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
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!
Yesterday we had a small outing to Bury Port organised and led by Gary. The day started with Gary giving a class on aperture and speed settings and there relevance when taking photos. This was done in the sand with his trusty umberella.
Here are a few images from the day enjoyed by those who attended
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.
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
So a new year begins, our first meeting will be on 9th January when we will choose the winners for the best projected and best print from the 2012 winners. So if you were a winner be sure to bring your winning image in on the night otherwise you cannot be considered for the honour.
It will also be hand in for the first print comp of the year, so don’t forget those entries especially the new members.
As a reminder for all members the deadline for anyone who wishes to enter the WPF Salon will be around 3rd week of February as the entry has to be in by the WPF AGM held in early March.
All details can be found on the WPF web site including entry forms costs etc
During the Christmas break some members braved the elements and went to Penllergare Woods, here are a few of the images from the day
|Come on Ray get it Right
|The Happy Band
Saturday 24th November was the Stanley Chell competition, our entry was with 4 members work.
‘Machyns Pools’ by Clive Martin 16pts
‘Clowning Around’ by Steve Milton 19pts
‘Todays News’ by Joyce Mollet 17pts
‘Gritty Romace’ by Gary Martin 16pts
There were 26 clubs entered and after the first two rounds we were 1pt behind the leaders with 36pts, however we fell away in the second half only scoring 32pts when most of the contenders were scoring 39pts.
We finally ended in 10th place on count back (7th on points) so not to bad. Well done to those who were chosen for the entry and thanks to Jackie and Joyce for their company
The overall winners were Gwynfa with 75pts, best landscape was by Bridgend, best Monochrome by Neath, best colour print by Gwynfa and a new trophy for best image overall was won by Inn Focus Group.
In second place was Inn Focus, Port Talbot and Bridgend with 74pts and third was Tenby with 73pts.
Last Friday/Saturday was the 2012 Annual Exhibition held at the St Elli Centre Llanelli.
This year we had an excellent entry of 81 prints showing the best from the members, early Friday morning Kevin Thomas came and judged the entries to find the best Monochrome, best Colour and best overall image, with a few highly commended as well
Best Colour was ‘Temple Boys’ byTony Collis
Best Monochrome was ‘Lonely Road’ by Arthur Lees, this was also judged best print in show.
‘Rabari Tribal Women’ by Joyce Mollet ‘Holy Island’ by Clive Martin
‘Railway Sidings’ by Arthur Mallett ‘Pipped at the Post’ by Clive Martin
‘Hoody’ by Andrew Johns ‘Fire Starter’ by Graham Harries
‘No Palette’ by Jennifer Williams
During the two days the public were asked to vote for their favourite, with a prize of their favourite print for the person who was drawn at the end of the show.
‘Twilight in Bath’ by Arthur Mallett (17 votes) was voted the public choice in a close run contest with ‘No Palette’ by Jennifer Williams (14 votes)
The person who won the draw was a Mr Robert Ephgrave who chose the wheel in the Mine photo by Peter Francis
Well done to all who entered without whom it would not have been possible and a special congratulations to all the winners and runners up. Also a big thanks to all who manned the stand and helped set it up and dismantle during the two days.
| Lonely Road by Arthur Lees
|Temple Boys by Tony Collis
|Twilight in Bath by Arthur Mallett
| Holy Island by Clive Martin
|Fire Starter by Graham Harries
| Rabari Tribal Woman by Joyce Mollet
|Pipped at the Post by Clive Martin
| Hoody by Andrew Johns
|Railway Sidings by Arthur Mallett
|No Palette by Jennifer Williams