February 2019
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2019 Ace of Clubs Results

It was an enjoyable day at Talbot Green and I would like to thank all 9 Clubs that took part, the 3 Judges Roger and Judith Parry of the MCPF together with Eddy Lane of the WCPF.

I also need to thank those members of the WPF Executive that were there and carried out all the work – including the mundane furniture movement etc.

My congratulations go to Inn Focus who won overall – but as they had already qualified for this year’s PAGB Inter Club PDI Warwick Event we must also congratulate Gwynfa and Tenby who came second and third and as such they too have been invited to represent the WPF on the 13th July.

So again we will have 3 Clubs from the WPF – my best wishes go to all of them for this success and for good fortune in July.

Now that we are back to having a simple PDI Ace and a separate Print Ace in July (As required by the 2018 AGM) it would be nice to see more Clubs enjoy the challenge next year!

Below you can find find summary and detailed results for the three rounds.

Round One Results           Round One Individual Scores

Round Two Results          Round Two Individual Scores

Final Results                   Final Individual Scores

Roy Thomas / CELO

2019 Welsh Salon of Photography Now Open for Entries

The 2019 Welsh Salon is now open to receive entries. You can enter here.

The Salon is open to any member of a WPF or NWPA affiliated club and there are numerous prizes and awards on offer. (A list of all the awards from last year’s salon can be seen here).

You can find the new conditions of entry here. Please read them carefully. Please note, there are new file sizes for digital entries and for digital versions of your prints.

As usual, the closing date for entries is 3rd March, 2019, the day of the WPF AGM. Print entries may be delivered to the AGM. Please check with your club if they are delivering all your club prints in one box as this may mean they will impose a slightly earlier deadline.

The selection dates are the 23rd and 24th March, 2019 at Talbot Green Community Centre and our selectors are Vince Penticost, Mike Cullis and Paul Keene.

Detail of the exhibition dates and venue will follow in due course.

I wish you all the very best of luck with your entries.

Cliff Emery Salon Chairman

Neath Photographic Salon 2019

Neath and District PS are again running their popular National Photographic Salon which will open for entries on 01st February 2019 with a closing date of the 21st April 2019.

The salon which is approved by British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE) and also has PAGB Patronage will have four sections. Open Colour, Open Mono, Nature and Creative. The Selectors for the event will be Brian Coleman AFIAP, AWPF, FWPF, Leo Rich ARPS, DPAGB, Hon PAGB, EFIAPg,BPE3* and Brian Swinyard MA (Photography), ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAPb, PSA, BPE3* Minst.M.Mifl

Entry fees for the salon will be £10 for the first section and £2 for each additional section with PAGB and NDPS gold, silver and bronze medals, ribbons and certificates, plus an overall trophy being awarded.

Entries can be made through the club website.

Russell Adams Jet Age Exhibition

We have received this which may be of interest to members…

Russell Adams F.R.P.S., was the Chief Photographer for the Gloster Aircraft Company and his images from the 1950’s and 1960’s remain some of the most iconic aviation photography, not least because they were taken using a hand-held plate camera!

The Jet Age Museum, which is dedicated to the aviation industry in Gloucestershire, is holding an exhibition of Russell’s work each weekend during March which may be of interest to your members.

Entry to the museum and the exhibition, which includes many images not previously seen by the public, is free.

2019 GB Cup

Congratulations to Inn Focus Group (11th), Afan Nedd CC and Western Valley CC for being in the Top 50 of the GB Cup (Open). Nick Walton of Inn Focus Group took the award for Best Dark Humour.

In the GB Cup (Small Clubs) Bridgend & District CC, Rhondda CC and Carmarthen CC featured in the Top 50.

Congratulations to everyone.

Bridgend 12-Way Is No More

We have been advised by Jenny Hibbert at Bridgend that they will no longer be running their 12-Way battle.

Vale Exhibition Now On

An exhibition of work by members of The Vale Photographic Club is currently on show at Pontyclun Library until the end of February. Prospective visitors are advised to check the opening times for the library beforehand.

Pontyclun Library | Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Tony’s Archive bought by National Library

Tony Charles’ “Pioneers of Welsh Pop” fine art portraiture collection has been purchased by the National Library of Wales for its photographic archive and for its external public exhibitions loan programme to selected art galleries in Wales.

The second year photography degree project captured striking black & white images of some of the leading Welsh pop, rock & entertainment icons who started performing in the 1960s. The icons Tony photographed have been instrumental in helping preserve and develop the Welsh language and culture. The collection is the result of twelve studio shoots.

