January

 

The NWPA Exhibition is going ahead.   Full details are now on our website and will open for entries on the 27th February.
The closing date is the 10th April.

Click here to view the Exhibition rules

 

 

In the December Newsletter  there was notification of two
successful applications for the AWPF – Tom Dodd and Robert Prenton Jones.   Apparently Ralph Pinch of Deeside was also successful.
Congratulations, Ralph.

 

 

THE WELSH INTERNATIONAL SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHY

In previous years Peter Young, the Chairman of the Salon, has travelled up to Llandudno to show us acceptances from the Salon.
This year, unable to travel, he has prepared a Zoom presentation, accompanied by an excellent commentary.

To book this for your club e-mail Peter on peterayoung@outlook.com

 

 

PAGB’s Masters of Print  -  closing date  8 March
Receipt of prints by 5 March
Full information on the website     thepagb.org.uk

 

February

 

From John Smith                                                      Audio Visual Competition

    You may or may not know that I am  the Audio Visual Secretary for the    Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union.   In that role I would like to invite you to view the Annual L&CPU Audio Visual competition which is taking place on Zoom next Saturday 6th February.
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The event is FREE to attend but you must register. 
This is your opportunity to see and enjoy some of the best AV sequences from members of L&CPU clubs.
This year we have received a record entry of 47 sequences from 14 clubs and the good news is that you don't have to brave going out in the bad weather and travelling to watch the competition taking place ....the event is taking place on Zoom and is FREE!!
The entries have all been sent to the Judge Alastair Taylor ARPS CPAGB-AV from the Midland Counties PF who will be making constructive comments on all entries.

The day will start at 10:15 am and run through to around 6 pm with a 45 minute break for lunch around 1pm.
Short 10 minute breaks are also scheduled throughout the day.

To enable us to know numbers attending please register for FREE through Eventbrite using the following link
Only those who have registered will be admitted

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lcpu-av-competition-registration-138784162165

The Zoom Link will be sent to all those who have registered next Friday afternoon - 5th February. 

 

The NWPA Exhibition is going ahead.   Full details are now on our
website and will open for entries on the 27th February.
The closing date is the 10th April.

 

PAGB’s Masters of Print  -  closing date  8 March
Receipt of prints by 5 March
Full information on the website     thepagb.org.uk

 

ZOOM  PRESENTATIONS

Some North Wales clubs have been having Zoom presentations and these have been very successful.   Not only is it possible to see the work of excellent photographers whom we could not possibly afford to invite to our clubs, but we don’t have to drive home in the dark!

The Conwy club recently sent out an invitation for other people to attend their evenings and it would be good to know which other clubs would be happy to have visitors.

It would also be useful to share some recommendations of speakers who have been inspiring.

Please  send me some details I will publish in my next Newsletter.

 

Here are a few dates for your calendars:

           14 February    PAGB AV APM  on Zoom

           5 March    Last day for receipt of prints for the PAGB’s Masters of Prints
8 March    closing date for entries

           6/7 March   Photography Show  on-line

           7 March     c/d  Welsh Salon

           8 March     c/d  PAGB  GB Cup

           18 April     c/d  Neath Salon

 

FIAP

There will be major changes to FIAP’s Distinction Rules

Click here for the Information FIAP have sent out to all.

 

ZOOM  PRESENTATIONS

Some North Wales clubs have been having Zoom presentations and these have been very successful.   Not only is it possible to see the work of excellent photographers whom we could not possibly afford to invite to our clubs, but we don’t have to drive home in the dark!

The Conwy club recently sent out an invitation for other people to attend their evenings and it would be good to know which other clubs would be happy to have visitors.

It would also be useful to share some recommendations of speakers who have been inspiring.

Please  send me some details I will publish in my next Newsletter.

 

 Rhyl PS has run on-line all season and are happy to welcome the members of other clubs who are not running.

The subscription covering the rest of the season’s meetings is just £10  however prospective members are welcome to attend for one meeting as our guest.
Details of the programme can be found at http://www.rhylphotosoc.co.uk/Programme.html

The results of the L&CPU AV Competition can be found here:

http://www.av-group.org.uk/avnews/images/comps2021/lcpu2021-results.pdf

and within that document is a link to the active on-line event programme.

