North Wales Photographic Association
Cymdeithas Ffotograffig Gogledd Cymru
Member of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
Have you entered yet?
The new NWPA Print Battle
John Smith, Rhyl PS Secratary has'volunteered' to organise this year's NWPA Battle and I would like to invite your club to take part..
This year the ‘Battle’ is slightly different in that it is to be a ‘print only’ competition.
Clubs are invited to enter the competition with just 8 prints each mounted on a 50x40 board.
Clubs with less than 20 members can have two pieces of work by one member.
Clubs with more than 20, then it is one print per member.
The competition is taking place at Craig y Don, Llandudno on Saturday 6th April commencing at 2pm and the judge is David Butler MFIAP, ARPS, EPSA from the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union
I know that some clubs are non-competitive but if so, please will you consider entering - even if it is just this once!
Then, importantly, maybe have a club outing and come along on the day, meet the members of the other clubs taking part and enjoy seeing the entries and hearing the judge’s comments.
Whilst I will need a list of the titles and a photograph of each print for showing to the audience, the actual prints can be brought in on the day so there is no postage or expense involved.
It really is an enjoyable social occasion meeting up with like-minded photographers from all over North Wales.
Initially, can you please let me know if your club is willing or not to take part so that I can get an idea of numbers?
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL CLUBS
The PAGB Handbook gives advice concerning communications with judges/lecturers and a summary is given below:
On the night:
Remember:Judging and lecturing take a lot of preparation and standing talking all evening is hard work.
Awards for Photographic Merit in Audio Visual adjudication taking place at Wilmslow on the 18th and 19th May with the possibility of an Advisory Day or evening session.
If you wish to apply for the award – then you need to contact Phil Chadwick, the APM Awards Officer as soon as possible.
2019 Welsh Salon of Photography Now Open for Entries
The 2019 Welsh Salon is now open to receive entries with a closing date of 3 March.
You can find the new conditions of entry on the website: www.thewpf.co.uk.
The selection dates are the 23rd and 24th March, 2019 at Talbot Green
Detail of the exhibition dates and venue will follow in due course.
Sharon Prenton Jones was the only North Wales award winner last year -
2019 Bridgend 5 to 8 Competition
The 2019 5 to 8 Competition for digital Photo Harmony audio visuals is open
Entries can be made online or by post. This year’s judges are:
Full details, rules and entry forms are available on Bridgend CC website
Pixels 2019 - A date for your diaries…..
2019 Bristol Salon of Photography – Closing Date Imminent
Closing date – 26 January 2019.
The UK’s Largest International Projected Digital Image Exhibition. Four Projected Image Sections (Open,
Low entry Fees. Generous discounts for club/group entries.
Entries on line www.bristolphoto.org.uk
North and East Midlans Photographic Society
Come and join us in
Sat 16th and Sun 17th February 2019
Exciting and unusual lectures which includes very big prints
Sat 16th and Sun 17th February 2019
If you are interested please email: email@example.com
MASTERS OF PRINT
4-28 February at the Old Schoolhouse, Oldbury (Smethwick P.S)
All 60 prints will be on view (including Linda Bell’s)
THE NORTHERN EYE
ADDITIONAL DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Sunday 13 October - Welsh International Salon showing at Craig-y-Don
PAGB AWARDS ADJUDICATION 23RD/24TH November 2019 – WATFORD
As you know the Awards are becoming more and more popular and the Credit category for the November 2019 Adjudication is almost full.
In order to try to keep up with demand and, to ensure that an entrant does not have to wait more than a year to have their application assessed, I am writing to all the Credit entrants for the November 2019 Adjudication to enquire whether they would be interested in their application being brought forward to a “closed” Adjudication, possibly in September 2019, if they are not planning to attend the event in Watford.
I have given a deadline of 15 February for their response and, as soon as the numbers are known, a decision will be made whether or not to run the “closed” event.
