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2018 Welsh International Salon Open for Entries

The online entry system for the 2018 Welsh International Salon is now open.

There are a total of six sections (print and PDI), a total of 155 awards and the exhibition has been granted patronage by FIAP, GPU, PAGB and PSA.

You may enter at this link:

The rules and further information are available here.

Closing date is 26th August, 2018.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB (Welsh International Chairman)

Time to Book for the WPF Carmarthen Conference

This year’s conference will take place between Friday 24th  and  Sunday 26th August 2018

Don’t miss out on a great Photographic weekend – Book today!

To see what’s on and how much it will cost go here.

For more information on the event View/Download:

Poster for the 2018 Conference

2018 Conference Booking Form

2018 Conference Brochure (Online version)

2018 Conference Brochure (Printable version)

Or contact David D Jones by email or telephone 07952 184004

Foto Fest South – 9th September 2018

Foto Fest South takes place at the University of Bath on 9th September 2018 between 9:30am – 5:00pm.

The event returns to the theatre at the University of Bath for a second time and has announced a line up of top speakers: Valda Bailey, Terry Donnelly, Julian Calverley and Paul Goldstein.

Further details can be found here.

Welsh Salon Exhibition

The 2018 Welsh Salon Exhibition has now closed. It ran throughout June 2018.

Thanks to Steve Littlewood of Gwynfa for these photographs to remind us of the opening day.

PAGB Inter-Federation Results

Here are the results of the 2018 PAGB Inter-Federation Competition.

Colour & Mono Print Results                            Nature & Open PDI results

Colour Print Individual Scores                         Mono Print Individual Scores

Nature PDI Individual Scores                           Open PDI Individual Scores

Congratulations to the following Award winners:-

Ron Lines CPAGB BPE3* AFIAP AWPF, Western Valley CC, for his Open PDI “The Boathouse” Which earned a PAGB Ribbon.

Gillian Mackay AWPF CPAGB EFIA BPE3*, Tenby & District CC for her Mono Print “Oh Dear” which also won a PAGB Ribbon.

Apologies to Dave Edwards from Neath & District PS who scored a zero for his stallions in the Camargue. It was mistakenly entered in the Nature section – Sorry David!

Barrian Cup Won by Inn Focus

The Barrian Cup was won by The Inn Focus Group (95 points) with Tenby second (92 points) and Gwynfa third (88 points).

Angela De Roy Jones of Gwent won the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for Best Landscape/Seascape with Deganwy Winter Walk and Coltrane Koh won the inaugural Mike Lewis Trophy for the Best Print in Competition with Settle Down.

The award winning photos can be seen below together with judge John Tilsley presenting Tom Dee from Inn Focus with the Barrian Cup and Jay, Mike’s daughter, presenting the Mike Lewis Trophy which was accepted on Angela’s behalf by Tom as no one from Gwent Photographic Society was present.

The full score sheet can be seen here.

Ian can help you with PSA accreditation

Ian Ledgard of Towy Valley CC writes

I have recently been appointed to a volunteer role within the Photographic Society of America as Country Membership Director for Wales. I have been a member since 2005 but there are only a handful of PSA members in Wales. My task will be to support existing members and encourage other to join this worldwide organisation.

Those who enter International Salons should be aware that PSA offers awards for photographic achievement based upon acceptances gained. From the autumn onward I will be available to give detailed presentations to clubs within Wales or to meet with individuals who may be considering joining PSA.

Please contact me on ot by telephone on 01558 823953.

A gentle reminder to all clubs

When you invite a judge or a presenter to your club please:-

Keep club business short – i.e. not longer than 5 minutes.  If you have a lot of club business then please attend to it during the tea break.

If there are a lot of pictures to be judged, or you are informed that the presentation is long, then please keep the tea break short.

This is in response to several complaints from judges and presenters.

Ed Cloutman (WPF Judges and Presenters Secretary).

PAGB Inter-Fed Entry Final Listing

Please find below the full listing of the 120 Pictures that have been chosen across the 4 competitions to represent the WPF at this Annual Event to be held on 9th June in the KCPA Federation – Judges are Rod Wheelans, Clive Tanner and Roger Hance – We have entered the maximum allowable of 30 in each of the 4 competitions but the decision as to the winning Federation will be made on the total of the best 15 scores from each entry.

