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Annual PAGB Inter Federation Competition

This Annual Competition between the 15 PAGB Federations has a closing date of 1st June and the Judging will take place in Kent on the 9th June. Information and tickets for the upcoming judging day can be found on the KCPA website.

We usually make the WPF selection from the work accepted in the Welsh Salon and normally we take the prints when we dismantle that exhibition. However, this year we could not get a venue in May and so we are exhibiting in the Volcano Theatre in Swansea during June.

Therefore we have emailed those who’ve had prints selected for the Inter-Fed asking if they can provide another copy of their print(s). We need them before Friday 25th May.

The current proposed list of prints can be seen here although the final list will depend on which prints we can obtain in time. (If your name is on the list, you should have had an email from Roy Thomas but as he is shortly going to be on vacation, Ron Lines and Cliff Emery are helping to collect the prints).

For anyone wishing to attend the judging, it’s being held within the historical Chatham Dockyard area and there are plenty of hotels within easy reach. The Travelodge is within 5 min walk.

Event details:- 9th of June at the University of Greenwich, Medway Campus, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, ME4 4TB. Doors open at 9am for a 10am start. Tickets will be on sale through the KCPA website shortly.

Note: The University is not in Greenwich, London. It is situated by the historical Chatham Dockyard.

New WPF Competition Rules Proposed

This message from Roy Thomas….

This is intended for the Secretaries & Competition Secretaries of WPF Camera Clubs – because personnel change regularly I would be grateful if you could pass this to the correct person and by return inform me of any changes – thanks!

Last year’s Pair of Aces was quite poorly attended we also found that there was significant debate over the Competition Rules at that time – with verbal changes being made of which not all Clubs were aware.

We circulated every Club with the AGM paperwork and invited all Clubs to send representatives along in the morning to discuss the situation – and anything else they felt was of importance. Although not many Clubs attended those that did made their views clear and the WPF Executive agreed to revisit the Pair of Aces and to review in detail all our rules which had become complex with many rushed changes. We have spent considerable time in discussion and exchange of Emails and have now reached a point where we have agreed the Aces  methodology and the Competition Rules.

The Aces – It has been decided to revert back to the previous format of having an Ace of Clubs for PDIs in February with the top two Clubs going on to represent us at the PAGB PDI Event in Warwick in July if they choose to go. The Ace of Prints will be run separately In July each year with the top 2 Clubs going on to represent us at the PAGB Print Event in Blackburn in October if they choose to go.

These dates will give Clubs time to prepare for each PAGB Event and have time to create new work for the following year.

These changes will take place in 2019.

Rules – The rules for both these Competitions an the others have been simplified and are attached – please read them – we would welcome any comments that you would like to make – direct them to me and I will circulate to the Executive. (The Rules are all Revision A 2018 – any updates will be circulated and given anew alpha code).

Ace of Clubs Rules Issue A May 2018

Ace of Prints Rules Issue A 2018

Memorial Day Rules Issue A 2018

Welsh Salon Rules Issue A 2018

General Competition Rules Issue A May 2018

Roy Thomas

RPS South Wales Events

The Committee for the RPS South Wales region have been working hard to bring you some excellent events for 2018. Many thanks to those who have already booked for Joan Blease & Les Loosemore in June.

There are a total three events for you in 2018 as follows:

Joan Blease & Les Loosemore on 10th June at Talbot Green.

Janet Haines & Gary Shinner on 30th September at Briton Ferry Centre.

Mari Owen & Nia Knott @ St. Pauls Centre on 18th November 2018. (Free entry)

Entry is very reasonably priced: One is £8, one is £10 and one is free. Click on the links above to find out more and, if you wish to come along, please remember to book early or you may miss out. There are some very good raffle prizes too. So why not come along?

Dennis Russ (Events Coordinator RPS South Wales Region).

