April 2019
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AWPF Distinction Workshop This Sunday

An AWPF distinction workshop is being held on Sunday 28th April at Talbot Green Community Centre starting at 10 am.

This event is open to anyone interested in applying for the distinction of Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation.

There is no need to book just come along and get some valuable advice.

2019 Welsh Salon Official Opening

The official opening and awards presentations are on Saturday 4th May 2.00pm.

The Salon Exhibition this year is in the Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, CF44 8DL. It runs throughout May.

Opening hours:
Sunday and Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am–4pm
Wednesday 10am–4pm
Thursday 10am–4pm
Friday 10am–4pm
Saturday 10am–4pm

The 2019 Ace of Prints

Hi Folks,

It has been decided to move the Ace of Prints Competition from Briton Ferry to Talbot Green Community Centre. As this venue has a market there on Saturdays it is also necessary to change the date to Sunday 7th July 2019 with the closing date remaining at 16th June 2019.

I would be grateful if those Clubs considering entering could contact me to let me know their intentions by April – Thanks!

Because there are a few new Clubs and there have been changes of Secretaries in 2019 I have decided to circulate the Rules etc., again.

Rules     Round One Form (Word version)    Round One Form (PDF version)

I do believe that any of our Clubs who have 5 print workers can compete successfully in this competition – and it will expose their members work to a wider audience, the entry must consist of Colour and Monochrome prints with no more than 3 Nature prints. So although the rules say a Club is allowed “Unlimited” numbers of prints this is just to remove any artificial limits. A Club needs 12 prints in round one and if you go through to the second or Plate round you would only need 3 more prints – making a total of 15 prints. Obviously any prints that scored lowly in the first round a Club may want to replace – say 5 more prints making 20 prints a comfortable quantity to compete with.

Now obviously a Club could come along with 40+ prints as it may decide to see what the Judges’ peccadillos or dislikes are in the First Round so that they can choose effectively for the final. I have to say I think that would be overkill as print quality is what counts.

So to summarise:– 5 print workers with 4 prints each would enable a Club to partake and enjoy the Competition. For a small £10 entry fee you could enjoy a feast of Welsh Photography and measure yourself against your Federation Clubs. I’ve even attached the First Round Entry Form so that you can start listing the great work you see in your Club right now!

Remember the Olympics motto: Taking part is what it’s all about – not just winning!

Looking forward to hearing from you before or during April – any queries contact me as below!

Roy Thomas

A day with Antony Penrose.

RPS South Wales are organising a day with Antony Penrose curator of the Lee Miller Archives.

21 July 2019 – 10:30 – 16:00

Talbot Green Community Centre, 93 Clos Springfield, Pontyclun, CF72 8FE.

More information and tickets here.

Kidwelly Camera Club Exhibition

Kidwelly Camera Club Exhibition

Princess Gwenllian Centre
Hillfield Villas, Station Road
Kidwelly SA17 4UL

Saturday 11th May 10.00AM – 6.00PM
Sunday 12th May 10.00AM – 5.00PM

All photographs for sale and studio facilities available for family photographs.
Entry £1.50 including tea and biscuits. Free entry for children.

A warm welcome to all.

Photo Tour to India

Liz Barry, a photographer based in Swansea is working with a local Travel company NEI UK Ltd to organise a photo tour to India from October 7th to 22nd. Full details on her website.


Bargoed Exhibition

Bargoed Camera Club are holding an exhibition from Saturday 20th April (from 2pm) for about four weeks.

The location will be Winding House, Cross Street, New Tredegar, NP24 6EG.

All are welcome.

Aesthetica Art Prize

Showcase your work to wider audiences and further your involvement in the art world by submitting to the @AestheticaMagazine Art Prize 2019. Offering a £5,000 prize, publication within an inspiring anthology and exhibition space, this is an opportunity not to be missed for both established and emerging practitioners. Submit your work here. Entry deadline is 31st August.

Damien Demolder at Hay on May 7th

Hay Camera Club has invited Damien Demolder to give a special presentation with some instruction at a club meeting on Tuesday 7th May 2019, starting at 7.30pm. The evening is about street photography for which our speaker has a national reputation.

Damien is a photographer, journalist and photographic equipment expert, speaker, judge and educator. He has worked in the photographic publishing industry since 1997, including 15 years at the world’s only weekly photo magazine, Amateur Photographer, where he was editor. He writes for regularly for DP Review, and British Journal of Photography magazine as well as occasionally for other UK and international photographic magazines and websites.

We would love to see members from other clubs at this event. There will be a charge of £5 per person to cover costs of hall hire and the speaker. If you can come, I would be grateful for a very short reply indicating approximate number, either to or by phoning me on 01874 676225. We meet in the Masonic Hall, Brecon Road, Hay-on-Wye. The hall is about 100 yards Hay side of the fire station, on the opposite side of the road. There is a car park almost opposite and if full, it is easy to park a bit further into Hay and walk back to the hall.

2019 Welsh Salon Results

Here are the Awards and Acceptances from the 2019 Welsh salon of Photography.

All Awards

Colour Prints

Monochrome Prints

Projected Digital Images

Also, all the non-selected prints are ready for collection from Cliff. Please contact him on 07971 204261 or email to arrange collection or to report any inaccuracies in the results.

