Upcoming Events

The 2020 Photography Show

Start date: March 15, 2020

End date: March 17, 2020


December 2019
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Bridgend “5 to 8” Photoharmony Competition

The annual Bridgend “5 to 8” Photoharmony Competition is accepting entries until 16 February 2020.

Judging takes place at 7.30pm on 16 March 2020 at our usual venue, Nolton Church Hall, Bridgend and non-members are welcome to attend.

The 2020 competition will be judged by the winner of the three previous years, Ian Bateman FRPS, MPAGB, APAGB, AFIAP.

Full details and on-line entry are available here.

PAGB – Awards for Photographic Merit

After the recent success of our Tenby duo, Gillian & Charlie, YOU could be the next WPF photographer to gain a PAGB distinction and have CPAGB, DPAGB or MPAGB after your name!

Full details of the requirements and how to apply can be found here. The next opportunities to do so can be seen below. Move fast. They fill quickly. We suggest you apply now and panic later!

April 2020 adjudication – Birmingham
This Adjudication to be held on the weekend of 25th/26th April in Rednal, Birmingham is now filling up. There are still 10 spaces left in the Credit section, but only 4 in the Distinction/Master categories and anyone thinking of applying for either DPAGB or MPAGB should apply as soon as possible!

November 2020 adjudication – Newton Abbot
Applications are slowly coming in for this Adjudication to be held at Coomsbeshead Academy, Coombeshead Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 1PT, on the weekend of 28th/29th November, hosted by the Western Counties Photographic Federation.

WPF registration 2020

Hi everybody,

I have sent to every club secretary 4 documents for the WPF club registration for 2020. Just in case there is a glitch in the club receiving the document I have linked to copies below. The Registration form, Club Data sheet  and Registration need to be returned to me by 11 January 2020.

registration form v2020                  CLUB DATA SHEET 2020

Included in the e-mail is a letter explaining the changes regarding the Public Liability insurance and the current rates by the PAGB preferred broker Darwin Clayton.  Please note the cover provided last year ends on the 31 January 2020, so payment for the new year should be with the broker by then. (please note the insurance application has a section for “all risks” for those who use Darwin Clayton for that type of insurance)

Public liability insurance Application 20-21                 PLI Club Insurance changes letter

If there are any queries please e-mail me on treasurer@thewpf.co.uk

Dave Condon

Bristol Salon

Bristol Photographic Society invite you to enter the 2020 Bristol Salon. New for 2020 – They have introduced 2 print sections. There are also big discounts for group or club entries. Full details here.

The Final Meeting of the South Wales RPS AV Group

It is with great regret that the South Wales RPS AV Group will be holding its final meeting on Monday 9th December 2019 at 7 o’clock in the Heath Citizens Community Lower Hall, King George V Drive East, Cardiff, CF14 4EP.

The Group was started in the late 1970s/early 1980s and is the last RPS AV Group in the UK to hold regular monthly meetings. Started by Owen Gibbs LRPS, who then asked me to take over as the South Wales RPS AV Organiser in the 1990s. I have continued to organise it to date with much appreciated help along the way from Terry and Mary O’Connell, Perter Brown, Les Charlesworth and Phil and Enid Bennion.

Martin Fry FRPS EFIAP APAGB has sent us some of his Seasonal Sequences to show at our meeting, as unfortunately he cannot be with us. All are welcome but please bring some nibbles to share as it it will be our final Christmas party.


Sad News – Terry O’Connell

Many of you will have known Terry O’Connell who was a regular presenter on the camera club circuit with his long time friend and AV partner David Harris. Together with David, Terry presented his AV shows in his own style for nearly 40 years. On 22nd November, 2019 Terry passed away peacefully with his family around him. He was 96 years old.

I first saw Terry and David in the early 1980s giving a show at Gwynfa Camera Club, the first time I had ever seen AV and it was that show that started my interest in AV. He and his wife Mary were loyal supporters of the South Wales RPS AV Group. Terry and his sometimes quirky AVs will be sadly missed. The funeral is on 12th December at 1:15 pm at Thornhill Crematorium.


Smethwick Salon Exhibition

The 45th Smethwick Exhibition of Photography takes place from 4th to 12th January 2020 at UK FIAP Exhibition Centre, The Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 2AS. (Close to Junction 2 M5)

It is an Exhibition of all Accepted Prints together with three Projected Digital Image shows.

The official opening is Saturday 4th January. Full details and the Exhibition schedule can be found in this document.

AWPF Awards 2019 Successful panels

The successful AWPF panels for 2019 are now available to view in the awards gallery.

Congratulations to all the successful photographers

PSA Success for Mike Bray

Many congratulations to Mike Bray of Port Talbot CC a new PSA member who had a very successful report from the Taj Mahal Circuit in India, where he collected 26 acceptances along the a Gold, silver and Bronze medals. A great result which I hope might encourage others to submit their work into PSA recognised salons.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA
PSA Membership Director Wales
PSA Liasion Officer Wales

The Photography Show

Registration is now open for the UK’s biggest photography show, 14 – 17 March 2020.

Full details here.

Masters of Print Exhibition

You are cordially invited to the opening and private view of the masters of print Exhibition in Birmingham on Saturday 7th December. See details below or here. The Exhibition continues to 4th January.

GB Trophy (Prints)

The GB Trophy 2020 is open for entry until 20 January 2020. Entry Fee is 50p per image

The GB Trophy calendar has been put back to coincide with the calendar of the GB Cup which will reduce costs the same judges can be used for both events. This is because the Trophy has not attracted as many entries as was expected when the competition was launched. The PAGB hopes this move will attract more entries as the PAGB is actively promoting print media in amateur photography.

The same images can be used in both events.

The full rules and guidance notes can be found here.

GB Cup (DPI)

The GB Cup 2020 is OPEN until 20 January 2020.

Entry Fees for each GB Cup are as follows:-
GB Cup (Open) £7.50 per club
GB Cup (Small Clubs) £7.50 per club
GB Cup (Natural History) £7.50 per club

The GB Cup 2020 is sponsored by Paper Spectrum.

The full rules, explanatory notes and entry form can be found here.

FIAP Distinctions for WPF Photographers

The following photographers have been awarded FIAP distinctions:

Ian Ledgard   EFIAP Platinum
Matthew Jones  EFIAP Gold
Anthony Baggett  EFIAP
Jane Libby  EFIAP
Colin Price  EFIAP

Congratulations on behalf of the WPF

Ed Cloutman

DPAGB for Gillian & Charlie

Gillian Mackay and Charlie Kidd, both of Tenby & District Camera Club, attained their DPAGB distinctions on the PAGB APM day at Watford last Sunday.

Here they are receiving their badges from Howard Tate, PAGB President.

Hearty congratulations to them both.

PAGB Recorded Lecture Service

WPF programme secretaries may be interested to know that the PAGB offer a good selection of recorded lectures for purchase and download direct from their website. Prices range from £0 to £15 for a lecture.

You can access a full list here.

You can set up a log-in for your club here.

Peter William Toone

Peter William Toone (Lord Toone to his friends) passed away at home on Friday 22nd November 2019.

A member of Swansea CC who loved to take selfies all over the place.

Condolences to his wife Jackie and son Samuel and rest of family.