The images comprise Heather Jones, Meic Stevens, Gwyndaf Roberts, Delwyn Sion, Hywel Gwynfryn, Geraint Jarman, Dewi ‘Pws’ Morris, Huw Jones, Dafydd Iwan, Frank Hennessy, Y Dilau – Mair Robins, Gaynor Walter John and Meleri Mair, and Maldwyn Pate. Twelve images were selected from over 1,200 images taken during the 2017/18 academic year.

During the second half of 2018 the exhibition was exhibited for two months at Yr Hen Llyfrgell, The Hayes, Cardiff, and then in Oriel Plas Glan Yr Weddw, Llanbedrog, north Wales up to Christmas.

Some of the studio portrait images were shot in Cardiff, including at the Cardiff Metropolitan University photographic studio, Llandaff campus, others in north Wales. The uniqueness of the project in terms of capturing an aspect of Welsh music culture, has attracted extensive media coverage including a review on BBC Radio Cymru.

Further details, including S4C television’s coverage of the exhibition launch, can be found here.

Tony gained his Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation in 2012 and on completing his Photography degree is planning to continue studying at University to undertake a Master’s degree in Fine Art specialising in Photography.

Gary Jenkins

We’ve received sad news from Dave Lewis at Tenby & District Camera Club:

I have the sad duty to announce the passing of our good friend and esteemed photographer Gary Jenkins.

Gary was one of Tenby’s best, he specialised in photographing the most difficult of subjects. He loved taking dragonflies but also took general wildlife and astro-photography. The images he produced were of an excellent quality whatever the subject and gained many 20’s for our club at external competitions over the years. He recently gained his EFIAP and DPAGB at Pontefract.

He was very knowledgeable on post processing and gave several talks to our club on Lightroom and Photoshop. He almost single handed ran our Summer School last year as well as being a valued committee member, our Secretary and Webmaster.

Gary bravely fought his illness over the last few months, but after several operations unfortunately, died on Saturday morning, 26th January.

2019 Ace of Prints Competition

The Ace of Prints competition will take place on the weekend of 6th/7th July, 2019.

Please note, the actual day is yet to be decided as it will depend on which venue is chosen.

The closing date will be Sunday 16th June 2019.

Each Club will need 12 prints for the first round and 15 prints for the final so with 4 workers is enough for a Club to enter.

A copy of the rules can be seen here.

Any queries, please contact Roy Thomas.

2019 Cheltenham Salon Open for Entries

The 2019 Cheltenham Salon is now open for entries. The entry deadline is Monday 1 April 2019. Judging takes place 12-14 April 2019. There are 141 Awards, 4 Patronages and 5 projected digital image classes.

For instructions and on-line entry, visit their website.

2019 Memorial Trophies – Results

Hi Folks,

An enjoyable day of Memorial Competitions was held on Sunday 20th January, attended by 60+ people.

The Judge Martin Fry FRPS APAGB EFIAP/g AV-EFIAP BPE did a magnificent job of commentating on the work entered by the 17 Clubs; he laid out his stall at the start that he was looking for the story, he was looking for the picture quality to be of the highest standard with appropriate tones and shades to maintain the viewers interest. This he did assiduously throughout also adding a touch of humour and evidence of his experience in photography. Well Done Martin and thanks for travelling down to see us.

Of the three competitions it was almost a clean sweep for Inn Focus Group with two first places and a joint first place with Bridgend CC in the Colour Prints.

Summary Results are: –

Past President’ Trophy for 4 Colour Prints
1. Bridgend & District CC – Joint First 74 Points
1. Inn Focus Group – Joint First 74 Points
3. Gwynfa CC – Third 73 Points

Full scores here.

Walter Morgan Trophy for 4 PDIs
1. Inn Focus Group – First 75 Points
2. Western Valley CC – Second 71 Points
3. Afan Need – Third 70 Points

Results here. Individual Scores here.

Gwyn Morgan Trophy for 4 Mono Prints
1. Inn Focus Group – First
2. Abergavenny CC – Second
3. Swansea PS – Third

This final Trophy was for a SET of 4 Mono Prints – 3 panels were placed on the stand and the Judge set aside the weakest in his opinion with a new set taking it’s place on the stand. Again the weakest was set aside – but with two set aside the Judge then decided which one should be put back in the box.

Roy Thomas

Masters of Print Exhibition


PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit – Advice at the NEC

Are you planning on attempting to obtain a CPAGB, DPAGB or MPAGB? You may wish to get some advice….

The Photography Show 2019

The Photography Show at the N.E.C. in Birmingham is back for 2019.

Dates are 16-19 March, 2019.

Full details on their website.




2019 Arena Seminar

The 2019 Arena Seminar takes place from 8-10 March. Further details on their website.

Welsh Photographic Federation AGM

The date of the 2019 WPF AGM is March, 3rd.

Further details to follow when we have them.