March 2018
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Them or Us?

As a result of the 2018 WPF AGM held last weekend and in the light of the difficulty in finding people to populate the executive committee, Roy Thomas has given us some thoughts and ideas for the future.

He’d be interested to know what the clubs think.

You can read Roy’s words here.

The place of the nude in WPF photography

Following some recent discussions about the place of the nude in WPF photography the Federation President, Cliff Emery, has published some thoughts.

You can read them here.

The Photography Show is back!

The Photography Show will be back for its fifth year at the NEC, Birmingham on 17-20 March 2018. Develop your passion – get kit from over 250 brands, be inspired by tutorials led by those in the know and take advantage of an abundance of opportunities to enhance your skills in your chosen field.

The firm favourites are back, including the Super Stage, Behind the Lens Theatre, the ever-popular Live Stage and Canon of course, plus new for this year, The Great Outdoors will focus on everything from dramatic landscapes, to macro shots in your back garden, to special occasions in any weather

Save £3 on standard adult entry (pay only £10.95) with our special discount*

Book your tickets here – use promo code EOSTPS18 to claim.

Plus, stay up to date with the latest announcements on The Photography Show website.

*Discount code expires on 14 March 2018 and applies to standard adult entry tickets only

Neath UK Salon

Neath and District PS UK Salon will be open for entries from 1st February 2018 until 21st April 2018.

This year we have PAGB and BPE Patronage and there will be PAGB Medals and Ribbons as well as NDPS Ribbons and Medals as well as acceptances being eligible for BPE Crown points.

All information can be found at

Morriston Camera Club Annual Exhibition

Morriston Camera Club Annual Exhibition 4th – 7th April 2018

During our 4 day Annual Exhibition, Morriston Camera Club will be showing 80+ photographs. Members of the club, both experienced photographers and those new to the hobby, show examples of their work, encompassing a diverse range of photography styles. Admission is free.

Details of the event are as follows:-

Location: The Crypt, St. David’s Church, Woodfield Street, Morriston. SA6 8AS

Dates & Times: Wednesday – Friday 4th – 6th April (10.00 – 17.00) and Saturday 7th April (10.00 – 13.00).

David Wilson at Swansea

David Wilson will be giving a talk at Swansea Camera Club on April 9th commencing at 6.45pm.

Full details in this flyer.

RPS Event in Talbot Green 10th June 2018

The South Wales region of the Royal Photographic Society are holding an event in Talbot Green on the 10th June 2018. Admission is £8 RPS Members £10 non members.

The venue is Talbot Green Community Centre, Clos Springfield, Talbot Green, Pontyclun CF72 8FE. Door open at  9:30am for a 10:00am start. Refreshments & Biscuits are free but please bring your own lunch. Permajet are donating raffle prizes for the day.

The morning presenter, 10am to 1pm is Joan Blease MPAGB, FBPE, EFIAL/b, photographer & digital Artist. Joan has an artist’s eye and has loved drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. In 2007 she bought her first SLR camera and a copy of photoshop, then set about learning them both. She quickly became known for blurring the boundaries of where painting and photography meet. She has gained numerous top awards in exhibitions and Competitions both in the UK and internationally. Her workshops sell out quickly and her on-line tutorials are very popular as they encourage people to push their own personal boundaries. Joan is a Permajet ambassador & presenter. She will show both prints & PDI and her talk will include a break for refreshments. . Website here.

The afternoon presenter from 2pm to 4pm is Les Loosemore ARPS-DPAGB-AWPF with a new presentation.Les is well known in the local region for his panels of work.

We hope you will decide to join us for the day.

Dennis Russ (Events Coordinator RPS South Wales Region).

Request from the WPF Judges Secretary

For anyone thinking about becoming a WPF judge and would like to know more about judging, could you please contact me (,  so that I can arrange an informal meeting.  This usually takes the form of a ‘mock’ judging session where you are given a set of prints to critique, and Jan and I go through them with you and guide you through the main points.  It is very informal, consisting of four or five applicants, and takes place at Rose Cottage.

Ed Cloutman (WPF Judges and Presenters Secretary)

FIAP Distinctions

Could all those photographers who are intending to enter for a FIAP distinction at any level in 2018 please notify me ASAP. Thank you.

Ed Cloutman (FIAP Liaison Officer)

Memorial Weekend

We had a very good weekend with the PAGB team of Gordon Jenkins, Rod Wheelans, Ann Greiner and Richard Speirs.

On Saturday we had an Awards workshop which went well with the team giving advice to a well-attended audience. Those who brought along prints and PDIs to be assessed were not disappointed and had a one-to-one with one of the team.

