WPF Memorial Trophy 2014 Result

Following last Sunday judging of the Memorial Trophy, I can now reveal the full results. It ended up with another win for Inn Focus, closely followed by Cardiff CC. Our entry was 4 prints by Arthur, John, Steve and Jennifer with ‘Double Header’ 16pts, ‘Amphu Labsta Pass’ 15pts, ‘Soul Taker’ 18pts and ‘Grounded’ 19pts respectively. That left us in 5th place points wise and =8th overall on count back with several other clubs. The total number of clubs entered was 24, the judge was Tony Dudley from the West Mids a current member of the prestigious club Smethwick.

The scoring was difficult as the judge had not seen the images beforehand even though they were delivered before Christmas. He initially did the critique on them all then scored them after the break holding back 25 images for final scoring, which were then done in no particular order so keeping the score sheet up to date was a bit of a nightmare. Only one image ended up with 20pts and that was a Kingfisher print from Inn Focus.

Final positions were, Inn Focus 74pts, Cardiff’ 72pts, Cymbran, Ebbw Vale and The Vale 71pts, Tenby and Towy Valley 69pts and then 6 clubs on 68pts inc Llanelli

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This coming Sunday 26th January Rhondda CC are hosting the annual Memorial Trophy on behalf of the WPF, the venue is Maes y Haf,  Trealaw, Rhondda, CF40 2UB. It starts at 2.00pm. The judge is Tony Dudley from Midland Counties Photographic Federation.

How to get to Maes y Haf Community Hall from Junction 34 of the M4 at Miskin

Take the A4119 at Talbot Green towards Tonyrefail/Rhondda. Continue through 7 roundabouts.
At 8th roundabout take 3rd exit on B4278 towards Penygraig At next roundabout take 2nd exit, still on B4278.

Continue approx 1 mile to T-junction, then right on B4058 towards Porth.

After about 200 yards, turn left over railway bridge and bear left to top of hill.

The Royal pub should be in front of you. Turn right onto the main road.
Maes y Haf is the building next to the pub

Brian Jennings Result

Monday night was the annual Brian Jennings Trophy hosted by Trostre CC. Our entry was ‘Ashes to Ashes’ by Jennifer Williams (20pts), ‘Misty Morning’ by Arthur Mallett (17pts), ‘Severn Sunset’ by Clive Martin (19pts), ‘A Drink from Grandma’ by Joyce Mollet (20pts) and ‘Blue Tit’ by David Rees (19pts).
As usual Trostre provided an excellent night with the usual superb buffet, it was well attended by all the clubs entered (8) and to cap it all we came away with our first WIN of the year beating Tenby by just 1 point. The judge was Roy Thomas and each club entered 5 prints. Interestingly Tenby beat us by 1pt last year!

The final results were

Llanelli 95pts, Tenby 94pts, Carmarthen 89pts, Towy Valley 89pts, Abertawe 87pts, Trostre 86pts, Pembrey/Bury Port 85pts and Amman Valley 82pts

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Trophy being presented to Ray Rees (President) by Roy Thomas (Judge)
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Ray topping up with one of the Raffle Prizes

Well done to all that were selected and thanks go to all the members who attended from Llanelli making it a very enjoyable night.

Stanley Chell Results

Last Saturday was the last of the 2013 external competitions entered by LPS. There were a total of 27 clubs entered again from across the WPF area. It was judged over 4 rounds (prints) by Martin Fry from Cheltenham. After the first two rounds we were =3rd, after 3 rounds we were =2nd and at the end came away with a very credible =3rd position behind Gwynfa and Inn Focus Group.

Our entry consisted of 4 prints, ‘Holy Island’ by Clive Martin 18pts, ‘Paper Chase’ by Jennifer Williams 16pts, ‘A Drink from Grandma’ by Joyce Mollet 17pts and ‘The Bird Cage’ by Steve Milton 16pts. These scores may seem a little low but the overall judging was very fair and went from as low as 11pts to the max of 20pts, although there were only two 20pts scored in the whole competition.

