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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.

Bridgend 12-Way Is No More

We have been advised by Jenny Hibbert at Bridgend that they will no longer be running their 12-Way battle.

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.

Aesthetica Art Prize

Showcase your work to wider audiences and further your involvement in the art world by submitting to the @AestheticaMagazine Art Prize 2019. Offering a £5,000 prize, publication within an inspiring anthology and exhibition space, this is an opportunity not to be missed for both established and emerging practitioners. Submit your work here. Entry deadline is 31st August.

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!

 

Three Afan Nedd Members Achieve PAGB Distictions

This from Gareth Martin…

Three Afan Nedd members have gained PAGB distictions:-

Jayne Libby DPAGB
Heather Digweed CPAGB
Gerald Henry CPAGB

Heather and Gerald are also members of Bridgend.

Jayne has achieved AFIAP, AWPF and DPAGB in one month so I’m wondering what’s she doing in December.

Congratulations to all three.

Pixels 2019

A date for your diaries…..

The next Pixels competition will take place on Saturday 2nd November, 2019.

Further details in due course…

Results of Pixels 2018 – Tenby Win

Pixels 2018, the 14th running of the competition, took place at Talbot Green Community Centre on Saturday 3rd November and was a very well attended and enjoyable competition.

It was a particularly good day for Tenby Camera Club who, with 77 points from a possible 80, were clear winners and became the first club to win the competition three times. They finished four points ahead of Afan Nedd (73 points).  Inn Focus were third on 72 points. Top North Wales club were Deeside who finished fourth, tied with Gwynfa on 70 points.

Click here to see the final Pixels 2018 score sheet.

The Tenby photos were: ‘Go’ by Mike Cullis (19), ‘Loving Life’ by Al Rees (20), ‘Water Rail at Sunrise’ by Charlie Kidd (18) and ‘Newly Emerged Four Spot Chaser’ by Gary Jenkins (20). Click here to see them.

The judges were Phil Charnock (FRPS MFIAP) and Gwen Charnock (FRPS MFIAP) who kept the audience entertained with their inciteful critique, humourous comments and a little bit of marital bickering. They made the job of judging 164 images look easy and their entertaining approach meant that time flew.

Gwen & Phil selected The Space Between Usby Dan Muckle-Jones of Ruthin Camera Club as Best Monochrome Photograph and ‘Wild Fox cubs, Early Eveningby Jenny Hibbert of Bridgend & District Camera Club as Best Colour Photograph. Click the links to see the photographs. A further nine photos scored twenty points and were in contention for the awards. You can see them here.

Gwynfa Camera Club wishes to thank everyone who attended the competition (over 140 people) and all 41 clubs that entered. Without you, this event would not be possible.

We’d also like to thank very much indeed everyone who supported the event by buying raffle tickets as this is a significant part of helping us to finance the event. Huge thanks to all those who donated such amazing raffle prizes especially Fotospeed, Permajet and Carmarthen Cameras. Also special thanks to Crystal Vision Locks and Trophies for providing the Pixels Trophies and to Fun Fillings & Valley Catering for providing such a tasty (and plentiful) buffet.

We also wish to thank everyone from Gwynfa who helped to organise and run Pixels 2018. It was a real team effort.

A slideshow of all the photographs entered can be seen on the Gwynfa home page.

Report by Leigh Woolford of Gwynfa.