Upcoming Events

AWPF Workshop

Date: April 26, 2020

Time: 10:30 - 16:00

Location: Talbot Green Community Centre

Welsh Salon – Official Opening

Date: May 2, 2020

Time and Venue TBA

Only Mono Battle

Date: May 16, 2020

Ace of Prints Entry Deadline

Date: June 22, 2020

Ace of Prints Competition

Date: July 5, 2020

2020 Carmarthen Conference

Start date: August 21, 2020

End date: August 23, 2020

Pixels 2020

Date: November 7, 2020

Stanley Chell Competiton TBC

Date: November 28, 2020

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COVID-19 and Government Advice

The WPF advises all clubs that indoor activities, at least, should be suspended in the current situation and we strongly advise judges and presenters that they should not fulfil any engagements they have to visit clubs.

Some of us are thinking about online activities that we might provide.  Please keep your eye on Newsflash and PAGB e-news.

We hope you all keep safe and healthy.

Peter A Young – WPF President

 

PAGB Recorded Lecture Service

Camera clubs and societies have made the decision to cancel their club meetings in an attempt to reduce the risk of infection of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). To support clubs and societies during this difficult time we have decided to relax the terms of business for the PAGB RLS and allow the distribution of recorded lectures to members within their respective club or society.

Clubs and societies are asked to adhere to the following conditions:

  1. Clubs and societies may only distribute a PAGB lecture to their members providing they own a license for that lecture.
  2. Clubs and societies may only distribute a PAGB lecture to their members up until 31 May 2020.
  3. Clubs and societies are asked to ensure that all copies (including any links) are destroyed or removed on or before 31 May 2020.
  4. A club official must send an email informing the PAGB RLS Sec of the club or societies intention to distribute a lecture, prior to doing so giving details of said lecture.

Neath & District PS UK Salon 2020

Neath & District PS UK Salon 2020 – Closing date Saturday 18th April 2020

Salon selection will take place later in the year but the closing date of 18th April still applies.

Because of the Covid-19 travel and social limitations we have spoken to the Selectors and have decided to postpone the Selection Weekend until later in the year, probably August/September. The Salon will still be open for entries until the 18th April as originally planned. Thank you for all your support and good luck with your entries.
Colin Kelly
NDPS UK Salon 2020 Organiser.

Neath & District PS invite you to enter their 2020 Exhibition. They are a BPE (British Photographic Exhibitions) Member Exhibition so images accepted into the 2020 Exhibition will count towards BPE Crown Awards. This year they have also announced PAGB Patronage so there will be separate PAGB Medals and Ribbons in each of the entry classes as well as NDPS Medals and Ribbons.

There are four entry classes: Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Creative, and Nature. Please be sure to read the Class definitions so that images are entered into the appropriate Class(es). They’re accepting entries via our online entry website or by post and you can pay using PayPal, debit card or credit card.

You can access the exhibition website by clicking HERE where you can also view the entry terms and conditions, including the Class definitions.

The Welsh Salon Judging Postponed

Because of the current health emergency, the selection for the Welsh Salon has been postponed. The selection and Salon Exhibition will take place as soon as conditions allow.

Your entries are being held safely and securely,

I will contact you again as soon as I have further information.

Cliff Emery AFIAP AWPF CPAGB – Welsh Salon Chairman

Diary Date – 2020 WPF Carmarthen Conference 21-23 August.

The virus emergency is unfolding at such speed that it is difficult to predict the situation even a month ahead.

However we are still some time away from the critical dates for the Conference.

All parties in our project partnership are committed to the success of the Conference and will keep matters under review.

Updates will be posted here and on our social media if any changes become necessary.

Thank you for your understanding.

Del Jones – WPF Conventions Officer.

David’s List of You Tube Videos

This from David Straker at Abergavenny… Thanks David!

In case anyone is kicking their heels, I’ve added a page on the Abergavenny website for interesting YouTube channels, including for general photography and editing.

http://www.abergavennycameraclub.org.uk/help/links-youtube.htm

For the uninitiated, channels contain multiple videos and are often the work of one person or team.

If you know of any other channels to add, do let me know.

David

PAGB Recorded Lecture Service

Camera clubs and societies have made the decision to cancel their club meetings in an attempt to reduce the risk of infection of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). To support clubs and societies during this difficult time we have decided to relax the terms of business for the PAGB RLS and allow the distribution of recorded lectures to members within their respective club or society.

Clubs and societies are asked to adhere to the following conditions:

  1. Clubs and societies may only distribute a PAGB lecture to their members providing they own a license for that lecture.
  2. Clubs and societies may only distribute a PAGB lecture to their members up until 31 May 2020.
  3. Clubs and societies are asked to ensure that all copies (including any links) are destroyed or removed on or before 31 May 2020.
  4. A club official must send an email informing the PAGB RLS Sec of the club or societies intention to distribute a lecture, prior to doing so giving details of said lecture.

Ed Cloutman on judging during Covid

I would be quite happy to judge an online inter-club competition if a club was prepared to organise it. 