Tredegar walked away with the best B&W, Swansea with best Colour, Bridgened with best Landscape and Inn Focus with best image overall. There were trophies for all these categories.

The winning club for the actual ‘Stanley Chell Trophy’ was Gwynfa 69pts, second was Inn Focus with 68pts and Llanelli/Towey Valley =3rd with 67pts. So again we came in the top three of 27 clubs

Well done to all those who were selected

Amman Valley 3 Way Battle Result

This is one of the two annual events held by Amman Valley CC. The other in June is a 6way Battle. The clubs entered were Amman Valley, Carmarthen and ourselves. The competition is split into two halves the first being 8 prints and the second half 8 dpi images. At the end of round 1 we were in the lead by 3pts from Carmarthen, after the second round, which we also won by 4pts again from Carmarthen. We came out victors with a total of 287pts from Carmarthen 280pts and AV 262pts. The competition was judged by Roy Thomas from Neath.

Our entry was as follows

Prints, ‘End of a Dream’ by Peter Francis 17pts, ‘Glacier Express’ by Arthur Mallett 17pts, ‘Amphu Labtsa Pass’ by John Ellis 20pts, ‘Pure’ by Jennifer Williams 16pts, ‘Green Eyes’ by Steve Milton 18pts, ‘Cwmorthin’ by Graham Harries 18pts, ‘Ashes to Ashes’ by Jennifer Williams 18pts and ‘Beautiful Demoiselle’ by David Rees 19pts

Digital, ‘California Dreaming’ by Steve Milton 16pts, ‘Going to Morning Prayer’ by Peter Francis 19pts, ‘Severn Sunset’ by Clive Martin 20pts, ‘Stroke’ by John Ellis 17pts, ‘Egret’ by Jason Dale 18pts, ‘Grounded’ by Jennifer Williams 19pts, ‘Silhouette’ by Arthur Mallett 17pts and ‘The Apprentice’ by Joyce Mollet 18pts.

Special congratulations to both Clive and John for scoring 20pts

Gwynfa Pixels Result

Saturday 2nd November was the 2013 Gwynfa Pixels competition held by Gwynfa CC at Talbot Green. there were a total of 36 clubs entered, just one short of the record. So we were in good company, with clubs from all over the WPF Federation area as well as clubs from North Wales. The judges were Gwen and Phil Charnock from ex Wigan Ten fame (twice World dpi Champions)

Our entry consisted of 4 images as mentioned in the previous blog, one by Joyce, one by Steve, one by Jennifer and one by David Rees. They scored 16pts, 15pts, 20pts and 15pts respectively. Jennifers image ‘Ashes to Ashes’ then went through to be judged against another 5/20pts scores for best Colour Image (3 of which were from Inn Focus) and WON. The photo below was taken of myself receiving the trophy on behalf of Jennifer by the two judges.

Our eventual position was =6th, which is our best score in the last 5 years of the event and confirms our standing as one of the top 5 clubs in the WPF. This is a position we have maintained over that period even though major competition has come from new emerging clubs such as Inn Focus etc

Well done to all that were chosen and a special thanks to those members who joined me on the day, special congratulations to Jennifer.

Arthur receiving Trophy for best Colour Image at Gwynfa Pixels 2013
Arthur receiving Trophy for best Colour Image at Gwynfa Pixels 2013

Other External Competitions Imminent

Other forthcoming comps to look out for are:

Amman Valley 3 way battle, where 8 prints and 8dpi are entered. The date for this is 20th November

Stanley Chell comp approx 20-25 clubs enter annually, where 4 prints are entered with at least 1 Landscape. This takes place on 23rd November

Gwynfa Pixels 2013

The entry for this years Gwnfa Pixels has now been submitted and congratulations to the following members who will be representing the club. the competition takes place on Saturday 2nd November and will be judged by Phil Charnock FRPS, MFIAP of Wigan 10 fame. For those members who are not familiar with this judge he was a member of ‘Wigan 10’ club who have won the World Digital Image Comp twice in the last 3 years. You can visit his web site at http://www.charnockphotography.co.uk

