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Salon Results Posted

Hi All

At last 2018 Welsh Salon results are out and all entrants should have received an email of their results. Apologies that due to a short spell in hospital they were delayed

Congratulations to all who had acceptances and awards. This year the standard was very high with many PDIs and prints scoring 12 or over. In most internationals 12 is enough for an acceptance, and sometimes 11 is the bench mark. In our salon all the PDIs that scored 12 and over were accepted. However, with the prints we had to have an in–out with those scoring 12 or we would have ended up with more than the number it is possible to exhibit (a maximum of 150 prints).

On the day I commented that it was a shame that some of those 12s that didn’t get selected were unlucky as some of them were really good. I was immediately corrected by the judging panel who said ALL those scoring 12 (whether accepted or not) were really good.

The salon exhibition will be held this year in the Volcano Theatre, High Street, Swansea in June. We’ll announce full details and the official opening date later.

It was a great weekend and I would like to thank all who helped out to make it so.

Again sorry for the unavoidable delay.

Cliff Emery (Salon Chairman)

Grand Master Ian

The Photographic Society of America has a series of honours for photographic achievement and Ian Ledgard of Towy Valley has just been awarded the honour GMPSA (Grand Master). The qualification is for achieving 3000 acceptances in PSA recognised exhibitions. We believe Ian is the first person in Wales to receive this honour.

Well done Ian, that’s an incredible effort.

Results of Bridgend CC 5 to 8 Competition 2018

This years 5 to 8 Competition for digital PhotoHarmony AV sequences was held on the 19th March and despite the snowy conditions the Judge Howard Bagshaw ARPS MPAGB, safely made it to Bridgend. This years competition attracted it’s largest ever entry with sequences from a number of countries.

After a short introduction the evening continued with the showing of sequences. A brief critique of the sequence then follows. At the end of an entertaining evening Howard had the unenviable task of picking the top sequences, his choice was:

Winner
Ian Bateman – Going Underground – Exmouth PG

Runner Up
Martin Addison – Finding Narnia – Worcestershire CC
Norman Horsham – Autumn – Mid Thames AV

Highly Commended
Martin Addison – Glassworks – Worcestershire CC
Martin Fry – Winter White – Cheltenham CC

Commended
Nellian Bekker – Impressions – South Africa
Bert Schmitz – Abandoned – Housatonic CC USA

Congratulations to all, in particular to Ian Bateman on his second successive win and to Martin Addison for his double success in this year competition.

Bridgend CC would like to thank Howard Bagshaw for all his hard work in judging the entries and for providing helpful and constructive criticism of every sequence. A big thank you must go to all who braved the wintery weather to support the evening.

Message to All Judges and Presenters

It has been brought to my attention that many of your contact details are out-of-date.  Please will you check on the WPF website and email me on judgepresent@thewpf.co.uk with any corrections.

Judges Contact List

Presenters Contact List

Thank you

Ed Cloutman

WPF Judges and Presenters Secretary

Results from 2018 Ace of Clubs

Inn Focus CC Total: 250 1st
Tenby & Dist Total: 241 2nd
Western Valley Total: 224 3rd
Afan Nedd CC Total: 219 4th
The Vale CC Total: 217 5th
Bridgend CC Total: 214 6th =
Neath & Dist Total: 214 6th =
Swansea CC Total: 213 8th

Congratulations to those clubs going to Warwick to represent the WPF. (Inn Focus, Tenby and Western Valley).

Results 2018 Ace of Prints

Inn Focus – 210 – 1st
Tenby – 191 – 2nd
Western Valley – 182 – 3rd
Afan Nedd – 181 – 4th
Bridgend – 168 – 5th
The Vale – 165 – 6th
Neath – 162 – 7th
Swansea – 159 – 8th

Congratulations to all who entered.

Rhondda Venue Change

The Rhondda Camera Club have moved to a new Clubhouse with immediate effect. Our address is The Dai Davies Community Centre, Palmers Row, Porth CF39 9ER.

It is situated about halfway up the hill from Porth to Trebanog and is immediately behind the disused Thai Elephant (formerly Rickards Arms pub). It is a warm and comfortable meeting place with considerable parking space nearby.

We look forward to welcoming all members and new friends to our Tuesday evening meetings there. Please see our website www.rhonddacameraclub.org.uk

Request from the WPF Judges Secretary

For anyone thinking about becoming a WPF judge and would like to know more about judging, could you please contact me (judgepresent@thewpf.co.uk),  so that I can arrange an informal meeting.  This usually takes the form of a ‘mock’ judging session where you are given a set of prints to critique, and Jan and I go through them with you and guide you through the main points.  It is very informal, consisting of four or five applicants, and takes place at Rose Cottage.

