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COVID-19 and Government Advice

The WPF urges all clubs and members to follow Welsh Government advice.

The PAGB has issued guidance here.

We hope you all keep safe and healthy.

Updated List of Online Judges & Lecturers

List last updated 29th January, 2021.

Huge thanks to Susan Surridge, WPF Judges & Presenters Secretary who has taken considerable time and trouble to compile a list of WPF judges and lecturers who are prepared to do online judging or presenting during the current pandemic.

You can find the updated list here.

Ace of Prints 2021 Rules and Entry Forms

To date we have 5 WPF Clubs that have indicated their intention to enter this Event – so we are going to proceed.

Because of the continuing variation in the COVID regulations we have set the date at August 8th 2021 which gives a possibility of the regime being relaxed as it is 7 weeks from today’s announcement.

In the unlikely event that it will be totally relaxed where the WPF would be allowed to invite any Club members to attend we will be negotiating with the Welsh Government to allow limited attendance with the normal protocols of distance and mask wearing – we believe that we could run with the following numbers as a minimum: –

A) 3 Judges
B) 1 Chairperson
C) 1 Scorer
D) 1 Camera Operator for broadcast via Zoom or YouTube
E) 4 Print handlers
F) 1 Representative from each entered Club

Giving a minimum total of 15 persons – once we have booked a sizeable venue – maybe the size of Talbot Green we can then negotiate with the Welsh Government explain the protocols we intend placing on the attendees and at that point we can agree a final count – we would obviously intend to cover 1 attendee from each additional Club that decides to join in the Event.

I feel it is about time that we got on with our lives – as safely as practical.

Below, for your delectation and use, are links to the rules and the entry form – I must have the entry form by 1st August to enable us to complete the planning!

Letter
Entry Form Word
Entry Form PDF
Rules

Stay Safe & Healthy!

Roy Thomas
Roy17@btinternet.com
01639644757/07880710908

PSA News

Congratulations to PSA member Neville Thomas who has just gained the EPSA award. This requires a minimum of 700 acceptance in PSA recognised salons. Well done Nev

I have had success in the Vidin spring Circuit in Bulgaria with 13 acceptances, a Salon Gold, Salon Bronze and two HM’s.

The rewards are there but you do need to enter in the first place.

Ian Ledgard (PSA Membership Director, Wales).

WPF Summer Freedom Competition

This is a simple competition for PDI entries only. Entries are invited from members of WPF clubs for what each entrant considers to be his/her best photograph to represent this hopefully final escape from Lockdown and ongoing freedom from the Pandemic.

I know that Freedom has not been confirmed yet but it can’t be long now! Fingers Crossed!

ENTRY IS FREE – IT ONLY NEEDS YOU TO EMAIL ME A PDI – and that’s free!

So No Excuses! Email me at roy17@btinternet.com over the next 10 days!

Competition Rules

The Closing Date is 24th June 2021 at midnight

Roy Thomas

2021 Midland Salon Open for Entries – Final Call

The 2021 Midland Salon is now open for entries. It has patronage from FIAP, PSA, GPU and PAGB.

The entry deadline is 26th June.

Full details here.

Barry Camera Club – The Barrian Cup 2022

As we are all too aware, recent events have meant that our activities have been curtailed somewhat.  For Barry Camera Club it has meant that our much loved event, The Barrian Cup, has had to be postponed for the last two years.  

We just wanted to give you notice that we will be planning to hold this event again in 2022 when hopefully all restrictions will have been lifted and we can enjoy meeting up with all our favourite clubs who make this such an excellent and memorable event.  

We will post further information out again at the beginning of 2022, so until then stay safe and enjoy this amazing weather.

Pat Hollis
Competition Secretary
Barry Camera Club

2021 Inter Federation Competition Results

Below are the Results for the Open and Nature 2021 Inter Federation Competition.

Open Results     Open Individual Scores
We came joint 9th with an average of 11.533 points out of a maximum of 15. I would like to thank all those photographers who provided images for the WPF to use – but in particular I should like to congratulate:
Gordon Cook of Swansea Camera Club whose image “A Sign of the Times” which earned a PAGB Ribbon and scored 14 points!

Nature Results     Nature Individual Scores
We came joint 10th with an average of 11.867 points out of a maximum of 15. I should like to thank all those photographers who provided images for the WPF to use – but in particular I should like to congratulate:
Emma Woodhouse of RPC whose image “Fighting Gulls” which earned a PAGB Ribbon and score 15 points and
Susan Carter of Monmouth CC whose image “Grizzly Bear with Salmon” which earned a PAGB Ribbon and scored 14 points and
Neville Thomas of Afan Nedd CC whose image “Vietnamese Mossy Frog” which earned a PAGB Ribbon and scored 14 points!

Apologies for our initial error in saying that Emma Woodhouse was from a different club. It has now been corrected.

Roy Thomas

Ann Davies

We’ve received this sad news from Phil Davies…

Dear Photographic Friends,

My wife Ann passed away on 7th May after suffering heart failure caused by a ruptured artery. I am told its like switching off a light.

Many of you, in particular older members, will remember her from our lecturers in the pre-digital days. Our talk on Coloviour always went down well. When digital came along we launched the Swansea International and then the Port Talbot International. Many of you took the opportunity to get involved in the international exhibition circuits for the first time through these events.

Thank you so much to those of you who have sent your condolences by phone, e-mail and card. They have uplifted me in the dark days that are now clearing. Thirty five years of happy married life have left me with many memories to reply upon as life carries on.

