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PSA Member Successes

The turn of the year brought good news to two PSA members in South Wales who gained recognition for their acceptances in PSA recognised Salons.

Mike Bray who became a member less than two years ago has achieved the  PPSA award. This requires a total of at least 228 acceptances. Well done Mike.

Gary Shinner  has  extended his previous level of recognition with the award of MPSA2.  The requirement for this award is 2250 acceptances and Gary is the first in Wales to gain this. Great work Gary.

There are many other photographers in WPF clubs who are participating in International Salons with PSA recognition.  How about making a New Year’s resolution to join PSA and seek further recognition for your work?  During 2021 PSA are offering 5 year membership to new or renewing members.  For further information please contact me and I will be plased to offer assistance.

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA

PSA Membership Director, Wales

iledgard004@gmail.com

AWPF Roll of Honour 2020

On 5th December 2020 we were able to hold the 2020 AWPF distinctions day event under closely controlled conditions. Those candidates that achieved the high standard the award demands, are listed below.

1.      Ian Blake Beyond Group Abstract Architecture of the internal roof of the Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport
2.      Bethan Daniel Kidwelly C.C Butterflies and other insects
3.      Peter Benson  Beyond Group Urban Nightscapes
4.      Ralph Pinch Deeside P.S. Agony & Ecstasy
5.      Paul Smith Beyond Group Wildlife-Birds of Europe
6.      Tom Dodd Blaenau Ffestiniog Mountains of Snowdon in Winter
7.      Lin Wyles Hay Camera Club British Wildlife
8.      Robert Prenton Jones Conwy C.C. The Love of Chocolate
9.      Stephen Lewis Hoylake P.S. Fleeting, Treasures, Rare Moments with Snowdonia Landscape
10.  Peter Wyles Hay Camera Club Costa Rican Wildlife
11.  Marcia Mellor Beyond Group Pets
12.  Chris Netton Beyond Group Delicate Strength
13.  Barbie Lindsay Beyond Group My Indian Takeaway
14.  Rusty Lindsay Beyond Group Urban Connections
15.  Mark Frisby Bleadon P.S.  I Believe in Mermaids

The Judges were.
1. Gary Shinner, (Chairman) LRPS, EFIAP/b, EPSA, AWPF, BPSA.
2. Jenny Hibbert, MPAGB. AWPF. EFIAP/s
3. Brian Coleman, AWPF. AFIAP, Hon FWPF
4. Peter Young. LRPS, CPAGB, APAGB, AFIAP
5. Ed Cloutman. EFIAP.

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 expertise of our Judges for their detailed critique, and fairness in their assessment, maintaining the high standard of photography needed to gain the prestigious award of AWPF. Our grateful thanks to our President Peter Young for opening the proceedings, Guy Butler-Madden for suppling the display stands, and packing the prints away after assessment. Chris Powell for supplying his superb panel, as an example panel of excellence in at the start. Martin Nagle for transporting the equipment to and from the stores in Bridgend, Ron Lines, Paul James for helping to load the prints on the stand, Paul also wrote the Risk Assessment and provided all the safety equipment, and much more, and our Zoom Team, Del Jones & Susan Surridge. Thank you all.

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.

David Lewis
AWPF Distinctions Secretary

Early 2021 WPF Competitions

With the current and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and with no clear idea of how quickly the world may change next year we have to address our competitions over the next 3 or 4 months. Below you will find our thoughts regarding these. We would like to have your consideration regarding whether you will take part in the replacement events that we are proposing below.

