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2018 Welsh Salon

The 2018 salon will be with us soon the closing date as past years will be our AGM day 4th March 2018, with the selections taking place on the 24th and 25th March. The three selectors are Vince Penticost, Jonnie Rogers and Ian Whiston of Northwich Cheshire. The salon will open for entries in January with the cost staying the same as last year.

I’m looking for a venue to exhibit our salon big enough for 150 prints hopefully there are members in the WPF who can suggest a place where I can visit please have a think and let me know.

Cliff Emery

Bridgend 5 to 8 Photoharmony Entry Deadline

The annual Bridgend 5 to 8 Photoharmony competition is accepting entries until 19 February.

Judging takes place at 7.30pm on 19 March at our usual venue, Nolton Church Hall, Bridgend and non-members are welcome to attend. The judge this year is Howard Bagshaw ARPS MPAGB.

Full details and on-line entry are available on our website.

Bridgend 5 to 8 Photoharmony Competition

The annual Bridgend 5 to 8 Photoharmony competition is accepting entries until 19 February.

Judging takes place at 7.30pm on 19 March at our usual venue, Nolton Church Hall, Bridgend and non-members are welcome to attend. The judge this year is Howard Bagshaw ARPS MPAGB.

Full details and on-line entry are available on our website.

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

NB. No start times were provided but I’ve asked for them and will update in due course. (Website News Editor).

Invitation to Enter The Pair of Aces

Dear Club Secretary,

On behalf of the WPF, I would like to invite your Club to take part in the Pair of Aces Competitions which will be held on Saturday 17th February 2018. The event will be held at the Regency Hall in Saundersfoot. (Post code and how to get there details to follow). There are 2 competitions, namely the  Ace of Clubs (for PDI’s) and Ace of Prints. The winners and runners up in each section will be invited to represent the WPF at the PAGB Championships in Warwick and Blackburn respectively later in 2018. I have not appointed judges for the Competition yet, and will let you know who they are later.  The rules are slightly different this year. The aim is bring them more in line with the PAGB rules.

The full rules can be seen here, and will be presented to you again early in December. 

This was a very successful competition when it was held in Trealaw in February this year, and produced teams to go forward to the national events. There was a large attendance on the day, and the large number of WPF members who were there reported a very enjoyable competition. I hope that you and your Club members will join in this Competition in 2018.

If you wish to discuss any of this with me please contact martinnagle1@hotmail.com or call 07772 657296, or speak to any WPF Executive member.

Best wishes,

Martin Nagle CELO WPF

2017 AWPF Assessment Results

The assessment of this year’s AWPF candidates took place at Talbot Green Community Centre on Sunday 5th November 2017. There were 19 entries, 16 print and 3 digital, resulting in 11 successful candidates gaining their AWPF.

Congratulations to the following successful candidates:

  1. Gillian Mackay AWPF – Tenby C.C. – MAN UP MUDDY WEEKEND
  2. Roy Peters AWPF – Tenby C.C. – ABANDONED
  3. Suzanne Donovan AWPF – Caerphilly C.C. – MEGALOPOLIS 2.0
  4. Christine Tidman AWPF – Gwynfa C.C. – RAGGED VICTORIANS
  5. Carole Evans AWPF – Morriston C.C. – TOWER
  6. Michael Hodgson AWPF – LOVE OF FLOWERS
  7. Sarah Canton AWPF – Wrexham & District P. S. – AT THE WATERS EDGE
  8. Kenneth Prandy AWPF – Abergavenny C.C. – THE RIO TINTO MINING AREA
  9. Chris Powell AWPF – Western Valley C.C. – REFUSE TO CONFORM
  10. Colin Harrison AWPF – Midland Counties P.F. – GOLD KING MINE SCRAPYARD ARIZONA
  11. Jean M Chadwick AWPF – Llandudno P.S. – ASPECTS OF INDIAN LIFE

The Judges were.

  1. Allen Lloyd, (Chairman) ARPS. AWPF
  2. Jenny Hibbert MPAGB, AWPF. EFIAP
  3. Brian Coleman AWPF. AFIAP
  4. Leigh Woolford DPAGB. AWPF. EFIAP BPE3*
  5. Pete McCloskey FRPS. APAGB.