Philip Davies FWPF

Cardiff’s 125th Anniversary Competition

The WPF Executive have given Cardiff Camera Club the go ahead to run a photographic competition as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations. They will be accepting entries until the 23rd July.

Full details below.

Competition Details

Gwynfryn Jones, Master of Print

Huge congratulations to Gwynfryn Jones of Gwynfa CC who received an acceptance in the 2021 the Master of Print competition with his print “Social Distancing”, see below.

We believe Gwynfryn to be the only successful WPF entrant this year. It is his third acceptance in three years in a competition limited to only 60 acceptances. Well done indeed.

WPF Conference 2021

A reminder that the WPF Conference will be via zoom again this year.

The dates are Saturday & Sunday 21/22 August and the format will be similar to last year with morning and afternoon sessions.

Happy to confirm that David Keep ARPS, DPAGB, FBPE, EFIAP will be one of our presenters.

More details in due course.

David D Jones Conventions Officer

Two PSA Salons

We’ve received this from Ian Ledgard, our PSA representative.

The Photographic Society of America is holding two International Salons later this year. they are open to all photographers not just PSA members, though I hope the latter will put up a good entry from Wales.

PSA International Circuit – Two Judgings. Eight sections to choose from. Closing date July 6th.

PSA Small Print Exhibition – A rare opportunity to enter prints. Eight sections to choose from. Closing date August 20th.

More details for both can be found at here or from Ian Ledgard Email: iledgard004@gmail.com

Free Masters of Print Catalogue

Free Masters of Print Catalogue for every entrant.

Bridgend & Marie Curie Competition

Bridgend & District CC has teamed up with Marie Curie Bridgend for a photography competition as a way of raising much needed funds for this very worthwhile charity. All details are in the poster below.

WPF Zoom Licence

Dear Club Secretary,

You are probably aware that the WPF purchased a Zoom licence and made it available for use by all WPF Clubs, and several Clubs have made use of the service, sometimes before purchasing their own licence.

This Zoom facility requires a host to open the meeting, admit attendees, and deal with any problems that arise during the meeting. WPF Executive Member David (Del) Jones has been responsible for all the activity on the account since its inception. It has been an enormous amount of work, and Del has given up many hours of his time in support of this. It is now proposed that he takes a summer break from this work. Therefore, no more Zoom bookings will be accepted by him during the months of June, July and August. During that time, the Executive will review the use of the facility going forward.

The account is also used for Executive meetings, the WPF AGM, Welsh Salon appraisal, the AWPF workshop and assessment and the judging of other WPF competitions., and the WPF online Conference. It is truly a valuable and well used resource.

All the work in connection with this has been done by Del, and on your behalf, and that of the WPF Executive, I wish to thank him very much for the hard work and dedication he has given in this matter.

Martin Nagle, General Secretary, WPF.

Lancaster Medals for Peter Young & Roy Thomas

The PAGB have awarded the J S Lancaster Medal to 2 WPF members, namely Peter Young, and Roy Thomas. This award is for Exceptional Service to the PAGB and is a very rare honour.

Since the inception of the award in 1998 there have only been 33 recipients. The last time the honour was bestowed on a WPF member was in 2002 when it was awarded to Ainslie Stuart-Jones. The recipients can use the honorific Hon PAGB.

The medal is named after J.S.Lancaster who proposed the setting up of the PAGB, and was the secretary from its founding in 1930 until 1946.

The whole Executive are proud to congratulate both Peter and Roy, and share this good news with everyone.

Martin Nagle, General Secretary, WPF.

Welcome our new WPF President

On 7th March 2021, we were fortunate enough to hold the WPF AGM via zoom. So, as with traditional standards, on behalf of the WPF executive committee, I would like to thank our immediate past president Peter Young for his ability, due diligence and foresight in leading the WPF executive committee through probably one of the most challenging two year tenures on record, the Covid pandemic has tested us all, none, more than Peter during lockdown after lockdown, but, Peter held us all together and indeed flourished with regard to changing technologies being utilised to it’s great potential. Thank you Peter for your two year tenure as our president.

Again, on behalf of the WPF executive committee, I will warmly welcome our very accomplished new WPF president, Jenny Hibbert (MPAGB: EFIAP/g: AWPF). Jenny has been unanimously elected to this prestigious role and she has readily accepted the challenge with great enthusiasm. Jenny is widely regarded for her outstanding nature photography, which has afforded her many rewards and international recognition. For the last few years Jenny has also been the PAGB distinctions officer, a position she has kindly agreed to continue with. When elected, Jenny mentioned how she is looking forward to leading the executive committee for the next two years, we as a committee reciprocate and look forward to being championed by Jenny.

Many thanks:-
Martin Nagle: General Secretary & Equipment Officer
Susan Surridge: Vice President & Judges/Presenters Secretary
Dave Condon: Treasurer & Membership Officer
Ed Cloutman: FIAP Liaison Officer
Brian Coleman: Meritorious Service Committee Chairman
Denice Evans: Shadow Competition Secretary
Paul James: Shadow Exhibition Officer
David Delme Jones: Convention Officer & Zoom Manager
David Lewis: AWPF Distinctions Secretary
Ron Lines: Exhibitions Liaison Officer, Archivist Officer, Portfolio Officer, Health & Public Safety Officer
Cliff Emery: Welsh Salon Chairman
Alan Stokes: Publicity Officer
Roy Thomas: Competitions Officer & PAGB Member
Peter Young: Welsh International Chairman & Immediate Past President

Alan Stokes (WPF Publicity officer)