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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.

Some of us are thinking about online activities that we might provide.  Please keep your eye on Newsflash and PAGB e-news.

We hope you all keep safe and healthy.

Peter A Young – WPF President

Updated List of Online Judges & Lecturers

List last updated 21st July 2020.

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.

Baglan Bay Online Exhibition

Baglan Bay PS have launched an online exhibition. You can see it here.

Smethwick Salon Open for Entries

The 46th Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography is now open for entry.

This year due to the covid-19 pandemic the exhibition will be PROJECTED IMAGE ONLY. Our Prints sections will of course return in the future once it is safe and logistically possible to do so.

6 Sections: Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Nature, Creative, Scapes and Travel.

Around 200 Medals and Ribbons to be won.

Full details here.

WPF 2020 Virtual Conference

Our thanks to Everybody who made the WPF 2020 Conference such an outstanding success.

The general theme was creativity and Speakers Bernard Geraghty, Ross McKelvey, Sharon Prenton Jones and Barry Barker brought insight, energy and enthusiasm with their unique brands of photography. They generously identified the people and places in their images. But more than that, they identified their equipment in detail – clothes, cameras, lenses, filters and software packages. In addition they demonstrated and explained their processes and settings and even reconstructed images. Every question was answered fully and freely.

WPF Members Gareth Martin, Ron Lines, Jenny Hibbert and Dennis Russ were given the almost impossible task of finding words to convey the contribution and impact made by the individual speakers in their presentations. President Peter Young had started the proceedings with a formal opening and explained the ambitions of the Conference while Vice President Jenny Hibbert summarised progress at the end of the first day. The President also closed the Conference and thanked all concerned including Jan Cawley a dedicated supporter of the Conference but now sadly departed.

We were pleased that the 100 attendees included PAGB representatives and Speakers from previous Conferences, Gordon Jenkins and Richard Speirs, together with visitors from all over the British Isles.  Record Conference goers Eirwyn and Margaret Johnson joined us in “receive-mode,” but most people engaged in the conversations and repartee in the Break-out rooms with our speakers and attendees from clubs both inside and outside the WPF umbrella.

The Conference working party consisted of Dave Condon, Ed Cloutman, Jan Cawley, Sue and John Surridge. Initially we planned for a meeting at Carmarthen but Covid19 scuppered that. Instead we harnessed the power of the Zoom package to create a Virtual Conference. Spread over 4 sessions per day for 2 days and watched from the comfort of their own homes, many had planned to dip in and out. However such was the sheer quality of the presentations that most reported they remained locked to their screens!

We thank you for the exceptional number of positive reports on facebook and club pages and also in personal emails. It is hoped that we may produce a video record of Conference but there are a number of hurdles to clear, these include consideration of the Intellectual property of the Speakers together with any Copyright music they may have used. The privacy of attendees and the content of breakout room channels also need to be addressed together with the technical and distribution issues.

We will keep you informed….

Finally may I again thank everyone for their support and invite you to join us for the WPF 2021 Conference wherever and however it is held!

David D Jones – for the WPF and Conference Working Party.

PAGB Guidance – Recording of Online Lectures.

This is an edited version of a document which can be downloaded from the PAGB Website library here. It is an advisory document and does not set out a policy for anyone to follow. It is intended only as guidelines for Clubs to construct their own policy.

Events in 2020 have led to the widespread introduction of on-line meetings. Meetings may be of photographic events, online lectures or judging or may be administrative. This guidance also applies where physical meetings may be recorded by video.

Before recording a meeting the organiser must consider both Copyright and Data protection and Speaker’s Copyright.

Today, in the fast expanding “Zoom-Age”, it has become very easy to record a lecture given remotely but Clubs should be aware that both a judging and a lecture are copyright performances by the speaker.

The copyright issue is not new and this piece was published in PAGB e-news, Issue 42, March 2011.

As the copyright owner, the speaker not only has the right to refuse recording of the event but also has complete control over all terms and conditions of a licence under which the Club might be permitted to use any recording. Apart from anything else, the speaker could charge a fee for a licence.

