Welsh Salon Opens

The 2015 Welsh Salon of Photography Exhibition was officially opened on Saturday 2nd May by Jane Hutt AM. A good sized audience browsed the photographs on display in this excellent venue and saw the salon awards presented by Vince Penticost AWPF, President of the WPF.

You can see the exhibition at Barry Library, Kings Square, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 4RW. It runs until 30th May. Opening hours are: Monday to Saturday from 10am till 4pm. Directions here.

Barrian Cup

Saturday 6th June 2015

Barry Camera Club are please to announce that The Barrian Cup and Dave Cowdrey Trophy takes place on Saturday 6th of June.

The competition is open to all Clubs in The Welsh Photographic Federation with some invited Clubs from outside of Wales.

Please find attached the entry form to be supplied with the prints on entry.

Closing Date is Sunday 10th of May 2015. For further information please contact Mike Lewis on 07855 309667.

Mike will accept entries at the opening of the Welsh Salon on Saturday 2nd of May.

Ace of Prints Entries Invited

Attention Competition Secretaries: - Your club is invited to take part in the third Ace of Prints Competition.

This is an inter-club print competition and is our means of selecting two WPF clubs to go forward to the PAGB Inter-federation Club Print Championships (on 25th October 2015, at Ellesmere Port). The competition is run on the same lines as the PAGB event so as to prepare the winning clubs and give them the best chance to do well.

There has been a change to the invited judges. They are now:  Bob Moore FRPS MPAGB Hon. PAGB; Pete McCloskey FRPS APAGB & Graham Reeves FRPS EFIAP.

Our thanks go to Hay-On-Wye Camera Club who will be hosting this year. Date: Sunday, 05 July 2015. Venue: Swan Hotel, Church Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DQ. Tel. 01497 821 188. Doors will be open at 9.30 am and 1st round judging will commence at 11 00 am.

The Rules and Entry Forms can be found below.

Rules       WORD       PDF

Round 1 Form       WORD       PDF

Plate Form       WORD       PDF

Final Round Form       WORD       PDF

Closing date is midnight, 20 June 2015 and the entry fee is £10.00 per club. Please submit your entry fee, Round 1 Entry Form and CD-R of Round 1 PDIs to arrive with me before the closing date. Food and refreshments will will be available for purchase from the bar.

We look forward to another good day’s competition and the opportunity to see the best of WPF print photography, in pleasant company. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact David Paskin – WPF CELO.

RPS South Wales Events

Sunday 17th May 2015 – The reorganised RPS South Wales Region will be holding Colour and Monochrome print presentations by Susan Brown FRPS, Judith and Roger Parry ARPS.

Susan Brown FRPS has recently held an exhibition of her photography at RPS HQ in Bath and also had her photography published in the RPS Journal in January 2015. A photographer with 30 years experience Susan sits on the Licentiate and Visual Art Panels and her work has been published widely, including a recent Arena book The Coast. Susan is also a member of the Arena Group. Susan will be showing Colour and Monochrome prints.

Judith and Roger Parry ARPS have had many International Awards and Acceptances. The presentation will contain Portraits and Art Nudes shot both in the studio and on location plus Still Life, Landscapes and Travel Photography, Roger and Judith will show sets of prints showing different styles of working.

You do not have to be a member of The RPS please come along and enjoy a great day of photography.

Start time 11.30am -4.30pm, St Francis Millennium Hall, Porth y Castell, Barry Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 6NX.

Old Bridge Spring Exhibition

The Old Bridge Photographic Society are holding their Spring Exhibition at Pontypridd Museum, Bridge Street, Pontypridd, CF37 4PE.

It runs from May 6th to May 29th. The museum opens Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

Good Times for the Beynons

We’ve heard from the good folk at Gwynfa Camera Club that two of their members Lynda & Rob Beynon, a married couple, have just added CPAGB to their AFIAP and AWPF distinctions. Amazingly they both achieved exactly the same number of total points for their 10 prints (245) with Lynda bagging the only perfect score of 30 on the day for one of her prints. For those of you who don’t know, for the CPAGB each of six judges can score between 2 and 5 for each photo and you need a total of 200 or more to pass. So 245 is a very emphatic ‘pass’.

