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PAGB Guidance – Recording of Online Lectures.

This is an edited version of a document which can be downloaded from the PAGB Website library here. It is an advisory document and does not set out a policy for anyone to follow. It is intended only as guidelines for Clubs to construct their own policy.

Events in 2020 have led to the widespread introduction of on-line meetings. Meetings may be of photographic events, online lectures or judging or may be administrative. This guidance also applies where physical meetings may be recorded by video.

Before recording a meeting the organiser must consider both Copyright and Data protection and Speaker’s Copyright.

Today, in the fast expanding “Zoom-Age”, it has become very easy to record a lecture given remotely but Clubs should be aware that both a judging and a lecture are copyright performances by the speaker.

The copyright issue is not new and this piece was published in PAGB e-news, Issue 42, March 2011.

As the copyright owner, the speaker not only has the right to refuse recording of the event but also has complete control over all terms and conditions of a licence under which the Club might be permitted to use any recording. Apart from anything else, the speaker could charge a fee for a licence.

A meeting must not be recorded by a Club except with the express prior permission of the speaker, including an agreement on the use of any recording.

Photographer’s Copyright – In a competition or exhibition where the images are viewed by the judge in advance, then the judge must delete any stored images after the event. In a competition or exhibition where the images are viewed by the judge in advance, then the judge must delete any stored images after the event.

Data Protection – Clubs must already have a data protection policy (or privacy notice) which covers the personal data which they collect and the reasons for doing so. Clubs must also ensure that they comply with the practices set out in their policy.

The PAGB has published separate guidance about writing a data protection policy.

Recording a meeting either by video or by using the record feature in an on-line meeting system is likely to collect personal data not envisaged in a pre-existing data protection policy. For example, images of the participants, audio of their contributions and, for an on-line meeting, their computer account identity.

It would be possible to adapt a pre-existing data protection policy to cover the extra data collected by a recording. However, it would be open to anyone to decline to take part in a recorded meeting under those conditions. Clubs should consider whether making recordings will limit participation by all members.

Not recording an on-line meeting should mean that no personal data is retained, and that there will be no obvious data protection issues.

It is getting fashionable in some areas for clubs to photograph a lecturer’s prints so as to project them for the benefit of the audience. There are also clubs who ask to video lectures and demonstrations. It has been suggested to your editor that some clubs may have distributed and even sold CDs of such recordings to members of other clubs. I have only second party anecdotal reports and no hard evidence of such a practice, but I would be very annoyed if it happened to me and I am going to be rather more vigilant in the future. I highly recommend that every lecturer and judge should seek assurance from the club that any digital copies of their images will be deleted as soon as the event ends.

Baglan Bay Online Exhibition

Baglan Bay PS have launched an online exhibition. You can see it here.

Smethwick Salon Open for Entries

The 46th Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography is now open for entry. The entry deadline is November 5th.

This year due to the covid-19 pandemic the exhibition will be PROJECTED IMAGE ONLY. Our Prints sections will of course return in the future once it is safe and logistically possible to do so.

6 Sections: Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Nature, Creative, Scapes and Travel.

Around 200 Medals and Ribbons to be won.

Full details here.

Success for Dennis

Congratulations to Dennis Russ who recently won both a Gold Medal and The Raymond Walter Trophy for best in show in the RPS Digital Image Group Competition 2020. His images are shown below. A wonderful achievement.


PSA Success for Neville Thomas

Congratulations are in order for PSA member Neville Thomas whose participation in the recent Taiwan Photo Circuit gained him 9 acceptances.

Pixels 2020 Cancelled

We’ve heard from Gwynfa CC that they’ve decided to cancel their Pixels 2020 event. They remain committed to this being a live event with great hospitality and can see no way of fulfilling that in 2020.


I am pleased to confirm that the WPF executive committee voted today to go ahead with the award of AWPF, subject to government restrictions. The assessment day is still planned for 1st November, but we are unable to arrange a workshop prior to this date, because of the present virus conditions. We may have to change the venue and restrict the audience, or possibly no audience at all, depending on the government rules at the time.

Our application system is still open and filling up nicely, at the moment we have only 10 places available as of Sunday 14th June, what tomorrow’s post will bring I do not know, but the application is on a “first come first served” basis, as normal.

