Tony Leadbitter

We have received this sad news from the Vale.

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the death yesterday of our most senior member, Tony Leadbitter. Tony has been a keen and active supporter of the club for longer than I have recollection. His devotion to photography has been clear for all to see. He gave great encouragement to all members no matter what their ability and areas of interest. I was one of many who benefited from that when I first joined. His devotion endured despite failing faculties in recent years.

Mike Baker has asked me to pass on these words:- “In the thirty odd years that I have lived in the area, Tony has been a constant photographic friend through much of that time and I am grateful for his introduction to the group of like minded individuals in the Vale Photographic Club, through which I have made many new friends.

He also worked as photographer for the Gem during his retirement, happy to use his skills for the good of the community.

Tony shared our passion for photography as long as was humanly possible as members will be well aware. In his time, he was also a judge and I remember his comments on my early work within the Club giving pointers for improving my work which I appreciated and valued as a bit of a camera ‘Rookie’ at the time.

He will be missed by all who knew him. Tony, R.I.P. ”

Gerald Harbour (Chairman, The Vale Photographic Club).










His funeral will be held at Bridgend Crematorium on Friday Dec 4th at 1.45pm. Friends are invited to attend.

The Stanley Chell Competition

Aberdare Camera Club will be holding the Stanley Chell Competition 2015 on Saturday 5th December 2015 with a 1pm start.

The Judge for the Competition is Peter McCloskey FRPS, APAGB.

The venue as usual will be St. Fagan’s Community Hall, Windsor Street, Trecynon, Aberdare CF44 8LL. A light buffet will be available on the day plus the usual tea and coffee facilities. There will a short break halfway through the programme.

This from the organisers of the competition:-

A quick thank you for entering your club to this year’s Stanley Chell print competition, to which we have 25 clubs taking part, that’s 100 excellent prints to enjoy. We at Aberdare look forward to meeting you all on the 5th December, doors open from 12:15, the day commences at 13:00 hours.

The 25 Clubs entered are: Port Talbot CC, Gwent Photographic, Cymru Monochrome, Gwynfa CC, Rhondda CC, Vale Photographic,   Bridgend, Neath PS, Cwmbran PS, Newport PS, Coleford PC, Old Bridge PS, Abergavenny CC, Towy Valley CC, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Tenby CC, Swansea CC, Inn Focus Group, Cardiff CC, Hay CC, Aberdare CC, Barry CC, Western Valley CC and Ebbw Vale CC.

STANLEY CHELL 2015. Saturday 5th December 2015. St. Fagan’s Community Hall, Windsor Street, Trecynon, Aberdare, CF44 8LL

1pm – 1:05    Welcome Address    
1:05 – 1:10    Presidents Welcome to Judge
1:10 – 2:30    Rounds 1 and 2    
2:40 – 3:00    Break    
3:00 – 4:20    Rounds 3 and 4    
4:20 – 4:30    Raffle    
4:30 – 4:45    Presentations and Closing

See you on the 5th.

2016 Memorial Competition

The 2016 Memorial Competition will be hosted by Kidwelly Camera Club at  the Princess Gwenllian Centre, Hillfield Villas, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, SA17 4UL at 2pm on Saturday 23 January 2016. The judge for the Event will be Leo Rich ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB, EFIAP/g.

Everything you need to make a club entry can be found below:

Invitation    Word    PDF

Entry Form    Word    PDF

Rules    Word    PDF

Club Codes    Word    PDF

The closing date for receiving entries is Tuesday, 22nd.December 2015.

We Are Ghosts – Exhibition by Dafydd Williams

“We Are Ghosts” is an exhibition of images taken by Abertillery-born photographer and camera maker Dafydd Williams in the old Gwent Valleys. Using his homemade 8” x 10” large format camera and Harman Direct Positive Paper, Dafydd has photographed buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century that still survive in the area. Once grand and beautiful, the buildings were constructed in the times when the aesthetic, not utilitarianism was the principle in public space planning. Many of them were designed as miniature versions of buildings from Vienna, Paris or London.