Ed Cloutman (WPF Judges and Presenters Secretary)

Amended Result from the WFP Memorial Trophy

The 2018 WPF Memorial Trophy for Colour Prints.

1st – Inn Focus Group
2nd – Gwynfa

Scores here.

Judges: Rod Wheelans MPAGB MFIAP FIPF HonPAGB HonSPF and Anne Greiner MPAGB.

Revised result – Tenby and District Camera Club have informed the Executive that one of the images they entered in the Memorial Trophy had been accepted in last year’s Welsh Salon and was therefore not eligible for the Memorial Trophy. Tenby won the competition and notified us of this error a few days later stating they wished to withdraw the image from the Competition. Consequently, Inn Focus, originally second, are now the winners of the WPF Memorial Trophy 2018 and all other clubs move up one place.

The WPF Executive thank Tenby and District Camera Club for bringing this genuine error to our attention. The Executive will revise the rules for future competitions to try to ensure that this mistake doesn’t occur again.

Results from the Gwyn Morgan Trophy

The Gwyn Morgan Trophy for Open PDI’s

1st – Tenby and District Camera Club
2nd – Inn Focus Group
3rd – Cwmbran

Scores here.

Judges: Gordon Jenkins APAGB. President of the PAGB and Richard Speirs DPAGB, APAGB.

Results – Walter Morgan Trophy

Results – Walter Morgan Trophy for Monochrome Prints.

1st – Bridgend and District Camera Club
2nd – Inn Focus Group
3rd – Rhondda Camera Club

The Competition was judged by Rod Wheelans MPAGB, MFIAP, FIPE, Hon PAGB, HonSPF.

Each Club’s entry of 4 images was put up in turn and judged against 2 other sets that were already displayed. One of the three sets was eliminated and then appraised by the judge.

Amman Valley Rises

We’ve received notification from Jackie Domingo that she is hoping to restart the Amman Valley Camera Club at the Community Centre in Cwmgors on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

She has placed notices on various sites and is hoping for new people to come along.

Spread the word, folks!

2017 Celtic Challenge Results

It was a creditable 4th place for the WPF in the 2017 Celtic Challenge.

Click here for the full scores and placings as well as the individual scores and award winners.

Judges for the Competition were Gwen and Phil Charnock FRPS, MFIAP from Wigan (L&CPU) and the Celtic Challenge Saturday Lecturer was Colin Trow-Poole MPAGB, FRPS, FIPF from Arden (MCPF).

Stanley Chell 2017 – Results

Firstly on behalf of Aberdare Camera Club can we thank you for your clubs participation at today Stanley Chell, for what I believe was an exceptional competition of the highest standard.

Getting members to present images as prints is becoming an increasing challenge, but we at Aberdare CC believe it to be the best format, the most creative, the most skilled, and when done well a pleasure for all to enjoy.

In the past years we’ve tried to challenge the norm in terms of judges, and so we  wish to thank Walter Benzie for accepting our invitation to judge, and bringing a fresh view and presentation style. His first score of 9.5 brought audible gasps from all attending, until we all recognised that he was scoring to ten. His comments, anecdotes and critiques  were well thought through, and communicated in a means that we all learnt a bit more. To get a former President of The Royal Photographic Association to our part of Wales was a true honour, and in conversation he was heartened by his warm welcome and is now keen to explore more of Wales. Thank you Walter.

We also wish to thank the following sponsors of today’s event and donating so generously.

  • Nomad Cases
  • PaperSpectrum
  • EOS Magazine

We also wish to thank the club members for their efforts in delivering a well presented competition, with yet again the best catering on the circuit. Aberdare always tries to give a true valleys welcome to our friends and guests, especially our secret recipe of “Bara Brith” (it all depends on the brew of the tea 😉 )

So now for the bit that you’ve all been waiting for, the results and scores.

  • Stanley Chell 2017  -Best Club – Inn Focus
  • The Hans Hoyer Trophy – Best Monochrome – Six Pack One Pack – Coltraine Koh – Inn Focus
  • The Glyn John Trophy – Best Colour – The Apple Woman – Gwynfryn Jone – Gwynfra
  • The Glan and Mair Trophy – Best Landscape – Horses at Kenfig – Jayne Libby – Cymro Momo
  • The Doris Chell Trophy – Best Image – The Historian – David Norton – Rhondda

A few Images attached of the winners can be seen below and the scoresheet can be seen here

Thank you all for entering, and  see you all at Stanley Chell 2018.

