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January 2021
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COVID-19 and Government Advice

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

The PAGB has issued guidance here.

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

2021 Welsh Salon – Open for Entries

The Welsh Salon 2021 is now open for entries. The closing date is 7th March 2021.

You can enter here. You can find the rules here.

The three sections are:

1.   Open Colour
2.   Open Mono
3.   Nature

The cost of entering the 2021 salon will be the same as last year.

This year, due to the exceptional environment, the Salon will be judged remotely. This gives us an unique opportunity to use three judges from outside Wales without having to fund their travelling and accommodation.

Cliff Emery (Salon Chairman).

2021 Ace of Clubs – Revised Rules as at 20th January.

There has been confusion over the rules for the forthcoming Ace of Clubs competition and we ask that you accept our apologies for this situation.

We realised that clubs are not all in a position to check what they have entered in previous Ace of Clubs competitions and, as this is a one-off competition of a different nature, we’ve decided to make some changes to make it easier for clubs to enter. The key changes are as follows:

  1. You may now use up to SIX nature images.
  2. You may now use up to SIX images per photographer.
  3. Your entry should include images from a minimum of SIX photographers.
  4. Previously used images will NOT be disqualified.
  5. The closing date for entries is 7th February, 2021.

Click here for the revised Rules for the COVID-19 Ace of Clubs Competition (as at 20/01/2021).

Click here for the entry form.

Covid 19 Memorial Trophy Results

Please find attached the various reports of the Covid 19 Memorial Trophy competition which were judged this afternoon by Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB EFIAP who did a great job!

Congratulations go to Bridgend & District CC for winning the mono event and Baglan Bay PS for winning the colour event – well done! Also, congratulations to those who won the individual awards (see below).

Colour Trophy

  1. Baglan Bay (78 points)
  2. Gwynfa (77 points)
  3. RPC (76 points)

Best colour image: “Look mean boys, he’s got a camera..” by Carl Jones, RPC

Mono Trophy

  1. Bridgend (77 points)
  2. Gwynfa (75 points)
  3. Cardiff, Gwent, RPC & Tenby & (all on 73 points)

Best mono image: “In Reflective Thought” by David Hopes of Bridgend & District CC

All scoresheets below:

Covid 19 Memorial Colour Trophy Results
Covid 19 Memorial Colour Trophy (Spreadsheet)
Covid 19 Memorial Colour Trophy Results Detail

Covid-19 Memorial Mono Trophy Results
Covid-19 Memorial Mono Trophy (Spreadsheet)
Covid-19 Memorial Mono Trophy Results Detail

2021 PAGB GB Cup & Trophy – Format Change

The format and timing of these events has changed. In order to encourage more print entries, they will now be run in combination, there will be no charge for print entries and the maximum paper size allowed will be A4.

The new rules for the events can be found here.

The NEW timetable for 2021 can be found here.

Entries can be made here.

Updated List of Online Judges & Lecturers

List last updated 13th January, 2021.

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.

2020 Christmas Competition

This competition was the concept of Ed Cloutman about 6 weeks ago.  It was held on 9 January 2021 by Zoom with over 90 people having booked to watch the proceedings.  117 club members had entered 1 photograph each, being the best they had made or, in some cases, their favourite.

The judges, Colin Harrison FRPS MPAGB FBPE EFIAP/d3, Paul Keene FRPS MPAGB EFIAP/d3 MFIAP and Roger Parry ARPS MPAGB HonPAGB EFIAP EsFIAP did a super job of scoring each photograph from 2 to 5.  They then selected 5 awards from the 18 that had scored the maximum of 15.  The results are shown on the scoresheet here.

