August 2014

Pixels 2014 – Entries Invited

Gwynfa Camera Club cordially invites clubs in the WPF and NWPA to enter Pixels 2014.

The competition will be judged by Tony Potter and takes place on Saturday 8th November. The deadline for entries is October 19th. Information and entry forms can be found in the documents below:

Conditions of Entry
Entry Form

**Please note, the conditions of entry for Pixels were changed in 2013. Instead of asking for two colour and two monochrome photographs, we now ask for any four images from each club entering, be they colour or mono. Clubs may therefore choose, if they wish, to enter four colour, four mono or any combination thereof. However, there will still be trophies for the ‘best colour’ and ‘best monochrome’ photographs as well as the Pixels trophy for the club with the highest aggregate score.

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. Closing date is 21st September, 2014.

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.

The Beckhams visit WAVES

WAVES (Western Audio Visual Enthusiasts), who are just over the bridge in Wiltshire, are having a visit from Barrie & Carol Beckham on Sat 27 September. WPF members are invited to attend. Booking details here.

Dean PC becomes Coleford PC

Please note that Dean Photographic Club has changed its name to Coleford Photographic Club. See message below:

Dear friends and colleagues,

After a couple of years of soul searching, Dean Photographic Club have decided to bite the bullet and re-name ourselves.

We have found in the recent years that there has been some confusion between people’s perception of ourselves and the other club in the Forest. Indeed two presenters thought that the Forest of Dean Camera Club had booked them when it was in fact Dean Photographic Club. One presenter wasn’t aware that the Forest had two active clubs. This may have been partly our own fault, as we let our website go dormant.

So, as we now meet in Coleford, in the Forest of Dean, we had decided that in future we will be COLEFORD PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB. We also now have our website back on stream, and the address is

We feel the word “Photographic” is important to us, as first and foremost, we are about photography, and not cameras and equipment.  The name of the club is all that has changed though. We still have the same committee as last year.  Coleford Photographic Club look forward to meeting all our old (and not so old) friends in the coming months.

Yours, Brian Challis, Chairman

Book – Fox Talbot & the Reading Establishment

We have received this from Two Rivers Press:

Attached is a press release about an exciting new book Two Rivers Press has just published: Fox Talbot & the Reading Establishment. In 1843, the photography pioneer, William Henry Fox Talbot and his associate, Nicolaas Henneman, set up the first commercial studio to mass-produce photographs from negatives and they chose the Berkshire town of Reading as its location. The Reading Establishment, as it became known, marks a pivotal moment in the development of photography. Martin Andrews tells the story of these momentous events and places them in the context of the discovery and early history of photography.

The book is normally priced at £10.00 but as 2014 is Two Rivers Press’ 20th anniversary, there is a 20% discount off all orders placed via our website, on the 20th of each month throughout the year. This means that ‘Fox Talbot & the Reading Establishment’ is only £8.00 if ordered on the 20th of August, September, October, November and December!  

This book is also available in bookstores (though it might have to be ordered!) There is more information and about Martin Andrews and the book on our website, from which one can also order copies of the book:

RPS Audio Visual Group Meeting

The South Wales Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Audio Visual Group invites you to its meeting on Monday 8 September 2014 at 7:00 p.m. when guest speakers Suzanne Gregory ARPS, DPAGB and Howard Gregory from Cheshire, will give a talk called “It’s all in the Production”.  Suzanne and Howard will present some of their award winning Audio Visual (AV) sequences and talk about their production, particularly the importance of idea, aim, story and structure.  Howard and Suzanne are two of the four founder members of the Wilmslow Guild Audio-Visual Group – probably the most successful in the country, having won the club Gold Medal at all but one RPS National AV Championships since its formation in 1993.  They also arrange, and lecture at day schools on various AV topics, their “mission” being to help others enter the fascinating world of Audio Visual.  Suzanne and Howard have both won National and International AV awards and have also judged at National and International level.  Suzanne’s ARPS distinction and her DPAGB award were given for her AV sequences.  Howard has been recording and manipulating sound for over 50 years, and has written well over 200 articles and given as many lectures, mainly on the subject of making soundtracks.   His tutorial CDs have helped many people along the road to successful AV sequences and improved their soundtracks.  In 2006, he was awarded the RPS Dobson-Henry medal – an international award for outstanding services to AV.