 

2017 AWPF Assessment Results

The assessment of this year’s AWPF candidates took place at Talbot Green Community Centre on Sunday 5th November 2017. There were 19 entries, 16 print and 3 digital, resulting in 11 successful candidates gaining their AWPF.

Congratulations to the following successful candidates:

  1. Gillian Mackay AWPF – Tenby C.C. – MAN UP MUDDY WEEKEND
  2. Roy Peters AWPF – Tenby C.C. – ABANDONED
  3. Suzanne Donovan AWPF – Caerphilly C.C. – MEGALOPOLIS 2.0
  4. Christine Tidman AWPF – Gwynfa C.C. – RAGGED VICTORIANS
  5. Carole Evans AWPF – Morriston C.C. – TOWER
  6. Michael Hodgson AWPF – LOVE OF FLOWERS
  7. Sarah Canton AWPF – Wrexham & District P. S. – AT THE WATERS EDGE
  8. Kenneth Prandy AWPF – Abergavenny C.C. – THE RIO TINTO MINING AREA
  9. Chris Powell AWPF – Western Valley C.C. – REFUSE TO CONFORM
  10. Colin Harrison AWPF – Midland Counties P.F. – GOLD KING MINE SCRAPYARD ARIZONA
  11. Jean M Chadwick AWPF – Llandudno P.S. – ASPECTS OF INDIAN LIFE

The Judges were.

  1. Allen Lloyd, (Chairman) ARPS. AWPF
  2. Jenny Hibbert MPAGB, AWPF. EFIAP
  3. Brian Coleman AWPF. AFIAP
  4. Leigh Woolford 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, in particular. The Judges for their detailed critique, our President Cliff Emery for opening the proceedings and presenting the certificates to the successful candidates, John Cooke our past distinctions Officer for his guidance, Jan Cawley for arranging the buffet, Dave Rees, Howard Evans, Ron Lines, Guy Butler-Madden, and Allan Squires.

The standard was very high this year and those less successful 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. We hold a workshop in the spring to advise potential applicants on how to construct a successful panel.

Next year’s Applications for the AWPF, will open at the WPF’s  AGM on the 4th March 2018.

The workshop will be in May 2018 and the assessment day will be next November.

Thank you all

David Lewis AWPF (Distinctions Secretary).

Pixels 2017 Results – Mold once more…

Thanks to Gwynfa Camera Club for this report…. Links are to their website…

Pixels 2017, the 13th running of the competition, took place at Talbot Green Community Centre on Saturday 4th November 2017 and was a tense, exciting and high scoring affair.

It was a particularly good day for Mold Camera Club from the NWPA who, with 76 points from a possible 80, were the winners just a single point ahead of four clubs namely Western Valley, Towy Valley, Barry & Gwynfa. Mold became only the fourth club to win for a second time.

The Mold photos were: Baby Gets a Kick From Dad by Andy Polakowski (19), Dancing Through the Dirt by Matt Morrow (20), The Busker by Rich Hainsworth (19) and Unlucky For Some by Linda Bell (18). Click on the links to see the photographs.

The judge was Brian Swinyard MA(Photo), ARPS, EFIAP/b, DPAGB, BPE3*, PPSA who did a terrific job of expertly judging 156 images. He was concise, humorous and informative. Brian also selected Frozen in Time by John Hufferdine of Towy Valley as Best Monochrome Photograph and Tempest by Eric Williams of Western Valley as Best Colour Photograph.

Gwynfa Camera Club would like to thank everyone who attended the competition and all 39 clubs that entered. Without you, this event would not be possible.

Click here to see the final Pixels 2017 score sheet.

We also wish to thank everyone from team Gwynfa who helped out on the day. Special thanks to Leigh Woolford, Rob Beynon, Heidi Stewart, Lynda Beynon, Allan Squires, Steve Littlewood, Alec Stewart, Gary Welsby, Meryl Natt and Rob Owen..

Huge thanks also to all those who donated raffle prizes especially Fotospeed, Permajet and Carmarthen Cameras.

Also special thanks to Crystal Vision Locks and Trophies for providing the Pixels Trophies.

A slideshow of all the photographs entered can be seen below. (NB. Alec Stewart of Gwynfa accepted the Pixels Trophy on behalf of Mold).