July 2015

Freedom of Panorama Petition

Written by Rod Whelans and reproduced with his kind permission.

FREEDOM OF PANORAMA is an odd term to describe a provision in the copyright laws of various jurisdictions that permits taking photographs of buildings, sculptures and other art which are permanently located in a public place, without infringing any copyright that may otherwise subsist.   A European Union Directive provides for the possibility of member states having a freedom of panorama clause in their copyright laws, but does not require such a rule.  The UK Design and Patent Act of 1988 gives us Freedom of Panorama.

There are European countries such as Italy where there is no freedom of panorama at all and the publishing of photographic reproductions of public places is still prohibited.  In France, it is illegal to publish a photograph of the Eiffel Tower by night since the tower’s illuminations added in 2003 retain copyright, even though the copyright for the structure itself, built in 1889, has long since expired. Daytime photographs are acceptable.

Some newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, reported recently that a threat to the UK’s freedom of panorama is an unfortunate by-product of an attempt to reform EU copyright laws by German MEP, Julia Reda. Her report calls for the EU to “ensure that the use of photographs, video footage, or other images of works which are permanently located in public places are permitted”.  However, a number of MEPs are attempting to introduce an amendment which reads: “The commercial use of photographs, video footage or other images of works which are permanently located in physical public places should always be subject to prior authorisation from the authors or any proxy acting for them.”

It is quite likely that the media have over emphasised the danger. The laws should primarily only affect professional photographers using images on a commercial basis, and is unlikely to affect Club members.  However, there remains a “grey area” that could affect personal images posted on Facebook, Instagram or websites that generate revenue.

It would probably do no harm to sign the petition but you need to be quick as it will soon close and the first vote will be held on 9 July 2015.

Ace of Prints – Extra Talk by Bob Moore

As there are only eight clubs entered in the Ace of Prints on July 5th, the competition is expected to be over by lunch time. Consequently, in order to make the day a little longer, especially for those travelling long distances, there will be an A2 Colour & Black and White Print Talk given by Bob Moore. Hon FRPS MPAGB HonPAGB.

This will take place after lunch at approx. 2.15pm – 3.30pm.

Swansea Salon Opens

Swansea Camera Club invites you to enter the 11th Swansea International Salon 2015. FIAP 2015/298. PSA 2015-230. UPI L150033.

You can make your entry online by clicking here, or you can visit their website at for full details.

Entries close on 20-Sep-2015 at 23:59 GMT Standard Time. Sections:- Open Colour. Open Mono. Nature. People. £9 for the first section, then £0.50 per extra section.

Lampeter Booking Form

Each year the W.P.F. organises a photographic convention at the University of Wales, Lampeter, Ceredigion. It is the only one of its kind to be held in Wales! This year it will be held on the 29th and 30th August.

For details of the speakers booked and to download the  2015 Convention Booking Form please click here.

The Convention is a chance for photographers from the whole of Wales to get together to share their enthusiasm, exchange ideas and maybe learn something new along the way.Each year we bring in the very best guest speakers and presenters and provide a full and varied programme for the whole weekend.

Beware the Scammers

One of our fellow WPF members, Linda Baldwin, has had her email scammed. Someone has sent out this message to everyone in her address book…..

Greetings, how are doing today? I don’t know if you’re aware that am presently in (Ukraine)  I was robbed of my cash, phones and credit cards last night but i thank God no lives were lost. I need you lend me some money, about (€1,560 Euro)  or whatever you can afford. I need the money to settle bills here and get back home. I assure you that i’ll refund the money immediately am home tomorrow.

This is a well known SCAM which we have seen before. Please do not be taken in!

Cymru Mono Exhibition

Cymru Monochrome Photography Group is holding its first exhibition titled “Heritage and Home“.

The launch is at 11 am on 11th July, 2015 at Creative Bubble Studio, 13,  Craddock Street, Swansea SA1 3EW.

The exhibition will run until 17th July and is open daily from 11 – 4pm. Entry is free.

More details here.

2015 Events

Thanks to Dave Owen of Gwynfa for providing these event dates for for 2015:

Severn Valley Railway – 1940’s Weekends 27th/28th June.
Severn Valley Railway – 1940’s Weekends 4th/5th July.
Cardiff Bay Internatinal Food and Drink Festival – 10th to 12th July.
Blaenavon Railway – 1940’s Weekend 11th/12th July.
Black Country Museum – Black Country Weekend – 11th/12th July.
Black Country Museum – 1940’s Weekend 18th/19th July.
St Fagan’s Museum – Glamorgan Car Show – 19th July.
Black Country Museum – Festival of Vehicles – 26th July.
Cardiff Bay Harbour Festival – 30th/31st August.
Great Dorset Steam Fair – 2nd to 6th Sept.
St Fagan’s Museum – Food Festival – 5th/6th September.
Black Country Museum -Historic Boat Gathering – 26th/27th September.
Cardiff Bay MH Survival Series (Iron Man type event) – 27th September.

