October 2018
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2018 Celtic Challenge Results

Here are the results from the 2018 Celtic Challenge.

Region MONO COLOUR PDI Total Rank
Northern Ireland Photographic Association 185 184 178 547 1st Place
Irish Photographic Federation 178 186 172 536 2nd Place
Scottish Photographic Federation 176 179 174 529 3rd Place
Welsh Photographic Federation 171 176 174 521 4th Place
North Wales Photographic Association 173 170 165 508 5th Place
Isle of Man 157 170 166 493 6th Place

Full PDI Results

Full Colour Results

Full Mono Results


2019 Memorial Trophies

Hi Folks,

The Season has started at most of your Clubs so it’s time to look forward to the first WPF organised event of 2019 for you to test your mettle against our other Clubs in a simple straightforward series of challenges: –

1. Past Presidents’ Trophy for four Colour Prints.
2. Gwyn Morgan Trophy for a set of four Mono Prints.
3. Walter Morgan Trophy for four PDIs

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Inter-Federation Exhibition in Maesteg

The Best of British Club Photography

Every year the 15 Federations that form the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) including us the WPF (Welsh Photographic Federation) take part in an inter-federation competition where each can enter up to 30 pieces of work in 4 sections (colour print, mono print, nature and open PDI) resulting in a possible total of 1,800 images.

The exhibition that arises from the competition displays 300 images; the best 150 prints and 150 PDI selected in the opinion of the the 3 judges and can be regarded as some of the best of current British club photography. It shows the standard and style of the images that have achieved the accolade of being accepted and will surely provide inspiration to amateur photographers throughout our region.

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Stanley Chell 2018 – Entries Invited

Aberdare Camera Club is pleased to invite your club to participate in this year’s Stanley Chell Print Competition, to be held on Saturday 24th November 2018.

Click these links to see the poster, invitation and entry form/competition rules.

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Forthcoming RPS Events

To find out about forthcoming RPS (South Wales Region) events please click here.

Amman Valley Camera CLub

We’ve received this message from Jackie Domingo….

I still cannot get enough people to restart and regularly attend the Amman Valley Camera Club but have a suggestion that if there is a break-away group from one or an assortment of other clubs looking for premises to run a photographic venture on a different night to their normal meeting, the Hall at Cwmgors would be viable. There is storage now in the form of a double cupboard, and the cost is fairly low at £10 per evening.

The only thing, if possible, is they keep the same name as a link to the village and surroundings and because we had grants under that title which may make it easier for any future applications. I do not mind stepping aside as Secretary, although it would be nice to be involved as an ordinary member with a new scheme, if permitted. There is a limited time I can offer this chance as I am about to cancel our use of the Hall and it is a prime evening which many other organisations are interested in taking over. Keeping hold of the Hall is essential, as opposed to one of the Committee Rooms, which although cheaper at £5 per evening, they are not suitable in size for hosting competitions.

Contact Jackie as soon as possible if you are interested.

Congratulations to Margaret Jones

Congratulations are in order for Margaret Jones of New Quay Camera Club who has just gained the QPSA honour from the Photographic Society of America. Margaret is the second New quay member to achieve this award this year.

If any other photographers are interested in trying for PSA honours then I will be very pleased to assit them.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA
PSA Membership Director Wales

Phil & Gwen Charnock to judge Pixels

Gwynfa Camera Club are delighted to announce the return of Gwen & Phil Charnock (both FRPS MFIAP) to judge Pixels 2018. They last judged to competition in 2013 and we’ve asked them back due to popular demand.

Forty one clubs have entered including 9 from the NWPA.

Entry to Pixels 2018 is free but we hope we can tempt you to buy a raffle ticket (or two) as we have some great prizes including numerous photography books; A3 and A4 inkjet fine art paper paper from both Fotospeed and Permajet and a lovely Gillis bag worth £300 from Carmarthen Camera. Huge thanks to everyone who donated prizes.

Pixels 201 takes place on Saturday November 3rd at Talbot Green Community Centre, Cowbridge Road, Talbot Green, CF72 8HS. We start at 2.30 pm but doors open at 1.45 pm so you can have a cuppa and a chat. There will also be a full buffet at half time.

Pioneers of Welsh Pop Exhibition

Tony Charles’ (a member of Cardiff Camera Club) ‘Pioneers of Welsh Pop’ exhibition is moving to North Wales taking it into the heart of the Welsh speaking community as a Welsh project.

Tony’s Cardiff exhibition closed on 20th August but the north Wales exhibition is open from 7th October to 24th December at the Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw Gallery in Pwllheli.

The images are black and white and have been shot in the studios of the School of Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the studios at the Arts Academy, Bridgend College, Trade Street, Cardiff. Some were taken in North Wales at Portmeirion Village.

