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International Landscape Photographer of the Year

Entries are now OPEN for the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

The closing date is November 12th, 2017. Late entries will be accepted until November 19th.

A poster can be printed here or you can visit their website for full details.

FIAP Distinctions Deadline

A reminder to all those applying for FIAP distinctions this year that the closing date is midnight 10th October 2017.  By this time all your acceptances must be with me for checking.

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Do you want to attempt an AWPF?

If you are thinking of applying for the AWPF award this year, Please send your application to me ASAP, Please note the change of address. (Application forms and all other details are on the WPF website).

“Sandalwood” Westfield Road, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire. SA69 9JN. With your cheque payable to the WPF.

The success of the workshop in May has resulted in a steady stream of applications. We are capping the numbers of candidates this year, to 25 and are approaching that number now, although there are still several slots still available, I would urge those who are contemplating applying for this prestigious award, to apply soon.

Please be aware that this award is now open to anyone, not only WPF members, I shall soon be advertising the award publicly, so please members apply now.

Thank you

David Lewis

Clive Minnitt Hangs Up His Boots

Well known lecturer Clive Minnitt has decided to retire from giving club lectures.

Clive says “I have been a speaker on the WPF circuit for many years (although infrequently speaking) and I have decided to hang up my boots, as it were, to concentrate my efforts on leading photographic tours for Light & land.”

We all wish him well in the future and thank him for the very enjoyable lectures he brought to clubs all over the WPF.

Royston Kneath

As many of you will already know, Royston Kneath has sadly passed away.

Roy was a very active person on the Swansea camera scene and a WPF speaker and judge of long standing.

His family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts, wishes and sympathy which has meant so much to his wife Laura, and daughters Suzy Richards and Jennifer Kneath.

They would like to invite you to join them in celebrating his life on Tuesday 5th September 2017. Full details below.

  • 11.15 Hill United Reformed Church , North Hill Road, North Hill SA1  6YB
  • 12.30 Swansea Crematorium, SA6 6BY
  • 1.30 Landore Social Club, Neath Road, SA1 2LE (turning next to Thrifty Car Rental and Garage)

All are welcome at any or all of the services/reception above

Family Flowers only but donations may be made in lieu of flowers if desired.

Roy was passionate about Swansea’s history and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Royal Institution of South Wales charitable work acting as the Friends of Swansea Museum. Donations will help preserve Swansea’s past for future generations.

c/o D.G Attwell Funeral Directors, 95 Eaton Road, Brynhyfryd, Swansea, SA5 9JH, 01792 650205.

John B. Davies

More sad news. John B. Davies of Swansea has passed away after the swift onset of Leukeamia.

John was a WPF lecturer and many will know him from the talks he gave.

More information when we have it.

LAST CALL for the AWPF Distinction

If you are thinking of gaining the distinction AWPF this year, this is the last call.

Applications close on the 21st September, with the panel being submitted on the 21st October, ready for assessment on the 5th November.

Application form and further information, can be found on the WPF web site.

David Lewis AWPF
Distinction Officer.

Fotospeed Foto Fest 2017

Fotospeed are delighted to bring together 4 world-renowned photographers for a day of talks Sunday 10th September 2017 at the EDGE, University of Bath Following on from the success of 2016 Fotospeed are thrilled to host FotoFest 2017 at a new state of the art location. Not only will you have the opportunity to hear talks from 4 amazingly talented photographers, Martin Hartley, Paul Sanders, Ben Hall and Colin Prior.

You will also have access to the market place featuring industry leading brands and take advantage of some very special offers. The market place is open and free to anyone who wishes to visit with or without a ticket for the talks. This year we will be holding FotoFest in The Edge building at Bath University.  As the event is on a Sunday, parking is free and there is plenty of it. We are also including complementary tea and coffee for all those who attend the talks.

Full details here.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact one of the team. sales@fotospeed.com 01249 714 555

New members on the WPF Executive

At the AGM in March, we were not able to elect sufficient members to the Executive to bring it to its full complement.  Since then, I am delighted to announce that Howard Evans AWPF and Ron Lines AWPF have been co-opted onto the Executive.  Their contact details are on the contacts page.

I hope you will join with me in thanking them for working on behalf of all our member societies.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – Vice President

2017 National PDI Championships at Warwick – Results

Inn Focus, Tenby & Gwynfa travelled to Warwick to represent the WPF at the PAGB National Print Championships on Saturday 15th July and it was a good day for the Welsh clubs.

The first two rounds of the competition consist of 16 PDI’s for each of the 38 competing clubs with images scored out of a maximum of 15. The total scores for each club over two rounds determines the eight clubs who compete in the Grand Final and the 30 clubs who contest the Plate Final.

At the end of round two Inn Focus had a total of 208, enough to qualify for the Grand Final with Tenby (189) and Gwynfa (187) going into the Plate Final.