Many of these buildings are still there; some worse for wear, decaying and hidden behind the signs of modern society’s obsession with plastic, fluorescent colours and franchise signage. Dafydd’s goal is to remind us of the lost and unnoticed beauty by photographing the top halves of the buildings that still retain their grandeur; taking them out of their modern context can allow us to see and imagine them again as they were originally seen.

The images attempt to reduce them to their shape and form, displaying them without the baggage associated with where they are, what they have become and how they represent the loss felt in the towns they came to stand in.

The images will hopefully help catalogue an overlooked part of our Valleys’ heritage, creating a visual record of these buildings that are slowly disappearing from the towns due to a lack of funds for maintenance or awareness outside of the Valleys that they even exist.

Each photograph is a unique image, developed and printed by hand without any manipulation or editing.

The exhibition will be presented in three locations, Pontypool Market Hall, Brynmawr Market Hall Cinema and Blackwood Miners’ Institute between November 2015 and March 2016.

Mike Lewis is the new WPF FIAP Liaison Officer

Mike Lewis Hon. FWPF  has now officially taken over as FIAP Liaison Officer for The Welsh Photographic Federation so any enquiries for FIAP Distinctions or for any information regarding FIAP please contact him at

The closing date for submitting FIAP Distinction Applications will be 1st of July 2016. The current 2016 application forms will need to be with him by this date.

On behalf of WPF Members Mike wish to take this opportunity of thanking Jan Cawley for all the hard work she has put in as FIAP Liaison Officer.

Focal View Magazine FREE

We have received this information from Brian Gaylor, life member of Swansea Camera Club…

Dear Committee and Members,

I would like to introduce you to a new interactive magazine that we at Focal View are offering FREE to all members of all Clubs affiliated to the WPF.

We also include a range of completely FREE offers for your Club and members.

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Damien Lovegrove at the Vale

Damien Lovegrove is presenting “One Light Magic” at Ystradowen Village Hall on 11th December.

Damien specialises in portrait & beauty photography and enjoys a worldwide reputation for his craft and his lighting expertise. He is a great teacher who is always happy to share his knowledge and will be demonstrating how to take stunning images using just one off-camera lighting source.

On December 11th The Vale Photographic Club will be proud to welcome Damien to Ystradowen and we are very pleased to extend a warm welcome to members of other local photographic clubs to join us for what we believe will be a “do not miss” occasion.

Venue Ystradowen Village Hall. Time 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm. Entry £2.00 per head.

A Pair of Aces….

To All WPF Clubs – Please ensure that your Competition Secretary receives a copy of this message.

The Aces have been reinvented… We have taken the Ace of Clubs and the Ace of Prints competitions and combined them to form ‘A Pair of Aces’….

You are cordially invited to take part in the new Pair of Aces Competition as detailed below.  The Rules, Entry forms, fees and closing dates will be circulated shortly. No buffet will be provided, but there is a cafeteria on the premises for the purchase of food and drink.

*    Clubs only need to pay one entry fee and find members to attend one competition.
*    The WPF only has to find one venue and one set of judges.
*    Whilst the Ace of Clubs has always been popular, the Ace of Prints has’t really taken off.

When and Where?
The 1st Pair of Aces will be held on 20 February 2016, Doors open at 09:00 for a 10:00 am start in the Ancillary Hall, the Pool and Tennis Centre, Newport.

Why Should We Enter?
This event is one of the few opportunities for all our clubs to compete together.  It is the means by which the WPF selects the clubs that will go forward to represent it at the PAGB Club PDI and Print Championships.

How Will It Work?
*    Clubs may enter either or both PDIs and/or Prints.
*    The same 3 judges will score the whole event.
*    The day will begin with Round 1 PDI, followed by Round 1 Prints.
*    A break will follow to allow teams to select their Round 2 images and prints and for lunch.
*    The day will continue with Round 2 PDI and Round 2 Prints.*

The results will be announced and the first and second-placed clubs in the PDIs and the Prints will be nominated to represent the WPF at the PAGB Inter-club Championships in July (PDIs, Warwick) and October (Prints, Venue TBA).

