are still several slots still available, I would urge those who are contemplating applying for this prestigious award, to apply soon.

Please be aware that this award is now open to anyone, not only WPF members, I shall soon be advertising the award publicly, so please members apply now.

Thank you

David Lewis

Inter-Fed Selection

Here are the photographs selected to represent the WPF in the forthcoming Inter-Federation battle.


Open DPI

Colour Print

Mono Print

The Competitions will be held in Pontefract on Saturday 3rd June.

Cymru Mono – Mono Only Battle Result

This report from Gareth Martin:-

Cymru Monochrome’s biggest, and possibly the largest and the only monochrome print battle of its kind held in the UK ever, was held on Saturday 13th May at St. Paul’s Centre, Port Talbot. More than 100 people turned up at “Only Mono” with 41 clubs from all over the UK taking part and with 164 prints of the highest standard to be judged we knew we were in for a treat.

We were there early just to finalise things and people from far and wide started arriving two hours before the start time of 12.45.

The top three clubs were:
1 Inn Focus – 75 points
2 Swansea – 73 points
3 Cotswold Monochrome – 72 points

The top three prints were:
1 Artic Fox – Michael Windle, Cotswold Monochrome
2 Little Owl – Susan Rowlands, Port Talbot
3 Three up – David Bolton AWPF, Tenby    

There were 19 prints awarded an “Only Mono” highly commended certificate. Full score-sheet HERE.

I came up with the idea of running a monochrome print battle that covered clubs from all over the UK several years ago, but it didn’t get off the ground for one reason or other so in April 2016 I put it to the new Cymru Mono committee and they all agreed to the idea. Next, I went looking for a venue and got St. Paul’s Centre.  

We all thought if we get 15/20 clubs that would be fine for starters. Within a month it went above and beyond my dreams.  I think we went up to 30 clubs in one month and although I had a cut off number of 35 clubs, after I stopped advertising it more clubs kept asking could they take part.

I knew Imants Grindulias, of Cardiff CC and a fellow judge, was a wood turner so I asked him to make two trophies and use his design with our club logo in it. I had photographed an Indian Wedding for Ram, owner of Cinnamon Kitchen, in 2015 so I asked him if the restaurant would sponsor the trophies, which he kindly arranged.

Kevin Thomas was top of my list for judges. I have known Kevin since the very early 1980s and we served together on the WPF committee several years ago, so I wanted him to be the first judge to start this battle and he did a superb job for us.

I managed to get the mayor to open the battle and that is thanks to Cllr Saifur Rahman for arranging it within one week. A big thank you also goes to Pyle and Porthcawl PS and Geoff Baker for loaning and setting up the print panel stand for the 19s and 20s.

Jill and Peter Young kindly organised certificates, so a huge thank you to them, along with Peter Thomas who photographed the day. Also, thank you to Cymru Monochrome members for all the little jobs they did, including bringing along raffle prizes so that Mike Lewis, who kindly sold tickets, had something nice with which to tempt buyers.

My wife says she didn’t do anything but she was on hand when needed i.e. to type the score sheet and the mayor’s form.

A big thanks, too, for everyone who turned up and made it a fantastic event; it was worth all the hard work I put into it.

After the event ten of us, including four members of Hailsham CC went to the Cinnamon Kitchen for a well-earned meal.
The planning for the 2018 Only Mono Battle has started. There are ideas being mooted to see if we can make it better, so put this date in your diary:  May 12th 2018 at St. Paul’s Centre, Port Talbot. I will be sending out invitations out around June 24th as this is the time it will be going out in the PAGB News.

Gareth Martin AWPF,CPAGB,
Programme Sec., Comp sec. and Founder of CM

PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championships 2017 Warwick

On the 15th July, 2017 Inn Focus, Tenby and Gwynfa will be representing the WPF at the PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championships.

This is an extremely well organised event providing a showcase of the best work from the 38 qualifying clubs from across the UK. It’s held in the 550-seat tiered theatre within the Arts Centre complex of Warwick University. There are bar and catering facilities within the building and ample free car parking.

Admission is by prepaid ticket only at £10.00 each. You can download a ticket application here. Your club does not have to be taking part for you to attend.

Full details and ticket application form can be found on the PAGB website.

This is a brilliant day out and we guarantee you’ll see some amazing and inspirational photography.

Welsh International Entry Deadline

The 2017 Welsh International Salon of Photography is now open for entries here

The Rules are visible on the entries website or you can read them here.

The closing date is 19 August 2017.

AWPF Workshop 2017

There was a good turnout for this year’s AWPF workshop at Talbot green.

I enjoyed meeting prospective candidates, and viewing their work at today’s workshop.  The standard of work that we saw was very encouraging and I hope that everyone found the day interesting and informative and that they received helpful advice from our team.

Dave Lewis and myself would like to thank all those that took the time and trouble to offer one-to-one advice to the participants who brought in their work for review.

If anyone finds that further advice is needed, please get in touch.

I would also like to add that we currently have 13 applications in at this moment so if you intend having your panel assessed this year I would recommend you sending your application off as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, either to myself John Cooke or to David Lewis, all contact details can be found on the WPF web site

I wish all prospective AWPF candidates every success in November.

John Cooke.

Award for Port Talbot Salon

News from Ed Cloutman the FIAP Liaison Officer for the WPF

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Darren Boxer and his team have been awarded the FIAP Bronze Plaquette for carrying out efficiently five Port Talbot International Salons of Photography.  Congratulations to you and your team Darren, and how good this is for Welsh photography.