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2018 Welsh International Salon Open for Entries

The online entry system for the 2018 Welsh International Salon is now open.

There are a total of six sections (print and PDI), a total of 155 awards and the exhibition has been granted patronage by FIAP, GPU, PAGB and PSA.

You may enter at this link:

The rules and further information are available here.

Closing date is 26th August, 2018.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB (Welsh International Chairman)

Gwynfa Pixels 2018 – Entries Invited

Gwynfa Camera Club invites all WPF and NWPA clubs to take part in Pixels 2018.

A club entry consists of four digital photographs from each participating club, each from a different photographer. The club with the highest aggregate score will win the Pixels 2018 Trophy. Awards will also be made for Best Colour Photograph and Best Monochrome Photograph.

Pixels 2018 takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, 3rd November 2018. The venue is Talbot Green Community Centre, Llantrisant, CF72 8HS.

The entry deadline is 14th October, 2018 and entries may be made by email, by post or in person (by prior arrangement). The entry fee is £10.

Everything you need to enter can be found in the following documents.

Competition Details

Conditions of Entry (revised for 2018)

Entry Form

We very much hope your club will decide to take part and look forward both to receiving your entry and seeing you on the day.

Time to Book for the WPF Carmarthen Conference

This year’s conference will take place between Friday 24th  and  Sunday 26th August 2018

Don’t miss out on a great Photographic weekend – Book today!

To see what’s on and how much it will cost go here.

For more information on the event View/Download:

Poster for the 2018 Conference

2018 Conference Booking Form

2018 Conference Brochure (Online version)

2018 Conference Brochure (Printable version)

Or contact David D Jones by email or telephone 07952 184004

Want to know about the PSA?

Ian Ledgard writes in his new position as Photographic Society of America Membership Director for Wales.

I see from the catalogues from many Salons that there are a good number of Welsh entrants who are achieving success with both acceptances and awards and yet only a tiny handful have sought to seek recognition of their achievements by PSA.

PSA offers Recognition of Photographic Achievement for individuals who gain acceptances in PSA recognised exhibitions. The route is through a Stars and Galaxies system leading to QPSA, PPSA, EPSA, GMPSA and even higher awards.

It would be great to see more Welsh based photographers seeking these awards and I am very happy to provide further information and support.

I will be attending the Carmarthen Conference on the Saturday (25th August) so please feel free to speak to me and learn more about PSA.

Foto Fest South – 9th September 2018

Foto Fest South takes place at the University of Bath on 9th September 2018 between 9:30am – 5:00pm.

The event returns to the theatre at the University of Bath for a second time and has announced a line up of top speakers: Valda Bailey, Terry Donnelly, Julian Calverley and Paul Goldstein.

Further details can be found here.

Pyle & Porthcawl Exhibition

Pyle & Porthcawl Photographic Society’s annual exhibition in the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl opens Monday 6th August and runs until Sunday 12th August. The official opening is at 6pm on Monday 6th.

Free entry and everyone welcome.

Graham Harries Exhibition – Visions of silence

In March this year Llanelli photographer Graham Harries travelled 3,000km to document the exclusion zone with his camera. The result, an exhibition at Llanelly House, Llanelli that runs throughout August (opening times Mon to Sat 9-5 & Sun 10-4).

In the early hours of the 26th April 1986 Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded sending massive amounts of radiation into the atmosphere. The fallout of the disaster spread with the westerly winds over Europe reaching as far as North Wales & Ireland. 32 years on Chernobyl is still the world’s worst nuclear accident. As a result, 49,000 people were evacuated from their homes never to return! Today an area of 2,600 km² (1,004 sq m) is still uninhabitable and will be for around 300 years. The zone is off limits to everyone except for those working in the area & to those ‘dark tourists’ who are drawn to explore the zone. Homes, schools & shops sit empty and haunted by the events of 32 years ago.

Gill’s Exhibition in Tenby

Gillian Mackay AWPF CPAGB EFIAP BPE1* has an exhibition of her photographs being shown in Tenby Museum and Art Gallery from the 20th August to 10th September (excluding 9th September). It consists of a number of prints and a short slide show recording the story and emotions of the Ironman Wales day, an event that consists of a 2.4 mile swim, immediately followed with a 112 mile bike ride and, if this does not seem enough, a marathon of 26.2 miles. The contestants experience every emotion possible during the day and Gill hopes to have captured their journey in her exhibition.

