July 2014

Can you host the Ace or the Memorial?

We are looking for WPF clubs to host the Memorial Trophy in Januaury 2015 and the Ace Of Clubs in February 2015.

Ideally we would like to see these showcase events taking place around the whole of the WPF area, each at different clubs in turn.

So if your club would like host such an event for 2015 (or even later), this is your chance to tell us. It would bring a big event to your area; showcase your club and perhaps even bring in some revenue.

Please contact David Paskin, CELO.  or 01554 741255

Swansea International Salon Invitation

Swansea Camera Club invites you to enter the 10th Swansea International Salon.

This year the categories are Colour, Monochrome, People and Transport. All entries must be made online.

Full details here.

Lampeter Convention – reminder

Just a reminder that the Welsh Photographic Federation’s Photographic Convention will be held as usual at the Lampeter Campus of the University of Wales on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August this year.

Booking Form (Word)               Booking Form (PDF)

Please note that the price for the extra nights B&B  at Lampeter is £32 and not £35 as shown in parts of an earlier version of the booking form.

This year the price for the basic Weekend`s Accommodation and the Lectures will be only £99.00. There will be the usual charge for Bed & Breakfast on the Friday evening. It is an excellent opportunity for photographers in Wales and the Welsh Borders – and any and all enthusiasts from further afield – to get together to share their knowledge and experience and to be entertained and informed by top-class photographers from the length and breadth of Britain. This year we are fortunate to have, in alphabetical order:

Ian Bramham  -  Fine Art Mono
Craig Jones  -  Wildlife
Viveca Koh -  Urban Exploration
Peter Paterson  -  Landscape in Colour
Joas Souza  -  Architecture and City-Scapes

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How to use this website

This website is extremely simple to navigate. But if you feel you need help, please read this document which should will help.

Results from Warwick

Smethwick Photographic Society (265 points) were resounding winners of the final of the PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championships in Warwick on 12 July. They beat Wigan 10 (257 points) by a clear 8 points.

The WPF representatives were Tenby and Inn Focus. Inn Focus narrowly missed getting into the final round, finishing in joint 9th after two rounds. Both clubs progressed to the plate competition where Tenby were placed joint 24th and Inn Focus were joint 11th from 30 clubs.

Click the links to see the final results and the awards.

Ace of Prints 2014 – Awards

We have recevied this from Dave Paskin, CELO.

I would like to congratulate the winners of the Ace of Prints. The Winners were:
1st – Ebbw Vale
2nd – Tenby
3rd – Western Valley
Ebbw Vale and Tenby Will represent the WPF at the PAGB Inter-club Print Championships at Ormskirk in October. Western Valley were awarded the Plate as there was no separate Plate Competition.

Other awards:
Best Mono – Standing Room Only – Peter Stickler – Swansea
Best Colour – Tess – Jill Baxter – Tenby
Judges’ Choices:
John Chamberlain – Alone In The Woods by John Cooke of Western Valley
Roger Parry – Agoraphobia by Gary Howells of Ebbw Vale.
Judith Parry – No You Can’t by Eric Williams of Newport. 

Competing Clubs: Bridgend, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, Llanelli, Newport, Port Talbot, Swansea, Tenby, The Vale, Towy Valley and Western Valley.

I Would like to take this opportunity to thank the clubs that entered this year’s Ace of Prints competition, it  would be nice to see a longer list of entries for next year. Maybe one of the federation clubs could host the event to bring it to your local area. If your club would like to host one the Memorial Trophy or the Ace of Clubs, please let me know.

Dave Paskin.

Judge & Presenter News

Ed Cloutman has informed us that he has done away with the Judges and Presenters STATISTICS forms as they no longer serve much purpose.  If Judges or Presenters have any problems or wish to change or add to their presentations, please email him directly at

The Judges and Presenters Assessment Forms will, of course, remain as they are very valuable for feedback. Please remember to complete them as often as you can. 

Online Judges assessment form

Online Presenters Assessment Form

As the club season is coming to an end (for some clubs), he is going to send out individual feedback to each judge with a summary of general comments made about them throughout the last year. These are strictly confidential. The feedback will also give judges an idea of the way their ratings are progressing, and for those who have not yet got any stars, how many more returns are required for them to have a rating.

He is also going to try and ensure that all our judges on the Supplementary List get the boost they need to go on the Main List.