  1. Memorial Trophies Day – This in our calendar is scheduled to take place on the 17th January 2021 with your entries needing to be with us on the 10th January 2021. Because this is an attended event and involves 3 competitions, 4 PDIs, 4 Colour Prints and 4 Mono Prints being judged live by an invited Judge, it cannot run under the current regulations. Rather than cancel we are suggesting that we run a Virtual Competition for a new trophy comprising 4 Colour PDIs and 4 Mono PDIs – We obviously need an early response. So please could you contact me as below to advise if you are prepared to take part in such a Competition.
  1. Ace of Clubs Day – This in our Calendar is scheduled to take place on the 21st February 2021 with your entries needing to be with us on the 17th January 2021. This also is an attended event being judged by 3 Judges, with each Club putting 8 PDIs into Round 1; then having witnessed the Judges response selecting a further 8 new PDIs for Round 2 and then moving on to either the Plate or Final Round where the Club will need to select up to 20 PDIs. This usually comprises large audiences moving around dealing with their members and chatting about the outcomes so well outside any COVID_19 rules. Rather than cancel this event we are suggesting that we could run a Virtual Competition based on 30 PDIs with the normal restrictions regarding numbers of members and nature prints – with no on the day selections or changes – a simple battle. So please could you contact me as below to advise if you are prepared to take part in such a Competition.
  1. Welsh Salon of Photography – This in our calendar has a closing date of 7th March 2021, when our AGM is scheduled to happen. We believe that this event can still happen as the judging is done typically with only a small handful of helpers and 3 judges – so as with 2020 we are happy this can go ahead with proper precautions. Expect to see details from the Salon Chairman Cliff Emery soon.
  1. Ace of Prints – This in our calendar is scheduled to take place on the 18th July 2021 with the closing date being 27th June 2021. We will not make any decision on this event until April 2021 when we can see how the situation has changed regarding the epidemic.
  1. Summary
  1. We are cancelling the Memorial Trophies Day and offering a Virtual 4 Colour PDI and 4 Mono PDI Competition – we need your feedback as to whether you will take part.
  2. We are cancelling the Ace of Clubs Competition and offering a virtual 30 PDI Competition – we need you feedback as to whether you will take part.
  3. We are currently planning on still running the Welsh Salon of Photography – look forward to a message from the Chairman Cliff Emery soon.
  4. We are holding any decision regarding the Ace of Prints Competition until April 2021 – and hope that the world will be more normal then.

Thank you for reading these notes and please advise me soonest as to your likely participation in the replacement events.

Roy Thomas – CELO   Roy17@btinternet.com    01639 644757 / 07880 710908

Peter Ekin Wood

Newport Photographic Club sadly report the passing of Past President and Honorary Member Peter Ekin Wood.

For many years he worked as a professional Photo-journalist before taking up an Editorial appointment with the Newport Argus newspaper. One of his last talks was to Cymru Mono in 2019 when he brought some of the brutally heavy tools of the trade from his camera collection together with a selection of B&W images from his time interviewing and photographing the celebrities of the entertainment sector.

His extensive library of portraits included “Professor” Jimmy Edwards, Phil Silvers (Sergeant Bilko), Petula Clark, Peter Sellars, Norman Wisdom, Tommy Trinder, Frankie Howerd, Rod Hull & Emu, Tommy Cooper, Ronnie Corbett and Richard Attenborough, to name but a few.

Peter was an active member of NPC and a supporter of the WPF; competing and giving talks until his retirement to the Gower. We shall miss his wry view and insights into the world of commercial (news) photography – our thoughts go out to his family.

PSA Exhibition Judging

Gary Shinner, MPSA, BPSA , Brian Coleman, and myself were invited to be part of a three person Welsh jury in the four circuit TajMahal exhibition organised in India, reprising our efforts in 2019. So may we have seen your entries?

There were five sections, Colour, Monochrome, Nature, Photo Travel and Photo Journalism. In total some 3000 entries which we judged on line before selecting the awards during a Zoom meeting. 

The online process allowed us more time to assess the images than is usual when there is a gathered jury where you have a few brief seconds to award your mark. It also allowed you to review and amend your marks after each section.  After our Zoom session that we felt we arrived at a very balanced set of awards with a varied range of subject matter

We did however comment on the fact that some entrants had clearly not read the rules carefully. We found a few images in the monochrome section that were wholly or partially coloured. Some had clearly not taken on board the rules about staged images in PT and PJ.  Some excellent images in PT were clearly staged but had they been in the colour or mono sections would have been contenders for awards.

