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Adrian Webster

We’ve received this sad news from Vince Penticost at Western Valley CC.

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Adrian Webster a long serving member and stalwart of Western Valley Camera Club has passed away suddenly.

He will be very sorely missed by all in our club and by his many friends in photography and elsewhere.

GB Cup & GB Trophy Changes

To read about significant changes to the judging of the GB Cup and GB Trophy, please read the latest edition of PAGB E-News.

John Long DPAGB ARPS HonPAGB

Everyone in the WPF is very sad to hear of the passing of our good friend John Long DPAGB ARPS HonPAGB.

A long standing member of Bristol’s Kingswood PS, John was known for his friendly, unassuming manner and was well known and much respected throughout the Welsh photographic community.

You can read numerous tributes to John in this edition of PAGB e-News.

Our thoughts are with his family.

Online PAGB APM Results

The first PAGB APM online adjudication ran very smoothly, thanks mainly to a lot of hard work by Adrian Lines and Libby Smith. We were determined that we should view the entries at maximum quality and, although we used Zoom for communication, the images worked directly from our website so that we saw them exactly as they were uploaded by the entrant. Our thanks also to the Adjudicators who complied with our technical requirements for remote viewing and who worked hard throughout the day.

Judging on a large monitor at close range is obviously not the same as viewing on a 8’ screen some distance away. Some faults, such as over sharpening, were much more obvious on a monitor, whilst other issues were less obvious than they would be if projected. As a result, some images which had been used in previous submissions scored worse or better than might have been anticipated. This is an unfortunate disadvantage of the different method of viewing but, on this occasion, our Review Team looked at every image submitted, and I am happy to still be able to claim that no-one failed who should have passed. It is of course possible that some failed or passed with a lower total than they might have expected.

You can find more information and lots of images in this edition of PAGB E-news.

Rod Wheelans MPAGB. Chairman of the Awards for Photographic Merit

Covid 19 Memorial Trophy Results

Please find attached the various reports of the Covid 19 Memorial Trophy competition which were judged this afternoon by Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB EFIAP who did a great job!

Congratulations go to Bridgend & District CC for winning the mono event and Baglan Bay PS for winning the colour event – well done! Also, congratulations to those who won the individual awards (see below).

Colour Trophy

  1. Baglan Bay (78 points)
  2. Gwynfa (77 points)
  3. RPC (76 points)

Best colour image: “Look mean boys, he’s got a camera..” by Carl Jones, RPC

Mono Trophy

  1. Bridgend (77 points)
  2. Gwynfa (75 points)
  3. Cardiff, Gwent, RPC & Tenby & (all on 73 points)

Best mono image: “In Reflective Thought” by David Hopes of Bridgend & District CC

All scoresheets below:

Covid 19 Memorial Colour Trophy Results
Covid 19 Memorial Colour Trophy (Spreadsheet)
Covid 19 Memorial Colour Trophy Results Detail

Covid-19 Memorial Mono Trophy Results
Covid-19 Memorial Mono Trophy (Spreadsheet)
Covid-19 Memorial Mono Trophy Results Detail

2020 Christmas Competition

This competition was the concept of Ed Cloutman about 6 weeks ago.  It was held on 9 January 2021 by Zoom with over 90 people having booked to watch the proceedings.  117 club members had entered 1 photograph each, being the best they had made or, in some cases, their favourite.

The judges, Colin Harrison FRPS MPAGB FBPE EFIAP/d3, Paul Keene FRPS MPAGB EFIAP/d3 MFIAP and Roger Parry ARPS MPAGB HonPAGB EFIAP EsFIAP did a super job of scoring each photograph from 2 to 5.  They then selected 5 awards from the 18 that had scored the maximum of 15.  The results are shown on the scoresheet here.

Congratulations go to:

First Place  – Cuckoo Robin Confrontation by Charlie Kidd DPAGB EFIAP BPE1, Tenby Camera Club

Second  Place – The Orphanage by Dave Bolton, Tenby CC

Colin Harrison’s Award – Not a Good day for Umbrellas by Gwynfryn Jones EFIAP DPAGB, Gwynfa CC

Roger Parry’s Award – Love is .. by Gill Perkins, Hay Camera Club

Paul Keene’s Award – Coyote on Thin Ice by Linda Cowen, Neath & DPS

As well as the three judges, our thanks go to Ed Cloutman EFIAP HonFWPF for conceiving the idea, Del Jones, Sue Surridge and John Surridge who were the Zoom team and Roy Thomas APAGB HonFWPF who mirrored the scoring in case of connection problems.

After the competition ended, several people expressed, either verbally or by email, their appreciation of our efforts.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB

WPF President

9-Jan-21

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

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.

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.

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