November 2014

Memorial Trophy

The WPF invites all member clubs to enter the 2015 Memorial Trophy which will be hosted by New Quay Camera Club and held at Memorial Hall, Towyn Road, New Quay SA45 9NX, on Sunday, 18 January 2015,at 1:00pm. The judge will be Margaret Salisbury. FRPS, APAGB, MFIAP.

Confirmation of entry is by 1st December 2014. Closing date for receiving entries will be by 21st December 2014. All forms required can be found below:


Entry Form PDF     Entry Form Word

Conditions of Entry

Club Codes

Port Talbot Salon 2015

The fourth Port Talbot Digital International 2015 is now open for entries. You can enter by clicking here.

There will be four sections: Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Creative and Nature. Closing date will be 25th Jan 2015.

AWPF Assessments, 9th November 2014

Some excellent work was presented at this year’s AWPF assessments, held at Talbot Green Community Centre, which resulted in a higher pass rate than other years.  There were 16 entries, 14 in prints and 2 in PDIs.  11 AWPF awards were made, resulting in a 69% success rate. Many congratulations to the successful candidates, who were:

Lynda Beynon – Gwynfa CC
Robert Beynon – Gwynfa CC
David Condon – Swansea CC
Janet Davies – NWPF
Trevor James – Gwynfa CC
Ronald Lines – Ebbw Vale CC
Barbara McLoughin – Gwent PS
Eric Pearce – Ebbw Vale CC
Andy Polakowski – Mold CC
Margaret Salisbury – NWPF
Tim Wood – Bridgend CC

Those who did not make it on this occasion missed by a very narrow margin and were strongly urged to try again next year.

Several successful candidates commented that the help and advice that they had received at the AWPF Workshop had made all the difference and recommended that anyone considering submitting a panel should attend a workshop first.

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the day such a success, in particular, Alan Shepherd & Vince Penticost, (Presentation) Guy Butler-Madden & Cliff Emery,(Display) David Paskin (Catering) and, of course, our judges, Nick Jenkins (Chairman), Margaret Collis, Jenny Hibbert, David Lingham and Paul Richards.

John Cooke (Distinctions Secretary).

Swansea Win Pixels

Pixels 2014 took place at Talbot Green Community Centre on Saturday 8th November 2014 and Swansea Camera Club (71 points) were clear winners ahead of Gwent Photographic Society and Neath Photographic Society (both on 67 points).

The Swansea photos were: Fighting Fire by Steven Jones (15 points), Waiting NYC by Jason Chapman (20 points), The Driver by John Pile (17 points) and Dead Peace Lily by Dennis Russ (19 points).

Judge Tony Potter from Cumbria selected Waiting NYC by Jason Chapman of Swansea as Best Monochrome Photograph and Bleak Grazers by Alan Jenkinson of Bridgend & District as Best Colour Photograph.

Click here to see the final Pixels 2014 score sheet.

A slideshow of all the photographs entered can be seen here.

Some other photographs of the event and the presentation photos are here.

Club Exhibitions

The WPF Executive ask that when your club holds an exhibition, please ensure that it remains open for the full advertised period to avoid disappointing and inconveniencing members of the public.

LENS 2014

November 28/29 sees the tenth LENS festival of photography take place at The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. This year the theme is ‘reportage’. You can find all the details here.

Judge & Lecturer Feedback

We have received some feedback from Ed Cloutman, the Judges & Presenters Officer of the WPF.

You can read it here.

Films at Taliesin Arts

We’ve received this information from Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea:

We thought you might wish to know that next month we have two films at Taliesin which might appeal to camera club members. Finding Vivian Maier and a Night at the Cinema 1914 are being shown on successive nights. While the full ticket price for each film is £6.75, we are offering a 10% discount for all prices if both films are booked. 

Finding Vivian Maier (12A)Monday 10 November 7.30pm
Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

A Night at the Cinema 1914 (U) - Tuesday 11 November 7.30pm
Cinema a century ago was a new, exciting and highly democratic form of entertainment. With feature films still rare, the programme was an entertaining, ever-changing roster of short items with live musical accompaniment. 100 years on, this special compilation from the BFI National Archive recreates the glorious miscellany of comedies, dramas, travelogues and newsreels which would have constituted a typical night out in 1914, and leads us from peacetime into war. Our selection includes a comic short about a face-pulling competition, a sensational episode of The Perils of Pauline, scenes of Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front, and an early sighting of one of cinema’s greatest icons.

Should camera club members (or friends and relatives as it is a general offer) wish to buy tickets, they can contact the Taliesin box office on 01792 60 20 60 or alternatively, book online at

First Hasselblad in space up for auction

A special live auction of the First Hasselblad Camera used in Space is scheduled to take place on November 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET (or 7pm GMT), at RR Auction’s Boston Gallery. The Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens was carried into orbit by Wally Schirra on Mercury-Atlas 8, and attested to by Gordon Cooper as being used during Mercury-Atlas 9.