So Exhibition entrants do take note and try not to fall into these pitfalls. Always read the rules so that your images have the best chance of success.

Good luck with your entries.

Ian Ledgard GMPSA / PSA Membership Director, Wales

Diary Date – Photography Show

Following on from September’s Virtual Festival, there will be another ‘Photography Show’ online event on 6 & 7 March 2021 with a refreshed format.

Visitors can expect an extensive programme of exclusive tutorials and masterclasses; plus product demos and interactive advice clinics hosted by kit specialists and big brands. The show will also feature exclusive deals, and offer the chance to purchase kit and accessories from a range of outlets.

Register your interest here.

Important FIAP Distinctions News

Due to the many problems with the postal services around the world, caused by the Covid-19, FIAP have made the following decisions that ONLY apply to Distinctions applications lodged in 2021:

  1. For AFIAP and EFIAP Distinctions, there will be no requirement for acceptances in “print” salons. This temporary measure relates to rules 2.2.d and 3.2.d of the FIAP Distinctions Document 011/2016.
  2. For MFIAP applications in 2021, the portfolio, which is normally sent as prints, must be sent ONLY as digital files. The portfolio of photos must be sent to FIAP as high resolution, high quality digital files, by WeTransfer, together with the application form.

DO NOT send prints to FIAP for applications in 2021.

DO NOT send photos on a CD-ROM to FIAP.

  1. For All Distinctions applications in 2021, the original signed pages A and B of the Distinctions application form can be scanned and sent electronically via WeTransfer. This gives FIAP the possibility of speeding up the application process. The original pages A and B still need to be posted such that FIAP receive them prior to the following year’s applications arriving. The same requirement applies to any forms scanned and sent electronically during 2020.

Ed Cloutman FIAP Liaison Officer

Annual Club Subscriptions to the WPF

Dear Club Secretaries,

At a recent meeting of the WPF Executive it was decided to reduce the Annual Club Subscription to the WPF to £5.00 per club for the forthcoming year.  There will be no capitation fee.

Despite some significant achievements like the Lockdown Competition, the Annual Convention, etc, the WPF Executive noted the fact that it has been unable to organise certain events that require physical attendance.  The Executive also appreciate that many Clubs have their own financial difficulties.

Please note that each Club is still responsible for their own Public Liability Insurance.

Please convey this information to your Club Treasurer.

I hope you are all safe and well and continuing to have some activity in your Club.

Martin Nagle, General Secretary, Welsh Photographic Federation.

42nd Welsh International Salon of Photography 2020

The exhibition has been posted on this website.  Congratulations to all successful entrants, especially those from the WPF area.

The catalogue can be found here.

The photographs can be seen as follows:

  • Open Colour Acceptances and Awards here
  • Open Monochrome Acceptances and Awards here
  • Nature Acceptances and Awards here
  • PhotoJournalism Acceptances and Awards here
  • PhotoTravel Acceptances and Awards here
  • Scapes Acceptances and Awards here
  • All Awards here

The printed catalogues and awards will be posted by 14 November 2020

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – Welsh International Chairman

Zoom licence available to WPF clubs

I’m pleased to announce that the WPF has purchased a Zoom Pro licence which it is making available to clubs from 6-Jul-20.  It enables a meeting of up to 100 people for 24 hours which one of the WPF Executive will host (but almost certainly not for 24 hours).  This will enable clubs, who have not yet put their toe in the waters of online meetings, to have a go and it will permit meetings of more people, without time constraints, compared with the free version of Zoom.  There will be no charge for this service.

If you wish to take advantage of this, please send an email to wpfconf@gmail.com with “WPF ZOOM SESSION – CLUB & DATE” in the subject line/box.  The email must specify the Date, Time and Duration of the requested meeting, together with Liaison contact’s name, email and phone number.  We will reply by email and, if the license can be made available for that occasion, will confirm details and discuss any training or testing that may be necessary or useful.