Masters of Print Exhibition

The PAGB have in 2017 introduced a new individual competition for Prints – known as the Masters of Prints. Each club member was asked to submit their best piece of work in mono, colour or nature and the judges chose some 59 prints to represent the absolute best of club work in 2017. The official opening was held in London in December last year and it is now on a tour of the UK calling in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

We have been extremely fortunate to secure the use of the Aberystwyth Arts Centre for the month of June and this is sponsored by both the WPF and NWPA bringing together the whole of Wales in a central location.

The Exhibition will be formally opened on 2nd June by the Director of the Arts Centre together with the Presidents of the PAGB, WPF and NWPA at 2.00pm, you are all cordially invited, to help with the buffet we would be grateful if you could Email Cliff Emery with your intention to attend at

Please find attached a poster giving details and a PDF with some explanatory words from Rod Whelans.

Unfortunately Jenny Hibbert whose work, “Owl Hunting Over Snow” was accepted is unable to attend as she had a prior arrangement – which is a shame.

Roy Thomas

The 2018 Barrian Cup

The 2018 Barrian Cup hosted by Barry Camera Club will be held on Saturday 9th June and will be judged by John Tilsley, APAGB, DPAGB, ARPS.

This year’s competition includes the introduction of the Mike Lewis Trophy for the Best Print in Competition. It is a tribute to the late Mike Lewis who was, for many years the driving force behind the Barrian Cup and a leading figure in the Barry Camera Club and WPF.

Congratulations to Sue Ashford ARPS

We are also pleased to annouce that Sue Ashford of Swansea CC recently became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).

Our congratulations go to her.

Midland Salon Open for Entries

The 69th Midland Salon of International Photography is now open for entries. Closing Date is 27th June 2018.

The Exhibition of Prints and Projected Digital Images will be held at The Old Schoolhouse, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands from 4th to 12th August 2018.

Full details here.

Gary’s MPSA….

Gary Shinner, EPSA, BPSA has gained the new distinction of MPSA, on achieving 1,500 acceptances in PSA-recognised exhibitions this was clarified and approved in the last two weeks.

MPSA = Master of the Photographic Society of America, this is ROPA Recognition of Photographic Achievement award.

Gary has now gained nine qualifications in his photography after getting his first award with a Licentiate of the RPS in 2007. He is up to, EFIAP/b and has been working on his silver level for sometime, and also has a AWPF back in 2015, for an architecture panel, followed by being the first to gain a BPSA (Bronze) from Wales with a new scheme run by the PSA in January 2017, with a panel of digital work.

New talks and New Email from Chris Warren

Chris Warren has a new email address of and also has a new selection of Presentations:

The World of Long Exposure and the Twilight Zone

A Photo Quiz, for all.

Look before you enter – Competitions

Novices, and a reminder for others

Shooting for a theme – Trees

A presentation fee, plus travel is charged. See our presenters page for full details.

AWPF Workshop – Sunday 29th April

An excellent day was had by everyone with about 30 possible candidates attending each keen to gain as much information as possible on achieving the prestigious award of AWPF. Aside from the candidates most of the WPF executive committee were in attendance to advise and help with the many questions that were asked.

The day started with the President Mr Cliff Emery welcoming everyone. We then moved on to a competition hosted by Dave Condon, our Treasurer, called “spot the successful panel”. This was followed by Brian Coleman who gave an excellent and detailed presentation on what is needed to submit a successful panel.

In the final session individual candidates showed their panels to the experts for detailed critique.

The day ended at 4pm with the final count of 25 applications.


Thank you everyone for the massive support you all gave, to make the event such a success. Good luck to all the candidates on 4th November 2018 at the Assessment day.

David Lewis (WPF Distinctions Officer)

Kidwelly Exhibition

Kidwelly Camera club has a forthcoming Photographic Exhibition at the Princess Gwenllian Centre, Hillfield Villas, Station Road Kidwelly SA17 4UL on May 19th between 10am -5pm and May 20th between 10am – 5pm.

All photographs exhibited are for sale and there are studio facilities available over the weekend for family photographs from £10.

Entry fee £1.50 which includes tea and biscuits. Children free.