April 2018
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Entries Invited for the 2018 Barrian Cup

The 2018 Barrian Cup hosted by Barry Camera Club will be held on Saturday 9th June and will be judged by John Tilsley, APAGB, DPAGB, ARPS. Closing date for entries is Saturday 19th May. We hope you will apply to enter.

Places are limited to 25 clubs so clubs should email Roy Carr to confirm their place. 

Application forms for entry can be found here

This year’s competition includes the introduction of the Mike Lewis Trophy for the Best Print in Competition. It is a tribute to the late Mike Lewis who was, for many years the driving force behind the Barrian Cup and a leading figure in the Barry Camera Club and WPF.

AWPF Awards

The 2018 season is well underway, with 6 applications to attempt AWPF accreditation already received, and several others who are keen and making inquiries. If you would like to apply for this year’s AWPF then please contact me shortly, we have a limit of 25 applications this year.

To help you decide, we are running a workshop on 29th April at Talbot Green Community Centre, Cowbridge Road, Talbot Green. CF72 8HS, commencing at 10am.

The day will start with a welcome and a general appreciation of what is required to construct a successful panel, followed by a question and answer session, later we are providing an opportunity for you to have an appraisal of your work to date, by our experts who will give you one to one, constructive advice on how to improve your prospective panel. I would advise you to bring a selection of your work.

Tea & coffee will be available, but I would suggest you bring a packed lunch. There is no need to book a place on the workshop, everyone is welcome. it is open to all those who are interested in learning more on gaining the prestigious award of AWPF.

If you need to contact me, please email me via the WPF website,

Thank you, see you on Sunday the 29th April.

David Lewis (Distinctions Officer)

Roy’s Exhibition

Roy Carr is holding an exhibition ‘A Year In Their Lives’ at the Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare from 15th June until 14th July (The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4p.m.).

Roy will be giving ‘walk through talks’ at 2p.m on each of the Saturdays that the exhibition is open, telling the tales behind the photographs on display.  The majority of the work on show is from his documentary project, ‘A Year In Their Lives’ which depicts the key events in the sheep farming year, featuring three farms in the Cynon Valley, so there is a strong local connection to the exhibition. He will also have a number of landscapes on display.

You can read more here.

Results from the 2018 Welsh Salon

Here are the full results from the 2018 Welsh Salon of Photography.

All Awards

Colour Prints

Mono Prints


Congratulations to everyone who gained an acceptance.

Vale Exhibition

The Vale Photographic Club now have an exhibition of members’ recent work on display at the Llantwit Major Library. Now on show, it runs until the end of April.

Those wishing to view it can check the library opening times here before committing to a visit.


Gerald Harbour (VPC exhibitions coordinator)

Tenby Exhibition

Tenby and District Camera Club are delighted to announce that they will be representing Wales at the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain’s National Championship in October 2018.

The images that were used by the Camera Club to qualify for this competition will be on display at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery from 3rd April. The photographs cover an eclectic range of subjects from mud runs, stunning wildlife, street photography, point to point and dogs. Up to fifteen images showing the work of six very talented photographers from the club will be displayed .

An unusual opportunity to see your local Camera Club’s work and to visit a special museum too.

The museum is located on Castle Hill in Tenby. There is an entrance fee but the ticket is reusable throughout the year for other exhibitions. There is a large gallery for art work, displays for local history and archeology, so there is much to view. The museum is open every day between 10.00am and 5.00pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

Call for Entries Aesthetica Art Prize 2018

Celebrating excellence in art from across the world, the Aesthetica Art Prize, hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazineaims to support innovative practice across a range of media. Providing a platform for artists to showcase their work to an international audience, the renowned Prize presents a fantastic opportunity to further artists’ involvement in the industry.

The Prize awards publication within the inspiring Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists anthology to a longlist of 100 artists, including winners from the Main Prize and Emerging Prize categories. In addition, other prizes include a £5,000 cash prize, invitation to showcase their work at the annual Art Prize exhibitioneditorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine, art supply vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton, and a selection of art books courtesy of Prestel.

There are four categories for entry; Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; and Video, Installation & Performance.

Submissions close 31 August 2018.

Salon Results Posted

Hi All

At last 2018 Welsh Salon results are out and all entrants should have received an email of their results. Apologies that due to a short spell in hospital they were delayed

Congratulations to all who had acceptances and awards. This year the standard was very high with many PDIs and prints scoring 12 or over. In most internationals 12 is enough for an acceptance, and sometimes 11 is the bench mark. In our salon all the PDIs that scored 12 and over were accepted. However, with the prints we had to have an in–out with those scoring 12 or we would have ended up with more than the number it is possible to exhibit (a maximum of 150 prints).

