November 2017
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Smethwick International Exhibition

You can now book to see the projected images and prints from the 43rd Smethwick International.

Full details can be found on the here where you can also order and pay for tickets. For those of you who are some distance away there is a weekend options for a super day out. On all four weekend days you will be able to see both the Open Colour and Monochrome AV, plus see and listen to the live commentary on the Nature Projected images. There will be over 500 accepted prints on view.

The opening day is already filling rapidly with bookings from award winners so book early for that.

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

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.

Bristol Salon Open for Entries

The UK’s Largest International Projected Digital Image Exhibition – Closing date 27 January 2018. Low entry fees. Generous discounts for club/group entries. Please contact Salon Chairman for details – chairman@bristolsalon.co.uk

Four Projected Image Sections – Open, Monochrome, Photo Travel & Nature. Approximately 300 Medals and Ribbons to be won plus a FIAP Blue Badge for Best Entrant.  A4 Full colour printed catalogue sent to each entrant.

On-line entry system www.bristolphoto.org.uk

Invitation to Enter The Memorial Trophies

Dear Club Secretary/Competition Secretary,

I have pleasure in inviting your Club/Society to take part in The WPF Memorial Day Trophies which will take place on Sunday 14th January 2018. The 2017 Day was a great success, and we hope to emulate that success in 2018.

I attach the rules of the competition, and details of the entry requirements. I also attach an entry form which I would be grateful if you would return to me with your entry.

Entry Rules     Word Doc     PDF

Entry Form     Word Doc     PDF

If you have any queries about anything, please email me here, martinnnagle1@hotmail.com or call me on 07772 657296.

I look forward to receiving your entry, and meeting you at the Competition on 14th January.

Martin Nagle (CELO – Welsh Photographic Federation)

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).

Towy Valley Photographic Exhibition & Viewing

Towy Valley Camera Club are holding their photographic Exhibition at Aberglasney Gardens, near Llandeilo, between the 4th November and 28th November 2017 and invite camera club members to their private viewing evening on Friday the 10th  November 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Free Entry to the viewing evening, but for the duration of the exhibition Aberglasney Garden entry fees apply.

RPS South Wales Regional AGM

The South Wales Region Annual General Meeting will be held at St Paul’s Centre, Gerald Street, Port Talbot, SA12 6DQ on Sunday 26th November, from 12:15 to 12:40.

If you are a South Wales Region member, the AGM is your opportunity to shape the future of the Region. Please come along and have your say.
There will be speakers delivering talks either side of the AGM, with complimentary tea and coffee provided. The AGM and both talks are free to attend, however spaces are limited.

For more information about the day and to register your attendance, please follow this link.

The following documents can be seen by clicking on the appropriate links.

South Wales Region volunteer nomination form.   WORD    PDF
If you would like to nominate someone for a volunteer role, please complete the nomination form and return it no later than 23/11/17.

AGM Agenda – Please bring a copy of the agenda with you if possible, as there will be a limited number available on the day.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Otherwise, we hope to see you at the AGM!

The South Wales Region Volunteer Team

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.


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?