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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:

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.

Continue reading Mike Lewis

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.

Cymru Mono – 2017 Mono Only Battle Result

This report from Gareth Martin:-

Cymru Monochrome’s biggest, and possibly the largest and the only monochrome print battle of its kind held in the UK ever, was held on Saturday 13th May at St. Paul’s Centre, Port Talbot. More than 100 people turned up at “Only Mono” with 41 clubs from all over the UK taking part and with 164 prints of the highest standard to be judged we knew we were in for a treat.

Continue reading Cymru Mono – 2017 Mono Only Battle Result

Award for Port Talbot Salon

News from Ed Cloutman the FIAP Liaison Officer for the WPF

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Darren Boxer and his team have been awarded the FIAP Bronze Plaquette for carrying out efficiently five Port Talbot International Salons of Photography.  Congratulations to you and your team Darren, and how good this is for Welsh photography.


We have received this from Daphne Hanson DPAGB APAGB, the PAGB Awards Secretary via Jan Cawley.

If you are interested in trying for CPAGB, DPAGB or MPAGB awards, please note the following.

November 2017 PAGB Adjudications are now fully booked.

April 2018 PAGB Adjudication – The books are open and it will be hosted by the L&CPU on Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd April 2018.  Book now as spaces will fill up fast!

AFIAP Distinction

if anyone has been sent an application form by Mike Lewis for an AFIAP distinction, would they please contact me on afiap@thewpf,.co.uk so that I can give them a starter pack and answer any queries they may have.

Ed Cloutman

WPF FIAP Liaison Officer

2017 Welsh Salon Results

Here are the results of the 2017 Welsh Salon of Photography.


Full List of Acceptances in Club Order

Congratulations to everyone who achieved an acceptance and to all those who gained an award.

If you were unsuccessful this time, don’t be deterred, try again next year…

If you notice any errors in the results, please report them to Cliff Emery, Salon Chairman.

Rosemary Crahart

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Rosemary Crahart of Swansea and Llanelli Camera Club passed away on Sunday, April 30th.

Rosemary was the Convention Officer on the WPF Executive and, as a Welsh speaker, was a great liaison officer with Lampeter.

Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Funeral arrangements:- Wednesday 10th of May at Llanelli Crematorium at 11am. No Flowers. No Black. Donations (which can be given to Tim and Stuart) will go to charities nominated by Rosemary.

Linda Baldwin Hon FWPF

Linda Baldwin passed away quietly at home on Tuesday with her husband Andrew by her side. Funeral details will be known after Easter. Our thoughts are with Andrew and the rest of her family.

Roy Thomas and Jan Cawley have written the following obituary.

Linda Baldwin Hon FWPF

Our very good friend and admired colleague, Linda Baldwin, who recently passed away was a long-time member of the Welsh Photographic Federation, a determined and effective committee member and a delightful person to work with. She served as our Treasurer for many years as well as being our Welsh International Chairman.

She joined the WPF from the Bridgend CC about 20 years ago. She very quickly became involved in the running of our events, attending almost all of them learning, and making observations regarding our management and presentation of these activities.

When Linda joined we were very much in the “Dark Ages” of slides and slide projectors, and all of the competitions we ran were very manual and required mountains of paperwork. The entrant had to properly spot and label their work and then we had to randomise them before presentation to the judges. On being scored they had then to be put into slide trays relative to the scores they achieved.  All the results were created manually and similarly, so were the catalogues.

Linda, who never suffered fools gladly, led us on a journey from slides to PDIs and almost singlehandedly chose the software to use and studied its use to the point where she became the go-to expert and created its use for both the WPF International and Welsh Salon of Photography.  With a dedicated on-line entry system, including PayPal subscriptions which eliminated hours of manual work she took the WPF into the 21st Century. It is also true that following the WPF lead within a year or two the PAGB had also changed from slides to PDIs at their Warwick event.

She however remained determined to ensure that these events were properly run, completed on time to everyone’s satisfaction and she continually aimed for perfection – fixing all the errors that users of the system managed to impose on her – she put hours and hours into these events and would never ask for help – one had to ensure that you knew what she was up to and turn up at her house at the appropriate time to provide assistance – she was very independently minded – and was happy to do everything herself.

She was a good personal friend to many of us, as was Andrew, her husband, who, during our Salons became an additional Exec member and was very generous with his help. She loved her quilting and never gave it up despite all the other tasks that she took on, and produced the most beautiful work of great precision as you can all imagine.

She was somebody who was fundamental to the modernisation of the WPF and was uniquely suited to this volunteer body – we are all pleased and honoured that we had the opportunity to know her and work with her over the years – she will be sadly missed.

The WPF Executive, past and present.

Update on Jan Cawley

At 11.00pm on Friday night I called the ambulance because Jan became very ill quite quickly.  The paramedics were wonderful and found she was running a very high temperature and fever.

They took her to the Heath hospital where intravenously they reduced her temperature.  She was eventually moved to the nephrology transplant unit where she had her kidney transplant over a year ago.

Jan has polycystic kidney disease which is a horrible disease which gradually eats away the kidneys and liver and replaces them with cysts.  When one of these burst they can infect the blood system quite suddenly.  This has happened twice before so I suspect that this may be the cause.  Only my diagnosis however as I am not a doctor of medicine, only plants and they work in a slightly different way!

They have carried out a few tests and have decided she has an infection though they do not know the cause.  She will have more tests when they all return from holiday on Tuesday. There is only a skeleton staff at the hospital at present.

Hope to know more on Tuesday – she is very upset about missing Linda’s funeral and does not want to miss the opening of our Salon.


The WPF Welcomes Afan Nedd

The brainwave of Haydn Thomas EFIAP DPAGB and Cliff Emery AFIAP the current WPF President, Afan Nedd is a brand new Camera Club.

They are based in Port Talbot at the Tyn Y Twr Tavern, St Illtyd’s Cl, Baglan, Port Talbot SA12 8AU and meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. For their Facebook page click here.

They are now looking for other camera clubs to invite them to participate in 2017/18 battles so if your club would like to invite them to take part in your battle or other event, please contact Gareth Martin AWPF CPAGB competition secretary cortez34@virginmedia.com

Further details can be found on the Clubs A-C page.

Ed Cloutman is the new WPF FIAP Liaison Officer for 2017

Ed Cloutman EFIAP has now officially taken over as FIAP Liaison Officer for The Welsh Photographic Federation so any enquiries for FIAP Distinctions or for any information regarding FIAP please contact him at fiap@thewpf.co.uk

The closing date for submitting FIAP Distinction Applications will be 10th October 2017. The current 2017 application forms and CD-ROMS will need to be with him by this date.  Please refer to the FIAP pages (RH index) on this website for full details.