Club Outing 1st April Britton Ferry and Neath

Last Bank Holiday was the latest club outing and attended by about 15 members in 4 cars. First we went to Britton Ferry and walked along the estuary to the end where the old pipelines are, then it was back to McDonalds for a quick refreshment before moving on to the old lighthouse ship in the river near Neath, what a sight and lovely textures for HDR imaging as can already be seen on the Facebook page. But for those who have not seen them hear are a few to ponder over.

Oh and by the way we nearly lost our President when he was about to be locked behind bars when the security closed the gates behind us at Neath.

Kidwelly Camera Club Visit LPS

On Wednesday 27th March, Kidwelly Camera Club paid a visit to The LPS. It was a great opportunity to meet up and find out what goes on at other clubs in the region. Usually when clubs meet it’s under competition conditions so this made a change from the norm.

During the evening a number of the Kidwelly members presented images, shared their work and answered questions – thanks to everyone who took part! Amongst the photos were some fantastic wildlife shots, landscapes and montages. The latter providing plenty of food for thought amongst the artistic and creative LPS members.

Talking of food there was a lovely buffet to accompany the evening – so a big thanks to everyone for that. A return trip, when The LPS will head over to Kidwelly, is scheduled for later in the year.

Photo Montage
Montage Tutorials
Kidwelly Camera Club

Photo by Gary Martin!

WPF Salon 2013 Results

Update of a few minutes ago, we only won the ‘Gwyn Morgan Trophy’ for the best panel of prints, also Best colour print with Steve Milton and I myself won a judges choice award. Fantastic well done everybody. Full details can be seen on The WPF.

We had the prints back from the Salon selection, which took place over the weekend and after collating the returns I can report subject to confirmation the following acceptances for prints, These are all now confirmed.

A total of 30 colour and 12 monochrome were submitted and 12 were accepted, which represents a 28.5% acceptance the best result since 2007 when I began organising the club entry.

In the colour section we had the following (Gwyn Morgan Trophy Winners)

Clive Martin 2
Steve Milton 2 (Best Colour Print)
Arthur Mallett 2 (Judges Award)
Graham Harries 2
Jennifer Williams 1
Alun Lewis 1

In the Monochrome section we had

Peter Francis 2

Digital 16 entered 4 acceptances 25% well done again

Arthur Mallett 2
Clive Martin 1
Graham Harries 1

Well done to all who entered and especially the members who were successful, I will update this blog once we have the full results including the digital section.

One last report is that it is rumoured that Steve Milton has won a special award for his ‘Material Girl’ image, however we await confirmation of this. Fingers crossed Steve. I can now confirm that indeed he did win the ‘Best Colour Print’ – Well done Steve!

This is a copy of the entry just posted on The WPF! WOW WOW WOW. Massive congratulations to the Llanelli PS.

The results of the 2013 Welsh Salon of Photography have been collated and the judges (Graeme Webb EFIAP, EPSA. Kate Webb EFIAP, EPSA and Phil Davies EFIAP, Hon FWPF, UPI 1crown) have accepted a total of 141 prints (92 colour and 49 monochrome) and 131 digital images. (Note, Phil Davies replaced Ann Davies who was unwell on the weekend that the adjudication took place).

The Gwyn Morgan Trophy for the best panel of six prints was won by Llanelli Photographic Society and the Walter Morgan Trophy for the best panel of six digital images was won by Inn Focus Group.

The seventeen headline awards and thirteen highly commended awards were shared among 25 different photographers, they being: Arthur Mallett, Barry Hill, Brian Sewell, Chris Powell, Coltrane Koh, David Norton, Ed Cloutman, Gareth Martin, Gary Howells, Gerwyn Williams, Gwynfryn Jones, Ian Munro, Jenny Hibbert, John Cooke, Leigh Woolford, Matthew Jones, Neville Thomas, Nick Walton, Norman Cahill, Ron Lines, Roy Peters, Sam Warr, Siddhesh Ghag, Steve Milton and Tom Dee.

A special mention must go to to Sam Warr of Ebbw Vale who won the Under 25 Award for his photograph entitled ‘The Victorian Gentleman’. Sam is 16.

The opening ceremony and presentation of awards will take place at Pontypridd Museum on 7th May at 6.30pm and the exhibition will run until the end of May.

Awards Dinner 2013

Today was the annual awards dinner this year held at Alitalia and organised by Roy Watkins. There was a reasonable turn out of approx 35 members and guests.

After the meal the main event of the evening was the presentation of the trophies for 2012. Peter Francis and Joyce Mollet both walked away with 3 awards each, Arthur Lees walked away with 2 and Graham, Alun, Netley, Jennifer, Tony, Clive and Gary all got one.

The presentations ended with the prestigious Beginner of the Year award, which this time went to Jo Seaward (well done Jo).

