2019 Newsletters

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Have you entered yet?
Closing date for prints is April 6th and Online 7th April, Entries online open from 1st January, all information is on our website:
Entries taken here.....

Rules can be found here....


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?

 Contact John Smith by clicking here



The PAGB Handbook gives advice concerning communications with judges/lecturers and a summary is given below:

A telephoned/e-mailed request is acceptable, but a written confirmation should be sent within 3 weeks. This confirmation should be used to establish anticipated expenses. No fee is payable for judging. This should also establish what equipment a lecturer might require.

A reminder should be sent no less than 2 weeks prior to the visit, which should include clear directions, postcode, parking information & emergency telephone number.

If the judge is to receive work beforehand, ensure that suitable arrangements are made for delivery.

The club’s programme should show the relevant qualifications/distinctions.

The judge/lecturer is your guest and should be accorded good hospitality. If they are travelling some distance, a meal beforehand and/or overnight accommodation should be offered. A drink before starting is welcome.

On the night:
Ensure that someone welcomes the visitor who will probably arrive half-an-hour before the event starts. Ensure that all equipment is ready. Try to start on time, keeping notices to a minimum. The visitor may have a long drive home afterwards.

These will have been agreed beforehand and must be re-imbursed on the night. Cash is often preferred.


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.
The Salon is open to any member of a WPF or NWPA affiliated club and
there are numerous prizes and awards.
offer. (A list of all the awards from last year’s salon can be seen here).

You can find the new conditions of entry on the website: www.thewpf.co.uk.
Please read them carefully. Please note, there are new file sizes for digital entries and for digital versions of your prints.

The selection dates are the 23rd and 24th March, 2019 at Talbot Green
Community Centre and the selectors are
Vince Penticost, Mike Cullis and Paul Keene.

Detail of the exhibition dates and venue will follow in due course.

Sharon Prenton Jones was the only North Wales award winner last year -
Can we do better this year?


2019 Bridgend 5 to 8 Competition

The 2019 5 to 8 Competition for digital Photo Harmony audio visuals is open
for entries until 18th February 2019.

Entries can be made online or by post. This year’s judges are:
Judging takes place on Monday 18th March at Bridgend’s usual venue and all are welcome.

Full details, rules and entry forms are available on Bridgend CC website


 Pixels 2019  - A date for your diaries…..
The next Pixels competition will take place on Saturday 2nd November, 2019.
Further details in due course


 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,
Monochrome, Photo Travel & Nature. Approximately 300 Medals
and Ribbons to be won + FIAP Blue Badge for Best Entrant.

Low entry Fees. Generous discounts for club/group entries.
A4 Full Colour Printed Catalogue sent to each entrant.

Entries on line www.bristolphoto.org.uk


 North and East Midlans Photographic Society

Come and join us in
A Fantastic Photographic Weekend
Sat 16th and Sun 17th February 2019
In a 4 star hotel at
New Bath Hotel and Spa
New Bath Road, Matlock Bath, Matlock, Derbyshire


Sat 16th and Sun 17th February 2019

Exciting and unusual lectures which includes very big prints
Guest speakers:
Howard Tate MA, ARPS, AFIAP,
Jane Lines LRPS, MPAGB
Everybody is welcome
Pre-booked entranceonly
The weekend includes some social time to meet your friends or make new ones with the wonderful photographic hobby.

Sat 16th and Sun 17th February 2019

If you are interested please email: shirley@thedavis.co.uk




The PAGB’s Masters of Print Exhibition will be shown:

4-28 February at the Old Schoolhouse, Oldbury (Smethwick P.S)
4-17 March at Wilkinson Cameras, 4 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4DS
Official Opening – 8 March at 7.00pm

All 60 prints will be on view (including Linda Bell’s)


12/13 October at Theatr Colwyn & 7-20 October Colwyn Bay




Sunday 13 October - Welsh International Salon showing at Craig-y-Don
Saturday 16 November – PDI Challenge at Craig-y-Don


40’s weekend - 13/14 April





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?



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



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



If you are planning to visit the Photography Show don’t forget that you can get a discount on the tickets by quoting PAGBTPS19



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