Our Judges will be sat at safe distances, and the event should proceed as normal. So prints are still acceptable so are DPIs, as before.

The timescale is still the same, application closes on 21st September or when we reach our limit of 25 applications. All panels must be received by 12th October. Please download the application form and send it to me ASAP.

Any questions please email or ring me. Details on the website.

David Lewis

Stanley Chell 2020 Cancelled

We’ve received this information from Huw Edwards at Aberdare CC.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic Aberdare Camera Club has reluctantly decided to cancel the Stanley Chell 2020.

As a club we believe that the “SC” is, and always will be a “print” competition, best conducted with a live audience in attendence.

Unable to guarantee a safe enviroment with our usual high levels of hospitality, we have been forced to cancel.

We will endeavour to hold Stanley Chell in 2021.

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Les Loosemore – Zoom Presentations Updated

We’ve received this from Les Loosemore:-

Like many Judges and Presenters, I have tried to accommodate club requests for Zoom evenings to try and maintain some continuity of events during the shutdown. Accordingly, I have now prepared (as well as actively creating more), a number of Zoom Presentations. A list of his presentations can be seen here.


WPF 2020 Virtual Conference

Our thanks to Everybody who made the WPF 2020 Conference such an outstanding success.

The general theme was creativity and Speakers Bernard Geraghty, Ross McKelvey, Sharon Prenton Jones and Barry Barker brought insight, energy and enthusiasm with their unique brands of photography. They generously identified the people and places in their images. But more than that, they identified their equipment in detail – clothes, cameras, lenses, filters and software packages. In addition they demonstrated and explained their processes and settings and even reconstructed images. Every question was answered fully and freely.

WPF Members Gareth Martin, Ron Lines, Jenny Hibbert and Dennis Russ were given the almost impossible task of finding words to convey the contribution and impact made by the individual speakers in their presentations. President Peter Young had started the proceedings with a formal opening and explained the ambitions of the Conference while Vice President Jenny Hibbert summarised progress at the end of the first day. The President also closed the Conference and thanked all concerned including Jan Cawley a dedicated supporter of the Conference but now sadly departed.

We were pleased that the 100 attendees included PAGB representatives and Speakers from previous Conferences, Gordon Jenkins and Richard Speirs, together with visitors from all over the British Isles.  Record Conference goers Eirwyn and Margaret Johnson joined us in “receive-mode,” but most people engaged in the conversations and repartee in the Break-out rooms with our speakers and attendees from clubs both inside and outside the WPF umbrella.

The Conference working party consisted of Dave Condon, Ed Cloutman, Jan Cawley, Sue and John Surridge. Initially we planned for a meeting at Carmarthen but Covid19 scuppered that. Instead we harnessed the power of the Zoom package to create a Virtual Conference. Spread over 4 sessions per day for 2 days and watched from the comfort of their own homes, many had planned to dip in and out. However such was the sheer quality of the presentations that most reported they remained locked to their screens!

We thank you for the exceptional number of positive reports on facebook and club pages and also in personal emails. It is hoped that we may produce a video record of Conference but there are a number of hurdles to clear, these include consideration of the Intellectual property of the Speakers together with any Copyright music they may have used. The privacy of attendees and the content of breakout room channels also need to be addressed together with the technical and distribution issues.

We will keep you informed….

Finally may I again thank everyone for their support and invite you to join us for the WPF 2021 Conference wherever and however it is held!

David D Jones – for the WPF and Conference Working Party.

WPF Lockdown Slideshow & Archive

We have just had an enjoyable morning selecting this exhibition. Our thanks go to Ed Cloutman EFIAP Hon.FWPF and Roy Thomas APAGB Hon.FWPF for being the selectors.

I was pleased to press the buttons during the selection process which was undertaken using our new Zoom licence. Our thanks also go to Martin Nagle whose idea this was. We are grateful to the 101 entrants including 3 from England and 1 from each of Finland, India and Vietnam. The other 95 were from Wales.

Entrants were able to submit 3 entries each and we received 280 photographs to consider. Each entrant’s submission was considered and received 10 for his/her best entry – that gave us 101 acceptances. If present, the second best received 8 and third scored 6. There were 94 entries that scored 8 and 58 of those were selected for the exhibition and their scores were increased to 9. That all gives an exhibition of 159 photographs.