 

 

 

March

PETER COLES INTERNATIONAL

Next weekend if you are at all interested in Audio Visual - the IAC Peter Coles International would have been held at the old school in Capel Curig .....but the good news is that you can watch it on line via Zoom ...and even better it is FREE to watch.

You do however need to register and that is free.
 


The full details are: 

Taking place online on Saturday & Sunday 6th & 7th March 2021, 
organised by the North Wales & Wirral AV Group

There are 65 entries which will be viewed in advance by the Judges Ian Bateman, Lorenzo de Francesco & Henk Tulp, as well as screened on the day,

The Sessions will be at 2pm on Saturday and at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm on Sunday.   Both days will finish around 4:30 to 5:00 pm.

You can join in for all sessions or just attend when you can throughout
the weekend.

Most people have already registered to watch, we have around 140 so far.
If you haven't yet done so then Register through Eventbrite to be sent the Zoom Link to watch the Competition online
The Zoom Link will be sent on Friday 5th around 3 pm to all who have registered.

Register HERE

The full Programme can be viewd online with this link
https://online.fliphtml5.com/qppuw/tnvb/

Or you can Download a version to print out HERE

Enquiries to Marion Waine   mewaine@chasingthelight.co.uk

 

The NWPA Exhibition is now open for entries..   Full details are now

on our Website. The closing date is the 10th April.

 

ZOOM  PRESENTATIONS

Some North Wales clubs have been having Zoom presentations and these have been very successful.   Not only is it possible to see the work of excellent photographers whom we could not possibly afford to invite to our clubs, but we don’t have to drive home in the dark!

The Conwy club recently sent out an invitation for other people to attend their evenings and it would be good to know which other clubs would be happy to have visitors.

It would also be useful to share some recommendations of speakers who have been inspiring.

Please  send me some details I will publish in my next Newsletter.

Dwyfor Camera Club would like to invite you to join our zoom meetings on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm and look forward to you company.
Attached is a copy of our club programme from January and everyone is welcome to join us.

We have 2 speakers left this year.  On Tuesday 9th March we are fortunate in having David Griffiths, a Landscape and Seascape photographer and a YouTube Vlogger (D Griff Gallery) from Aberffraw in Anglesey (where the Island Church is) and is talking about where to photograph in Snowdonia and when is the best time to be there.
Our second speaker on 20th April is BBC Wild Life Photographer, Phil Savoie who will be giving us his “Principles of Photography” talk. >  Public Speaking – philsavoie.com  (and look for P of P).

You may be interested in the online RPS Exhibition at the Manchester Science Festival Until 2nd May

https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/manchester-science-festival/whats-on/science-photographer-of-the-year/online-exhibition

 

Here are a few dates for your calendars:       
                 
          6/7 March   Photography Show  on-line
          6/7 March   IAC Peter Coles International
           7 March     c/d  Welsh Salon
           5 April       c/d  Cheltenham
          15 April      c/d  Master of Prints
          18 April      c/d  Neath Salon

 

April

 

 

May

 

NWPA  EXHIBITION  -  2021

This year there were five sections, all digital and the Selectors were:

Des Clinton, FIPF, FRPS, MFIAP
Christine Widdall, MPAGB.EFIAP, FBPE
Leigh Woolford, DPAGB, FWPF, EFIAP

94 members entered producing 1005 images
out of which 287 have been accepted for the Exhibition
which will be on the website soon.

BEST COLOUR PDI  = The Surfer        by John Bell
HM    Silence of the Lambs        by Sharon Prenton Jones       
HM    On Carnedd Llewellyn       by Tom Dodd                               
HM    Two Swans                      by John Hallard                             

BEST MONO PDO    =  Reflections       by  Martin Bailey
HM     Rover                             by Duncan Barrett               
HM     A Close Call                    by Peter Jepson                          
HM     159 On the Bend             by Linda Bell                               

BEST NATURE PDI   = Waiting for Lunch   by Tanya Liepins
HM     Field Grasshopper            by Stephen Yates            
HM     From Tip to Toe               by Peter Williams                      
HM     Speed Skater                  by Mike Dyment                       

BEST PHOTOJOURNALISM PDI  = Going for Gold   by Peter Jepson
HM     The Wet Family                      by Ken Lester                   
HM     Jetsport                                 by Matt Morrow                         
HM     The Queens & the President     by Richard Hainsworth             

