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Pixels 2020 (To be confirmed)

Date: November 7, 2020

Stanley Chell Competiton (To be confirmed)

Date: November 28, 2020


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COVID-19 and Government Advice

The WPF urges all clubs and members to follow Welsh Government advice.

Some of us are thinking about online activities that we might provide.  Please keep your eye on Newsflash and PAGB e-news.

We hope you all keep safe and healthy.

Peter A Young – WPF President

2020 Welsh International Open

I am pleased to announce that the 42nd Welsh International Salon of Photography is open for entries.

This year, because of the COVID-19 situation, we have converted our 2 print sections to digital.  Prints will be back!

There are 6 digital sections for Mono, Colour, Nature, Photojournalism, PhotoTravel and Scapes.   155 Awards are available to be won.

The rules are here and entries can be made here.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – Welsh International Chairman

Welsh Salon update

The WPF Executive is very much aware that entries were made just before the lockdown.  The prints are unpacked and assembled, ready for selection, but it has been impossible to take matters any further.  The prints are being held safely.

During the lockdown, the Executive discussed whether to judge the print submissions as PDIs.  It was agreed unanimously that this would be unfair to entrants who had spent time, effort and creativity in presenting prints in a manner most appropriate to the message they wish to convey.  It was decided that, as soon as it is safe to do so, the entries would be judged behind closed doors using WPF judges and the minimum “staffing” level.  It is unlikely that there will be a framed or, indeed, unframed exhibition.

It must be recognised that most of the Executive members are in the categories that are shielding, at risk or vulnerable.  However, now that the lockdown in Wales is gradually easing, the Executive will decide how to undertake the selection process in as safe a manner as possible and what to do afterwards.  The first task will be to identify a venue that will permit the process to take place.

Cliff Emery AWPF CPAGB AFIAP – Welsh Salon Chairman

Free WPF Virtual Conference

The WPF has decided to host a free virtual conference in place of our annual event at Carmarthen.

This is due to the practical difficulties of arranging a meeting which takes into account government guidance and the potential risks to attendees.

As far as is reasonable we will retain the same dates, sessions, speakers and topics as originally planned but we will not be able to replace the annual print competition or the raffle.

The dates for your diary or calendar (unchanged) are Saturday and Sunday, 22 – 23 August 2020.

More details will follow shortly…..

David D Jones – WPF Conventions Officer

Updated List of Online Judges & Lecturers

List last updated 4th July 2020.

Huge thanks to Susan Surridge, WPF Judges & Presenters Secretary who has taken considerable time and trouble to compile a list of WPF judges and lecturers who are prepared to do online judging or presenting during the current pandemic.

You can find the updated list here.

Ken Watkins

We have received this sad news from Gwynfa Camera Club.

Our friend and member Ken Watkins has passed away suddenly at his home in Beddau. We understand that his passing was not Covid related.

Ken was a member of our club for many years and during his time at the club occupied numerous committee positions, including Chairman and Treasurer. He also played a big part in promoting the social side of the club by organising annual bus trips to London: Trips that will long be remembered.

Ken was a succesful club photographer who won his fair share of competitions, most recently the 2016 Colin Williams Trophy. He always stayed true to his vision of photography, never feeling the need to compromise his style to gain a few marks extra.

He will also be remembered for having the pleasing knack of being able to put visiting speakers at their ease with an amusing comment.

The news has come as a very big shock and he will be sorely missed by everyone at the club.

Our thoughts are with his family.

Neath Salon News

We’ve received this from Colin Kelly of Neath PS.

We have had discussions with the three Selectors for this years Salon, about possibly going to an online remote system, two of the three selectors were unhappy about a remote selection and would prefer our usual method of a selection weekend. We are now abandoning the remote selection idea and will wait until the current restrictions have eased enough to enable us to have the three selectors in the club at the same time. This, of course, will have to conform to social distancing rules and will be done with the minimum of people involved. Hopefully we will be able to do this in the next 2 months, end of August or beginning of September.

All entrants will be advised of the new dates and times, as and when they arise.

Thank you for your patience, stay safe.

Colin Kelly – NDPS UK Salon 2020

Zoom licence available to WPF clubs

I’m pleased to announce that the WPF has purchased a Zoom Pro licence which it is making available to clubs from 6-Jul-20.  It enables a meeting of up to 100 people for 24 hours which one of the WPF Executive will host (but almost certainly not for 24 hours).  This will enable clubs, who have not yet put their toe in the waters of online meetings, to have a go and it will permit meetings of more people, without time constraints, compared with the free version of Zoom.  There will be no charge for this service.