Tony says:- “The 1960s saw an emergence of new Welsh talent pioneering pop, folk and rock music in Wales in the Welsh language. Some of my friends were involved in that new movement and some I photographed in the 60s and 70s. Now looking back some 50 years later, I saw an opportunity to photograph some of these Welsh icons for my latest University project. So, this project is part of my second year University degree course in Photography. 

Full details of the year’s project, including the ‘live’ TV coverage of the opening by S4C TV’s “Heno” programme, can be viewed at – https://tonycharlesphotography.weebly.com/welsh-pop-pioneers.html

RPS Event – Martin Parr in Saundersfoot

We have received this from Dave Paskin….

Would you be so good as to inform your club members that the RPS will be holding a day with “World famous Photographer Martin Parr” in Saundersfoot Hall on 30th March, 2019. He will be showing some photos of Tenby that he takes whilst living in his holiday home there .

If any members book before the 1st December they will get an early bird price of £5 discount.

Click here for full details.

Hope to see a lot of members there.

Best Regards

David Paskin  (R.P.S  RO South Wales Region)

Cardiff Camera Club Exhibition

Cardiff Camera Club’s 2018 exhibition will be held at the HeARTh Gallery Llandough.

You can read their mission statement here.

The gallery is a unique, contemporary art space situated at the heart of the clinical setting, believed to be the first of its kind in Wales.

The Exhibition will run from 8th October to midday on the 31st October, 2018 and is open daily, 9am – 8pm.

2018 Welsh International Salon Results

The adjudication for the Welsh International Salon took place a short while ago and the lists of acceptances can be seen below together with slideshows of the Award Winning images in each section.

DPI – Open Monochrome         Award Winners Gallery

DPI – Open Colour           Award Winners Gallery

DPI – Nature         Award Winners Gallery

DPI – Photo Travel         Award Winners Gallery

Prints – Open Colour         Awards Winners Gallery

Prints – Open Monochrome         Award Winners Gallery

The selectors were Roger Parry ARPS MPAGB EFIAP HonPAGB (England), Ralph Duckett MPAGB EFIAP APAGB (England), Leo Rich ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/g HonPAGB (England), Judith Parry DPAGB AFIAP HonPAGB (England), Leigh Woolford DPAGB EFIAP AWPF HonFWPF BPE2* (Wales) and Mike Cullis ARPS DPAGB (Wales).

PSA Success For Angela

Angela Bonner a member of Hay on Wye Camera club has just achieved her first Recognition of Photographic Achievement from the Photographic Society of America, gaining first stars in both colour and monochrome divisions. Well done Angela.

I am aware that a number of other WPF members are embarking on this route to recognition as well as a number in North Wales. It is challenging to pitch your work into international competitions and rewarding when you achieve success. Anyone interested in recieving further guidance should contact me and I will be pleased to assist.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA (PSA Membership Director Wales) ian.ledgard@talk21.com

44th Smethwick International Open For Entries

The 44th Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography is now open to receive your entries. It is the UK’s Largest International Print & Projected Digital Image Exhibition all displayed at one venue, with visitors from all over the UK.

The on-line entry system is at www.SmethwickInternational.com

There are three Print Sections – Open Colour, Open Mono & Nature (Prints can be forwarded to Southampton International), three Projected Image Sections – Open Colour, Open Monochrome & Nature and over 180 Medals and Ribbons to be won plus a FIAP Blue Badge for Best Entrant.

Entry fees are low, from only £11 with special rates for club entries.

Closing date 4th November 2018

WPF Celtic Challenge Entries

Hi Folks,

Our list of entries can be seen here.

I believe we have a strong entry this year, thanks to the many photographers that sent in pictures for us to consider – it made the selector’s choices very difficult with much toing and froing before the final 30 were finalised. We had so many choices that it was fair to choose only one per photographer in each of the sections.

In order to load these up to the NIPA Entry System I need to have PDIs of the prints, Cliff is checking and hoping to find those in recent Salon and WISP entries but to make absolutely sure could I request anyone who know each of the photographers to ask them to Email me their copy PDIs.

Martin Nagle has volunteered to take our entry over to Ireland his year – for which we are truly grateful – and once loaded I will arrange to pass the work over to him.

Roy Thomas

2018 Celtic Challenge

The Celtic Challenge 2018 is to be held on Saturday 13th October 2018, at The Strangford Arms Hotel, 90-92, Church Street, Newtownards, Co Down, BT23 4AL. This Annual competition is hosted this year by the Northern Ireland Photographic Association – being a battle between the Celtic Regions: – NIPA, IPF, SPF, NWPA, Isle of Man and of course the WPF – Cornwall are not coming this year unfortunately.

Roy Thomas