If you have any questions, please contact David Paskin WPF CELO

PAGB GB Cup 2016

The 2016 PAGB GB Cup , sponsored by, is now open for entry until 17 January 2016. Entry fees are as follows:

GB Cup (Open)                 £7.50 per club
GB Cup (Small Clubs)        £7.50 per club
GB Cup (Natural History)    £7.50 per club

For full rules, explanatory notes and entry forms, please click here.

Let’s show them what Welsh clubs can do!

Aplogies to Pyle & Porthcawl

The WPF Judges and Presenters Secretary would like to apologise to Pyle and Porthcawl Photographic Society for erroneously stating that they had not sent any returns since the summer recess. This, of course, was quite wrong and they are one of our most conscientious clubs who regularly send in returns. Thank you Porth for bringing it to my attention.

Gower on Flickr

Gower PS has created a new Flickr Group called Gower Photographic Society and invites all WPF members to visit it to see a growing selection of our members’ work.

Abertawe defend Ken Adams Memorial Trophy

Gower PS had its largest attendance in many years when it hosted the 29th Ken Adams Memorial Trophy on 4 November. Congratulations go to Abertawe who successfully retained the Trophy with 212 points, closely followed by Gower on 207 and Morriston on 202.

Many thanks to Ian Ledgard for judging so well and to everyone else from the three clubs who helped make it such a memorable evening.

The photo shows Ian Ledgard (on the left of photo) presenting the trophy to Mike Evans (Abertawe).


AWPF Assessments, 8th November 2015

We in the WPF thought that 2014 had been a good year for our Distinction day, but it was surpassed by this year’s tremendous turnout and fabulous result.

Some excellent work was presented at Talbot Green Community Centre, which resulted in a higher pass rate than previous years. There were 24 entries, 22 in prints and 2 in PDIs.  19 AWPF awards were made all of these were print panels, resulting in a 79% success rate. Many congratulations to the successful candidates, who were:

  •  John Bell – Mold CC – Capture The Moment, Oulton Park
  •  Philip Chadwick – Llandudno PS – 36 Hours In Madurai India
  •  Matthew Jones – Ebbw Vale CC – Creative Portraits
  •  Susan Clark – Conway CC – Along and Around Route 66
  •  Moira Evans – Swansea CC – Dragonflies & Damselflies
  •  Gary Shinner – Trostre CC – The Science Park (Valencia)
  •  Jennifer Ellis – Swansea CC – Portraits of Children
  •  Derek Terry – Western Valley CC – A Day In The Life Of A Farrier
  •  Adrian Lant – Gwynfa CC – Motor Sport Action
  •  Angela Deroy-Jones – Gwent PS – Cathedral Interiors
  •  Linda Bell – Mold CC – Floral Mosaic
  •  David Bathard – Frome Selwood PS – Everyday People of Northern India
  •  John Clark – Conway CC – Finding Clues To A Lifestyle
  •  Johnnie Rogers – Gwent PS – Dyffryn House And Gardens
  •  Terry Mills – Deudraeth CC – My Generation
  •  Gareth Jenkins – Dwyfor – Welsh International Rugby
  •  John Goff – Ar Agor PC – Sections of Abstract Buildings
  •  Lynne Morris – Wigan 10 PA – Creative Visual Interpretation of Popular Music
  •  Bill Grey – Morriston CC – Photographing Things of Little Consequence

Those who did not make it on this occasion missed by a very narrow margin and were strongly urged to try again next year.

Several successful candidates commented that the help and advice that they had received at the AWPF Workshop had made all the difference and recommended that anyone considering submitting a panel should attend a workshop first.

I should like to thank everyone who helped to make the day such a success, in particular, Vince Penticost & Eric Williams (Presentation) Guy Butler-Madden & Cliff Emery (Display), Mike Lewis (Catering), Ed Cloutman (Projection)and, of course, our judges, Nick Jenkins (Chairman), Margaret Collis, Jenny Hibbert, David Lingham and Brian Coleman.

I would add that the critique that was given by Nick as the Chairman representing the judges was very constructive, and a great help to anyone who was thinking of applying in the future.

Information on future WPF events relating to distinctions will be released in the New Year.

Many congratulations to all participants.

John Cooke ARPS AWPF DPAGB EFIAP/b (Distinctions Secretary).