I have done this remotely before and it takes the form of a PtoE file with voice-over, so it is just the same as a club night but you have to watch it at home on your PC or projector.  It is something you could watch with your family.

If anyone is interested please email me see the WPF website for contact details.

Gwynfa’s Chimp

Gwynfa Camera Club has for some time been using an email program called Mailchimp to keep in touch with members. It is free to use for clubs such as ours.

This service allows professional looking newsletters to be easily created using intuitive drag and drop software. It took a little while to get to grips with they way it works but, as usual, the more you use it, the more you understand. We’ve been circulating club news letters and information for around a year and it is a big success.

One very practical application I’d like to mention: Just this week we had a written critique of our March monthly competition kindly provided by Paul Branchflower so we created a Mailchimp email to circulate the results. You can see the email here. (Mailchimp creates a weblink of each email sent).

I thought some of you may find this services useful.

Leigh Woolford (wearing Gwynfa hat).

A Message from the PAGB President

Taken from the latest edition of PAGB e-news which you can read here.

In view of the current situation that we are all facing it would be remiss of me not to contribute to this issue of e-news concerning the outbreak of COVD 19 which is having a drastic effect upon all of us.

The PAGB is actively managing the situation regarding events that are planned for Federations, Clubs and Individual Photographers and has taken measures to protect us all. Our event organisers, and others in the photographic community, will keep participants and prospective audience members fully informed of the postponement or cancellation of events and any alternative arrangements that have been made.

As you are no doubt aware, many of our club members are in the high risk group of compromised individuals, me being one of those. I have seen that many clubs are suspending their programme for the remainder of the season and that Federations are also postponing events until further notice.

However, I also note some innovative resilience being demonstrated by many clubs who are setting up online competitions, talks, critiques and demonstrations on social media platforms to keep their members occupied during the period that emergency measures are applied. You can see many of these ideas on the Facebook page “UK Club Photography”, take a look and see what you may be able to manage for your own club.

This is a hobby that we all love and those who organise things for us all unpaid volunteers, currently under a great deal of pressure and doing their best to protect us and to minimise disruption to our activities. Please help them all you can and pull together to ensure that at the end of all of this we can all meet and compete again in, hopefully, the near future.

Stay safe.

Howard G Tate MA ARPS AFIAP APAGB
President – PAGB

Llanelli Video Link

On the 18th March we were presented with a link to a video from a judge who decided to give us a print comp critique via video link as our venue and judge were not available due to the current corona virus clamp down.

I thought this might be something to share on WPF Newsflash, as most clubs are now in lockdown  it is a way of continuing with programmes on line. It may also be possible to get speaker presentations in the same way with video conference calls.

We are also trialling a virtual club night next week via a live Skype call to members. Any options that can help continue club activities in these testing times keeps members actively involved.

It would be interesting to hear from other clubs/judges in the Federation who are doing or using/offering similar on line facilities to keep things ticking over.

Arthur Mallett (Llanelli PS)

Hay organises video link with members

This from Christine Starnes at Hay – David Bull set up and organised a ‘Team’ video for members of Hay CC. About 9 members linked up last night and Colin Lawrence, gave a Powerpoint  presentation of his images, which was well received.  Even if members did not have a camera on their monitors, they could all see and hear the presentation.  Perhaps other clubs may think this a good idea to keep interest going for their members.   I am sure David would be pleased to show clubs how to set this up.    Dave Bennett is going to judge our June competition by email in which we send him our dpi’s.  

If you’d like to know how David set this up, you can read his instructions here.

 

PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit

No final decision has yet been made about the Adjudication scheduled in Bromsgrove on 25/26 April 2020. We are following the situation carefully and a decision will be made before the end of this month.

Applicants should continue to enter online by the specified deadline but, if there is a rearrangement or a postponement and you are intending to deliver your Prints on the day, we will ensure that there will be time for you to post the prints to us.

I’m afraid that we cannot be responsible for any loss you may incur for travel and accommodation and, if you have still to book, it would be sensible to make sure any payment is returnable in the event of cancellation.

There is obviously, a possibility that some rearrangement will be required and there are a variety of options available to us. The venue itself, may well cancel our booking in the coming days. However, please carry on with your application as normal until we notify you otherwise.

Rod Wheelans. Chairman of the APM Committee.

The Photography Show POSTPONED

The Photography Show has been POSTPONED….

The 2020 show will now be held between 19 and 22 September 2020.

Full details here.

New Judge – Barbra Archdale-Smith

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve just added Barbra Archdale-Smith ARPS AWPF of Barry to the supplementary list of Judges.

Morriston Camera Club 2020 Exhibition – POSTPONED

Morriston CC have decided to postponed their planned exhibition to an as yet unspecified future date.

Thanks to Imants Grindulis

After years of service to our member clubs, Imants has decided to step down from judging.  We thank him most sincerely for all the time he has spent serving our member societies.  We really do appreciate his efforts.

Peter A Young – WPF President