A meeting must not be recorded by a Club except with the express prior permission of the speaker, including an agreement on the use of any recording.

Photographer’s Copyright – In a competition or exhibition where the images are viewed by the judge in advance, then the judge must delete any stored images after the event. In a competition or exhibition where the images are viewed by the judge in advance, then the judge must delete any stored images after the event.

Data Protection – Clubs must already have a data protection policy (or privacy notice) which covers the personal data which they collect and the reasons for doing so. Clubs must also ensure that they comply with the practices set out in their policy.

The PAGB has published separate guidance about writing a data protection policy.

Recording a meeting either by video or by using the record feature in an on-line meeting system is likely to collect personal data not envisaged in a pre-existing data protection policy. For example, images of the participants, audio of their contributions and, for an on-line meeting, their computer account identity.

It would be possible to adapt a pre-existing data protection policy to cover the extra data collected by a recording. However, it would be open to anyone to decline to take part in a recorded meeting under those conditions. Clubs should consider whether making recordings will limit participation by all members.

Not recording an on-line meeting should mean that no personal data is retained, and that there will be no obvious data protection issues.

It is getting fashionable in some areas for clubs to photograph a lecturer’s prints so as to project them for the benefit of the audience. There are also clubs who ask to video lectures and demonstrations. It has been suggested to your editor that some clubs may have distributed and even sold CDs of such recordings to members of other clubs. I have only second party anecdotal reports and no hard evidence of such a practice, but I would be very annoyed if it happened to me and I am going to be rather more vigilant in the future. I highly recommend that every lecturer and judge should seek assurance from the club that any digital copies of their images will be deleted as soon as the event ends.

2020 Lockdown Competition – Gallery and Catalogue

The gallery of accepted photographs can be found here and the catalogue appears here.

PSA Success for Neville Thomas

Congratulations are in order for PSA member Neville Thomas whose participation in the recent Taiwan Photo Circuit gained him 9 acceptances.

WPF Lockdown Slideshow & Archive

We have just had an enjoyable morning selecting this exhibition. Our thanks go to Ed Cloutman EFIAP Hon.FWPF and Roy Thomas APAGB Hon.FWPF for being the selectors.

I was pleased to press the buttons during the selection process which was undertaken using our new Zoom licence. Our thanks also go to Martin Nagle whose idea this was. We are grateful to the 101 entrants including 3 from England and 1 from each of Finland, India and Vietnam. The other 95 were from Wales.

Entrants were able to submit 3 entries each and we received 280 photographs to consider. Each entrant’s submission was considered and received 10 for his/her best entry – that gave us 101 acceptances. If present, the second best received 8 and third scored 6. There were 94 entries that scored 8 and 58 of those were selected for the exhibition and their scores were increased to 9. That all gives an exhibition of 159 photographs.

The gallery of accepted photographs can be found here and the catalogue appears here.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – WPF President

Stanley Chell 2020 Cancelled

We’ve received this information from Huw Edwards at Aberdare CC.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic Aberdare Camera Club has reluctantly decided to cancel the Stanley Chell 2020.

As a club we believe that the “SC” is, and always will be a “print” competition, best conducted with a live audience in attendence.

Unable to guarantee a safe enviroment with our usual high levels of hospitality, we have been forced to cancel.

We will endeavour to hold Stanley Chell in 2021.

Pixels 2020 Cancelled

We’ve heard from Gwynfa CC that they’ve decided to cancel their Pixels 2020 event. They remain committed to this being a live event with great hospitality and can see no way of fulfilling that in 2020.

Les Loosemore – Zoom Presentations Updated

We’ve received this from Les Loosemore:-

Like many Judges and Presenters, I have tried to accommodate club requests for Zoom evenings to try and maintain some continuity of events during the shutdown. Accordingly, I have now prepared (as well as actively creating more), a number of Zoom Presentations. A list of his presentations can be seen here.

