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2019 GB Cup

Congratulations to Inn Focus Group (11th), Afan Nedd CC and Western Valley CC for being in the Top 50 of the GB Cup (Open). Nick Walton of Inn Focus Group took the award for Best Dark Humour.

In the GB Cup (Small Clubs) Bridgend & District CC, Rhondda CC and Carmarthen CC featured in the Top 50.

Congratulations to everyone.

2019 Ace of Clubs Results

It was an enjoyable day at Talbot Green and I would like to thank all 9 Clubs that took part, the 3 Judges Roger and Judith Parry of the MCPF together with Eddy Lane of the WCPF.

I also need to thank those members of the WPF Executive that were there and carried out all the work – including the mundane furniture movement etc.

My congratulations go to Inn Focus who won overall – but as they had already qualified for this year’s PAGB Inter Club PDI Warwick Event we must also congratulate Gwynfa and Tenby who came second and third and as such they too have been invited to represent the WPF on the 13th July.

So again we will have 3 Clubs from the WPF – my best wishes go to all of them for this success and for good fortune in July.

Now that we are back to having a simple PDI Ace and a separate Print Ace in July (As required by the 2018 AGM) it would be nice to see more Clubs enjoy the challenge next year!

Below you can find find summary and detailed results for the three rounds.

Round One Results           Round One Individual Scores

Round Two Results          Round Two Individual Scores

Final Results                   Final Individual Scores

Roy Thomas / CELO

WPF Programme Secretaries – New Facebook Group

If you are both a Facebook user and a Programme Secretary of a WPF Camera Club you may wish to join our newly set-up ‘WPF Programme Secretary’s Group’ where we share information and ideas about how to find great guest speakers.

If you are interested in being added as a member, please go here and click ‘Join Group’ or ask either Leigh Woolford or Gareth Martin to add you.

Dewi in ‘Mastering Film Photography’ book

Last autumn Dewi Jones of Neath & District Photographic Society was approached by a gentleman named Chris Gatcum, a writer of books on photography. Chris had admired the quality of pictures Dewi was producing from an Agfa Clack camera on his Flickr website and asked whether he could have four pictures for inclusion on a book to be published by Ammonite Press. After a few checks allayed any suspicions, Dewi duly sent the pictures and vowed to keep silent until the book was published.

This Monday the book entitled ‘Mastering Film Photography’ duly arrived. It features work from six photographers with two pages each in a book of 176 pages.

Dewi will be giving a talk with print illustrations at the Neath clubhouse on Tuesday, May 28 at the usual 19.30.

If you want to take a look Dewi’s Flickr account can be seen ‘here’.

Congratulations Dewi.

Photo Tour to India

Liz Barry, a photographer based in Swansea is working with a local Travel company NEI UK Ltd to organise a photo tour to India from October 7th to 22nd. Full details on her website.

 

Ken Stoneman

We have received this sad news from Alan Shepherd at Gwynfa.

Ken Stoneman passed away on Tuesday 28th May. Ken has been a member of Gwynfa since the very early days of the club and during that time occupied several committee roles including Chairman and Treasurer. He will be missed by everyone.

Malcolm Owen

We’ve received this sad news from Mike Jones.

Malcolm Owen, former member of the Rhondda Camera Club, passed away on Wednesday 22nd May.

Joyce Mollet LRPS ARPS AWPF

Llanelli Photographic Society are extremely sad to announce the passing of Joyce Mollet on Friday 3rd May after a long illness. Although her family live thousands of miles away both her son Matthew and daughter Sarah were there.

Joyce was well known for her portraits of Indian people and their environment and made numerous trips to uncharted tourist routes in the country, where she was able to observe the lifestyle and day to day living of the villagers.

A selection of these images gained her several distinctions with LRPS, ARPS and AWPF.

She was a long standing member of the club and to date won more club trophies than anyone else. The membership will miss her contribution to competitions and day to day running of the club. She was also a major force in the Llanelli Historical Society and through that she assisted the club with its 125th Anniversary celebrations in 2016.

She will be sadly missed and remembered with respect.

Her funeral will be held at 11am, Thursday 16th May at the Llanelli Crematorium.

