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November 2018
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A Message From Margaret Salisbury

We’ve received some information from our favourite ‘dragon’, Margaret Salisbury. She’s asked us to pass it on to all Club Secretaries and Programme Secretaries. Margaret says:-

It’s time for a change so I’m putting out a new talk in the new year to be called The Dragon’s Journey which I will hope to give to clubs from March onward but mainly of course the 2019-2020 season. I’m also cutting down so although available will be spreading out my lectures and taking on a limited number.

You can read full details here.

Want to know about the PSA?

Ian Ledgard writes in his new position as Photographic Society of America Membership Director for Wales.

I see from the catalogues from many Salons that there are a good number of Welsh entrants who are achieving success with both acceptances and awards and yet only a tiny handful have sought to seek recognition of their achievements by PSA.

PSA offers Recognition of Photographic Achievement for individuals who gain acceptances in PSA recognised exhibitions. The route is through a Stars and Galaxies system leading to QPSA, PPSA, EPSA, GMPSA and even higher awards.

It would be great to see more Welsh based photographers seeking these awards and I am very happy to provide further information and support.

PAGB National PDI Championships – Warwick

Please find theWarwick results below. Congratulations once again to Inn Focus for getting into the final 8 and finishing 6th!

This means they get an automatic entry into the 2019 event and we still get the opportunity for another 2 of our Clubs to go as well.

My congratulations to both Tenby and Western Valley who acquitted themselves well and had some good individual scores – I’m sure you enjoyed your day out.

Results & Awards                      Final Scores

Roy Thomas (CELO – WPF)

Welsh Salon Exhibition

The 2018 Welsh Salon Exhibition has now closed. It ran throughout June 2018.

Thanks to Steve Littlewood of Gwynfa for these photographs to remind us of the opening day.

PAGB Inter-Federation Results

Here are the results of the 2018 PAGB Inter-Federation Competition.

Colour & Mono Print Results                            Nature & Open PDI results

Colour Print Individual Scores                         Mono Print Individual Scores

Nature PDI Individual Scores                           Open PDI Individual Scores

Congratulations to the following Award winners:-

Ron Lines CPAGB BPE3* AFIAP AWPF, Western Valley CC, for his Open PDI “The Boathouse” Which earned a PAGB Ribbon.

Gillian Mackay AWPF CPAGB EFIA BPE3*, Tenby & District CC for her Mono Print “Oh Dear” which also won a PAGB Ribbon.

Apologies to Dave Edwards from Neath & District PS who scored a zero for his stallions in the Camargue. It was mistakenly entered in the Nature section – Sorry David!

2018 Barrian Cup Won by Inn Focus

The Barrian Cup was won by The Inn Focus Group (95 points) with Tenby second (92 points) and Gwynfa third (88 points).

Angela De Roy Jones of Gwent won the Dave Cowdrey Trophy for Best Landscape/Seascape with Deganwy Winter Walk and Coltrane Koh won the inaugural Mike Lewis Trophy for the Best Print in Competition with Settle Down.

The award winning photos can be seen below together with judge John Tilsley presenting Tom Dee from Inn Focus with the Barrian Cup and Jay, Mike’s daughter, presenting the Mike Lewis Trophy which was accepted on Angela’s behalf by Tom as no one from Gwent Photographic Society was present.

The full score sheet can be seen here.

Ian can help you with PSA accreditation

Ian Ledgard of Towy Valley CC writes

I have recently been appointed to a volunteer role within the Photographic Society of America as Country Membership Director for Wales. I have been a member since 2005 but there are only a handful of PSA members in Wales. My task will be to support existing members and encourage other to join this worldwide organisation.

Those who enter International Salons should be aware that PSA offers awards for photographic achievement based upon acceptances gained. From the autumn onward I will be available to give detailed presentations to clubs within Wales or to meet with individuals who may be considering joining PSA.

Please contact me on ian.ledgard@talk21.com ot by telephone on 01558 823953.

A gentle reminder to all clubs

When you invite a judge or a presenter to your club please:-

Keep club business short – i.e. not longer than 5 minutes.  If you have a lot of club business then please attend to it during the tea break.

Please ensure that guest speakers get the full amount of time as they will have prepared their presentations to fit the available time and it is not easy for them to change the timings if you start late (and then expect them to finish on time).

If there are a lot of pictures to be judged, or you are informed that the presentation is long, then please keep the tea break as short as possible.

This post is in response to several observations from judges and presenters.

Ed Cloutman (WPF Judges and Presenters Secretary).

RPS South Wales Events

The Committee for the RPS South Wales region have been working hard to bring you some excellent events for 2018.

These are remaining events for you in 2018:

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).

The WPF in 1958 Amateur Photographer

Thanks to Johnnie Rogers who spotted this article from 5th March 1958 whilst browsing through some old ‘Amateur Photographer’ magazines. It seems feedback from clubs in Wales had waned and Amateur Photographer hoped to revive interest in its weekly column.

The WPF came into being in 1951 and was initially a Federation covering the whole of Wales. Later, in the early 1970s we think, the clubs in North Wales split away to form the NWPA. A full list of WPF Past Presidents can be found on our history page here.

If you have any interesting information about the history of the Federation, please let us know

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! Continue reading New WPF Competition Rules Proposed

Ten Tips for Competition Shots

Andy Beel FRPS in his latest blog gives 10 Hot Hints to add impact to club competition photographs.

“If you have ever driven away from your club after a competition thinking “the judge tonight was a complete buffoon” then here are a few hot hints to help you improve your chances of winning. Photography is about the art and craft of communication, you are the viewer’s eyes. You have made a deliberate choice of the subject matter add the presentation to be judged. You are in control of the process from beginning to end, so “begin with the end in mind” to quote Dr Stephen Covey. What do the best pictures in the style or genre look like? Be aware of what good looks like.”

You can read the rest of Andy’s Blog here.

Lampeter Convention becomes Carmarthen Conference

The WPF Lampeter Convention is moving to a new venue and has become the WPF Carmarthen Conference.

The new venue is The Halliwell Centre, University of Wales, Trinity St David, College Road, Carmarthen. SA31 3EP.

This year’s dates are Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2018. Full weekend (2 nights and 2 days inc. Friday & conference dinner) is just £170. Saturday & Sunday (1 night and 2 days inc. conference dinner) is £120. Day visitors £40 (Conference Dinner £21 supplement).

More information about the location, speakers and events can be seen 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 chris@chriswarrenimages.co.uk 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.

SO THE AWPF AWARD APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

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)