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November 2020
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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

Updated List of Online Judges & Lecturers

List last updated 16th November 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.

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

Bernard Brown FRPS AWPF

Bernard Brown FRPS AWPF passed away peacefully on 16 November. Many will remember him as an avid photographer. He could be a bit abrasive at times (he told me to write that) but a good friend to those who took the time to really get to know him. His main interest was stereo photography and he gained his FRPS with it. However he was never afraid to embrace new ideas being an early adopter of digital photography. In his later years took up infrared photography both ‘straight’ and in stereo.

I will miss his straight, no nonsense critiques of my work.

His funeral will be family only.

Guy Butler-Madden.

The 2021 PAGB Cup

For details of when and how to enter the 2021 PAGB cup competitions, please click here.

Entry is now open and the entry deadline is 24th January, 2021.

Cwm Rhondda Battle Results

Last weekend’s Cwm Rhondda Battle was contested by 25 clubs from all over the UK and Ireland.

You can view the judging on YouTube and it will be available for the next month. The scoresheet is here.

Results below.

First was Catchlight CC (Belfast) with 78 points.
Second was Gwynfa CC with 73 points.
Third was Rhondda CC with 71 points.

The trophy for Best Monochrome was awarded to “About the Boy” by Laurie Campbell of Catchlight.
The trophy for Best Colour was awarded to “Social Isolation” by Gwynfryn Jones of Gwynfa.

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.

42nd Welsh International Salon of Photography 2020 – Offer to clubs

Usually, an Audio/Visual presentation of selected acceptances and all the award winners is made available to WPF clubs free of charge.  This year, due to the pandemic, no A/V has been produced.  All the accepted and award-winning photographs can be seen on our website via http://thewpf.co.uk/42nd-welsh-international-salon-of-photography-2020.

However, I am willing to give a commentary on the 155 award-winning photographs on Zoom to any club at no charge.  It will fill a club evening.

Please contact me on welshinternational@thewpf.co.uk to arrange.


Chairman of the Welsh International

AWPF Distinctions Day Postponed

Given the news on the virus, I have discussed the situation with the exec committee and the unanimous decision was to postpone the event until we can hold it when the regulations allow.

We will update everyone as soon as we are able.

Dave Lewis

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 2020 Virtual Conference Videos

In response to a number of requests that we provide an “iPlayer/Catchup” facility for members who were unable to attend, here are videos of the Presentations made by our Speakers on the Conference Weekend.

Bernard Geraghty

“In the Dark”

“Light and Motion”

“The 500 Rule”

Ross McKelvey

“An Eclectic Mix”

“Tips & Tricks in Photoshop”

“Imperfect Circles”

Sharon Prenton Jones

“The Pursuit of Portraiture”

“The Making of Legends”

Barry Barker

“Where the Inspiration takes Me”

“Fine Art Inspirations”

“Something Utterly Surreal”

“Ghoti**One (animation)”

David Delme Jones – WPF Convention Officer – 12-Oct-20

John Harvey

We’ve received this sad news from Roy Carr of Barry Camera Club.

It is with great regret that I announce the death of John Harvey, who passed away on Wednesday 30th September, aged 92.

John had been ill for some time, though he remained active and always underplayed his condition being the private man that he was.

He was the oldest member of Barry Camera Club and had contributed much to the Club, including a spell as Chairman for 10 consecutive years. John was always an active participant in competitions, and took particular delight in producing prints, often making work which defied photographic norms as he expressed his particular creativity. He was quick to make the transition from film (his first love) to digital and embraced the new technology and what it could offer.

An important part of John’s character was his generosity. He was always one to encourage others and offer advice where it was requested, particularly to newcomers who were making their way. John had immense experience and creativity from which he could draw and was happy to put this to work for Club Members.

Of course, John was also well known beyond the Club both as a Presenter and a Judge. His gentle, thoughtful voice and manner made him a great communicator, backed by a wealth of photographic knowledge and images. He was a member of the Royal Photographic Society and gaining their Associate of The Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) distinction

His loss will be felt deeply by Barry Camera Club and many more besides. May he rest in peace.

Trevor Clayton

We’ve received this sad news from Gwynfa Camera Club.

We’ve been informed that our former member, Trevor Clayton, passed away on Wednesday 23rd September. Trevor had been a member of Gwynfa for over 30 years. 

He had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia about a year ago and was very much himself right up until the end. He died very peacefully, and at home.

Our thoughts are with his daughter Helena and her family.

Welsh Salon Prints

A message from the Salon chairman.

Hi everyone, I have now repacked all the salon prints ready for distributing.

Due to COVID 19 I’m shielding as my wife is receiving chemotherapy. When possible after lockdown is lifted please contact me to organise collection.

cliffemery@ntlworld.com            07971 204261  

Thank you all for entering and supporting the WPF, and being patient this year in our strange times.

Cliff Emery

2020 Welsh Salon of Photography

Congratulations to everyone who had an acceptance in the 2020 Welsh Salon of Photography (not to be confused with the Welsh International Salon, see below).

Also huge thanks to Cliff Emery and his team who had quite a challenge on their hands this year, especially with judging the prints. After being delayed since early lockdown, they finally managed to get it done. Well done to everyone involved in the organisation and selection. Well done also for getting the results out so quickly.

The awards and full acceptance lists can be seen below.

All Awards                         Mono Prints

Colour Prints                      PDI

All the accepted photographs can be seen here:

Colour Prints                    Mono Prints                    PDIs

PAGB APM Online!

We have received the following information from the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit team who have introduced an online advisory service.

Following the success of our informal online advisory service, the PAGB Executive Committee has agreed that it should be established on a permanent basis administered by David Smith. Thanks to the generosity of our volunteer advisers, we now have sufficient advisers on the list to advise at each level of award.

We envisage that each Advisee will receive up to two online sessions. We will leave it up to each Adviser how they give this advice although we suggest that the best method is for each Advisee to send PDIs of their images, 1600px on the horizontal side, to the Adviser, followed up with a telephone conversation with both looking at the images on their own monitor. Each Advisee can request another session once they have undertaken any work suggested on the images, or if they want to bring forward new images.

Those intending to submit in prints may be able to send their prints, or a selection of their prints, to the Adviser to comment. These prints to be returned at the Advisee’s expense and prior agreement with the Adviser.

The system is now ready to receive applications. If you would like advice at CPAGB, DPAGB or MPAGB, go here.

It would be helpful to know in the “extra information” box if you have already applied for an award or if this is a “toe in the water” to ascertain the suitability of your images.

This is a new project, so please be patient as we get it started.

42nd Welsh International Salon of Photography 2020

The exhibition has been posted on this website.  Congratulations to all successful entrants, especially those from the WPF area.

The catalogue can be found here.

The photographs can be seen as follows:

  • Open Colour Acceptances and Awards here
  • Open Monochrome Acceptances and Awards here
  • Nature Acceptances and Awards here
  • PhotoJournalism Acceptances and Awards here
  • PhotoTravel Acceptances and Awards here
  • Scapes Acceptances and Awards here
  • All Awards here

The printed catalogues and awards will be posted by 14 November 2020

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – Welsh International Chairman