The gallery of accepted photographs can be found here and the catalogue appears here.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – WPF President

Ken Watkins

We have received this sad news from Gwynfa Camera Club.

Our friend and member Ken Watkins has passed away suddenly at his home in Beddau. We understand that his passing was not Covid related.

Ken was a member of our club for many years and during his time at the club occupied numerous committee positions, including Chairman and Treasurer. He also played a big part in promoting the social side of the club by organising annual bus trips to London: Trips that will long be remembered.

Ken was a succesful club photographer who won his fair share of competitions, most recently the 2016 Colin Williams Trophy. He always stayed true to his vision of photography, never feeling the need to compromise his style to gain a few marks extra.

He will also be remembered for having the pleasing knack of being able to put visiting speakers at their ease with an amusing comment.

The news has come as a very big shock and he will be sorely missed by everyone at the club.

Our thoughts are with his family.

Neath Salon News

We’ve received this from Colin Kelly of Neath PS.

We have had discussions with the three Selectors for this years Salon, about possibly going to an online remote system, two of the three selectors were unhappy about a remote selection and would prefer our usual method of a selection weekend. We are now abandoning the remote selection idea and will wait until the current restrictions have eased enough to enable us to have the three selectors in the club at the same time. This, of course, will have to conform to social distancing rules and will be done with the minimum of people involved. Hopefully we will be able to do this in the next 2 months, end of August or beginning of September.

All entrants will be advised of the new dates and times, as and when they arise.

Thank you for your patience, stay safe.

Colin Kelly – NDPS UK Salon 2020

2020 Welsh International Open

I am pleased to announce that the 42nd Welsh International Salon of Photography is open for entries. The entry deadline is 23rd August.

This year, because of the COVID-19 situation, we have converted our 2 print sections to digital.  Prints will be back!

There are 6 digital sections for Mono, Colour, Nature, Photojournalism, PhotoTravel and Scapes.   155 Awards are available to be won.

The rules are here and entries can be made here.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – Welsh International Chairman

PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit – News

As previously announced, there will be no adjudications open to an audience in 2020 and both the April & November adjudications will now be combined into one closed adjudication “hosted” by the PAGB, possibly early in 2021. The host rota has been put back one year so that the MCPF will now host the first open adjudication. Unfortunately the chosen venue is not available in April 2021 and we have agreed that the adjudication will now be held on 15 and 16 May 2021.

Everyone who has already entered should by now have opted for either the “closed” adjudication or for one of the dates in 2021. If you have not yet done so, please do not delay!

The May 2021 Adjudication still has openings at all three levels but, since 15 MPAGB applicants have been carried forward to Sunday 16 May, the DPAGB and MPAGB sections, both of which are held on Sunday, are likely to fill up quite soon.

Online Advisory Service: The Feedback I have received has been overwhelmingly positive but around one third of you have not responded, not even to tell me that you have completed. If I don’t hear from either side, then it is difficult for me to allocate anyone else to that Adviser, so I would be grateful if you will tell me when you have completed the exercise. Honest, polite, constructive feedback is always useful on both sides and I am always grateful to receive it. These online advisory arrangements have been a great success with over 150 1:1 sessions arranged. In the ongoing Covid-19 circumstances, we have decided to carry on offering advice until we can start to meet up again – or until the volunteers get tired. If you’d like advice from one of our volunteers, please e-mail me with your name and distinctions already achieved, your Club and Federation, the level being looked at and if you have applied or have been accepted for an Adjudication already. Can you also mention if your application will be primarily Nature. It will be helpful too, to know if you are applying in Print or PDI although we have no way of looking at your prints and can only advise on content, rather than the quality of the Print. I’ll then send you further details about the process and the name and e-mail of a possible adviser. In the meantime, I would suggest that you should read APM Leaflets 1 and 8 from the PAGB Library which will give you an idea of what to expect. http://www.thepagb.org.uk/library/

If you have any specific questions, please e-mail me, rather than the APM Secretary or anyone else. I may not be able to respond individually but I will provide answers through these Bulletins.

APM sub-committee Chairman, Rod Wheelans rod@creative-camera.co.uk