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COVID-19 and Government Advice

The WPF urges all clubs and members to follow Welsh Government advice.

The PAGB has issued guidance here.

We hope you all keep safe and healthy.

Peter A Young – WPF President

2021 Welsh Salon – Entry Deadline is Sunday

The Welsh Salon 2021 is now open for entries. The closing date is next Sunday, 7th March 2021.

You can enter here. You can find the rules here.  The nature rules are here.

The three sections are:    1.   Open Colour        2.   Open Mono        3.   Nature

The cost of entering the 2021 salon will be the same as last year. £1.50 per image with a minimum of £6. This is a maximum of £16 if you enter four images in each of the three sections.

This year, due to the exceptional environment, the Salon will be judged remotely. This gives us an unique opportunity to use three judges from outside Wales without having to fund their travelling and accommodation.

Cliff Emery (Salon Chairman).

2021 Neath Salon – Call For Entries

Neath & District PS invite you to enter their 2020 Exhibition. They are a BPE (British Photographic Exhibitions) Member Exhibition so images accepted into the 2020 Exhibition will count towards BPE Crown Awards.

This year they have again been awarded PAGB Patronage so there will be separate PAGB Medals and Ribbons in each of the entry classes as well as N&DPS Medals and Ribbons.

There are four entry classes: Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Creative, and Nature. Please be sure to read the Class definitions so that images are entered into the appropriate Class(es). Entries are accepted via an online entry system on our website or by post and you can pay using PayPal, debit card or credit card.

The closing date for entries is 18th April 2021

Our Selectors this year are:

Leigh Woolford Hon FWPF DPAGB EFIAP AWPF BPE3*
Ross McKelvey MFIAP MPAGB FBPE FIPF EFIAP/p
Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB AFIAP

You can access the exhibition website by clicking here where you can also view the entry terms and conditions, including the class definitions. You can pay for your entry using PayPal, or by Debit or Credit Card.

Updated List of Online Judges & Lecturers

List last updated 29th January, 2021.

Huge thanks to Susan Surridge, WPF Judges & Presenters Secretary who has taken considerable time and trouble to compile a list of WPF judges and lecturers who are prepared to do online judging or presenting during the current pandemic.

You can find the updated list here.

2021 Arena Online Seminar – SATURDAY

The 2021 Arena Seminar takes place on 6th March and features talks by Polina Plotnikova FRPS, Sue Brown FRPS, Tony Worobiec FRPS, and Tom Way.
 
Book a place by clicking this link.
 
 

PSA Successes

PSA members in Wales have enjoyed successes in their progression through Stars and ROPA scheme which recognises success in International exhibitions.

Mike Bray achieved 3 star awards in Photo Travel and Photo Journalism sections.
David Edwards achieved 1 and 2 star awards in Photo Journalism
Paul James a relative new member achieved his first colour star
Ian Ledgard achieved Diamond 3 in Colour and Galaxy 6 in both Mono and Photo travel
Rhodri Phillips gained first stars in Colour, Photo Travel and Photo Journalism
Gary Shinner gained the ROPA award of MPSA2 and Galaxy 2 in Mono
Neville Thomas achieved 5 star in Colour.

That is an impressive list and does a lot to raise the profile of Welsh photography. All those mentioned are to be heartily congratulated.

From time to time I see Welsh based photographers featuring in the acceptance lists from International exhibitions. If you are one of those and you are interested in seeking PSA recognition of your work then please contact me for help or advice.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA (PSA Membership Director for Wales)  iledgard004@gmail.com

2021 Ace of Clubs Results

Here are the results and award winners from the 2021 Ace of Clubs competition held via zoom on 21st February 2021. Many congratulations to the winners Tenby and second place Gwynfa who are invited to represent the WPF at the National PDI Championships later in the year. Congratulations also to all the award winners.

The final results and award winners can be see here and all the individual scores here.

Special thanks to our judges who spent the afternoon considering and marking your work; Colin Harrison FRPS MPAGB FBPE EFIAP/d3; Paul Keene FRPS MPAGB EFIAP/d3 MFIAP and Roger Parry ARPS MPAGB HonPAGB EFIAP EsFIAP.

Huge thanks to all 13 clubs that participated and to everyone who attend via Zoom on Sunday afternoon. Thanks also to the WPF Team who looked after the day – Peter Young, Del Jones, Susan & John Surridge and Ed Cloutman

Adrian Webster

We’ve received this sad news from Vince Penticost at Western Valley CC.

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Adrian Webster a long serving member and stalwart of Western Valley Camera Club has passed away suddenly.

He will be very sorely missed by all in our club and by his many friends in photography and elsewhere.

PAGB APM Online Advisory Service – Briefing 20 March 2021

When the Advisory Service was set up on a permanent basis a briefing session was promised for all the Volunteer Advisors.  David Smith, Administrator for the Online Advisory Service has advised that Rod Wheelans will present such a briefing session by Zoom on Saturday 20 March 2021.

Because of the enthusiastic response, there will be two sessions:  from 10.00 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.00.  The sessions will not last two hours but David is putting two hours into the Zoom booking so that there will be plenty of time for questions or discussion after Rod’s presentation.

If you would like to attend either session can you please let David know so that he has an indication of the numbers.  Please contact David on:  berenty@sky.com

Daphne Hanson (PAGB Awards Secretary)

Applying for FIAP distinctions under the new regulations

The new FIAP rules coming into effect in 2022 are posted separately.  The FIAP Liaison Officer of the WPF has had a request from a member of an English club as to whether they could beat the deadline by sending their application through a Welsh club.

There is an agreement between the Irish Photographic Federation, the Scottish Photographic Federation, the WPF and the PAGB, which are all separate countries within FIAP, that none of those countries will process applications from photographers living outside its borders.