In the Plate Final clubs need to select 8 images (with only four allowed from the previous rounds). After a high scoring final Tenby finished a creditable joint 12th on 102 points and Gwynfa achieved an excellent 3rd place on 108 points (from a possible 120) with only Tamworth (111) and Dumfries (112) ahead. Well done team Gwynfa. A great result for their travelling army.

In the Grand Final each club submits 20 images, 10 of which must not have been used in the previous rounds. After an excellent selection of images were projected to the large crowd present the winners turned out to be Smethwick PS with an incredible 282 points (from a maximum 300). In a competition where the highest score an individual image can achieve is 15, they averaged 14.1 per image. Wigan 10 were runners up on 277 and Arden PG third on 271. Inn Focus were a creditable 5th on 267 and will be automatically invited to the 2018 event.

There was futher Welsh success when it was announced that Phil Morgan of Inn Focus was awarded Judge’s Choice for his photograph European Dipper. Well done Phil. (The judges were Roger Hance FRPS AFIAP BPE5*, Gabriel O’Shaughnessy FIPF FRPS MFIAP and Richard Speir DPAGB APAGB BPE2*).

Results & Awards                    2017 Scores

2017 PAGB Inter Federation Results

The PAGB Inter Federation Competitions  were held in Pontefract on Saturday 3rd June.
The Welsh Photographic Federation results are are as follows:

COLOUR PRINT SECTION – 9th Position
MONOCHROME PRINT SECTION – 10th Position
OPEN PDI’s  SECTION – 6th Position
NATURE PDI’s  SECTION – 9th Position (Joint)

All 15 Federations in the PAGB took part in the Competitions.

Individual awards:
SILVER MEDAL OPEN PDI’s – Bleak Grazers – Alan Jenkinson
BRONZE MEDAL NATURE PDI’s – Martes Martes – Phil Morgan
PAGB RIBBON OPEN MONO – The Orphanage – David Bolton

A total of 22 WPF members’ work has been selected to be included in the Touring Exhibition which will be in Wales for most of October. Details to follow. The documents below show the full scores and those included in the exhibition.

Colour Prints        Mono Prints        Open PDI        Nature PDI

Mostyn Gardner

Sad news from Bridget Craddock at the Vale:

Vale PC sad news that longstanding member and previous long term competition secretary Mostyn Gardner passed away on the 5th August after a long illness. He is well known to many outside of our club and I thought they would want to know.

Mostyn Gardner’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 23rd August at 11 am at the Adams Funeral Home, Barry.   It is situated next to the Memorial Hall at the bottom of the hill as you go towards Morrisons.

Arthur Lewis

Sad news from Peter Harman at Merthyr Tydfil.

Mr Arthur Lewis, a life member of Merthyr Tydfil Camera Club passed away this morning. Some older members of the WPF may remember him, he attended many competitions and battles not as an entrant but as an observer of good photography.

Arthur Lewis’s funeral is on Friday 18th August at 1115am in Llwydcoed Crematorium then back to West End Bowls Club on the Grove Merthyr Tydfil.

Derek Terry

It is with great sadness that Western Valley Camera Club announces the passing of one of their well-respected and much loved members Derek Terry.

Derek was an accomplished photographer achieving his AWPF and CPAGB accreditations along with many international successes.  He was a member of the WVCC executive committee for a number of years as our Exhibition Officer and he was invaluable in securing us four exhibitions every year throughout the area allowing us to promote not only the camera club but also the work of all its members.

Although we will undoubtedly miss him for all the practical things he did for our club, it is the loss of him as a great friend and supporter that we will miss the most

Derek’s funeral is to be held at Moriah Church, Risca on Wednesday the 19th of July at 12.15 followed by a short service at Croesyceiliog Crematorium Cwmbran.

I am sure that you would all join with us in offering our sincere condolences to his wife, children and all of Derek’s family and friends at this sad time.

Mike Lewis

IMG_2476We have received some awful news from Jamie Archdale-Smith at Barry Camera Club.

It is with great regret that we have to announce the sad and sudden death of our Chairman Mike Lewis on Saturday 17th June 2017.  Mike passed away unexpectedly whilst out doing what he loved best, on a walk in the countryside taking photographs.

Mike was a passionate fan of all things photographic, and will be greatly missed by all.  His passing will be a great loss for Barry Camera Club and the Welsh Photographic Federation, both of whom he served diligently for a great many years.

Our thoughts go to his family at this difficult time.

Mike’ funeral will be held at Barry Crematorium on Friday 7th July at 11.00 am and afterwards at the Seashore Grill, Beach Road, Swanbridge, CF64 5UG.

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Stanley Chell 2017

Aberdare’s Stanley Chell Competition will be held on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Invitations to clubs will be forwarded in September and will also be able to be downloaded from their web site.

Further details will follow.