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2015 Ace of Clubs

This year the event, hosted by Tenby, takes place at The Regency Hall, Milford Terrace, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire. SA69 9EL ON 15th February, 2015.

Please find below an invitation to enter the Ace of Clubs 2015 plus all the documents that you will need to enter. The Master Lists and the 1st Round Projection List have been provided in both PDF and MS Word formats so that you can print them and complete them by hand, or on your computer.  I should be grateful if you would pass everything to your Competition Secretary.

Please note the following:
•    Please notify David Paskin of intention to enter by 23 Dec 2014. mokeyjo@sky.com
•    Please read the Rules carefully, they have changed considerably.
•    Read the nature definition carefully, it is the new coordinated definition from July 2014
•    The Club Codes have been updated.

Invitation          New Rules          Nature Definition          Club Codes

Master List 1-20 Word          Master List 1-20 PDF

Master List 21-40 Word          Master List 21-40 PDF

Round 1 Projection List Word          Round 1 Projection List PDF

Key Dates
23 December 2014 – Please notify your intention to enter.
18 January 2015 – Closing Date for entries.
1 February 2015 – Please confirm number attending.
15 February 2015 – Competition day.

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.

Mixed results for the WPF

The WPF featured strongly in the 2014 Inter-federation PDI Competition, finishing fourth. Noteable was the award of a PAGB ribbon to Tom Dee of IFG for his photograph entitled Arieta. We weren’t as successful in the Nature PDI section though, finishing 13th of 14 federations. Full details and photos here.

Likewise, we had mixed results in the Inter-federation Print Competition finishing 12th (from 15) in the colour section and 7th (from 15) in the monochrome section. However Jason Chapman of Swansea picked up a FIAP Silver Medal for his mono print entitled ‘Waiting‘. Full details and photos here.

Inn Focus reach the Final

More congratulations to Inn Focus Group for reaching the finals of the National Inter-Club Print Championships. They finished 7th overall. Full details here.

CPAGB FOR ROB

We’ve just heard that Rob Dummer of Gwynfa CC has just been awarded a CPAGB to add to his AFIAP.

More details of further WPF successes when we have them…

Important notice to all Clubs

The President of the WPF and the Judges and Presenters Secretary have been out recently giving presentations to various clubs and have received no reminder, nor have they been asked what equipment they require for the presentation.

This is just not good enough! If you invite a speaker then you should have the courteously to make sure that the speaker feels comfortable that he/she will be welcomed when they arrive and know that the equipment required for their presentation is in place. Also that they have been reminded of the event a few days before to ensure that you know that all is well and that they are able to attend.

This assumption that they will just TURN-UP is not acceptable – it is taking the speaker for granted. We realise that occasionally circumstances make a reminder difficult, but clubs should make sure that there is more than one person aware of the event and that the speaker is kept informed.

Another point that I have been asked to mention; can you please start on time; 7.30pm. should mean 7.30pm, not 7.40pm or 7.50pm as is so very often the case. The speaker will have prepared their talk to fit the times you have told them, so please ensure you adhere to those times. You may even wish to consider making your club announcements five minutes earlier than the proposed start time or during the tea-break in order to give the presenter the maximum amount of time. It is not fun to stand for 20 minutes listening to a multitude of announcements and then have to rush through a talk designed to last a specific amount of time.

Most Presenters will aim to arrive around 30 minutes before start time (unless otherwise agreed) in order to set up and check that all their equipment is functioning. So please have someone there to meet and greet them in plenty of time, not ten minutes before as happened recently.

Having said all this, the clubs we have attended are very friendly and appreciative – they just need to think a little more about the person who is going to entertain them, who has often travelled a long way.

Ed Cloutman (Judges and Presenters Secretary)

Accommodation for Memorial Trophy

We have received this information from the folks over at New Quay, who are hosting the Memorial Trophy.

The owners of the Penwig Hotel in New Quay have made a special offer of £50 bed and breakfast for a double room for one night or £79 for two.

Book directly and ask for Mike Wheeler and mention New Quay Camera Club. Or if you prefer book via Travel Zoo

Inn Focus Joint 6th in World Cup

Congratulations to the Inn Focus Group on coming joint 6th in the FIAP World Cup. Scores here.

Inkjet Masterclass Video

We’ve received this from John Read at Marrutt.

Please click here to view the video of the recent talk delivered to Steyning Camera Club in November 2014 titled: “Inkjet Printing Masterclass“. There are no copyright restrictions to this movie – please pass on to your members as you wish.

John Read (MD – Marrutt Limited) 

RPS Conference at Warwick

The RPS Digital Imaging Group (DIG) One Day Conference At Warwick – A Date For Your Diary

The RPS Digital Imaging Group (DIG) has given advanced notice that it is planning a very large one-day conference at Warwick on Sunday Sept 20th 2015. As they are aiming to sell 500 tickets to RPS and non-RPS UK-based photographers they thought that members might like to be aware of this date well in advance, to avoid double-booking.

The event will be launched at the end of February and full information about the programme will be made available then.

In the meantime, please put the date in your diary – and watch this space!

Stanley Chell won by Inn Focus

The 2014 Stanley Chell trophy was won by Inn Focus (78 points) from Ebbw Vale (77) Gwent (75) and Gwynfa, Merthyr Tydfil, Cwmbran and Llanelli (all on 73 points).

A summary of results and presentation photographs can be seen below. The full list of scores can be found here.

Stanley Chell Memorial Trophy (Best set of 4) Inn Focus Group
The Hans Hoyer Trophy Best Monochrome – Ebbw Vale  – Agoraphobia by Gary Howells
The Glyn John Trophy Best Colour Print – Gwynfa  – Female Azure Damselfly by Lynda Beynon
The Glan Mair Trophy Best Landscape – Cwmbran – Tuscan Dawn by Dave Kitson
The Doris Chell Memorial Trophy Best Image – Neath & District – Good Samaritan by Brian Callard

The judge was Brian Swinyard ARPS,EFIAP/b, DPAGB, BPE3*, PPSA.

Coltrane Koh for Inn Focus

Bristol Salon Opens

Bristol Salon is open for entries. There are 4 sections, Open, Monochrome, Photo Travel and Nature. Closing date 24 January. There are reduced fees for Early Bird entries (received before 4 January) and for club entries (10+ entries). For full details, follow this link or email chairman@bristolsalon.co.uk

The Photography Show is back!

Taking place from 21-24 March 2015 at the NEC Birmingham, this event is the meeting place for aspiring photographers of all levels. With an incredible line-up of leading brands, show bargains, live demos and inspirational speakers, you’ll enjoy a great day out dedicated to all things photography. Plus, get hands-on with the latest products from Canon and receive expert advice from brand representatives.

To find out what’s in store for the 2015 show and to book your ticket visit photographyshow.com. Use code EOSTPS15 to get an exclusive discount on your ticket. (Applies to adult tickets only and expires 18/03/2015).