Yours sincerely, Daphne Hanson DPAGB APAGB, PAGB Awards Secretary
Reply to:Email Daphne - click here
The PAGB’s GB Cups were judged recently and North Wales results are: Dwyfor bravely entered the Open section and finished =60 out of a total of 68 clubs, having scored 150.
In the Open section Lynne Morris won the Best Humour award for her “My Life is Pants”
The Small Clubs section was won by Mold with 120 points and Conwy finished =13 with 105 points out of an entry of 56 clubs.
Andy Polakowski was awarded the Tillman Kleinhams Choice with “Me and my Dog”
Jan Wilson-Chalon’s “Winston” won the Best Like George award
Sharon Prenton Jones won Best Medieval award with “Arya Stark” and also the best Graham Curry award with “Merlin”
Many congratulations to all involved, but why did only three NWPA clubs enter?
WEBSITE - OUR NEW WEBSITE IS UP AND RUNNING
Ian O’Neill has spent many, many, many hours building this for us.
You will find it under the same address: www.nwpa.co.uk and www.cffgc.co.uk
You will find all sorts of information and links to other sites. Most importantly, you will find lots of photographs. After all, this is what we are about. Ian is compiling galleries of pictures from members who have gained distinctions. Please have a look at these and send your images to Ian if you are able to add to these and give the year of your success.Click here to email Ian
NWPA EXHIBITION 2019
A timely reminder that the online entry will be able to be used from March 1st, and we hope for an excellent year!
There will be six sections. Two will be prints, mounted on 50cmX40cm card ONLY. One section will be open colour, the other open mono. The best of these will be able to be displayed in Venue Cymru during July.
The other four sections will be PDI's: open colour, open mono, scapes and nature, the rules of which can be seen on the website.
Four images can be entered for each section, so 24 images can be entered for just £12.
There are awards for best images and for each of the judges’ choices for each section, there will be a ribbon; also there will be Honourable Mentions.
We believe that there might be young members who would like to enter. We would love to welcome you and wish you well in your quest for an acceptance. Whilst we haven't got a specific section just for juniors, please let us know if you were successful, then we can publicise it.
The online entry will continue until April 5 and the prints can be taken to the NWPA battle the following day, or dropped off at my house in Rhos on Sea by arrangement before that date. Tel no 01492 525919.
All that remains is to wish everyone good luck.
Jean Chadwick. Exhibition Secretary
PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW 16-19 MARCH
If you are planning to visit the Photography Show don’t forget that you can get a discount on the tickets by quoting PAGBTPS19
Hopefully, you have all had a good look at our newly designed website.
Send to Ian Click here
If sending your images to Ian can resize them to 1000px on the long side, please.
Hon NWPA AWARDS
Last year the NWPA Executive Committee approved the proposal to honour members for exceptional and/or long service. Since then our Secretary, Terry Mills has worked hard to co-ordinate the nominations and at the Executive Meeting on Sunday 3rd March the first presentations were made by our President, Andy Polakowski, to:
Frank Barber, AE Dave Jones, Christine Langford and Emyr Roberts
And on Monday evening our vice President, Ian O’Neill, visited the Deudraeth club to make a presentation to Morris Jones. Blaenau club was visited on Wednesday to award Tom Dodd his HonNWPA
All these members are now entitled to put Hon.NWPA after their names.