On Sunday we had our three memorial competitions with a mono competition first with a set of 4 prints being judged by Rod.  This competition is in its second year and well supported, the winning club being Bridgend. Second was our PDI competition judged by Gordon and Richard again another well supported competition with Gordon and Richard enlightening the event with a bit of banter, Tenby coming out on top. The last of the day was a colour print competition judged by Rod and Ann 4 prints per club again with Tenby topping the list with 70 points and coming first. Well done Tenby and Bridgend. Both days ran like clockwork with the executive team all knowing what had to be done.  My thanks to all who helped and all the clubs who took part, A very enjoyable weekend.

Details of the full results can be seen in other posts…

Cliff Emery (President Welsh Photographic Federation)

Amended Result from the WFP Memorial Trophy

The 2018 WPF Memorial Trophy for Colour Prints.

1st – Inn Focus Group
2nd – Gwynfa

Scores here.

Judges: Rod Wheelans MPAGB MFIAP FIPF HonPAGB HonSPF and Anne Greiner MPAGB.

Revised result – Tenby and District Camera Club have informed the Executive that one of the images they entered in the Memorial Trophy had been accepted in last year’s Welsh Salon and was therefore not eligible for the Memorial Trophy. Tenby won the competition and notified us of this error a few days later stating they wished to withdraw the image from the Competition. Consequently, Inn Focus, originally second, are now the winners of the WPF Memorial Trophy 2018 and all other clubs move up one place.

The WPF Executive thank Tenby and District Camera Club for bringing this genuine error to our attention. The Executive will revise the rules for future competitions to try to ensure that this mistake doesn’t occur again.

Results from the Gwyn Morgan Trophy

The Gwyn Morgan Trophy for Open PDI’s

1st – Tenby and District Camera Club
2nd – Inn Focus Group
3rd – Cwmbran

Scores here.

Judges: Gordon Jenkins APAGB. President of the PAGB and Richard Speirs DPAGB, APAGB.

Results – Walter Morgan Trophy

Results – Walter Morgan Trophy for Monochrome Prints.

1st – Bridgend and District Camera Club
2nd – Inn Focus Group
3rd – Rhondda Camera Club

The Competition was judged by Rod Wheelans MPAGB, MFIAP, FIPE, Hon PAGB, HonSPF.

Each Club’s entry of 4 images was put up in turn and judged against 2 other sets that were already displayed. One of the three sets was eliminated and then appraised by the judge.

Amman Valley Rises

We’ve received notification from Jackie Domingo that she is hoping to restart the Amman Valley Camera Club at the Community Centre in Cwmgors on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

She has placed notices on various sites and is hoping for new people to come along.

Spread the word, folks!

Rhondda Camera Clubs 75th Birthday.

rhonddaThis month sees the 75th anniversary of the conception of the Rhondda Camera Club. It came about due to the interest in photography of two friends John H. Davies of Llwynypia and Mr. Tom Jones of Tonypandy. They were joined by Mr. Walter Morgan M.A. of Treherbert an artist who was interested in learning how to use a camera and process the ensuing negatives into prints. John and Tom taught Walter the mechanics and he taught them about Composition, Texture and Light etc.

This all took place just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Others joined the trio over the next few years and it was decided to form a camera club. On January 11th 1943 the club was formed with H. J .Jones of the Bute Hotel, Treherbert as Chairman, Walter Morgan as Secretary, John H Davies as Treasurer with Tom Jones and three others as members of the committee.

The club did not meet for long at Treorchy. Circumstances compelled the club to move to a new meeting place at the headquarters of the Garrick Dramatic Society at Llwynypia.

A hard winter and restrictions on fuel, due to the war, made the accommodation less than hospitable with a member from Treorchy forced to bring down an oil stove that the membership gathered around to discuss their photographic interests and problems.

In 1946 the club were advised that the Maes-yr-Haf Educational Settlement in Trealaw with its well heated and comfortable premises would welcome the club, and it was here that the club would remain until after the 25th anniversary in 1968.

Since that time, the meeting place has changed on a number of occasions and also reverted back to the Maes-yr-Haf at times. The club has been at its present meeting place for some years now, only a few hundred yards from the Maes-yr-Haf.

For this, the 75th Anniversary, a series of displays and exhibitions are planned to take place in shop windows and library’s throughout the two Rhondda Valleys. The first of these was put in place on Friday 5th January 2018 at “The Window Shop”, Treorchy. It will run until Monday 15th January 2018.

2017 Celtic Challenge Results

It was a creditable 4th place for the WPF in the 2017 Celtic Challenge.

Click here for the full scores and placings as well as the individual scores and award winners.

Judges for the Competition were Gwen and Phil Charnock FRPS, MFIAP from Wigan (L&CPU) and the Celtic Challenge Saturday Lecturer was Colin Trow-Poole MPAGB, FRPS, FIPF from Arden (MCPF).