 

The Virtual Photography Show

The Photography Show & The Video Show Virtual Festival will be live online on Sunday, 20 and Monday, 21 September.

Immerse yourself in a world of photography and filmmaking; check out essential kit and live demos from over 120 brands, and drop into a packed programme of talks and tutorials to help you build up your skills and spark your creativity.

Festival entry is completely free and you can access everything from the comfort of your own home.

To take part you must register here.

Welsh Salon update

The WPF Executive is very much aware that entries were made just before the lockdown. The prints are unpacked and assembled, ready for selection, but it has been impossible to take matters any further. The prints are being held safely.

During the lockdown, the Executive discussed whether to judge the print submissions as PDIs. It was agreed unanimously that this would be unfair to entrants who had spent time, effort and creativity in presenting prints in a manner most appropriate to the message they wish to convey. It was decided that, as soon as it is safe to do so, the entries would be judged behind closed doors using WPF judges and the minimum “staffing” level.  It is unlikely that there will be a framed or, indeed, unframed exhibition.

It must be recognised that most of the Executive members are in the categories that are shielding, at risk or vulnerable. However, now that the lockdown in Wales is gradually easing, the Executive will decide how to undertake the selection process in as safe a manner as possible and what to do afterwards. The first task will be to identify a venue that will permit the process to take place.

Cliff Emery AWPF CPAGB AFIAP – Welsh Salon Chairman

Zoom licence available to WPF clubs

I’m pleased to announce that the WPF has purchased a Zoom Pro licence which it is making available to clubs from 6-Jul-20.  It enables a meeting of up to 100 people for 24 hours which one of the WPF Executive will host (but almost certainly not for 24 hours).  This will enable clubs, who have not yet put their toe in the waters of online meetings, to have a go and it will permit meetings of more people, without time constraints, compared with the free version of Zoom.  There will be no charge for this service.

If you wish to take advantage of this, please send an email to wpfconf@gmail.com with “WPF ZOOM SESSION – CLUB & DATE” in the subject line/box.  The email must specify the Date, Time and Duration of the requested meeting, together with Liaison contact’s name, email and phone number.  We will reply by email and, if the license can be made available for that occasion, will confirm details and discuss any training or testing that may be necessary or useful.

The WPF Exec will be learning about this new initiative as we go and will announce any modifications as we find them necessary.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – WPF President

3-Jul-20

AWPF News

I am pleased to confirm that the WPF executive committee voted today to go ahead with the award of AWPF, subject to government restrictions. The assessment day is still planned for 1st November, but we are unable to arrange a workshop prior to this date, because of the present virus conditions. We may have to change the venue and restrict the audience, or possibly no audience at all, depending on the government rules at the time.

Our application system is still open and filling up nicely, at the moment we have only 10 places available as of Sunday 14th June, what tomorrow’s post will bring I do not know, but the application is on a “first come first served” basis, as normal.

Our Judges will be sat at safe distances, and the event should proceed as normal. So prints are still acceptable so are DPIs, as before.

The timescale is still the same, application closes on 21st September or when we reach our limit of 25 applications. All panels must be received by 12th October. Please download the application form and send it to me ASAP.

Any questions please email or ring me. Details on the website.

David Lewis

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Ken Watkins

We have received this sad news from Gwynfa Camera Club.

Our friend and member Ken Watkins has passed away suddenly at his home in Beddau. We understand that his passing was not Covid related.

Ken was a member of our club for many years and during his time at the club occupied numerous committee positions, including Chairman and Treasurer. He also played a big part in promoting the social side of the club by organising annual bus trips to London: Trips that will long be remembered.

Ken was a succesful club photographer who won his fair share of competitions, most recently the 2016 Colin Williams Trophy. He always stayed true to his vision of photography, never feeling the need to compromise his style to gain a few marks extra.

He will also be remembered for having the pleasing knack of being able to put visiting speakers at their ease with an amusing comment.

The news has come as a very big shock and he will be sorely missed by everyone at the club.

Our thoughts are with his family.