The day was made possible because of the help given by many dedicated people and I would like to thank them all, in particular. The Judges for their detailed critique, our President Cliff Emery for opening the proceedings and presenting the certificates to the successful candidates, John Cooke our past distinctions Officer for his guidance, Jan Cawley for arranging the buffet, Dave Rees, Howard Evans, Ron Lines, Guy Butler-Madden, and Allan Squires.

The standard was very high this year and those less successful candidates, all of which were so close to gaining the award, are recommended to address the constructive comments made by the judges and apply again next year. We hold a workshop in the spring to advise potential applicants on how to construct a successful panel.

Next year’s Applications for the AWPF, will open at the WPF’s  AGM on the 4th March 2018.

The workshop will be in May 2018 and the assessment day will be next November.

Thank you all

David Lewis AWPF (Distinctions Secretary).

Pixels 2017 Results – Mold once more…

Thanks to Gwynfa Camera Club for this report…. Links are to their website…

Pixels 2017, the 13th running of the competition, took place at Talbot Green Community Centre on Saturday 4th November 2017 and was a tense, exciting and high scoring affair.

It was a particularly good day for Mold Camera Club from the NWPA who, with 76 points from a possible 80, were the winners just a single point ahead of four clubs namely Western Valley, Towy Valley, Barry & Gwynfa. Mold became only the fourth club to win for a second time.

The Mold photos were: Baby Gets a Kick From Dad by Andy Polakowski (19), Dancing Through the Dirt by Matt Morrow (20), The Busker by Rich Hainsworth (19) and Unlucky For Some by Linda Bell (18). Click on the links to see the photographs.

The judge was Brian Swinyard MA(Photo), ARPS, EFIAP/b, DPAGB, BPE3*, PPSA who did a terrific job of expertly judging 156 images. He was concise, humorous and informative. Brian also selected Frozen in Time by John Hufferdine of Towy Valley as Best Monochrome Photograph and Tempest by Eric Williams of Western Valley as Best Colour Photograph.

Gwynfa Camera Club would like to thank everyone who attended the competition and all 39 clubs that entered. Without you, this event would not be possible.

Click here to see the final Pixels 2017 score sheet.

We also wish to thank everyone from team Gwynfa who helped out on the day. Special thanks to Leigh Woolford, Rob Beynon, Heidi Stewart, Lynda Beynon, Allan Squires, Steve Littlewood, Alec Stewart, Gary Welsby, Meryl Natt and Rob Owen..

Huge thanks also to all those who donated raffle prizes especially Fotospeed, Permajet and Carmarthen Cameras.

Also special thanks to Crystal Vision Locks and Trophies for providing the Pixels Trophies.

A slideshow of all the photographs entered can be seen below. (NB. Alec Stewart of Gwynfa accepted the Pixels Trophy on behalf of Mold).

Pixels 2017

Pixels 2017 takes place on Saturday 4th November and we are pleased to report it does not clash with any of the Autumn Internationals.

Doors open at 1.45pm and kick off is at 2.30pm. The judge will be Mr Brian Swinyard MA(Photo), ARPS, EFIAP/b, DPAGB, BPE3*, PPSA.

We’ll also have a buffet break around 4pm as well as some very special raffle prizes including some donated by Fotospeed, Permajet and Carmarthen Cameras.

A total of 39 clubs have entered Pixels 2017, just pipping the previous best of 38. Clubs entering are: ABERDARE, ABERGAVENNY, AFAN NEDD, BARGOED, BARRY, BLAENAU FESTINIOG, BRIDGEND, CAERNARFON, CAERPHILLY, CARDIFF, CARDIGAN, CARMARTHEN, COLEFORD, CONWY, CWMBRAN, CYMRU MONO, DEUDRAETH, DWYFOR, EBBW VALE, GWENT, GWYNFA, HAY, LLANELLI, MERTHYR, MOLD, MONMOUTH, MORRISTON, NEATH, NEW QUAY, NEWPORT, PORT TALBOT, PYLE & PORTHCAWL, RHONDDA, SIRHOWY VALLEY, SWANSEA, TENBY, TOWY VALLEY, VALE and WESTERN VALLEY.

You are more than welcome to join us even if your club has not entered. So why not come along and see some great photography?