Congratulations go to:

First Place  – Cuckoo Robin Confrontation by Charlie Kidd DPAGB EFIAP BPE1, Tenby Camera Club

Second  Place – The Orphanage by Dave Bolton, Tenby CC

Colin Harrison’s Award – Not a Good day for Umbrellas by Gwynfryn Jones EFIAP DPAGB, Gwynfa CC

Roger Parry’s Award – Love is .. by Gill Perkins, Hay Camera Club

Paul Keene’s Award – Coyote on Thin Ice by Linda Cowen, Neath & DPS

As well as the three judges, our thanks go to Ed Cloutman EFIAP HonFWPF for conceiving the idea, Del Jones, Sue Surridge and John Surridge who were the Zoom team and Roy Thomas APAGB HonFWPF who mirrored the scoring in case of connection problems.

After the competition ended, several people expressed, either verbally or by email, their appreciation of our efforts.


WPF President


PSA Member Successes

The turn of the year brought good news to two PSA members in South Wales who gained recognition for their acceptances in PSA recognised Salons.

Mike Bray who became a member less than two years ago has achieved the  PPSA award. This requires a total of at least 228 acceptances. Well done Mike.

Gary Shinner  has  extended his previous level of recognition with the award of MPSA2.  The requirement for this award is 2250 acceptances and Gary is the first in Wales to gain this. Great work Gary.

There are many other photographers in WPF clubs who are participating in International Salons with PSA recognition.  How about making a New Year’s resolution to join PSA and seek further recognition for your work?  During 2021 PSA are offering 5 year membership to new or renewing members.  For further information please contact me and I will be plased to offer assistance.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA

PSA Membership Director, Wales


2020 Masters of Print Open For Entries

The 2020 Masters of Print is now open for entries. This year there cannot be a physical exhibition, but it still have the same prestige, the same high standards, the same distinctive badge and, best of all, a fabulous ‘coffee table’ catalogue for every entrant. Full details here.

Since we will not be mounting or framing the accepted prints, there will be less constraint on size and format. In fact, any shape or size you like on A3 or 12”x16” paper!

Closing Date Online is 08 Mar 2021
Receipt of Prints must be by by 15 Mar 2021
Judging & Results by 15 Apr 2021
Catalogue by 31 May 2021

AWPF Roll of Honour 2020

On 5th December 2020 we were able to hold the 2020 AWPF distinctions day event under closely controlled conditions. Those candidates that achieved the high standard the award demands, are listed below.

1.      Ian Blake Beyond Group Abstract Architecture of the internal roof of the Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport
2.      Bethan Daniel Kidwelly C.C Butterflies and other insects
3.      Peter Benson  Beyond Group Urban Nightscapes
4.      Ralph Pinch Deeside P.S. Agony & Ecstasy
5.      Paul Smith Beyond Group Wildlife-Birds of Europe
6.      Tom Dodd Blaenau Ffestiniog Mountains of Snowdon in Winter
7.      Lin Wyles Hay Camera Club British Wildlife
8.      Robert Prenton Jones Conwy C.C. The Love of Chocolate
9.      Stephen Lewis Hoylake P.S. Fleeting, Treasures, Rare Moments with Snowdonia Landscape
10.  Peter Wyles Hay Camera Club Costa Rican Wildlife
11.  Marcia Mellor Beyond Group Pets
12.  Chris Netton Beyond Group Delicate Strength
13.  Barbie Lindsay Beyond Group My Indian Takeaway
14.  Rusty Lindsay Beyond Group Urban Connections
15.  Mark Frisby Bleadon P.S.  I Believe in Mermaids

The Judges were.
1. Gary Shinner, (Chairman) LRPS, EFIAP/b, EPSA, AWPF, BPSA.
2. Jenny Hibbert, MPAGB. AWPF. EFIAP/s
3. Brian Coleman, AWPF. AFIAP, Hon FWPF
5. Ed Cloutman. EFIAP.

