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2017 Welsh Salon Open for Entries

The Welsh Salon of Photography is now open for online entries here.

Please note, when you log into the Salon entry website using the link above, the first thing you will see are the conditions of entry for the salon.

It is a showcase of the best work from photographers of clubs affiliated to the Welsh Photographic Federation or the North Wales Photographic Association. It is not a way to gain points for FIAP, PSA or BPE awards.

The cost of entering is unchanged at £1.50 per image.

The entry deadline is 5th March the same day as the WPF AGM and prints can be delivered at the AGM. (NB. Clubs may require their members to bring their prints to a club meeting earlier than this date so the club can deliver them en bloc to the AGM. See your club competition secretary for more details).

Selection will take place on 25th and 26th March.

Note, the memorial trophy (club panel) competitions have been taken out of the Salon and were held separately on the 14th January.

Early Warning – Gwynfa Pixels 2017

This from Gwynfa Camera Club….

To all Club Competition Secretaries.

We’ve booked the hall and, just as importantly the buffet, for Pixels 2017 so we thought we’d let you know in plenty of time so you can add it to your diary and club schedule.

It will take place at the usual venue of Talbot Green Community Centre, Llantrisant, CF72 8HS on Saturday 4th November, 2017. Kick off will be 2.30pm (with doors open at 1.45pm).

Memorial Trophy Results Summary

The Walter Morgan Memorial Trophy                
1st    Rhondda CC
2nd    Inn Focus
Best Print    Jack Frost    Jason Chapman    Swansea CC
Best Portrait    Portrait of a Photographer    Gordon Maclaren    Cardiff CC

The WPF Memorial Trophy                
1st    Inn Focus    76 marks
2nd    Gwynfa CC    75 marks
Best Print    Dark Days    Susan Plant    Port Talbot CC
Best Portrait    Rich for a Day    Ian Munro    Inn Focus

The Gwyn Morgan Memorial Trophy                
1st    Inn Focus    76 marks
2nd    Western Valley CC    73 marks
Best Print    Blue on Blue    Guy Butler-Madden    The Vale CC
Best Portrait    On the Home Front    Margot Rowlands    Gwynfa CC

Individual scores can be seen below:

The WPF Memorial Trophy  

The Gwyn Morgan Memorial Trophy  

Please note, the Water Morgan Trophy did not involve scores.

Rules for the Pair of Aces Competitions

Click here to see the rules for the 2017 Pair of Aces Competition which takes place on February 19th.

Entry deadline has been amended to Friday the 10th February.

Bristol Salon Closing Date Approaches

The closing date for the Bristol Salon of Photography is 28th January.

There is a 20% group/club discount for entering ten or more people at the same time.

The sections are Open, Mono, Photo Travel & Nature.

Full details here.

WPF Photographic Weekend – Lampeter 2017

Now that we are in to 2017 it’s time to add the Lampeter weekend to your diary.

Subject: WPF Photographic Weekend – Lampeter University 2017.

Date: Saturday 2nd September  to Sunday 3rd September

The speakers will include Barry Mead FRPS EFIAP/p MPAGB APAGB and Bill Hall AFIAP DPAGB ABPE.

More details of the weekend will become available through the WPF website at (http://thewpf.co.uk/?page_id=18174 ) or email Fred Davies at fred.j.davies01@gmail.com

Can you help find the Ruth Reynolds Memorial Trophy?

We’ve received this from Edgar Gibbs…

Many years ago the WPF used to run an annual AV Competition held in Pyle, and the winner received the Ruth Reynolds Memorial Trophy.  This was a large wooden shield and the winners had small engraved plaques attached to the shield. The competition has not been run for many years and the trophy’s whereabouts is unknown.  If anyone knows where it is and who has it, please would you contact edgar.gibbs@ntlworld.com  as I would like to get all the names of winners etc. which I would like to publish in the RPS AV News together with a picture of the shield and Pat’s obituary.