There may be exceptions where club members live close to the border between two of those countries.

Ed Cloutman (FIAP Liaison Officer for the WPF) 11th February 2021

2020 Masters of Print – Entry Deadline Extended

The 2020 Masters of Print is now open for entries. This year there cannot be a physical exhibition, but it still have the same prestige, the same high standards, the same distinctive badge and, best of all, a fabulous ‘coffee table’ catalogue for every entrant. Full details here.

Since we will not be mounting or framing the accepted prints, there will be less constraint on size and format. In fact, any shape or size you like on A3 or 12”x16” paper!

More in the latest edition of PAGB E-News.

GB Cup & GB Trophy Changes

To read about significant changes to the judging of the GB Cup and GB Trophy, please read the latest edition of PAGB E-News.

Major Changes to FIAP distinction rules for 2022

There are major changes coming in 2022 with FIAP distinction rules.  I will be updating all the information in due course.  Read the information on our website news carefully if you are doing EFIAP Levels. 

If you are going for your EFIAP, then I advise you to try and get it this year while the old rules apply.  This means getting your finished dossier to me by the end of August to ensure FIAP have the Salon files.  You do not require any prints this year due to Covid. 

The official closing date this year is 10th October 2021, but due to Covid some of the Salon files may not have reached FIAP and therefore any acceptances you have for these salons will not count.

Ed Cloutman (FIAP Liaison Officer)

John Long DPAGB ARPS HonPAGB

Everyone in the WPF is very sad to hear of the passing of our good friend John Long DPAGB ARPS HonPAGB.

A long standing member of Bristol’s Kingswood PS, John was known for his friendly, unassuming manner and was well known and much respected throughout the Welsh photographic community.

You can read numerous tributes to John in this edition of PAGB e-News.

Our thoughts are with his family.

Online PAGB APM Results

The first PAGB APM online adjudication ran very smoothly, thanks mainly to a lot of hard work by Adrian Lines and Libby Smith. We were determined that we should view the entries at maximum quality and, although we used Zoom for communication, the images worked directly from our website so that we saw them exactly as they were uploaded by the entrant. Our thanks also to the Adjudicators who complied with our technical requirements for remote viewing and who worked hard throughout the day.

Judging on a large monitor at close range is obviously not the same as viewing on a 8’ screen some distance away. Some faults, such as over sharpening, were much more obvious on a monitor, whilst other issues were less obvious than they would be if projected. As a result, some images which had been used in previous submissions scored worse or better than might have been anticipated. This is an unfortunate disadvantage of the different method of viewing but, on this occasion, our Review Team looked at every image submitted, and I am happy to still be able to claim that no-one failed who should have passed. It is of course possible that some failed or passed with a lower total than they might have expected.

You can find more information and lots of images in this edition of PAGB E-news.

Rod Wheelans MPAGB. Chairman of the Awards for Photographic Merit

Covid 19 Memorial Trophy Results

Please find attached the various reports of the Covid 19 Memorial Trophy competition which were judged this afternoon by Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB EFIAP who did a great job!

Congratulations go to Bridgend & District CC for winning the mono event and Baglan Bay PS for winning the colour event – well done! Also, congratulations to those who won the individual awards (see below).

Colour Trophy

  1. Baglan Bay (78 points)
  2. Gwynfa (77 points)
  3. RPC (76 points)

Best colour image: “Look mean boys, he’s got a camera..” by Carl Jones, RPC

Mono Trophy

  1. Bridgend (77 points)
  2. Gwynfa (75 points)
  3. Cardiff, Gwent, RPC & Tenby & (all on 73 points)

Best mono image: “In Reflective Thought” by David Hopes of Bridgend & District CC

All scoresheets below:

Covid 19 Memorial Colour Trophy Results
Covid 19 Memorial Colour Trophy (Spreadsheet)
Covid 19 Memorial Colour Trophy Results Detail

Covid-19 Memorial Mono Trophy Results
Covid-19 Memorial Mono Trophy (Spreadsheet)
Covid-19 Memorial Mono Trophy Results Detail

2020 Christmas Competition

This competition was the concept of Ed Cloutman about 6 weeks ago.  It was held on 9 January 2021 by Zoom with over 90 people having booked to watch the proceedings.  117 club members had entered 1 photograph each, being the best they had made or, in some cases, their favourite.

The judges, Colin Harrison FRPS MPAGB FBPE EFIAP/d3, Paul Keene FRPS MPAGB EFIAP/d3 MFIAP and Roger Parry ARPS MPAGB HonPAGB EFIAP EsFIAP did a super job of scoring each photograph from 2 to 5.  They then selected 5 awards from the 18 that had scored the maximum of 15.  The results are shown on the scoresheet here.

Congratulations go to:

First Place  – Cuckoo Robin Confrontation by Charlie Kidd DPAGB EFIAP BPE1, Tenby Camera Club

Second  Place – The Orphanage by Dave Bolton, Tenby CC

Colin Harrison’s Award – Not a Good day for Umbrellas by Gwynfryn Jones EFIAP DPAGB, Gwynfa CC

Roger Parry’s Award – Love is .. by Gill Perkins, Hay Camera Club

Paul Keene’s Award – Coyote on Thin Ice by Linda Cowen, Neath & DPS

As well as the three judges, our thanks go to Ed Cloutman EFIAP HonFWPF for conceiving the idea, Del Jones, Sue Surridge and John Surridge who were the Zoom team and Roy Thomas APAGB HonFWPF who mirrored the scoring in case of connection problems.

After the competition ended, several people expressed, either verbally or by email, their appreciation of our efforts.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB

WPF President

9-Jan-21