The day was made possible because of the help given by many dedicated people and I would like to thank them all, in particular. The expertise of our Judges for their detailed critique, and fairness in their assessment, maintaining the high standard of photography needed to gain the prestigious award of AWPF. Our grateful thanks to our President Peter Young for opening the proceedings, Guy Butler-Madden for suppling the display stands, and packing the prints away after assessment. Chris Powell for supplying his superb panel, as an example panel of excellence in at the start. Martin Nagle for transporting the equipment to and from the stores in Bridgend, Ron Lines, Paul James for helping to load the prints on the stand, Paul also wrote the Risk Assessment and provided all the safety equipment, and much more, and our Zoom Team, Del Jones & Susan Surridge. Thank you all.

The standard was very high this year and those less successful candidates, all of which were so close to gaining the award, are recommended to address the constructive comments made by the judges and apply again next year.

David Lewis
AWPF Distinctions Secretary

Early 2021 WPF Competitions

With the current and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and with no clear idea of how quickly the world may change next year we have to address our competitions over the next 3 or 4 months. Below you will find our thoughts regarding these. We would like to have your consideration regarding whether you will take part in the replacement events that we are proposing below.

  1. Memorial Trophies Day – This in our calendar is scheduled to take place on the 17th January 2021 with your entries needing to be with us on the 10th January 2021. Because this is an attended event and involves 3 competitions, 4 PDIs, 4 Colour Prints and 4 Mono Prints being judged live by an invited Judge, it cannot run under the current regulations. Rather than cancel we are suggesting that we run a Virtual Competition for a new trophy comprising 4 Colour PDIs and 4 Mono PDIs – We obviously need an early response. So please could you contact me as below to advise if you are prepared to take part in such a Competition.
  1. Ace of Clubs Day – This in our Calendar is scheduled to take place on the 21st February 2021 with your entries needing to be with us on the 17th January 2021. This also is an attended event being judged by 3 Judges, with each Club putting 8 PDIs into Round 1; then having witnessed the Judges response selecting a further 8 new PDIs for Round 2 and then moving on to either the Plate or Final Round where the Club will need to select up to 20 PDIs. This usually comprises large audiences moving around dealing with their members and chatting about the outcomes so well outside any COVID_19 rules. Rather than cancel this event we are suggesting that we could run a Virtual Competition based on 30 PDIs with the normal restrictions regarding numbers of members and nature prints – with no on the day selections or changes – a simple battle. So please could you contact me as below to advise if you are prepared to take part in such a Competition.
  1. Welsh Salon of Photography – This in our calendar has a closing date of 7th March 2021, when our AGM is scheduled to happen. We believe that this event can still happen as the judging is done typically with only a small handful of helpers and 3 judges – so as with 2020 we are happy this can go ahead with proper precautions. Expect to see details from the Salon Chairman Cliff Emery soon.
  1. Ace of Prints – This in our calendar is scheduled to take place on the 18th July 2021 with the closing date being 27th June 2021. We will not make any decision on this event until April 2021 when we can see how the situation has changed regarding the epidemic.
  1. Summary
  1. We are cancelling the Memorial Trophies Day and offering a Virtual 4 Colour PDI and 4 Mono PDI Competition – we need your feedback as to whether you will take part.
  2. We are cancelling the Ace of Clubs Competition and offering a virtual 30 PDI Competition – we need you feedback as to whether you will take part.
  3. We are currently planning on still running the Welsh Salon of Photography – look forward to a message from the Chairman Cliff Emery soon.
  4. We are holding any decision regarding the Ace of Prints Competition until April 2021 – and hope that the world will be more normal then.

Thank you for reading these notes and please advise me soonest as to your likely participation in the replacement events.

Roy Thomas – CELO   Roy17@btinternet.com    01639 644757 / 07880 710908

Peter Ekin Wood

Newport Photographic Club sadly report the passing of Past President and Honorary Member Peter Ekin Wood.

For many years he worked as a professional Photo-journalist before taking up an Editorial appointment with the Newport Argus newspaper. One of his last talks was to Cymru Mono in 2019 when he brought some of the brutally heavy tools of the trade from his camera collection together with a selection of B&W images from his time interviewing and photographing the celebrities of the entertainment sector.