Thank you

Edgar Gibbs

Nick is the Fall Guy

Congratulations to Nick Jenkins of at Freespirit Images and Gwynfa Camera Club who has just had a 4 page article in Cameracraft, a quarterly advert free photography magazine.

We shall henceforward refer to him as the Fall Guy.


Memorial Trophies Day Saturday 14th

The WPF Memorial Trophies Day – Saturday 14th January 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the Memorial Trophies Competitions Day this coming Saturday, 14th January. Every member of an affiliated WPF Club will be welcome. There will be almost 300 first class images in the Competitions.

The Competitions will be held at: Newton Llantwit Community Centre, Neuadd Dowlais Community Hall, Crown Hill Estate, Llantwit Fardre, CF38 2NA.

Doors will open at 9.45am and the first competition will commence at 10.15am.

The judge for all the competitions will be Rod Wheelans AMPA ,FIPF, MFIAP, MPAGB, from the Scottish Photographic Federation and a Past President of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.

Continue reading Memorial Trophies Day Saturday 14th

PAGB Awards Advisory sessions at the NEC

Once again, the PAGB will have a stand at the Photography Show in Birmingham where they will be offering Awards for Photographic Merit, (APM), 1:1 Advisory Sessions.

They’ll have several qualified APM judges in attendance to critique any work you wish to bring along, (Print or PDI), leading to a much greater chance of success.

For an appointment slot please e-mail rod@creative-camera.co.uk saying what day you are coming, what level you are interested in (CPAGB DPAGB MPAGB) and what you are bringing (Print or PDI). These were very well received in 2016, a highlight of the Show for many, so please don’t delay.

Places may be limited on some days and remember you can get a discount on tickets to the Show using the code PAGBTPS17.


Film Festival in Cardiff

The prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to St David’s Hall, Cardiff with a brand new selection of extraordinary short films from the world’s leading adventure film makers. More details here.

Through the big screen follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports, be transported to the world’s last great wild places and be
inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

Obituary – Pat Reynolds



Ft/Lt Noel Stewart Bantock (Pat) Reynolds APAGB LRPS BEM.

It was with great sadness that we received the very sad news that Pat Reynolds passed away on 21st December.

He had recently been moved to Gloucestershire and was only unwell for a week – he will be sadly missed by many in South Wales.

He was active throughout the late 20th Century from the late 1960’s until fairly recently when ill health stopped his activities.

Pat was an ardent photographer and first came to the WPF’s attention when he was with the RAF at their St. Athan base, he was a founder member of the RAF St. Athan Camera Club until the RAF closed its base when he then set up a new club in Rhoose. He was also a member of and Pyle and Porthcawl Camera Club, and most recently of The Vale PC. He was always a True Gentleman and treated everyone with respect and kindness. A real dapper dresser who always wore a tie, Blazer and slacks and carried himself as you would expect of a serving officer; his presence in a room full of people was always noticeable and yet he was quietly spoken and had a kind word for everyone he met.

He served as a Lecturer and Judge on our circuit for many years and his evenings were always enjoyable – his judging was always kind; but he would let you know of your issues and how you should fix them next time – one came out of one of his judging evenings happy and content regardless of the score he had given you.

He also served on the WPF Executive for many years and was elected President of the WPF on two occasions  1981-83 and 1993-95 he ran a calm and effective Executive on both occasions and he always thoroughly enjoyed our Lampeter Convention held in September each year at St. David’s College, he took great delight in encouraging the members to attend the Church Service on Sunday mornings showing his true Christian spirit which guided his life and actions.

He was awarded the APAGB in 1992 as a mark of the long service he had provided.

Rest in Peace Pat – you were always a delight to know and spend time with.

Roy Thomas (PAGB President).

Pat’s funeral will be held at Gloucester Crematorium, Coney Hill Road, Gloucester, GL4 4PA on Tuesday 10 January at 13:00.