BEST DIGITAL ART PDI   = The Last Supper   by  Robert Prenton Jones
HM     Autumn Colours             by Tanya Liepins               
HM     Eira & Storm                 by Sharon Prenton Jones             
HM     Lady of the Deep           by Sharon Prenton Jones            

BEST ‘SCAPE PDI   =   Above Les Arcs   by Tom Dodd
BEST OVERALL SCORE FOR ACCEPTED IMAGES   =   John Bell with 207 points

Each Selector made one choice:
Des Clinton       chose  Stars over Tryfan  by Richard Hainsworth
Chris Widdall     chose  Mating Flies   by Richard Hainsworth
Leigh Woolford  chose    Himalayan Hotel  by  Andy Polakowski

Thanks go to our three Selectors and also to our Exhibition Organiser, Ian O’Neill, but especially to Kevin Hirst who managed the whole enterprise and had to cope with difficulties with the software.
Thanks also to everyone who entered.

 

Message from Tony Davies of the Conwy Camera Club

Finally the PAGB Trophies Print Competition has been judged and
Conwy did very well.

In the OPEN section Conwy came 15th out of 41 clubs with 181 points when our highest scoring 16 images were counted. We just pipped Blaenau Ffestiniog Camera Club who were 17th with 178 points. Normally the competition is based on the highest scoring 12 images, but this resulted with a four way tie so it had to be extended to the top 16, in which Arden Photo Group were the winners scoring 215 points.

In the NATURE section Conwy came 21st out of 33 clubs scoring 126 points. There were no other north Wales clubs in this list so I imagine we were the only club from the NWPA to enter.

Well done to us for our scores and placing and also for upholding North Wales

 in the competition and eyes of the UK photographic community.

 

Sharon Prenton Jones has recently gained her MPAGB and has sent us this:

“I am pleased to be able to report that I have been successful in gaining the MPAGB (Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain). This distinction is described by the PAGB as recognising the “highest standard of UK amateur photography”, and was gained with a collection of 20 images.

The PAGB state that “Applicants for MPAGB must have held DPAGB for a least 11 months on the date of the adjudication The Adjudicators are looking for an extremely high standard of photography: photographs which, in their opinion, would enjoy a very considerable level of success in International Exhibitions, including consistent and frequent acceptances”. Huge thanks to all the models and, of course, my ever-suffering hubby Rob.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO SHARON

 

 

 

 

 

U.P.P. – ‘The Camera Club That Comes to You’!
U.P.P. is the ‘United Photographic Postfolios of Great Britain’ and it was formed over 80 years ago. Originally, it was a club that circulated a portfolio of prints, by post, to its members every month, who were able keep it for a few days before posting it to the next member of the group. The membership was divided into smaller groups, called ‘Circles’, of between 12-15 members, so that the portfolios circulated to everyone within a reasonable time. Your responsibility as a member was to write a brief appraisal of each print and enter a print of your own, which in turn would receive critiques from all the other members. There was also an element of competition, with a voting system being used to indicate the ‘best’ prints.
Today, the basic principle of U.P.P.  remains exactly the same, and the Club continues to thrive, with a membership of nearly 250, spread all over the U.K. and beyond. Modern technology has been embraced, so as well as print Circles, some operate entirely online, and more recently, several ‘Zoom’ Circles have been formed, where members ‘meet’ and discuss images ‘live’ and in much more detail, with thoughts, ideas and suggestions being freely exchanged. There are also specialist Circles for Natural History, Monochrome and Infra Red.
Membership of U.P.P is a great way to improve and develop your photographic skills and does not impinge in any way with membership of your existing club. It is actually an excellent supplement to that, where you can try out images in your U.P.P. Circle and receive appraisals from all the other members. Then, having taken note of the various critiques, you can enter an ‘improved’ version in your normal Club, should you so wish. Members of all abilities are very welcome in U.P.P., so even if you are just starting off on your photographic journey, a U.P.P. Circle could be ideal for you.
There is much more information on the U.P.P. website www.uppofgb.com, where you will find galleries of images from the various Circles, together with an application form should you wish to join – and we very much hope that you will consider doing so!
If you would like further information, please send an email to the Membership Secretary, Liz Boud - membership@uppofgb.com or Colin Westgate - publicity@uppofgb.com

June

 

Nothing to report

 

July

 