If you wish to take advantage of this, please send an email to wpfconf@gmail.com with “WPF ZOOM SESSION – CLUB & DATE” in the subject line/box.  The email must specify the Date, Time and Duration of the requested meeting, together with Liaison contact’s name, email and phone number.  We will reply by email and, if the license can be made available for that occasion, will confirm details and discuss any training or testing that may be necessary or useful.

The WPF Exec will be learning about this new initiative as we go and will announce any modifications as we find them necessary.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – WPF President


WPF Lockdown Slideshow & Archive

The WPF invites members of affiliated Clubs and Societies to submit images to be selected for an online slideshow which will then become part of the WPF permanent archive. The images selected will reflect the diverse photography taken by a selection of WPF members during the Covid 19 Lockdown. The rules are below:

  1. Restricted to first 100 entrants.
  2. Maximum 3 images per photographer. Each entrant to supply photographer’s name, photographic honours, image titles and dates taken.
  3. The entrants Club or Society must also be stated.
  4. Theme “My Lockdown Photography” Image on any subject but must have been taken between March 2nd 2020 and June 20th 2020 should be no greater than 1400px horizontal x 1050px vertical in jpeg format and will be shown in sRGB colour space.
  5. Selection down to 150 images to be made by 2 WPF Executive members. Every entrant will have at least one image selected.
  6. The selection will be made by Roy Thomas APAGB, Hon. FWPF and Jenny Hibbert MPAGB, EFIAP/s, AWPF.
  7. Images to be shown as a slideshow on the WPF website for a month then stored in the WPF archive.
  8. Entries to be sent to http://www.photocompentries.net/?org=WPF
  9. Closing date for entries Saturday 25th July.
  10. There is no entry fee.

PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit – News

As previously announced, there will be no adjudications open to an audience in 2020 and both the April & November adjudications will now be combined into one closed adjudication “hosted” by the PAGB, possibly early in 2021. The host rota has been put back one year so that the MCPF will now host the first open adjudication. Unfortunately the chosen venue is not available in April 2021 and we have agreed that the adjudication will now be held on 15 and 16 May 2021.

Everyone who has already entered should by now have opted for either the “closed” adjudication or for one of the dates in 2021. If you have not yet done so, please do not delay!

The May 2021 Adjudication still has openings at all three levels but, since 15 MPAGB applicants have been carried forward to Sunday 16 May, the DPAGB and MPAGB sections, both of which are held on Sunday, are likely to fill up quite soon.

Online Advisory Service: The Feedback I have received has been overwhelmingly positive but around one third of you have not responded, not even to tell me that you have completed. If I don’t hear from either side, then it is difficult for me to allocate anyone else to that Adviser, so I would be grateful if you will tell me when you have completed the exercise. Honest, polite, constructive feedback is always useful on both sides and I am always grateful to receive it. These online advisory arrangements have been a great success with over 150 1:1 sessions arranged. In the ongoing Covid-19 circumstances, we have decided to carry on offering advice until we can start to meet up again – or until the volunteers get tired. If you’d like advice from one of our volunteers, please e-mail me with your name and distinctions already achieved, your Club and Federation, the level being looked at and if you have applied or have been accepted for an Adjudication already. Can you also mention if your application will be primarily Nature. It will be helpful too, to know if you are applying in Print or PDI although we have no way of looking at your prints and can only advise on content, rather than the quality of the Print. I’ll then send you further details about the process and the name and e-mail of a possible adviser. In the meantime, I would suggest that you should read APM Leaflets 1 and 8 from the PAGB Library which will give you an idea of what to expect. http://www.thepagb.org.uk/library/

If you have any specific questions, please e-mail me, rather than the APM Secretary or anyone else. I may not be able to respond individually but I will provide answers through these Bulletins.

APM sub-committee Chairman, Rod Wheelans rod@creative-camera.co.uk



I am pleased to confirm that the WPF executive committee voted today to go ahead with the award of AWPF, subject to government restrictions. The assessment day is still planned for 1st November, but we are unable to arrange a workshop prior to this date, because of the present virus conditions. We may have to change the venue and restrict the audience, or possibly no audience at all, depending on the government rules at the time.