2012 Winners
Monthly Print overall points scorer
Pete Francis
Monthly Digital overall points scorer
Alun Lewis
Print of the Year
Netley Davies
Digital Projected of the year
Graham Harries
Five Prints Panel
Joyce Mollet
Five Projected Images Panel
Joyce Mollet
Audio-Visual Presentation
Pete Francis
Special Effects
Jennifer Williams
Nautical Challenge
Arthur Mallett
Clive Martin
Best Exhibition Print
Arthur Lees
Best Exhibition Monochrome
Arthur Lees
Best Exhibition Colour (George Shaw Rose Bowl)
Tony Collis
Beginner of the Year
Jo Seaward
Photographer of the Year
Peter Francis
Ivor Russell Trophy
Joyce Mollet
Ken Jones Memorial Trophy
Gary Martin
Happy Winners 6 Trophies between them
Smiles all Round

Day Out at Porthcawl

Another successful day out organised by Gary, this time at Kenfig Nature reserve followed by Porthcawl. It took at least 4 cars to get everyone there even though some got lost and went to the wrong place (no names mentioned)!

Here are some of the images from the day

WPF Salon 2013

I have just finished collating the entry for this years Salon, unfortunately it is the smallest entry yet since I have been doing it.

There were a total of 10 members entered, with 30 Colour prints, 12 Monochrome and 16 digital. This meant that we could not enter the digital club competition as we did not have enough members entering (4) six are needed to pick a selection from. So we are only entered in the 6 print club competition.

Keep your eyes peeled for the results, some time in late March/early April

Ace of Clubs 2013 Results

Yesterday was the 2013 Ace of Clubs, thanks to Jackie and Peter Morgan for their company. This competition is quite long and complex because each club has to choose 30 images to work from over 3 rounds of judging.
Round 1 is chosen at the time the entry is made, after the judging for round 1 we were in a lowly 14th place out of 17 clubs, so we then had to choose another 10 images for round 2 this time we came out 7th, however this was not good enough to get us in the top 8 clubs for the final as we ended up cumulatively in 11th place and 9 clubs on count back went through.
So it was left to us to contest the Plate competition, for this we had to pick another 8 images 5 of which could be used again, at the end of this judging we were second to Western Valley.
The eventual overall winners were yet again Tenby with Inn Focus in second, because Inn Focus had automatic entry to the National Finals in July at Warwick (due to there top ten place last year) a second club was chosen and they were Ebbw Vale.
In case you were wondering, each year the top two clubs go forward to represent the WPF at the National Finals for dpi images, a similar event will take place in June to choose the two clubs for the Print equivalent. That National final is held in Chester and we were one of the representatives about 5 years ago
There is one major observation from this competition and that is that we were very let down by a lack of Natural History or Nature photos, nearly all the top clubs had at least 3/4 images in this category all of which scored highly 13-15pts (max 15pts)
This is an area we always fall down on, so come on guys and girls lets see some images! 

WPF Memorial Trophy 2013

Yesterday was the annual WPF Memorial trophy, hosted again this year by ourselves at the Selwyn Samuel Centre Llanelli.
23 clubs entered this year and the judge Ken Holland based in Teighnmouth was from the Western Counties Federation. His scoring was certainly refreshing where scores varied between 5 and 20pts, this made for a very interesting critique (maybe more judges should follow his lead)
One club scored 3 x 20pt prints but still did not win, which shows how a more varied scoring can effect the end result.
Each club had 4 prints entered and ours were
Lonely Road by Arthur Lees 16pts
Silence of the iPad by Jennifer Williams 12pts
The Sadhus by Gary Martin 12pts
Clowning Around by Steve Milton 17pts
This left us in 6= place at the end with guess who taking the spoils yet again yes you’ve guessed it Tenby with 72pts (know 20’s either)
2nd place went to 3 clubs Bridgend, Cardiff and Inn Focus (last years winners).
Thanks must go to all the members who turned up on the morning to help with the set up and all those who managed to support the club during the afternoon judging. Also thanks to the local dignitaries who also graced us with their presence.
Not to mention the photographers who recorded the event for posterity? you know who you are. I am sure there will be some memorable images of the day to follow!

Introduction by our President Ray Rees
Dave Paskin
Judge Critique on ‘Lonely Road’ by Arthur Lees
You know who? displaying the Prints
Carole doing a great job on the Raffle
Netley in Concentration
‘The Sadhus’ by Gary Martin



Brian Jennings Trophy 2013

On Monday 14th January we had the first external Competition of the year at Trostre CC. We were the defending winners from last year so our expectations were high.
There were 8 clubs competing, Amman Valley, Abertawe, Carmarthen, Pembrey, Tenby, Towy Valley, Trostre and ourselves.
5 Prints from each club and the Judge was Rob Mitchell, after the first 3 rounds we were even with Tenby on 52pts, so it was all down to the last two prints we scored 17 and 20pts and Tenby scored 18 and 20pts. So we lost by just 1pt to our old rivals Tenby.
Over the last 4 years I think we have shared the trophy with Tenby only breaking their run last year.
So well done to our entrants, especially Clive for his 20pts
‘Firestarter’ by Graham Harries 17pts
‘Her place is in the Home’ by Joyce Mollet 19pts
‘Cheeky Beggar’ by Tony Collis 16pts
‘Me Myself and I’ by Jennifer Williams 17pts
Holy Island‘ by Clive Martin 20pts
Overall placings were:
1st Tenby 90pts
2nd Llanelli 89pts
3rd Carmarthen 82pts
=4th Amman Valley 81pts
=4th Abertawe 81pts
=4thTowy Valley 81pts
=4th Trostre 81pts
8th Pembrey 77pts