May 2018
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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