Our application system is still open and filling up nicely, at the moment we have only 10 places available as of Sunday 14th June, what tomorrow’s post will bring I do not know, but the application is on a “first come first served” basis, as normal.

Our Judges will be sat at safe distances, and the event should proceed as normal. So prints are still acceptable so are DPIs, as before.

The timescale is still the same, application closes on 21st September or when we reach our limit of 25 applications. All panels must be received by 12th October. Please download the application form and send it to me ASAP.

Any questions please email or ring me. Details on the website.

David Lewis

Beyond Group BPE Salon Going Ahead

Beyond Group invites you to enter their 13th Annual Exhibition 2020. Entry opens on  6-Jun-2020.

You can make your entry online by clicking here, or you can visit their website at www.beyondgroup.org.uk for full details and this year’s Special Theme Awards. Entries close on 26-Jul-2020 at 23:59 GMT.

Their selection weekend is planned as normal, but they are looking at online judging to safeguard all.

Online Speakers & Judges

When a judge or lecturer (I’ll call them speakers for convenience) is listed in the PAGB Handbook, he/she has entered into a compact with all the clubs affiliated to the Alliance. That compact says, in essence, that the speaker will give his/her time to the clubs for no remuneration. Reasonable expenses are payable and those are listed on pages 44 and 107 of the PAGB Handbook and on our website. In the main, they cover travelling expenses, subsistence and consumables. At no point are we seeking to make money by visiting a club. We do it because we feel that we want to give something back to the hobby that has given us so much enjoyment over the years. We want other clubs to benefit from what we have to say, even if it’s only the fun of pulling us to pieces in the pub after a meeting.

It is different for the relatively few lecturers who do make a charge. There is a note on page 44 regarding Expenses that says, “Please note – some lecturers will charge a fee, or additional expenses, over and above the PAGB expenses. “Lecturers who charge a fee or additional expenses are listed under a separate section at the foot of each federation’s entry. Lecturers who charge a fee of £50 or more are required to pay a one-off fee to the PAGB for their entry in each new edition of the handbook – currently £20 at the date of this edition – in return for which they are able to list additional information such as website, additional distinctions etc. Such additional lecturing fees must be agreed at the time of the booking.”

Covid-19 and the onset of online speaking have not changed any of that. The few who charge a fee may continue to charge a fee at the same level as before and the majority who may not charge a fee still may not charge a fee. Of course, no expenses are normally chargeable by the speaker either because there will have been no expenses.

It appears that some clubs feel that they should be paying something to an online speaker. Those clubs have no reason whatsoever to feel that way. Of course, there has never been any reason why a club may not make a gift to a speaker if they feel that they have been part of something special. That has also not changed in the current circumstances. While a fee is taxable, a gift is not. However, a request by the speaker for a gift turns it into a taxable fee. I understand that a post has been made on Facebook saying, “In my experience, nothing that is ‘free’ is ever valued.” Clearly the writer does not understand the system. I am aware of one Federation that has recommended that a club may make a gift of up to a certain sum of money. I’m not in favour of that. A recommended maximum will become a norm, not a maximum. Some clubs rely on their weekly subscriptions to cover the costs of an evening.

They will be unable to afford the new norm.

As a member of my own Federation said, “I always enjoy an e-mail of thanks or a signed card”.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – WPF President & PAGB Treasurer

Ace of Prints Cancelled

The Ace of Prints should have had a closing date of 21st June and a judging date of 5th July and we would normally now be sending out a formal reminder and a set of rules.

However, we have no option but to formally cancel the 2020 event.

We choose our 2 Clubs for the Blackburn event normally held in 3rd week of October and I believe that will be cancelled also; but If things change remarkably in the next couple of months and if I get an unlikely indication that the PAGB Club Print event is going ahead in October we can reconsider the situation at that time.

Whilst a PDI event could be considered to be run virtually via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google or other software this is not at all practical when it comes to dealing with prints as we would need the Judges, print handlers and at least one member of each Club taking part to be in attendance – and how and with what do we clean the prints between each handover?

Please accept my apologies for this necessary decision.

Stay Safe & Healthy!

Roy Thomas

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RPS Talks & Workshops

The Royal Photographic Society is opeating lots of interesting events in the virtual world.

Details of their online workshops and live talks can be found here.