The WPF Exec will be learning about this new initiative as we go and will announce any modifications as we find them necessary.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – WPF President

3-Jul-20

2020 Welsh Salon of Photography

Congratulations to everyone who had an acceptance in the 2020 Welsh Salon of Photography (not to be confused with the Welsh International Salon, see below).

Also huge thanks to Cliff Emery and his team who had quite a challenge on their hands this year, especially with judging the prints. After being delayed since early lockdown, they finally managed to get it done. Well done to everyone involved in the organisation and selection. Well done also for getting the results out so quickly.

The awards and full acceptance lists can be seen below.

All Awards                         Mono Prints

Colour Prints                      PDI

All the accepted photographs can be seen here:

Colour Prints                    Mono Prints                    PDIs

Bernard Brown FRPS AWPF

Bernard Brown FRPS AWPF passed away peacefully on 16 November. Many will remember him as an avid photographer. He could be a bit abrasive at times (he told me to write that) but a good friend to those who took the time to really get to know him. His main interest was stereo photography and he gained his FRPS with it. However he was never afraid to embrace new ideas being an early adopter of digital photography. In his later years took up infrared photography both ‘straight’ and in stereo.

I will miss his straight, no nonsense critiques of my work.

His funeral will be family only.

Guy Butler-Madden.

Cwm Rhondda Battle Results

Last weekend’s Cwm Rhondda Battle was contested by 25 clubs from all over the UK and Ireland.

You can view the judging on YouTube and it will be available for the next month. The scoresheet is here.

Results below.

First was Catchlight CC (Belfast) with 78 points.
Second was Gwynfa CC with 73 points.
Third was Rhondda CC with 71 points.

The trophy for Best Monochrome was awarded to “About the Boy” by Laurie Campbell of Catchlight.
The trophy for Best Colour was awarded to “Social Isolation” by Gwynfryn Jones of Gwynfa.

WPF 2020 Virtual Conference Videos

In response to a number of requests that we provide an “iPlayer/Catchup” facility for members who were unable to attend, here are videos of the Presentations made by our Speakers on the Conference Weekend.

Bernard Geraghty

“In the Dark”

“Light and Motion”

“The 500 Rule”

Ross McKelvey

“An Eclectic Mix”

“Tips & Tricks in Photoshop”

“Imperfect Circles”

Sharon Prenton Jones

“The Pursuit of Portraiture”

“The Making of Legends”

Barry Barker

“Where the Inspiration takes Me”

“Fine Art Inspirations”

“Something Utterly Surreal”

“Ghoti**One (animation)”

David Delme Jones – WPF Convention Officer – 12-Oct-20

John Harvey

We’ve received this sad news from Roy Carr of Barry Camera Club.

It is with great regret that I announce the death of John Harvey, who passed away on Wednesday 30th September, aged 92.

John had been ill for some time, though he remained active and always underplayed his condition being the private man that he was.

He was the oldest member of Barry Camera Club and had contributed much to the Club, including a spell as Chairman for 10 consecutive years. John was always an active participant in competitions, and took particular delight in producing prints, often making work which defied photographic norms as he expressed his particular creativity. He was quick to make the transition from film (his first love) to digital and embraced the new technology and what it could offer.

An important part of John’s character was his generosity. He was always one to encourage others and offer advice where it was requested, particularly to newcomers who were making their way. John had immense experience and creativity from which he could draw and was happy to put this to work for Club Members.

Of course, John was also well known beyond the Club both as a Presenter and a Judge. His gentle, thoughtful voice and manner made him a great communicator, backed by a wealth of photographic knowledge and images. He was a member of the Royal Photographic Society and gaining their Associate of The Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) distinction

His loss will be felt deeply by Barry Camera Club and many more besides. May he rest in peace.

Trevor Clayton

We’ve received this sad news from Gwynfa Camera Club.

We’ve been informed that our former member, Trevor Clayton, passed away on Wednesday 23rd September. Trevor had been a member of Gwynfa for over 30 years. 

He had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia about a year ago and was very much himself right up until the end. He died very peacefully, and at home.

Our thoughts are with his daughter Helena and her family.