NWPA entry for the
Its that time when we need to be thinking about our entry for the PAGB Inter-FederationCompetition 2019 to be judged in June
The Judges are:
I would like as many images as we can get for the selectors, both prints and PDI’s to select from – see attached
The selectors will be meeting in Mayto select our images so can you please make sure I receive your images
Many of you will be entering the NWPA battle at Craig y Don so any prints and PDIs willbe collected then, however if you have additional prints you can send them to me directly at :
Can you put your email address on the back of your print so that I can contact you for collection and to chase you for the PDI image, if necessary
You can email any PDI’s to me at
NATURE ENTRIES: If you are entering the nature section can you please write in capitals “NATURE” on the back top left hand side of the mount. In doing so you are confirming that the image meets the criteria and please bear in mind that some salons are now asking to see the RAW file
Can you add “NATURE” to the title of any PDI image (I will delete before uploading the image for judging), again confirming that they meet the criteria
AWARDS: If, during the year you have gained further qualifications can you please email me so that I can update the PAGB website and so that your awards are correctly added to your name in the catalogue and memory stick
RECORDED LECTURE SERVICE: Once the competition has been judged CDs of the selected images will be available for clubs to borrow to show at club meetings
Thank you for your support and Good Luck!
Amanda Sims AWPF CPAGB BPE2* AFIAP
PAGB Interfederation Competition 2019
Clarification for our entry. Please note in particular the Nature definition
An Image by a Photographer, or an Image so similar as to be nearly identical, may only be entered into one of the Categories, and is not eligible if it has been entered previously to any Inter- Federation Competition.
Each Print may be of any size, but must be mounted on lightweight board(s) of size 500x400mm. The tolerance on mount size is +/-2mm, and the mount must not exceed 4mm thickness. At the Chairman’s discretion, Prints outside the specification may be judged but cannot win an Award or be selected for the Exhibition. The mount must not carry any fixings or other material likely to damage Prints when stacked.
Image files must be in RGB mode (even for monochrome images) and in the sRGB colour space. Files must be saved in JPEG format: saving at not less than quality 10 (80%) is sufficient. The maximum image dimensions are 1600 pixels horizontal by 1200 pixels vertical. Images file with larger pixel dimensions than these limits, and any Image file larger than 2MB, will not upload.
DEFINITION OF MONOCHROME USED IN PAGB COMPETITIONS
A black and white work fitting from the very dark grey (black) to the very clear grey (white) is a monochrome work with the various shades of grey. A black and white work toned entirely in a single colour will remain a monochrome work able to stand in the black and white category; such a work can be reproduced in black and white in the catalogue of a salon Revised February 2018 under FIAP Patronage. On the other hand a black and white work modified by a partial toning or by the addition of one colour becomes a colour work (polychrome) to stand in the colour category; such a work requires colour reproduction in the catalogue of a salon under FIAP Patronage.
DEFINITION OF NATURE TO BE USED IN PAGB COMPETITIONS
Note that images already meeting the separate FIAP Definition of Nature will satisfy this less restrictive definition. Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.
The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. Processing of the captured image, by cropping, exposure adjustment, colour correction, noise minimisation, dodging/burning, HDR, focus stacking and sharpening, is allowed. Cloning of image defects and minor distractions, including overlapping elements, are permitted when these do not distort the truth of the photographic statement. Images entered as Nature can have landscape, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food. Access to biological subjects may be restricted. By entering a PAGB event, Photographers warrant that they have followed relevant codes of practices and hold any necessary licences. Guidance Guidance on implementation and interpretation of the PAGB Definition of Nature is available separately, and may be read in conjunction with this Definition. Wildlife Images entered in Wildlife sections are further defined as one or more extant zoological or botanical organisms free and unrestrained in a natural or adopted habitat. Landscapes, geologic formations, photographs of zoo or game farm animals, or of any extant zoological or botanical species taken under controlled conditions are not eligible in Wildlife sections. Wildlife is not limited to animals, birds and insects. Marine subjects and botanical subjects (including fungi and algae) taken in the wild are suitable wildlife subjects, as are carcasses of extant species. Wildlife images may be entered in Nature sections.
NWPA EXHIBITION 2019
There will be six sections. Two will be prints, mounted on 50cmX40cm card ONLY.
The other four sections will be PDI's: open colour, open mono, scapes and nature,
Four images can be entered for each section, so 24 images can be entered for just £12.
