March 2015

Welsh Salon Exhibition

The 2015 Welsh Salon of Photography Exhibition will be held at Barry Library, Kings Square, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 4RW. Directions here.

The official opening will be on Saturday 2nd May at 2pm and the exhibition runs until 30th May. Opening hours are:

Mondays 8.30am to 8.00pm
Tuesdays 8.30am to 6.00pm
Wednesdays 8.30am to 6.00pm
Thursdays 8.30am to 8.00pm
Fridays 8.30am to 6.00pm
Saturdays 9.00am to 5.30pm

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.

AWPF Assessment 2015

Some dates for your diary….

AWPF Workshop –  A workshop offering guidance to those who are considering applying for their AWPF distinction will take place on May 10th 2015, at Talbot Green community centre, doors open at 10am.  The advisory workshop is a good opportunity to see past successful panels and receive personal one-to-one guidance on your work and the standard required. This is a free event. Tea and coffee will be provided, but it is recommended that you bring a packed lunch.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

AWPF Assessment Day –  This will take place on November 8th 2015 Further details will be issued nearer the time.

John Cooke – Distinctions Officer

Neath’s 2015 Hornbill Challenge

Neath Photographic Society is proud to host their Annual UK Salon.  This popular photographic competition is supported by the BPE and sponsored by Hornbill.

Continue reading Neath’s 2015 Hornbill Challenge

Port Talbot Exhibition

Port Talbot Camera Club are holding our annual exhibition on the two balcony foyers at The Grand Theatre in Swansea. The exhibition runs from 10th March and lasts for 3 weeks. Entry is free! Our members’ excellent and varied digital and film photography will be on show. We will be proud to present the PTCC’s International Salon entries too. If anyone wants further information about this exhibition they can contact the Club through our Facebook group page or our website.


Free Book from Lenscraft

Thanks to Adrian Lant of Rhondda/Gwynfa for this information which comes from Robin Whalley of Lenscraft:

I thought you might like to know that I have arranged for my bestselling book “Essential Photoshop” to be available for FREE on the 14th and 15th March 2015 (here is the link to and On these days you will be able to download this title for free from your local Amazon website. The book has gained a lot of positive 4 and 5 star reviews and has been a good seller since published so I am taking a financial risk by giving it away. What I hope is that the free offer reaches many photographers who will learn about and join the Lenscraft website.

If you can find a moment to share this news with others I would be extremely grateful. Pass on the email, post it on Facebook, Tweet it, mention it in forum discussions. Any sharing of the news would be really appreciated.

I hope you can take advantage of the offer.

Neville Cox AWPF

This sad news from Martin Nagle of Rhondda CC.

It was with much sadness that we learnt of the recent death of Nevile Cox AWPF. Nevile was for many years a member of the Rhondda Camera Club. He served the Club in many capacities, as Chairman, Secretary, Programme Secretary and general good friend to old and new members.

Nevile took up photography as a serious hobby in his late thirties, after pursuing other interests, notably rugby and fishing. He took almost exclusively transparencies, which he processed at home and created colour and monochrome prints, as well as images for projection. The work he displayed was prolific, and without exception, of the highest quality. The range of his work was extensive, from the smallest robin in his back garden, to large landscape views, which were seldom photographed without a well placed rainbow or timely sunlight, and many other subjects  besides. He was extremely competitive – he was only interested in winning – and more often than not he did! At the time, as now, Rhondda was gifted with a number of excellent photographers, so it was not taken for granted that he would always come first. His work represented the Club in almost every Battle and Federation Competition and nearly always did very well. His work was almost always selected for the Welsh Salon. He was generous in giving time for presentations and judging, both to the Rhondda and to many other Clubs in the WPF. He prepared many AV shows, using 2 slide projectors and a meticulously synchronised soundtrack on cassette tapes.  He staged a few exhibitions of his work in Pontypridd Museum and elsewhere.

Sadly, a devastating illness took over his life about 6 years ago, and he retired from the Club. Rhondda awarded him life membership in 2012 and he bravely came to our Club to receive the honour and give us a final presentation of his work. All Nevile’s achievements were before digital photography really took off. Doubtless, had he been well enough to learn and master it, his photography would still be prominent today.

Nevile’s early death came as a surprise to many of us, and his good humour, generous friendship and excellent photography is going to be sadly missed by the many people who knew him.

May he rest in peace.

PAGB AV Awards

You are welcome to attend the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit in Audio-Visual day on Sunday 10th May 2015.  Doors open at 9:30am, and the day will start at 10:00am and close at approx 4:00pm.

The venue is: The Village Hall, Abingdon Rd, Steventon, Oxon OX12 6RR.

Spectator tickets are priced at £6 each including teas/coffees and biscuits.  Online booking form here.

Bridgend 5 to 8

Entry for the Bridgend 5 to 8 PhotoHarmony Competition for digital av sequences is now closed. The judging will take place on Monday 23rd March at our usual venue. This years judge is Malcolm Imhoff FRPS.

All are welcome to attend an admission is our normal £2.50 to include refreshments and a raffle. Full details can be found on the club website.

Two Neath members have exhibitions

Two members of The Neath and District PS, David Edwards and Linda Cowen are exhibiting their Wildlife prints during the first two weeks of March.

The exhibition will be held at “Oriel Bach” at Oystermouth (just 50m from the sea front car park) and opens to the public on Tuesday, March 3rd. It will run for two weeks until Saturday, March 14th. Mounted prints will be on sale and proceeds will be donated to a favorite charity of David and Linda called “Space for Giants“. A charity devoted to securing a future for the large mammals of the World.

Ace of Clubs Scores

Here are the summary results of the Ace and details of each image in the Final round.

Congratulations to the photographers from Inn Focus and Gwynfa – and best of luck at Warwick on July 15th.


IFG take the Ace, Gwynfa second.

The Inn Focus Group won the 2015 Ace of Clubs and, along with second placed Gwynfa, go on to represent the WPF at the National DPI Championships at Warwick in July.

The unofficial final round scores were:

Inn Focus. 246, Gwynfa. 232, Neath. 229, Bridgend. 226, Ebbw Vale. 224, Tenby. 223, Swansea. 214, Cardiff. 212, Amman Valley. 201. Western Valley. 200. Newport. 195. Port Talbot. 195. Vale. 177.

More when we have a report from the organising club.

Safari with Glyn

Glyn Edmunds, Chairman of Pyle & Porthcawl Photographic Society, is offering fellow photographers an astonishing deal on a Photo Safari to Kenya.  Glyn is passionate about Photography, Animals and East Africa and goes on custom designed private safaris as often as he is able.  After months of intense negotiations, Glyn is now able to offer other photographers the chance to go with him at a fraction of the normal price!  The information sheets about this amazing deal to Kenya to see the Great Wildebeest Migration on the Maasai Mara can be downloaded here.

This may be the busiest and most rewarding holiday you’ll ever have, and as long as you are mobile (getting in and out of the vehicles, steps at Mara Serena and walking to your accommodation), age is not a barrier.  The accommodations are classified as luxury in Kenya and the food is good, plentiful and with lots of variety, so it should suit everyone, but if you have any special dietary needs, please let Glyn know when you book and he can ensure you are catered for.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with Glyn on 01656 772831.

Judges Guidelines

A new page has been added to the menu of pages over on the right hand side of this news post. It is ‘Judge Guidelines‘ and it provides a quick link to the guideline we recently publicised.