NWPA  EXHIBITION  -  2021

Presentations were recently made by our President, Ian O’Neill
to three Award winners

 

to Tom Dodd – for the Best ‘Scape  -  “Above Les Arcs”

To  Robert Prenton Jones  -  for the Best Digital Art  -  “The Last Supper”

To  Peter Jepson  - for the  Best Photojournalism  -  “Going for Gold”

 

PRINT  BATTLE   -   OCTOBER 2022

The Afan Nedd CC in Port Talbot is planning to organise a Print Battle
next year and are asking for interested clubs to contact Gareth Martin
cortez34@virginmedia.com
This will be for 4 prints per club and further information will be
circulated in due course.
There is a good response so far, so put your club’s name down now.

 

 

 

The Welsh International Salon of Photography
Is now open for entries
www.thewpf.co.uk

 

 

 

WPF CONFERENCE 2021
The Welsh Federation’s Annual Conference will be held this year
Over the weekend of 21/22 August via Zoom
One of the speakers will be David Keep, well-known for his
underwater and sports photography, will give his presentation
on the Sunday morning.
Further information will be given in due course.

 

 

 

Michael Dyment, CPAGB

Last, but by no means least, is a piece of NWPA news.
Congratulations go to Michael Dyment of the Hawarden club

who has recently gained his CPAGB.

 

 

August

NWPA  EXHIBITION  -  2021

The Presentations was recently made by our President, Ian O’Neill to Tanya Liepins  -  for the Best Nature Award

 

 

WPF CONFERENCE 2021
The Welsh Federation’s Annual Conference will be held this year over the weekend of 21/22 August via Zoom and it is free.
One of the speakers will be David Keep, well-known for his underwater and sports photography, and he will give his presentation on the Sunday morning.
Full information can be found on their website:  www.thewpf.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

NEWS FROM THE WELSH PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION

Digital AWPF Applications Invited – ACT NOW

The Welsh Photographic Federation (WPF) is holding its annual assessment for the award of Associate of the WPF (AWPF) on Sunday 7th of November 2021. Only 25 candidates are permitted to sit this prestigious assessment, but this year due to several candidates withdrawing at short notice, some vacancies are now available. We are inviting photographers to apply on a first come basis, because of the short notice, applications are limited to Digital media only.

 The closing date to receive the completed panel is 29th October. If you would like to hold the title AWPF then please consider applying, please register your interest by completing the application form, and emailing it to distinctions@thewpf.co.uk

Further information is available here. David Lewis AWPF (Distinctions Secretary) Email: distinctions@thewpf.co.uk

 

47th Smethwick International Open for Entries

The Smethwick International is back in its original format and they are accepting prints for this year’s exhibition. There are six sections: Colour Prints, Monochrome Prints, Nature Prints, Colour PDI, Monochrome PDI and Nature PDI. Four entries are allowed in each section and there are around 180 Medals and Ribbons to be won.  Online entry closes 5th November 202

www.smethwickinternational.com

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA A number of existing members and a few prospective members have expressed  an interest in a Zoom meeting.  This would allow us to meet some folk which we only know by name and share any ideas and perhaps a few images.   This would also be an opportunity to present an overview of PSA , it's membership, competitions and how to gain recognition through the Star and ROPA pathway.

I propose that this first meeting be on November 11th at 7:30pm and I will send a Zoom link to you all a few days beforehand. Meanwhile if you have any suggestions please let me know.

Ian Ledgard          iledgard004@gmail.com

 

Sharon Prenton Jones
MPAGB

Congratulations to Sharon, who recently gained her MPAGB She received her Certificate from from Ian O’Neill, NWPA President accompanied by Phil Chadwick PAGB Awards Officer

 

NWPA  40TH  ANNIVERSARY

Members of the NWPA are invited to a small celebration of our 40th birthday on Saturday 6th November 2021   6.00pm – 9.0pm

At the Craig-y-don Community Centre, Llandudno To book your place for this Social with a Buffet, plus tea, coffee and soft drinks, contact Terry Mills (Secretary)  imagininterry@yahoo.com    01766 810753        by 29th October (subsidised price of £5 per head)

This will follow on from the PDI Challenge in the afternoon from 2.00pm to 5.00pm  (Admission FREE)
For further information on the Challenge email    Phils.dpi@gmail.com
or go to the NWPA Website

November

 

 

 

 

December