There are awards for best images and for each of the judges’ choices for each section,
Prints can be delivered to Craig-y-Don, Llandudno on the afternoon
All that remains is to wish everyone good luck.
PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit, this coming Saturday and Sunday
The adjudication for these will take place at Coleg Llandrillo, Llandudno Road, Rhos on Sea,
LL28 4HZ in the Penrhyn Sports Hall. The doors will open at 9.30 for a 10.00 start each day and
will close at 4.30-4.45. Tickets will be available on the door at £6 per day.
Owing to a glitch in the on-line entry system for our Exhibition, there is to be an extension to the deadline. The system will re-open for Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April ONLY.
This applies to PDI entries.
If you want to enter prints, you will have to contact Jean Chadwick (chadwick firstname.lastname@example.org) and to be prepared to take them to her in Rhos-on-Sea.
NWPA PRINT BATTLE
The new print only Battle was held at Craig-y-Don last Saturday and was judged by David Butler, MFIAP, EFIAP, EPSA, ARPS, Hon.LCPU.
Fifteen clubs took part, each entering 8 prints.
The winning club was Blaenau Ffestiniog with 142 points, followed by Conwy with 137 and they are both invited to represent the NWPA at the PAGB Inter-Club Print Championship in October.
The winning print was “Time” by Sheila McCabe of Beaumaris & MB.
Thanks go now to John Smith who masterminded the event, to Pete Carlyon on the projector, Sheila Lewis & her team at Llandudno for the refreshments and George Frost who took the pictures And, of course, to all those who took part.
Two more presentations have been made of our new Award. Our President has been to Hawarden to make presentations of framed Certificates to Paul Temple, who has been their Secretary for 40 years and to David Kay, who has been their Treasurer for 40 years.
Congratulations to both of them
Most clubs are now holding their Annual General Meetings
Please remember to send details of your new Committee appointments
To our Secretary, Terry Mills Email click here
To our Webmaster, Ian O’Neill Email click here
And to me to ensure that I send the Newsletter to the correct people
Hurry now to get your entries in for this year’s Exhibition. The closing date is Saturday 6th April to delivery your prints to the Battle at Craig-y-Don, Llandudno And 7th April is the closing date for the online entries Full details on the website.
PAGB INTER-FEDERATION EXHIBITION/COMPETITION
The NWPA would like to invite a few members along to the selection day in the Holy Trinity Church Hall, Penrhyndeudraeth. LL48 6LG. on Saturday 11th May at 10.30 for the selection of the images for the next Sony Inter-Federation competition to be held in June.
We would welcome a couple of members to come along and watch how the selection process is carried out.
We would especially welcome any member who would be interested in taking over the role of the NWPA Competition S ecretary as Amanda Sims will be standing down later this year.
Is any one interested in coming along to watch the process, if so please send Amanda an email email@example.com for further information Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.
If you have prints to offer for the Selection for our entry to the Inter-Federation Exhibition/Competition, these could be delivered To Amanda at the Battle at Craig-y-Don on 6th April
|RESULTS FROM THE WELSH SALON
Sharon Prenton Jones
Best Creative PDI: Hounds of the Baskervilles
Best Creative Print: Merlin
WPF Ribbons: Mother & Child, Afriel, Bewitching Hour, Lady of the Lake, City clicker, Femme Fatale Plus 3 other acceptances
WPF ribbon: Horse & Rider
plus 6 other acceptances
Selector’s choice: One Day Old plus another acceptance
Best People Picture: A Real Shower
WPF Ribbon: Playing Ball Plus another acceptance
John & Linda Bell, Jean & Phil Chadwick, David Evans, Emyr Roberts and Amanda Sims also had acceptances Congratulations to all of them.