The Salon Exhibition this year is in the The Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, CF44 8DL. It opens on May 1st and closes on May 31st.

The official opening and awards presentations are on Saturday 4th May 2.00pm.

AWPF Assessment 2019

AWPF assessment for the 2019 season is now open for applications.

To apply please use the new application form which has an extra paragraph that indicates you agree to the WPF using the data you have written on the application form so we comply with the new data protection law. It will also allow us to communicate with you regarding your application.

Our Judges for this year will be:-

  1. Gary Shinner (Chairman) AWPF,  LRPS, EFIAP/b, MPSA, BPSA.
  2. Brian Coleman FWPS, Hon.AFIAP.
  3. Leigh Woolford FWPF Hon, DPAGB, AWPF, EFIAP, BPE3*.
  4. Pete McCloskey FRPS, APAGB.
  5. TBA

Dates for your Diary:-

  1. The AWPF workshop is at Talbot Green Community Centre on Sunday 28th April, 2019 at 10am.
  2. The last day for applications is 22nd September, 2019.
  3. The AWPF Assessment day is at Talbot Green Community Centre on Sunday 3rd November, 2019 commencing 10am.

Please be aware that we can only take 25 applications a year, enclose a cheque with your application. £40 to members of WPF affiliated clubs, to anyone else the fee is £50.

The distinction of AWPF is available to everyone on completion of a successful Panel. Over the last few years we’ve had successful panels from England and several countries outside of the UK. Such is the growing reputation of the Distinction of AWPF.

Please don’t leave it to late last year we reached our limit of 25 by the end of April. We will have a reserve list, but not take a chance. SO APPLY NOW!

David Lewis (AWPF Distinctions Secretary).

Graham Meaker FRPS

We’ve received this sad news from David Jones.

Newport Photographic Club is deeply saddened to report the recent passing of lifelong member Graham Meaker.

Graham fully deserved his FRPS. A panel of butterflies and cactii secured this recognition. Images taken on “slide film” before the age of digital technology, when exposure, focus and composition all had to be set in the camera, and there was no delete button! An FRPS is still a great achievement, but to secure one on slide film in macro-photography was remarkable.

Graham was also a respected authority on cactii: he grew them in two greenhouses in his garden and displayed them both to photographic clubs and cactus societies.

In Newport Photographic Club, Graham was highly respected by his peers and provided inspiration to new members over many years. He has been greatly missed since ill health prevented him from attending regular club meetings.

When the club introduced Honorary Life Memberships, Graham was the first to be given this award.

The Meaker family tradition in photography will continue to be kept alive by his son Chris, who is a committee member at our neighbouring club, Western Valley.

Our thoughts are with Chris and the rest of his family at this time.

Graham’s funeral took place at Langstone Crematorium at 11.30 am on Friday 29th March.

Results From 2019 Bridgend 5-8 Competition

This from Roger Daniel at Bridgend & District Camera Club:-

Last night Bridgend & District Camera Club, held it’s annual 5 to 8 International Photo Harmony Competition expertly judged by Joan Ryder Rathband, FRPS,FPSSA, AFIAP, DPAGB and Clive Rathband, FRPS,FPSSA,EFIAP, DPAGB. The competition attracted entries from all over the world with the top three places going to:

1st – Ian Bateman (this is the 3rd time in a row that Ian has won) with his entry – Cathedral

2nd – Jane & Stephen Lee with their entry – Yellowstone Winter

3rd – Lisa Buckalders with her entry – Visions of Africa

Well done to all who entered.

New Monochrome Print Salon Announced

We’ve received this news from the good folk at Smethwick PS.

We are excited to announce the new website for the 1st Midland Monochrome exhibition, part of the group of British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE). It has received PAGB Patronage No 2019-25. It will see more than 20 Awards being given and acceptances will be eligible for the BPE Crown Awards scheme.

The Midland Monochrome seeks to give a broader platform and exposure to monochrome prints. These can be traditional wet prints or modern giclee or laboratory prints. We have four categories, with something for everybody. The four categories are:

1. Open Monochrome

2. Portraits and Figure Studies

3. Scapes (Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape)

4. Wet Prints Silver Prints plus Alternative Processes (e.g. Cyanotype, Salt Print, Wet Colodian)

Online entry will open on 20th March. Until then, feel free to revisit the website for any announcements or additional content. All major updates will be announced in the ‘News’ section of the site.

Thanks to Dave Lingham for the heads-up.

Cyrmu Mono – Only Mono Battle

We have received this from Gareth Martin…

Cymru Monochrome are holding the third National Monochrome Competition on May 18th, To be held in Port Talbot, South Wales. Closing date May 7th.

4 Prints per club.
1 Print per photographer.
£12 Entry Fee.
Judge: Roger Parry, ARPS,MPAGB hon PAGB, EFIAP.

In 2017 41 clubs took part, in 2018 42 Clubs took part, in 2019 will we have more.

I will send more info out to the clubs taking part.

If you want your club to take part contact Gareth Martin, AWPF,CPAGB Chairman, Programme Secretary Cymru Monochrome

Margaret Salisbury – RPS Talk Cancelled

Due to unavoidable circumstances Margaret Salisbury’s talk to the RPS South Wales group on Sunday 14th April 2019 has been cancelled.

Those who have already paid will be reimbursed by the RPS.


Dennis Russ