Cwmbran Exhibition

Cwmbran Photographic Society are holding their Annual Exhibition at The World Heritage Centre, Blaenavon from 8th July to 17th August.

The Centre is open from 9.00 to 17.00 Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays).

PAGB APM Workshop

The WPF is hosting an Awards for Photographic Merit (APM) Workshop on behalf of the PAGB at Talbot Green Community Centre, Cowbridge Road, Talbot Green, CF72 8HS  on Sunday, 21 September 2014 from 10am.

The workshop will be led by Rod Wheelans with other members of the PAGB APM Team.  In the morning, they will explain clearly the various PAGB Photographic Awards and the standard of work necessary to achieve the CPAGB, DPAGB and MPAGB Awards.

In the afternoon, delegates will be able to have an initial panel of work assessed to give them an overview of their current standard, plus guidance about which level they might aim for and what they will need to do to get there.

The cost of the event is £5.00 which includes a buffet lunch and refreshments.  Numbers will be limited and the event is likely to be popular, so an early application is recommended.  Application form here.

The Best of British Photography

The PAGB Exhibition will be on display in Wales, from 30 June 2014 to 30 July 2014 during normal opening hours, at the Riverfront, Kingsway, Newport NP20 1HG.  You will find the colour prints in the Ground Floor Gallery; the monochrome prints and the projected images will be in the Basement Gallery. The Riverfront is an excellent venue; it is permanently manned, with plenty of parking around, disabled access, cafe, seating area and entry is free.  Our thanks go to Newport Photographic Club for their help in making the booking.

FREE Admission / Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 11am - 7pm  /  Saturday 11am – 5pm / Sunday CLOSED

The Official Opening and Presentation of Awards will take place on Saturday, 05 July 2014 between 2:00 and 3:00, in the presence of the Mayor of Newport.  Refreshments will be provided.  If you wish to attend the Opening, please let Jan Williams know via email by 29 June 2014, so that we can order the refreshments. ( I shall be away that week, so if you have any other queries please contact Jan Cawley).

Photomarathon Success for WPF members

Two WPF club members were topic finalists in the recent Cardiff Photomarathon which saw 400 photographers compete to take the best photos on 12 topics in 12 hours.

Susan Plant of Port Talbot was a finalist in the ‘Street Level’ topic and Leigh Woolford of Gwynfa was a finalist in the ‘Control’ topic. Congratulations to both. Photos below.

The 2014 Photomarathon Exhibition is open at the Cardiff Story until July 5th.

If you acheived success in the 2014 Photomarathon, please let us know.

PAGB Inter-Federation Competition Results

Here are all the results from the PAGB Inter-Federation Competition held at Talbot Green on Sunday, 8th June 2014.

Open Colour Print

Monochrome Print

Nature PDI

Open PDI

WPF Acceptances and Scores

Pixels 2014

Pixels 2014 takes place on Saturday 8th November at Talbot Green Community Centre. 

Gwynfa is delighted to announce that the judge for the event will be Tony Potter from the West Cumbria Photo Group. He is the organiser of the UK Small Print Circuit.

It is the 10th running of an event which evolved out of the Gwynfa Contemporary Competition.

FIAP, PSA & RPS re-define Nature & Wildlife

The same definition for nature and wildlife categories will now be used in competitions and exhibitions by three major international photographic organizations, the FIAP, PSA and RPS.

Three of the world’s largest international photography organizations have devised a common definition for nature and wildlife photography. The Photographic Society of America (PSA) which represents 6500 members and 470 camera clubs, the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) which represents more than 85 national associations and The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) with over 11,000 members will all use the same definition for nature and wildlife categories for their respective competitions and exhibitions.

The new definition will come in to effect from 1 January 2015.  

The introduction of a common definition is primarily intended to provide clarity to competition entrants. In addition, it will support efforts by all three bodies and their affiliated organizations to clamp down on those entering ineligible images or who set out to abuse the rules.

Commenting on the new definition John Davis / Riccardo Busi / Derek Birch, President of PSA / FIAP / RPS said: “The development of a common definition for nature and wildlife photography will be an important step in helping photographers, many of whom enter competitions internationally, know what the rules are. It will also provide organizers with a very clear definition when they need to deal with the problem of ineligible images. We would encourage other competition organizers to adopt the definition.”.

Read the new definition below….

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