PAGB AWARDS FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC MERIT
HELD AT LLANDRILLO COLLEGE, RHOS ON SEA
Awards Officer’s Report
First of all I would like to thank NWPA club members for giving up their time over the weekend. This morning I had an email from the PAGB to say how efficient and smooth-running and friendly the event was. The members involved are as follows in no order of merit as you all did the Federation proud :-
Organising & Reception Secretary: Myself & Jean Chadwick
There were a number of entrants from north Wales, some were successful & some not so, I am only able to tell the members who were successful
Ken Lester CPAGB Deeside CC
Steve Sims CPAGB Blaenau Ffestiniog
Peter Jepson DPAGB Blaenau Ffestiniog
Lynne Morris MPAGB Eryri PG also Wigan 10
For those not successful please accept my heartfelt sympathy & good luck in the future
Kind regards & THANKS again to all
OBSERVATIONS FROM ONE OF THE TEAM
Altogether, over the two days, we saw 520 PDIs and handled and saw 1155 prints. We saw many red squirrels, mountain hares (arctic & brown), pelicans, harvest mice, kingfishers & water rails Also people pictures and landscapes, but there were a great many natural history images. We should take inspiration from some of the excellent work we saw.
We witnessed the first MPAGB (Master) in North Wales. This is the highest award in amateur photography in the UK. Many Congratulations to Lynne Morris.
It demonstrated again that we have a good team who work very well and efficiently together. It was really great to meet so many friendly photographers, some of whom had travelled great distances to attend and many went home smiling happily.
It was very tiring. It was very successful.
Well done to Phil & Jean for organising and co-ordinating it all - a credit to our Federation
Diana Magor, EFIAP/b, MPSA, CPAGB, LRPS, BPE3,
Best Landscape Print: Blaen y Cae Iona O’Neill
Best Creative Image: Escaping Reality Lynne Morris
Beatta Brookes Trophy: (Highest overall score of accepted images):
1st Sharon Prenton Jones 293
PAGB INTER-FEDERATION EXHIBITION & COMPETITION - 2019
The results from the recent judging of the above event can be viewed by clicking on the links below. These are for the four sections where 30 images were entered in each section and the top 15 scores were recorded.
Sadly we didn’t do as well as we did last year though there was one super result - Andy Polakowski was awarded FIRST place in the Nature section with his super image titled "One Day Old" So Congratulations to him
Thank you to everyone who sent in images for the selection committee
We have taken onboard comments that photographers aren’t willing to let the selectors have prints because they still have their end of year club battles etc. so the NWPA Executive are thinking of changing the date of the Exhibition so that hopefully more images will be available and maybe our standing will improve again
Only time will tell.......
Most clubs have now held their Annual General Meetings
Please remember to send details of your new Committee appointments
PAGB INTER-CLUB PDI CHAMPIONSHIP
The PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championship took place on Saturday 13 July at Warwick University Arts Centre with CC Blaenau Ffestiniog and Mold CC representing North Wales.
In their first visit for many years Blaenau Ffestiniog did exceptionally well coming equal 4th in the Plate with a score of 103 (out of a possible 120) not far behind winners Chorley PS (107). Their best scoring images during the day were Tom Dodd's "Winter Shopping" with a maximum of 15, 14 for Peter Jepson's "The Rain Master" and 13s for Tom's "Llyn Idwal a Pen yr Ole Wen", Peter's "In Where It Hurts" and Rory Trappe's "Castell y Gwynt". This is an excellent result for a relatively small club of 17 members with images from 7 of them actually being used in this prestigious national championship.
In their 8th visit in recent years Mold came 20th with 98, their second highest ever score. Their best performing images during the day were Linda Bell's "PS I Love You" with 15 and Rich Hainsworth's "Torment" and "Sparrowhawk on Wren", John Bell's "The Plasterer" and Andy Polakowski's "Protecting the Young" all with 13s. Where Mold do excel however is in raffles with Pamela Davies-Ratcliffe, Janet Davies and Kevin Hirst all winning prizes (2 for Pam!) on this occasion. A great day all round.