After which, a subsequent Space and Aviation Autograph and Artifact Auction, containing 600 lots, will begin on November 13 and close on November 20. For information, visit the RR Auction web site at

Thanks to Absolute Photo for the story.

Bridgend 12 Way Battle

We have received this from Gareth Martin:

October 6th saw the first Bridgend Twelve Way Print Battle take place, with Ebbw Vale being very worthy winners. The winning trophy was presented to Alan Coles of Ebbw Vale by Vince Cater of Fotospeed and judge Johnnie Rogers ARPS of Caerphilly Camera Club.

I have been working, along with Nigel Nicholas, on this battle since July this year, so was very happy to see it so well supported by not just the twelve clubs, but also Cwmbran who came along to watch. Fotospeed came in to sponsor this event and will be supporting us for the next 15 years. Our sponsors provided a box of A3 Fotospeed paper for each of the five individual winners.

To keep the battle fresh, we decided that the lowest scoring three clubs would drop out to make way for three new clubs every year. So, sadly, we say goodbye to Trostre, Pyle and Porthcawl, and Morriston and will welcome three new clubs next year: Gwynfa, Cwmbran and Kidderminster. We already have three clubs booked for 2016.  Pictures can be seen on this link.

The results:
1st   Ebbw Vale   90, 2nd  Swansea   88, 3rd   Bridgend  86, 3rd   Western Valley  86, 5th   Gwent  85, 5th   Merthyr Tydfil  85, 7th   Cymru Monochrome  82, 7th   Vale   82, 9th   Rhondda 80, 10th Trostre  73, 11th Pyle and Porthcawl  72 and 12th Morriston  71

Winners of Fotospeed boxes of paper:

Lyndon Hatherall, Western Valley – ” No Play Today”  – Best People / Portraiture / Candid.
John Cooke, Western Valley – ” Alone In The Woods” – Best Colour.
Lynford Hallet, Merthyr – “Pondering” – Best Monochrome.
Gareth Martin, Bridgend – “Vigil” – Best Landscape / Seascape.

Arthur Brownscombe

We’ve received this very sad news regarding Arthur Brownscombe from David Norton at Rhondda Camera Club. Arthur was a forward thinking, fascinating and well respected member of both Rhondda and Gwynfa and will be missed by members of both clubs and by everyone else who knew him.

Sad news to report I’m afraid, one of our older members passed away last Wednesday.  Arthur Brownescombe, aged 87, had been a member of RCC for a number of years. I visited Arthur regularly as he had no immediate relatives nearby and had been totally housebound for several years. Arthur was aArthur Brownscombe_07 larger than life character who led a full life and would regale me with many a colourful story about his time in the furniture business & chemical companies. Arthur’s memory was fantastic and relived intricate details about how much things cost, when and where it was in fine detail. He was very talented and loved making intricate dolls’ houses and furniture to scale. His recent hobby which kept him occupied was scale models of steam engines (his Dad drove many famous locomotives in Britain).

In the summer Mark and I took Arthur for a day out to St. Fagans as I managed to coax him to venture out (see below), having not been out for many years. He enjoyed it so much we promised to take him out again, unfortunately time beat us…

Arthur’s photography was in my genre – whacky! He would put multiple images together and make collages, ahead of his time!

I’ll update you as to when the funeral is (to be confirmed, possibly week Friday at Pencoed Crematorium).

David Norton (Rhondda CC)

Update on the funeral arrangements for Arthur Brownescombe.  The procession will leave Arthur’s house (111 Bute Street, Treherbert) at 12.15 pm on Friday, 24th October. Service at Llwydcoed Crematorium, Aberdare, at 12.45 pm. Donations to Salvation Army preferred please c/o Sue, Arthur’s step-daughter.  Sue has asked if people would give advance notice of attendance at the wake which will be held at a pub close to the Crematorium, in order for her to gauge the amount of buffet provided (as you are probably aware Arthur had very few relatives so your presence would be welcomed).
If you could let me know by return email please (by the 19th Oct latest), so I can pass approx. numbers onto Sue.

It is with great sadness that I add this item to the website. As a fellow Gwynfa member I knew Arthur well and had many interesting conversations with him. He was a fascinating character and a terrific photographer. We’ll never forget the presentation he gave to Gwynfa Camera Club. (Leigh W).

Pixels is this Saturday

Pixels 2014 takes place at Talbot Green Community Hall, Cowbridge Road, Talbot Green, CF72 8HS this coming Saturday (November 8th).

The judge will be Tony Potter PPSA, EFIAP/Platinum, ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB, GMPSA from Cumbria.

Doors open at 1.45pm for a 2.30pm start. Everyone is welcome, even if your club is not taking part.

Competition Secretaries – please remember to bring your entries for another great battle, the Stanley Chell Competition. The good folk of Aberdare will be there to collect them.