On the day I commented that it was a shame that some of those 12s that didn’t get selected were unlucky as some of them were really good. I was immediately corrected by the judging panel who said ALL those scoring 12 (whether accepted or not) were really good.

The salon exhibition will be held this year in the Volcano Theatre, High Street, Swansea in June. We’ll announce full details and the official opening date later.

It was a great weekend and I would like to thank all who helped out to make it so.

Again sorry for the unavoidable delay.

Cliff Emery (Salon Chairman)

Grand Master Ian

The Photographic Society of America has a series of honours for photographic achievement and Ian Ledgard of Towy Valley has just been awarded the honour GMPSA (Grand Master). The qualification is for achieving 3000 acceptances in PSA recognised exhibitions. We believe Ian is the first person in Wales to receive this honour.

Well done Ian, that’s an incredible effort.

Results of Bridgend CC 5 to 8 Competition 2018

This years 5 to 8 Competition for digital PhotoHarmony AV sequences was held on the 19th March and despite the snowy conditions the Judge Howard Bagshaw ARPS MPAGB, safely made it to Bridgend. This years competition attracted it’s largest ever entry with sequences from a number of countries.

After a short introduction the evening continued with the showing of sequences. A brief critique of the sequence then follows. At the end of an entertaining evening Howard had the unenviable task of picking the top sequences, his choice was:

Ian Bateman – Going Underground – Exmouth PG

Runner Up
Martin Addison – Finding Narnia – Worcestershire CC
Norman Horsham – Autumn – Mid Thames AV

Highly Commended
Martin Addison – Glassworks – Worcestershire CC
Martin Fry – Winter White – Cheltenham CC

Nellian Bekker – Impressions – South Africa
Bert Schmitz – Abandoned – Housatonic CC USA

Congratulations to all, in particular to Ian Bateman on his second successive win and to Martin Addison for his double success in this year competition.

Bridgend CC would like to thank Howard Bagshaw for all his hard work in judging the entries and for providing helpful and constructive criticism of every sequence. A big thank you must go to all who braved the wintery weather to support the evening.

Lampeter Convention becomes Carmarthen Conference

The WPF Lampeter Convention is moving to a new venue and has become the WPF Carmarthen Conference.

The new venue is The Halliwell Centre, University of Wales, Trinity St David, College Road, Carmarthen. SA31 3EP.

This year’s dates are Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2018. Full weekend (2 nights and 2 days inc. Friday & conference dinner) is just £170. Saturday & Sunday (1 night and 2 days inc. conference dinner) is £120. Day visitors £40 (Conference Dinner £21 supplement).

More information about the location, speakers and events can be seen here.

Message to All Judges and Presenters

It has been brought to my attention that many of your contact details are out-of-date.  Please will you check on the WPF website and email me on with any corrections.

Judges Contact List

Presenters Contact List

Thank you

Ed Cloutman

WPF Judges and Presenters Secretary

Results from 2018 Ace of Clubs

Inn Focus CC Total: 250 1st
Tenby & Dist Total: 241 2nd
Western Valley Total: 224 3rd
Afan Nedd CC Total: 219 4th
The Vale CC Total: 217 5th
Bridgend CC Total: 214 6th =
Neath & Dist Total: 214 6th =
Swansea CC Total: 213 8th

Congratulations to those clubs going to Warwick to represent the WPF. (Inn Focus, Tenby and Western Valley).

Results 2018 Ace of Prints

Inn Focus – 210 – 1st
Tenby – 191 – 2nd
Western Valley – 182 – 3rd
Afan Nedd – 181 – 4th
Bridgend – 168 – 5th
The Vale – 165 – 6th
Neath – 162 – 7th
Swansea – 159 – 8th

Congratulations to all who entered.

Rhondda Venue Change

The Rhondda Camera Club have moved to a new Clubhouse with immediate effect. Our address is The Dai Davies Community Centre, Palmers Row, Porth CF39 9ER.

It is situated about halfway up the hill from Porth to Trebanog and is immediately behind the disused Thai Elephant (formerly Rickards Arms pub). It is a warm and comfortable meeting place with considerable parking space nearby.

We look forward to welcoming all members and new friends to our Tuesday evening meetings there. Please see our website

Them or Us?

As a result of the 2018 WPF AGM held last weekend and in the light of the difficulty in finding people to populate the executive committee, Roy Thomas has given us some thoughts and ideas for the future.

He’d be interested to know what the clubs think.

You can read Roy’s words here.