2018 Celtic Challenge – We Need Your Photos

The Celtic Challenge 2018 is to be held on Saturday 13th October 2018, at The Strangford Arms Hotel,
90-92, Church Street, Newtownards, Co Down, BT23 4AL. This Annual competition is hosted this year by the Northern Ireland Photographic Association – being a battle between the Celtic Regions: – NIPA, IPF, SPF, NWPA, Isle of Man and of course the WPF – Cornwall are not coming this year unfortunately.

Request for submissions:-

We as the WPF need to enter a selection of 10 Colour Prints, 10 Mono Prints and 10 PDIs – whilst we have some to hand I would really like to have some of the latest and greatest from our many photographers to make a good selection – so if you have work which you would like us to consider please contact me as below – ideally by early September – and we can arrange to place them in front of our Selection Committee for consideration. (Normal sizes apply)

Roy Thomas

FIAP Photographer’s Card

As from 1st January 2019, applicants will have to apply for their Photographer’s Card directly from FIAP and not via their FIAP Liaison Officer.  They must have a card BEFORE they submit their first application for AFIAP.  There will be a charge to update your card following each level of distinction.  Details can be found on the FIAP website.  Entries this year will be dealt with by me, as in previous years.

Ed Cloutman (FIAP Liaison Officer)

20th July 2018

FIAP Distinctions

Just to remind you that the closing date for FIAP distinctions this year is 10th September 2018.

I will need your dossiers for checking WELL BEFORE that date, even if they are not completely ready.  If they arrive on the 10th and I have not previously seen them, then I will not have time to check them all, and they will miss the FIAP deadline.  I NEED THEM NOW!

Be aware that FIAP have to have the salon files in their possession for the acceptance to count.  YOUR  record from the salon is not seen as an acceptance.  Therefore there is little point in counting an acceptance that has come in just before the closing date.  You are taking a chance that it will be accepted by FIAP.

Before emailing me – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE READ THE “HOW TO” FORM THAT I SENT TO ALL OF YOU – most of the answers are there!


PAGB National PDI Championships – Warwick

Please find theWarwick results below. Congratulations once again to Inn Focus for getting into the final 8 and finishing 6th!

This means they get an automatic entry into the 2019 event and we still get the opportunity for another 2 of our Clubs to go as well.

My congratulations to both Tenby and Western Valley who acquitted themselves well and had some good individual scores – I’m sure you enjoyed your day out.

Results & Awards                      Final Scores

Roy Thomas (CELO – WPF)

Welsh Salon Exhibition

The 2018 Welsh Salon Exhibition has now closed. It ran throughout June 2018.

Thanks to Steve Littlewood of Gwynfa for these photographs to remind us of the opening day.

PAGB Inter-Federation Results

Here are the results of the 2018 PAGB Inter-Federation Competition.

Colour & Mono Print Results                            Nature & Open PDI results

Colour Print Individual Scores                         Mono Print Individual Scores

Nature PDI Individual Scores                           Open PDI Individual Scores

Congratulations to the following Award winners:-

Ron Lines CPAGB BPE3* AFIAP AWPF, Western Valley CC, for his Open PDI “The Boathouse” Which earned a PAGB Ribbon.

Gillian Mackay AWPF CPAGB EFIA BPE3*, Tenby & District CC for her Mono Print “Oh Dear” which also won a PAGB Ribbon.

Apologies to Dave Edwards from Neath & District PS who scored a zero for his stallions in the Camargue. It was mistakenly entered in the Nature section – Sorry David!

Barrian Cup Won by Inn Focus

The Barrian Cup was won by The Inn Focus Group (95 points) with Tenby second (92 points) and Gwynfa third (88 points).

Angela De Roy Jones of Gwent won the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for Best Landscape/Seascape with Deganwy Winter Walk and Coltrane Koh won the inaugural Mike Lewis Trophy for the Best Print in Competition with Settle Down.

The award winning photos can be seen below together with judge John Tilsley presenting Tom Dee from Inn Focus with the Barrian Cup and Jay, Mike’s daughter, presenting the Mike Lewis Trophy which was accepted on Angela’s behalf by Tom as no one from Gwent Photographic Society was present.

The full score sheet can be seen here.

Ian can help you with PSA accreditation

Ian Ledgard of Towy Valley CC writes

I have recently been appointed to a volunteer role within the Photographic Society of America as Country Membership Director for Wales. I have been a member since 2005 but there are only a handful of PSA members in Wales. My task will be to support existing members and encourage other to join this worldwide organisation.

Those who enter International Salons should be aware that PSA offers awards for photographic achievement based upon acceptances gained. From the autumn onward I will be available to give detailed presentations to clubs within Wales or to meet with individuals who may be considering joining PSA.

Please contact me on ot by telephone on 01558 823953.