February 2018
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Welsh Salon Open For Entries

The Welsh Salon of photography 2018 is now open to receive entries. To enter please visit the following website. The cost to enter is £1.50 per print or PDI with a minimum entry fee of £6.00. Closing date is Sunday March 4th 20.59.

However, if you plan to enter prints you will need to enter online earlier a little earlier as you will have to deliver them in one of the ways outlined below.

Option 1: Check with your club if they are organising a delivery of prints to the AGM. If not….

Option 2 – You can take your prints to the AGM yourself and enjoy an exciting afternoon too.

Option 3 – Take your prints to Cliff Emery (Salon Chairman) at 4 Seaward Avenue, Port Talbot, SA12 7LT.

The Salon selections will take place on the 24th and 25th March and the selectors are Nick Jenkins, Johnnie Rogers and Ian Whiston of Northwich, Cheshire.

You can read the full conditions of entry here.

Good Luck

Cliff Emery Salon Chairman

2018 WPF AGM and Morning Seminar

Our Annual General Meeting is on the 4th March 2018 commencing at 2pm.

This year it will held at Maes y Haf, Brithweunydd Road, Trealaw, Tonypandy, CF40 2UD.

This is the last day for delivery of print entries for the salon.

Also on the morning of the 4th the Committee will be holding a seminar (discussion Group) with all the member clubs to discuss which way the WPF is going in the future. Doors open at 9.30 for a 10am start. There should be morning tea & coffee but bring a packed lunch if you are staying for the AGM in the afternoon.

I would like to see as many of our club officials as possible attending, this will be an informal morning in which you can address whatever concerns you have. I will issue an agenda before the morning meeting. If any club secretary or delegate would like to add an item to the agenda please email me.

Cliff Emery President WPF
tel 07971 204261

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

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)

Arena Seminar 2018

16th to 18th March 2018 at the Riviera Hotel, Burnaby Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, BH4 8JF

Arena is pleased to announce details of the 2018 Arena Seminar. The Seminar has become established as a major weekend event in the photographic calendar. The Seminar brings together a first-class group of speakers and photography enthusiasts for a weekend of lectures, discussion and the opportunity to share inspirational photography.

This year we are pleased to announce another excellent line-up of speakers: George Georgiou, Hans Strand, Jason Bell, Paul Russell, Polina Plotnikova, and Steve Smith.

In addition to the lectures we will be running the hugely popular ‘Print Walk’ where guests can show their work to other delegates. The seminar will also feature the well-received ‘Arena Print Raffle’ together with an opportunity to visit the Fotospeed stand on the Saturday.

We are pleased to be returning to the Riviera Hotel in Bournemouth once more where we can look forward to the excellent service and facilities that we have enjoyed on previous seminars.

Arena Seminar Web Advert

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

Free RPS Multimedia AV Advisory Day

The Royal Photographic Society are organising a Free RPS Multimedia AV Advisory Day in Gloucester on Saturday 3rd March.

In the poster below you can see details of how to participate.

RPS Distinction Advisory Day 030318

Welsh Salon Selector Change

There is a change of selectors for the forthcoming Welsh Salon.

Regrettably Vince Penticost has had to stand down due to ill health and Nick Jenkins will take his place.

Best wishes to Vince for a speedy recovery. We hope he can be a selector in the future

Cliff Emery (Salon Chairman)

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)

Results from the WFP Memorial Trophy

The 2018 WPF Memorial Trophy for Colour Prints.

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

Scores here.

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

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.