Graham Meaker FRPS

We’ve received this sad news from David Jones.

Newport Photographic Club is deeply saddened to report the recent passing of lifelong member Graham Meaker.

Graham fully deserved his FRPS. A panel of butterflies and cactii secured this recognition. Images taken on “slide film” before the age of digital technology, when exposure, focus and composition all had to be set in the camera, and there was no delete button! An FRPS is still a great achievement, but to secure one on slide film in macro-photography was remarkable.

Graham was also a respected authority on cactii: he grew them in two greenhouses in his garden and displayed them both to photographic clubs and cactus societies.

In Newport Photographic Club, Graham was highly respected by his peers and provided inspiration to new members over many years. He has been greatly missed since ill health prevented him from attending regular club meetings.

When the club introduced Honorary Life Memberships, Graham was the first to be given this award.

The Meaker family tradition in photography will continue to be kept alive by his son Chris, who is a committee member at our neighbouring club, Western Valley.

Our thoughts are with Chris and the rest of his family at this time.

Graham’s funeral took place at Langstone Crematorium at 11.30 am on Friday 29th March.

Tony’s Archive bought by National Library

Tony Charles’ “Pioneers of Welsh Pop” fine art portraiture collection has been purchased by the National Library of Wales for its photographic archive and for its external public exhibitions loan programme to selected art galleries in Wales.

The second year photography degree project captured striking black & white images of some of the leading Welsh pop, rock & entertainment icons who started performing in the 1960s. The icons Tony photographed have been instrumental in helping preserve and develop the Welsh language and culture. The collection is the result of twelve studio shoots.

The images comprise Heather Jones, Meic Stevens, Gwyndaf Roberts, Delwyn Sion, Hywel Gwynfryn, Geraint Jarman, Dewi ‘Pws’ Morris, Huw Jones, Dafydd Iwan, Frank Hennessy, Y Dilau – Mair Robins, Gaynor Walter John and Meleri Mair, and Maldwyn Pate. Twelve images were selected from over 1,200 images taken during the 2017/18 academic year.

During the second half of 2018 the exhibition was exhibited for two months at Yr Hen Llyfrgell, The Hayes, Cardiff, and then in Oriel Plas Glan Yr Weddw, Llanbedrog, north Wales up to Christmas.

Some of the studio portrait images were shot in Cardiff, including at the Cardiff Metropolitan University photographic studio, Llandaff campus, others in north Wales. The uniqueness of the project in terms of capturing an aspect of Welsh music culture, has attracted extensive media coverage including a review on BBC Radio Cymru.

Further details, including S4C television’s coverage of the exhibition launch, can be found here.

Tony gained his Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation in 2012 and on completing his Photography degree is planning to continue studying at University to undertake a Master’s degree in Fine Art specialising in Photography.

Michael Jones QPSA

A third member of New Quay CC has started off 2019 in style by gaining his QPSA from the Photographic Society of America.  Congratulations Michael Jones whose wife also received this award in 2018.

2019 Memorial Trophies – Results

Hi Folks,

An enjoyable day of Memorial Competitions was held on Sunday 20th January, attended by 60+ people.

The Judge Martin Fry FRPS APAGB EFIAP/g AV-EFIAP BPE did a magnificent job of commentating on the work entered by the 17 Clubs; he laid out his stall at the start that he was looking for the story, he was looking for the picture quality to be of the highest standard with appropriate tones and shades to maintain the viewers interest. This he did assiduously throughout also adding a touch of humour and evidence of his experience in photography. Well Done Martin and thanks for travelling down to see us.

Of the three competitions it was almost a clean sweep for Inn Focus Group with two first places and a joint first place with Bridgend CC in the Colour Prints.

Summary Results are: –

Past President’ Trophy for 4 Colour Prints
1. Bridgend & District CC – Joint First 74 Points
1. Inn Focus Group – Joint First 74 Points
3. Gwynfa CC – Third 73 Points

Full scores here.

Walter Morgan Trophy for 4 PDIs
1. Inn Focus Group – First 75 Points
2. Western Valley CC – Second 71 Points
3. Afan Need – Third 70 Points

Results here. Individual Scores here.