Lynda also recently had ten Welsh Salon acceptances out of the 10 images she entered and also got ‘Best Nature DPI’ and a ‘Highly Commended’.

Congratulations to both. Well deserved!


Welsh Salon ready to go

All the hard work behind the scenes is over and the exhibition is ready for its official opening on Saturday.

The official opening of the The 2015 Welsh Salon of Photography Exhibition will be on Saturday 2nd May at 2pm. The venue is Barry Library, Kings Square, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 4RW. Directions here.

The exhibition runs until 30th May. Opening hours are: Monday to Saturday from 10am till 4pm.

What do you know about the PAGB?

Yes, PAGB stands for Photographic Alliance of Great Britain……Anything else?

Yes, all the camera clubs that belong to the WPF (that’s us!) are affiliated to the PAGB via the WPF. In fact, the WPF is one of 15 federations affiliated to the PAGB from all over the UK.

Every federation has a representative on the PAGB Committee and up to 4 other delegates from each federation may attend the PAGB AGM. David Paskin is the WPF’s representative and we are also lucky enough to have the PAGB President (Roy Thomas) and the PAGB Treasurer (Peter Young) batting for us!

What does it do & What’s in it for us?

Very briefly, these are some of the PAGB’s activities:

Representation – The PAGB represents our interests in various forums, e.g. FIAP, RPS, etc., not forgetting its presence at the Photography Show.

Insurance – The PAGB arranges excellent insurance cover for clubs, including Public Liability Insurance, All Risks Insurance and Trustee Liability Insurance.

Patronage – The PAGB grants patronage to various salons organised around the UK.

Awards – Adjudication for Awards for Photographic Merit – CPAGB, DPAGB and MPAGB – are held around the UK, at least 3 times a year, often more.

Workshops & Training – The PAGB holds various training sessions for awards, federation officers, etc

Competitions – The PAGB runs the Inter-federation Print & PDI Competition, the Inter-club PDI Championship, the Inter-club Print Championship and the GB Cup.

The PAGB produces an Annual Review each year for the AGM delegates. Given the concerns expressed at various times about the lack of knowledge about the PAGB among ordinary club members, here is the Review for you to read for yourself. It is straightforward and easy to read; it gives a good overview of the work involved and carried out on your behalf, and the similar workload at federation level. Please read it and remember – these people are ordinary camera club members like you and me, who give freely of their time and energy to keep the organisations running and to promote the love of photography. You can read the 2014 PAGB Review here.

Jan Williams (WPF Gen Sec)

Roy is PAGB President

Roy Thomas of Neath & District Photographic Society has succeeded Leo Rich as President of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.

Roy has held many posts over the years. For Neath he’s been Secretary, Treasurer, CELO and Chairman on two occasions. He was also elected to the executive of the Welsh Photographic Federation in the  late 1970s where he has served as Secretary, Treasurer, CELO, Equipment  Officer and twice as President. He has also served on the PAGB Executive since 1987. He is also one of our most popular judges.

We wish Roy well in his two year tenure and hope he doesn’t have to miss too many Swansea games.


Photolive visits Bath & Birmingham

This year PhotoLive takes place in Birmingham (11 July), Bath (Saturday 1 August), Leeds (5 September) and London (12 September) and is a day out for people passionate about taking photos.

Whatever your level of photography you’ll enjoy a variety of seminars from top professionals on a range of techniques and genres. You’ll also be able to see the latest gear and snap up some bargains in their retail area.

Full details here. Thanks to Jen Cox for the info.

Photographica Collectors Fair 2015

The Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain, the PCCGB, is organising a Photographic Collectors and Users Fair that will take place on 17th May 2015 at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, London SW1P 2B, open 10am-4.30pm.

There will be up to 135 stalls selling second-hand user and collectable cameras, images, books, consumables etc. It is not a trade show for new equipment.

Further details of the PCCGB and the event are on the attached leaflet or available at www.pccgb.net or on Facebook.

Cardiff Photomarathon

At the time of writing there are still spaces available to take part in the Cardiff Photomarathon on 6th June. It usually sells out very quickly…

We checked again on the 23rd April and places were still available….

Full details here.