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Grand Master Ian

The Photographic Society of America has a series of honours for photographic achievement and Ian Ledgard of Towy Valley has just been awarded the honour GMPSA (Grand Master). The qualification is for achieving 3000 acceptances in PSA recognised exhibitions. We believe Ian is the first person in Wales to receive this honour.

Well done Ian, that’s an incredible effort.

Results of Bridgend CC 5 to 8 Competition 2018

This years 5 to 8 Competition for digital PhotoHarmony AV sequences was held on the 19th March and despite the snowy conditions the Judge Howard Bagshaw ARPS MPAGB, safely made it to Bridgend. This years competition attracted it’s largest ever entry with sequences from a number of countries.

After a short introduction the evening continued with the showing of sequences. A brief critique of the sequence then follows. At the end of an entertaining evening Howard had the unenviable task of picking the top sequences, his choice was:

Winner
Ian Bateman – Going Underground – Exmouth PG

Runner Up
Martin Addison – Finding Narnia – Worcestershire CC
Norman Horsham – Autumn – Mid Thames AV

Highly Commended
Martin Addison – Glassworks – Worcestershire CC
Martin Fry – Winter White – Cheltenham CC

Commended
Nellian Bekker – Impressions – South Africa
Bert Schmitz – Abandoned – Housatonic CC USA

Congratulations to all, in particular to Ian Bateman on his second successive win and to Martin Addison for his double success in this year competition.

Bridgend CC would like to thank Howard Bagshaw for all his hard work in judging the entries and for providing helpful and constructive criticism of every sequence. A big thank you must go to all who braved the wintery weather to support the evening.

Results from 2018 Ace of Clubs

Inn Focus CC Total: 250 1st
Tenby & Dist Total: 241 2nd
Western Valley Total: 224 3rd
Afan Nedd CC Total: 219 4th
The Vale CC Total: 217 5th
Bridgend CC Total: 214 6th =
Neath & Dist Total: 214 6th =
Swansea CC Total: 213 8th

Congratulations to those clubs going to Warwick to represent the WPF. (Inn Focus, Tenby and Western Valley).

Results 2018 Ace of Prints

Inn Focus – 210 – 1st
Tenby – 191 – 2nd
Western Valley – 182 – 3rd
Afan Nedd – 181 – 4th
Bridgend – 168 – 5th
The Vale – 165 – 6th
Neath – 162 – 7th
Swansea – 159 – 8th

Congratulations to all who entered.

Ace of Prints Entry Deadline

Hi Folks,

It has been decided to move the Ace of Prints Competition from Briton Ferry to Talbot Green Community Centre. As this venue has a market there on Saturdays it is also necessary to change the date to Sunday 7th July 2019 with the closing date remaining at 16th June 2019.

I would be grateful if those Clubs considering entering could contact me to let me know their intentions by April – Thanks!

Because there are a few new Clubs and there have been changes of Secretaries in 2019 I have decided to circulate the Rules etc., again.

Rules     Round One Form (Word version)    Round One Form (PDF version)

I do believe that any of our Clubs who have 5 print workers can compete successfully in this competition – and it will expose their members work to a wider audience, the entry must consist of Colour and Monochrome prints with no more than 3 Nature prints. So although the rules say a Club is allowed “Unlimited” numbers of prints this is just to remove any artificial limits. A Club needs 12 prints in round one and if you go through to the second or Plate round you would only need 3 more prints – making a total of 15 prints. Obviously any prints that scored lowly in the first round a Club may want to replace – say 5 more prints making 20 prints a comfortable quantity to compete with.

Now obviously a Club could come along with 40+ prints as it may decide to see what the Judges’ peccadillos or dislikes are in the First Round so that they can choose effectively for the final. I have to say I think that would be overkill as print quality is what counts.

So to summarise:– 5 print workers with 4 prints each would enable a Club to partake and enjoy the Competition. For a small £10 entry fee you could enjoy a feast of Welsh Photography and measure yourself against your Federation Clubs. I’ve even attached the First Round Entry Form so that you can start listing the great work you see in your Club right now!

Remember the Olympics motto: Taking part is what it’s all about – not just winning!

Looking forward to hearing from you before or during April – any queries contact me as below!

Roy Thomas
Roy17@btinternet.com
01639644757/07880710908