Report from Andy Polakowski
Our Exhibition is currently on show at Venue Cymru in Llandudno until 22nd August. All the accepted images are displayed on our website and all entrants should have received an electronic file from David Flitcroft
Distinction Celebration Evening on Saturday 28th September
For Distinctions achieved between
1st September 2018 and 1st September 2019
This is a follow up communication about the North Wales Photographic Association (NWPA) Distinction Celebration Evening that will be held on 28th September 2019. We hope that this will be a fun-filled opportunity for photographers all over North Wales to catch up, get fed, have a few drinks and generally enjoy themselves. We would love it if you could join us on the night and have outlined below some details of the evening.
Who Can Attend?
By virtue of being a member of a Photographic Club in North Wales you are a member of the NWPA. This celebratory evening is a free event for anyone who is a member of any photographic club that comes under the umbrella of the NWPA. In addition, each member can bring one guest free of charge. The evening is, therefore, open to all NWPA members, not just people celebrating distinctions. The idea is to celebrate distinction achievements, showcase images and have a social evening including a free buffet.
Can I bring more than one guest if I pay for them?
I’m confused about the difference between an Award and a Distinction:
what do you mean by this event being a “Distinction” celebration
Are you celebrating all distinctions or just those attained in the last
If I have achieved a Distinction will I have to stand in front of everyone
and talk about my images?
Where a distinction has been gained on the basis of a combination of DPIs and Prints (e.g. FIAP, BPE, PSA), we will invite the photographer to bring along up to 20 DPI images of their work. These will be presented in a slideshow and introduced by Andy Polakowski (NWPA Chairman) during the evening. The showing of projected images will start at 8.30 and will probably take about an hour. Andy will introduce each photographer, name their club and the distinctions they achieved. Again, while we are hoping that all photographers will chose to allow us to show a sample of their images, there is no requirement to do so: you can just show up and enjoy the evening like anyone else. Instructions on how to submit your DPI images will be sent when we know you are attending.
I’d like to attend – what do I need to do?
2019 PAGB Inter Fed TouringExhibition
he L&CPU are hosting the 2019 PAGB Inter Federation touring exhibition at the Leigh Spinners Mill in Leigh which is not too far away
The exhibition runs until the 3rd September 2019
If anyone is thinking of visiting on a Saturday, it’s worth making a day out of your visit, not only to photograph the steam engines but also to visit
Astley Green Colliery, a few miles away on the East Lancashire Road.
The Gwynfa club in South Wales has again invited North Wales clubs to enter their Pixels competition. Only four images are required. Go to their website to find all the information you need.
FIAP DISTINCTIONS 2020
For those members who have achieved the required criteria to apply for a Distinction next year the Admissions Timetable is available on the website thepagb.org.uk/fiap/fiap-distinctions
The Criteria can also be downloaded from the website.
PAGB RECORDED LECTURES
The Recorded Lectures are an excellent way to fill an evening and there are currently a great many to choose from.
Go to the website: thepagb.org.uk
Masters of Print
The PAGB’s masters of print is now launched and full details can be found
in the latest e-news.
To be able to enter this, you will need to register as an individual on the PAGB’s website under the Photographic Federation & Club Management System.
This competition for all Welsh clubs, including North Wales, is now open
and will close on 13th October.
BEAUMARIS & MENAI BRIDGE CAMERA CLUB
Exhibition currently on show at the Deiniol Shopping Centre until 14th October Can be seen on Saturdays 10.00 – 16.00
ROSS McKELVEY WEEKEND
23 / 24 NOVEMBER 2019
PDI CHALLENGE - 16th November 2019
Now open for entries on-line – see Entry Requirements previously circulated.
WELSH INTERNATIONAL SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Sunday 13th October at Craig-y-Don at 2.00See attached poster for full details.
NWPA’s DISTINCTIONS NIGHT
Last Saturday evening saw a good gathering of members and guests for this
There was also a presentation of our new Service Award,