Please check web sites to confirm details before travelling.

Ian gets four crowns

Ian Ledgard of Towy Valley CC has just gained his Four Crowns award, UPI-Cr4  from UPI.

United Photographers International sponsor many international salons along with PSA and FIAP.

Further details on the UPI can be found at

Barrian Cup 2015

Barry Camera Club would like to thank all the Clubs who entered this years Barrian Cup and a big thank you to all the members who turned out on the day for this years event, the support from visiting members was outstanding with record numbers attending. We hope you all enjoyed a great day of photography by all the Clubs.

The event was opened by The Mayor of Barry Town, Councillor Emma Pritchard who also presented the awards.

The judge was John Tilsley ARPS,DPAGB,APAGB, he was direct and to the point but very constructive he gave a good spread of marks which may have surprised a few members.

Finishing in third place was Inn Focus with 92 points in a close second was Gwynfa CC with 93 but the winners this year were Bridgend CC with 95 points. This is the first time that Bridgend CC has won the Barrian Cup congratulations to them. John gave six twenties but the winner of the Dave Cowdrey was Gareth Martin with his mono print Bad Weather Cwmorthin also a first time winner of the Dave Cowdrey Trophy well done Gareth.

Once again we would like to thank all Clubs for entering this years Barrian Cup and many thanks to all the visitors for their support, we look forward to The Barrian Cup 2016.


Mike Lewis Hon. FWPF

Chairman Barry Camera Club

Gwynfa Summer Exhibition

The Gwynfa Summer Exhibition is now on at the Garth Olwg Lifelong  Learning Centre in Church Village and runs until Friday 19th June.

They are exhibiting 44 prints and 112 digital images. (Note, the exhibition is being hung on Monday 8th and dismantled on Friday 19th so it won’t fully be available on those days).

Unofficial Barrian Cup Results

Barrian Cup 2015 – here are the unofficial results!

1st – Bridgend C.C. – 95
2nd – Gwynfa C.C. – 93
3rd – Inn Focus – 92

The Dave Cowdrey Trophy for the best individual Landscape or Seascape print went to Gareth Martin of Cymru Monochrome with ‘Bad Weather Cwmorthin’. The judge was John Tilsley ARPS, DPAGB, APAGB.

We will let you have the official report as soon as we get it.

Photo Competition – Snap Away 2015

Snap Away 2015 is a photo competition devised to raise the profile of Girlguiding Cymru and get all involved who love taking photos and would like to win some major prizes; there are cameras, memory cards and so much more for all the winners of the categories which are Animal Magic, Happy Times and Look at the view. Anyone can enter as there are categories for all ages.

The event will take place on Saturday 15th August from 12.00pm till 5.00pm at Broneirion Conference Centre, Powys, SY17 5DE. Closing date for entries is 7th August. Click here for a registration form and a poster for the competition. You can enter up to 3 photographs and each costs £1 to enter.

All photos will be on display on the day and members of the public will be able to come and admire all the great pictures but also be part of choosing the winning photos.

Club Secretaries please note; stands are also available at the event at no charge so you could show and/or sell some of their work to raise money for your camera club – please contact for more information on this aspect.

Ace of Prints Entries Invited – LAST CHANCE!!!!!!

Attention Competition Secretaries: - Your club is invited to take part in the third Ace of Prints Competition.

This is an inter-club print competition and is our means of selecting two WPF clubs to go forward to the PAGB Inter-federation Club Print Championships (on 25th October 2015, at Ellesmere Port). The competition is run on the same lines as the PAGB event so as to prepare the winning clubs and give them the best chance to do well.

There has been a change to the invited judges. They are now:  Bob Moore FRPS MPAGB Hon. PAGB; Pete McCloskey FRPS APAGB & Graham Reeves FRPS EFIAP.

Our thanks go to Hay-On-Wye Camera Club who will be hosting this year. Date: Sunday, 05 July 2015. Venue: Swan Hotel, Church Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DQ. Tel. 01497 821 188. Doors will be open at 9.30 am and 1st round judging will commence at 11 00 am.

The Rules and Entry Forms can be found below.

Rules       WORD       PDF

Round 1 Form       WORD       PDF

Plate Form       WORD       PDF

Final Round Form       WORD       PDF

Closing date is midnight, 20 June 2015 and the entry fee is £10.00 per club. Please submit your entry fee, Round 1 Entry Form and CD-R of Round 1 PDIs to arrive with me before the closing date. Food and refreshments will will be available for purchase from the bar.

We look forward to another good day’s competition and the opportunity to see the best of WPF print photography, in pleasant company. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact David Paskin – WPF CELO.