The selection was made from the WPF 2018 Salon Acceptances and our congratulations go to all those selected. In addition because our Salon Exhibition is delayed due to non-availability of a Venue in May  our Thanks and Appreciation go to those whose prints were chosen who have provided a second copy for us to use – or in some cases providing a high quality PDI and allowed us to print and mount for them – we couldn’t have done it without you folks!

Colour Prints        General PDI       Monochome Prints       Nature PDI

GOOD LUCK To Everyone – I will circulate the scores soon after the event.

Roy Thomas.

RPS South Wales Events

The Committee for the RPS South Wales region have been working hard to bring you some excellent events for 2018.

These are remaining events for you in 2018:

Janet Haines & Gary Shinner on 30th September at Briton Ferry Centre.

Mari Owen & Nia Knott @ St. Pauls Centre on 18th November 2018. (Free entry)

Entry is very reasonably priced: One is £8, one is £10 and one is free. Click on the links above to find out more and, if you wish to come along, please remember to book early or you may miss out. There are some very good raffle prizes too. So why not come along?

Dennis Russ (Events Coordinator RPS South Wales Region).

The WPF in 1958 Amateur Photographer

Thanks to Johnnie Rogers who spotted this article from 5th March 1958 whilst browsing through some old ‘Amateur Photographer’ magazines. It seems feedback from clubs in Wales had waned and Amateur Photographer hoped to revive interest in its weekly column.

The WPF came into being in 1951 and was initially a Federation covering the whole of Wales. Later, in the early 1970s we think, the clubs in North Wales split away to form the NWPA. A full list of WPF Past Presidents can be found on our history page here.

If you have any interesting information about the history of the Federation, please let us know

New WPF Competition Rules Proposed

This message from Roy Thomas….

This is intended for the Secretaries & Competition Secretaries of WPF Camera Clubs – because personnel change regularly I would be grateful if you could pass this to the correct person and by return inform me of any changes – thanks! Continue reading New WPF Competition Rules Proposed

Ten Tips for Competition Shots

Andy Beel FRPS in his latest blog gives 10 Hot Hints to add impact to club competition photographs.

“If you have ever driven away from your club after a competition thinking “the judge tonight was a complete buffoon” then here are a few hot hints to help you improve your chances of winning. Photography is about the art and craft of communication, you are the viewer’s eyes. You have made a deliberate choice of the subject matter add the presentation to be judged. You are in control of the process from beginning to end, so “begin with the end in mind” to quote Dr Stephen Covey. What do the best pictures in the style or genre look like? Be aware of what good looks like.”

You can read the rest of Andy’s Blog here.

Lampeter Convention becomes Carmarthen Conference

The WPF Lampeter Convention is moving to a new venue and has become the WPF Carmarthen Conference.

The new venue is The Halliwell Centre, University of Wales, Trinity St David, College Road, Carmarthen. SA31 3EP.

This year’s dates are Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2018. Full weekend (2 nights and 2 days inc. Friday & conference dinner) is just £170. Saturday & Sunday (1 night and 2 days inc. conference dinner) is £120. Day visitors £40 (Conference Dinner £21 supplement).

More information about the location, speakers and events can be seen here.

Roy’s Exhibition Extended to 21st July

Roy Carr is holding an exhibition ‘A Year In Their Lives’ at the Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare from 15th June until 21st July (The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4p.m.).

Roy will be giving ‘walk through talks’ at 2p.m on each of the Saturdays that the exhibition is open, telling the tales behind the photographs on display.  The majority of the work on show is from his documentary project, ‘A Year In Their Lives’ which depicts the key events in the sheep farming year, featuring three farms in the Cynon Valley, so there is a strong local connection to the exhibition. He will also have a number of landscapes on display.

You can read more here. You can view Roy’s newly developed web site here.

Gary’s MPSA….

Gary Shinner, EPSA, BPSA has gained the new distinction of MPSA, on achieving 1,500 acceptances in PSA-recognised exhibitions this was clarified and approved in the last two weeks.

MPSA = Master of the Photographic Society of America, this is ROPA Recognition of Photographic Achievement award.

Gary has now gained nine qualifications in his photography after getting his first award with a Licentiate of the RPS in 2007. He is up to, EFIAP/b and has been working on his silver level for sometime, and also has a AWPF back in 2015, for an architecture panel, followed by being the first to gain a BPSA (Bronze) from Wales with a new scheme run by the PSA in January 2017, with a panel of digital work.