The event will be held at the Heath Citizens Community Centre (Front Hall), Cardiff (located opposite 183, King George V Drive East, Cardiff, CF14 4EP).  All are welcome; you do not need to be a member of the RPS to attend.  Cost: £3.50 payable at the door (£3.00 for RPS AV Group Members). Any queries please email:

Gower PS Summer Exhibition

Gower Photographic Society are holding summer exhibition of members’ prints.

Venue: All Saints Church, Church Park Lane, Oystermouth, Swansea SA3 4BZ.

Times: 11am-3pm weekdays for the 4th-8th and 11th-15th August. Admission Free.

Enquiries: Paul Branchflower 01792 403406 or

Rhondda Exhibition Open Morning

The Rhondda Camera Club is hosting an Open Morning at its Exhibition in Treorchy Library this Saturday, 9th August from 10.00 to 12.30. Members will be on hand to welcome all visitors to the exhibition, and light refreshments will be available.

We will be pleased to see many members from other Camera Clubs.

The exhibition runs until 30th August, 10.00 to 5.00 on Monday to Friday, and 10.00 to 12.30 on Saturdays.

Vote at the Trostre Exhibition

The Trostre Camera Club Annual Print Exhibition will be held in the Elli Precinct, Llanelli from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd August from 10am to 5pm. Visitors are asked to vote for their favourite print.

New Camera Centre Store in Cardiff

Camera Centre UK are launching a flagship new store in Cardiff on Tuesday 5th August 2014 (9am – 5:30pm) and you can join them for offers and promotions as they celebrate!

PermaJet print expert Doug Morgan will also be on hand to show you the latest innovative inkjet media and there will be exclusive Permajet offer throughout the day. Full details here.

Love photography? You’ll love PhotoLive!

PhotoLive is the event for aspiring photographers of all levels.  Taking place in three locations – Leeds (23 August 2014), Edinburgh (30 August 2014) and London (6 September 2014); a visit to PhotoLive will help you to release your photographic potential. With over twenty seminars to choose from delivered by top professionals plus a retail area hosting leading brands, you’ll develop your skills, bag a bargain and have a great day out. This year, an exciting selection of pro photographers will be delivering seminars on a range of genres and techniques. Speakers include; David Clapp, Adam Duckworth, Fran Halsall, Timothy Allen, Heather Angel, Tigz Rice and many more.  You can see a full list of speakers at Poster here.

As a valued member of the Welsh Photographic Federation we’d like to offer you a 20 % discount on your ticket. Use code PAGB20 and book your ticket today.

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Rhondda Camera Club Exhibition

The Rhondda Camera Club are presenting an exhibition of members’ prints at Treorchy Library, Station Rd, Treorchy CF43 6NN.

The exhibition runs from Monday 4th August to Saturday 30th August, Monday to Friday 9.00 to 5,00pm, and Saturdays 9.00 to 1,00.. A special welcome to everyone to visit the exhibition at any time, but on Saturday 9th August members of the Camera Club will be present to welcome anyone who wishes to come along for a chact and a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Treorchy is a splendid valley town situated near the top of the Rhondda Fawr. The library is situated opposite the famous Parc and Dare Theatre which has featured in many TV and radio productions, including Dr Who! The Rhondda Valley is rich in the history, architecture and culture of the mining industry in South Wales, and there is much to enjoy and photograph. The Bwlch, Rhigos, Maerdy and Penrhys mountain roads are scenic feasts. For the more adventurous, the road from Blaenllechau to Llanwonno is particularly spectacular.

The Rhondda Camera Club meets on Tuesday evenings at the Trealaw Christian Fellowship Centre, Maesyfynnon Terrace, Trealaw, and offers a full and varied programme of events which will be posted on its website soon.

Foundation in Photography Course

We have received this from Richard Clegg at the University of South Wales:

I have contacted Camera Clubs in the Newport catchment area of South Wales, but also further afield, to inform your members of our FREE Foundation course at the Caerleon campus, which will enable you to join our innovative course, use the extensive photographic facilities, including the library / online services and join talks by professional and well-known photographers.

The course offers full access to photographic facilities, including the largest B/W darkrooms in the UK, studio(s) with theatre spotlights / coloured gels and backdrops, and Bowens Studio lighting kits, and (subject to agreement) colour darkrooms and photographic studios containing hi-glides / lighting and an infinity curve. We also have several purpose built iMac Computer Suites with Photoshop CS6 and a number of film and photographic editing software.

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