Gwyn Morgan Trophy for 4 Mono Prints
1. Inn Focus Group – First
2. Abergavenny CC – Second
3. Swansea PS – Third

This final Trophy was for a SET of 4 Mono Prints – 3 panels were placed on the stand and the Judge set aside the weakest in his opinion with a new set taking it’s place on the stand. Again the weakest was set aside – but with two set aside the Judge then decided which one should be put back in the box.

Roy Thomas

Gary Jenkins

We’ve received sad news from Dave Lewis at Tenby & District Camera Club:

I have the sad duty to announce the passing of our good friend and esteemed photographer Gary Jenkins.

Gary was one of Tenby’s best, he specialised in photographing the most difficult of subjects. He loved taking dragonflies but also took general wildlife and astro-photography. The images he produced were of an excellent quality whatever the subject and gained many 20’s for our club at external competitions over the years. He recently gained his EFIAP and DPAGB at Pontefract.

He was very knowledgeable on post processing and gave several talks to our club on Lightroom and Photoshop. He almost single handed ran our Summer School last year as well as being a valued committee member, our Secretary and Webmaster.

Gary bravely fought his illness over the last few months, but after several operations unfortunately, died on Saturday morning, 26th January.

AWPF Assessments 2018

On the 4th November 2018, the AWPF assessment day was held, there were 23 applications, 21 print submissions and 2 digital submissions. 13 print panels and 2 digital panels were accepted and those photographers were awarded the distinction of AWPF and added to the WPF roll of honour. Congratulations to them all!

Achieving an AWPF is a difficult, and time-consuming task and will tax the skills of any photographer, such is the high standard required, well done to everyone accepted.

Name Club Panel
William Anthony Cooper AWPF Kingswood  P.S Cornhill Prison
Glenn Porter AWPF Barry C.C. Windsurfing
John Tidy AWPF Caerphilly C.C. People of Bangkok’s Khlong Toei Slum
Frank Barber AWPF Beaumaris C.C. Life in Asia
John Dudley AWPF Bridgend C.C. Under
Tony Davies AWPF Conwy C.C. Track Cycling
Margaret Barber AWPF Beaumaris C.C. Women & Children of Rajasthan
Heidi Stewart AWPF Gwynfa Land & Water
Jayne Libby AWPF Cymru Mono Water
Julie Morgan AWPF Abergavenny C.C. At The Jazz Club
Gary Welsby AWPF Gwynfa British Butterflies
Annette O’Connell AWPF Newport & Caerphilly C.C. Birds Of Prey
John Campbell AWPF Morriston C.C. Tracks Through the London Underground
Derrick Mulford AWPF Rhondda C.C. Candidly Ragged
Duncan Steward Norton Radstock Shepton Mallet Prison

We are very grateful to the Five judges, who gave their time, effort and experience to ensure the standard of the award was maintained. Thank you all. They were:

1. Allen Lloyd, (Chairman) ARPS. AWPF.
2. Paul Richards ARPS. AWPF. DPAGB.
3. Brian Coleman FWPS Hon. AWPF. AFIAP.
4. Leigh Woolford FWPF Hon. 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

Our commiserations to those applicants who were not successful this time. The standard was very high this year and those 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.

David Lewis
AWPF Distinctions Secretary

Results from the 2018 Stanley Chell – It’s Inn Focus

Aberdare CC thanks all those who took part in this years Stanley Chell 2018. Congratulations to all the winners and all all those who entered.

Stanley Chell Winners – Inn Focus

Hans Hoyer Trophy for best Monochrome – “Safe Hands” – Ian Munro of Inn Focus

Glyn John Trophy – Best Colour Print – “In The Palm of My Hand” – Phil Morgan of Inn Focus

Glan and Mair Trophy – Best Landscape – “First Light at Llandwyn Island” – Heidi Stewart of Gwynfa.

Doris Shell Memorial Trophy – “Did It Escape” – Charlie Kidd of Tenby.

Congratulations to everyone.

The full results Can be seen here.

CPAGB for Chris Tidman

This from Gwynfa Camera Club:-

Congratulations to Chris Tidman of Gwynfa CC who has just achieved her CPAGB distinction.

Chris also recently got her EFIAP so it’s been a good couple of months for her.

Well done Chris!