His extensive library of portraits included “Professor” Jimmy Edwards, Phil Silvers (Sergeant Bilko), Petula Clark, Peter Sellars, Norman Wisdom, Tommy Trinder, Frankie Howerd, Rod Hull & Emu, Tommy Cooper, Ronnie Corbett and Richard Attenborough, to name but a few.

Peter was an active member of NPC and a supporter of the WPF; competing and giving talks until his retirement to the Gower. We shall miss his wry view and insights into the world of commercial (news) photography – our thoughts go out to his family.

PSA Exhibition Judging

Gary Shinner, MPSA, BPSA , Brian Coleman, and myself were invited to be part of a three person Welsh jury in the four circuit TajMahal exhibition organised in India, reprising our efforts in 2019. So may we have seen your entries?

There were five sections, Colour, Monochrome, Nature, Photo Travel and Photo Journalism. In total some 3000 entries which we judged on line before selecting the awards during a Zoom meeting. 

The online process allowed us more time to assess the images than is usual when there is a gathered jury where you have a few brief seconds to award your mark. It also allowed you to review and amend your marks after each section.  After our Zoom session that we felt we arrived at a very balanced set of awards with a varied range of subject matter

We did however comment on the fact that some entrants had clearly not read the rules carefully. We found a few images in the monochrome section that were wholly or partially coloured. Some had clearly not taken on board the rules about staged images in PT and PJ.  Some excellent images in PT were clearly staged but had they been in the colour or mono sections would have been contenders for awards.

So Exhibition entrants do take note and try not to fall into these pitfalls. Always read the rules so that your images have the best chance of success.

Good luck with your entries.

Ian Ledgard GMPSA / PSA Membership Director, Wales

Diary Date – Photography Show

Following on from September’s Virtual Festival, there will be another ‘Photography Show’ online event on 6 & 7 March 2021 with a refreshed format.

Visitors can expect an extensive programme of exclusive tutorials and masterclasses; plus product demos and interactive advice clinics hosted by kit specialists and big brands. The show will also feature exclusive deals, and offer the chance to purchase kit and accessories from a range of outlets.

Register your interest here.

Important FIAP Distinctions News

Due to the many problems with the postal services around the world, caused by the Covid-19, FIAP have made the following decisions that ONLY apply to Distinctions applications lodged in 2021:

  1. For AFIAP and EFIAP Distinctions, there will be no requirement for acceptances in “print” salons. This temporary measure relates to rules 2.2.d and 3.2.d of the FIAP Distinctions Document 011/2016.
  2. For MFIAP applications in 2021, the portfolio, which is normally sent as prints, must be sent ONLY as digital files. The portfolio of photos must be sent to FIAP as high resolution, high quality digital files, by WeTransfer, together with the application form.

DO NOT send prints to FIAP for applications in 2021.

DO NOT send photos on a CD-ROM to FIAP.

  1. For All Distinctions applications in 2021, the original signed pages A and B of the Distinctions application form can be scanned and sent electronically via WeTransfer. This gives FIAP the possibility of speeding up the application process. The original pages A and B still need to be posted such that FIAP receive them prior to the following year’s applications arriving. The same requirement applies to any forms scanned and sent electronically during 2020.

Ed Cloutman FIAP Liaison Officer

Annual Club Subscriptions to the WPF

Dear Club Secretaries,

At a recent meeting of the WPF Executive it was decided to reduce the Annual Club Subscription to the WPF to £5.00 per club for the forthcoming year.  There will be no capitation fee.

Despite some significant achievements like the Lockdown Competition, the Annual Convention, etc, the WPF Executive noted the fact that it has been unable to organise certain events that require physical attendance.  The Executive also appreciate that many Clubs have their own financial difficulties.

Please note that each Club is still responsible for their own Public Liability Insurance.

Please convey this information to your Club Treasurer.

I hope you are all safe and well and continuing to have some activity in your Club.

Martin Nagle, General Secretary, Welsh Photographic Federation.