The location for this event is Talbot Green Community Centre, Cowbridge Rd, Talbot Green, CF72 8HS and it starts at 2.30pm, doors open at 1.45pm. Refreshments & buffet provided. I will be attending to represent the club and I will have 3 seats available first come first served. So lets try and show good support for the club and especially those who represent us! This is your opportunity to see the standard throughout the WPF

Joyce Mollet with ‘A Drink from Grandma’

A drink from Grandma

Steve Milton with ‘Green Eyes

green eyes

Jennifer Williams with ‘Ashes to Ashes’

Ashes to Ashes

David Rees with ‘Male Agrion’

Male Agrion

Results will be posted once the comp has finished, in the past few years our best score has been =10th and that was in 2010, usually around 25 clubs are entered.

Our Carmarthenshire ‘Ivor Russell Trophy’ 2013

Last week we had the annual Ivor Russell trophy, which represents prints taken in Carmarthenshire in honour of Ivor Russell. In attendance was Mrs Russell together with her son and daughter. After an introduction by our president Ray Rees the judge Nick Jenkins began his critique of the 16 prints submitted, this was a slightly reduced number based on the previous 3 years we have been running this competition, however the quality of the entries made up for this.

After a very good critique by Nick we had an excellent buffet supplied by the members after which the winners were announced. As this is a special one of trophy only the winner is given recognition, however the top six were indicated on the night and it was a close run thing as Nick pointed out.

The eventual winner was Jason Dale with his ‘Machyns Sunset’. Above is a picture of the presentation to Jason with Nick Jenkins on the left and Mrs Russell presenting the trophy on the right.

Ace of Prints 2013

On the 7th July the WPF held an inaugural print competition to choose the two clubs who would represent the WPF in the National finals at Connaughs Quay in October, this choice would normally be made from the Salon entry, which we won this year but the WPF chose to create this new event for the selection process.

As I was on holiday Graham and Jay attended and made the necessary selections for the second round after the selection committee had chosen the 1st round entry prior to the competition. The club entry had to be 12 prints for round 1 consisting of at least 5 B&W (Monochrome) and 5 colour with no more than 3 Natural History. In round 2 it was 15 prints with the same criteria although images from round 1 could be used again dependant on there 1st round score.

After round 1 we were in =7th position from the 11 clubs that took part, after the final round 2 we ended up in =5th place, with Inn Focus on top and Tenby second. Both these clubs go forward to represent the WPF in October.

Round 1 Entry: Night Bus Graham 12pts, Village Girl Joyce 12pts, Holy Island Clive 12pts, Village Matron Peter F 12pts, Morning Mist Arthur 11pts, Material Girl Steve 11pts, Mr Calford Graham 10pts, Captured by her Eyes Joyce 10pts, All that Jazz Jo 10pts, Welder David R 10pts, Blue Green Yellow Clive 10pts and Shepherd in Rajastan Joyce 10pts

Round 2 Entry: Old Chapel Clive 13pts, Night Bus Graham 12pts, Three Wise Men Steve 12pts, Morning Chores Joyce 12pts, Holy Island Clive 12pts, The Crow Steve 11pts, Village Matron Peter F 11pts, Camp in Gujarat Joyce 11pts, Matterhorn Arthur 11pts, Wanna Balloon Jennifer 11pts, Cwmorthin Graham 11pts, Morning Mist Arthur 11pts, Sadhus Gary 10pts, Glacier Express Arthur 10pts and Village Girl Joyce 10pts

Sospan Trophy Result

Before the club closed for the summer we held our annual ‘Sospan Trophy’ event. A battle between ourselves, Amman Valley, Carmarthen, Pembrey, Tenby and Trostre.

All the clubs entered 6 projected images and the judge was Liegh Woolford, after the first 3 rounds we were 2pts clear of Tenby in. We then had a break and as usual a good spread was provided by the members. Once all the images were shown we came out triumphant with 113pts

Trophy Presentation to our President Ray Rees by Liegh Woolford our Judge

Full Result

Llanelli 113pts, Tenby 109pts, Pembrey 102pts, Carmarthen 102pts, Amman valley 99pts, Trostre 95pts