October 2017
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FIAP success for WPF photographers

Good news from the FIAP Liaison Officer

I am glad to inform you that all those seeking FIAP distinctions this year have succeeded!  These are:

Charlie Kidd AFIAP
Chris Tidman AFIAP
Gary Jenkins AFIAP
Glenn Porter AFIAP
Jenny Hibbert EFIAP/b
Lynford Hallett AFIAP
Matthew Jones EFIAP/b
Neville Thomas EFIAP/s
Nick Craddock AFIAP

Well done all of you! I will amend the website. I have emailed you separately about how to get the certificates to you.

I hope this will encourage more of you to ‘have a go’ at showing your work in internationals salons. It really is good fun waiting to see how many you have got in!

Ed Cloutman (FIAP Liaison Officer)

Dobson Henry Medal for Linda & Edgar

Gwynfa Camera Club Members Linda Gibbs MPAGB, AV-AFIAP and Edgar Gibbs FRPS, MPAGB, AV-AFIAP have each been awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Dobson Henry Medal.  This award is for outstanding contributions in the Audio Visual medium. This not only includes organising events at national and international level, but helping and advising others. They were each presented with a medal at the National Audio Visual Championship on Saturday 23rd September, only the fourth couple to receive the award.

Linda and Edgar, who have been involved in the medium for nearly 30 years, said that they were delighted and honoured to be awarded their Medals, which were presented to them by RPS President Robert Albright FRPS.


Clive Minnitt Hangs Up His Boots

Well known lecturer Clive Minnitt has decided to retire from giving club lectures.

Clive says “I have been a speaker on the WPF circuit for many years (although infrequently speaking) and I have decided to hang up my boots, as it were, to concentrate my efforts on leading photographic tours for Light & land.”

We all wish him well in the future and thank him for the very enjoyable lectures he brought to clubs all over the WPF.

Mike Stokes

We have been informed of the very sad news that Mike Stokes, immediate past Deputy Chairman of the Bridgend Camera Club, passed away last Monday.

His funeral will be held at Coychurch Crematorium at 1.15pm on Friday 3rd November. Donations to Y Bwthyn Newydd at Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.

Congratulations to Jenny Hibbert

Congratulations to Jenny Hibbert who had a photograph selected in the inaugural PAGB Masters of Print Competition. This was a highly competitive event. No photographer was allowed to win more than once. Jenny’s winning entry was “Hawk Owl Hunting Over Snow” and was awarded a Silver Medal by judge Gwen Charnock.

There are superb photographs and photographers who have been accepted into this, the first masters of print exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Robert Burt Gallery at 57-61 Union Street, LONDON, SE1 1SG from Tue 5th – Fri 15th Dec, (10.00-16.00, closed Sat & Sun), with an opening and private view on Monday 4th December from 2.00 p.m.

Although the PAGB are looking at the possibility of staging the exhibition at other UK venues, this is the one to visit. Do, please, make the effort, most people can do London and back in a day by public transport.

The WPF are looking to host the exhibition of about 60 prints in our area in the New Year if a suitable venue can be found.

Neath UK Salon Entry Deadline

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

Alun Lewis

Sad news from Llanelli Photographic Society. Alun Lewis passed away last Saturday, he was 68.

His funeral will be held on 19 October at the Llanelli Crematorium at 11 am.

He was Llanelli’s current external competition secretary and as such would be familiar to many of the clubs in the WPF.