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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.

The 2019 WPF Carmarthen Conference

By popular request here is the advance date for the 2019 Carmarthen Conference so you can add it to your calendars, planners or/diaries

The event will take place on the weekend of Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September, 2019.

The Bank holiday is on the previous Monday 26th August.

RPS Event – Martin Parr in Saundersfoot

We have received this from Dave Paskin….

Would you be so good as to inform your club members that the RPS will be holding a day with “World famous Photographer Martin Parr” in Saundersfoot Hall on 30th March, 2019. He will be showing some photos of Tenby that he takes whilst living in his holiday home there .

If any members book before the 1st December they will get an early bird price of £5 discount.

Click here for full details.

Hope to see a lot of members there.

Best Regards

David Paskin  (R.P.S  RO South Wales Region)

Forthcoming RPS Events

To find out about forthcoming RPS (South Wales Region) events (featuring Mari Owen, Margaret Salisbury and Martin Parr, please click here.

2018 Celtic Challenge Results

Here are the results from the 2018 Celtic Challenge.

Region MONO COLOUR PDI Total Rank
Northern Ireland Photographic Association 185 184 178 547 1st Place
Irish Photographic Federation 178 186 172 536 2nd Place
Scottish Photographic Federation 176 179 174 529 3rd Place
Welsh Photographic Federation 171 176 174 521 4th Place
North Wales Photographic Association 173 170 165 508 5th Place
Isle of Man 157 170 166 493 6th Place

Full PDI Results

Full Colour Results

Full Mono Results

 

Congratulations to Margaret Jones

Congratulations are in order for Margaret Jones of New Quay Camera Club who has just gained the QPSA honour from the Photographic Society of America. Margaret is the second New Quay member to achieve this award this year.

If any other photographers are interested in trying for PSA honours then I will be very pleased to assit them.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA
PSA Membership Director Wales
ian.ledgard@talk21.com

‘The People of the Rhondda’ Exhibition

Tony Smith of Phoenix (Rhondda) Camera Club has a forthcoming roving exhibition entitled ‘The People of the Rhondda’. The exhibition includes snapshot photos of people from all walks of life living, working or coming from the Rhondda. The idea for the project came about when he once said the words ‘I hate doing portraits’. This resulted in a self-inspired challenge to prove himself wrong.

The roving exhibition starts with Tonypandy Library on the 5th November (with the official opening at 5.30 pm on the 6th by local councillor Gareth Hughes). It then moves to Treorchy Library on the 26th November. It will be on display for at least 2 weeks at each of these venues.

It then moves to Porth Library from the 7th January and Ferndale Library on the 28th January.

Fifty portraits will be on display at Tonypandy and Treorchy but the available space dictates that number be reduced for Porth and Ferndale.

2018 Welsh International Salon Results

The adjudication for the Welsh International Salon took place a short while ago and the lists of acceptances can be seen below together with slideshows of the Award Winning images in each section.

DPI – Open Monochrome         Award Winners Gallery

DPI – Open Colour           Award Winners Gallery

DPI – Nature         Award Winners Gallery

DPI – Photo Travel         Award Winners Gallery

Prints – Open Colour         Awards Winners Gallery

Prints – Open Monochrome         Award Winners Gallery

The selectors were Roger Parry ARPS MPAGB EFIAP HonPAGB (England), Ralph Duckett MPAGB EFIAP APAGB (England), Leo Rich ARPS DPAGB EFIAP/g HonPAGB (England), Judith Parry DPAGB AFIAP HonPAGB (England), Leigh Woolford DPAGB EFIAP AWPF HonFWPF BPE2* (Wales) and Mike Cullis ARPS DPAGB (Wales).

Selection for the 2019 Welsh Salon

Selection for the 2019 Welsh Salon takes place on the 23rd and 24th March, 2019 at Talbot Green Community Centre and our selectors are Vince Penticost, Mike Cullis and Paul Keene.

PSA Success For Angela

Angela Bonner a member of Hay on Wye Camera club has just achieved her first Recognition of Photographic Achievement from the Photographic Society of America, gaining first stars in both colour and monochrome divisions. Well done Angela.

I am aware that a number of other WPF members are embarking on this route to recognition as well as a number in North Wales. It is challenging to pitch your work into international competitions and rewarding when you achieve success. Anyone interested in recieving further guidance should contact me and I will be pleased to assist.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA (PSA Membership Director Wales) ian.ledgard@talk21.com

Entry Deadline for the 2019 Welsh Salon

The 2019 Welsh Salon is now open to receive entries. You can enter here.

The Salon is open to any member of a WPF or NWPA affiliated club and there are numerous prizes and awards on offer. (A list of all the awards from last year’s salon can be seen here).

You can find the new conditions of entry here. Please read them carefully. Please note, there are new file sizes for digital entries and for digital versions of your prints.

As usual, the closing date for entries is 3rd March, 2019, the day of the WPF AGM. Print entries may be delivered to the AGM. Please check with your club if they are delivering all your club prints in one box as this may mean they will impose a slightly earlier deadline.

The selection dates are the 23rd and 24th March, 2019 at Talbot Green Community Centre and our selectors are Vince Penticost, Mike Cullis and Paul Keene.

Detail of the exhibition dates and venue will follow in due course.

I wish you all the very best of luck with your entries.

Cliff Emery Salon Chairman

Congratulations to Colin Price

Congratulations to Colin Price of New Quay CC on achieving the QPSA award for photographic achievment from the Photographic Society of America. This was gained with a mixture of colour and mono acceptances in PSA recognised salons. QPSA is followed by PPSA which is now his next target. Well done Colin.

I hope that other international exhibitors in Wales might consider emulating Colin’s success.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA
PSA Membership Director Wales

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)