3 Way Amman Valley Battle Nov 21st 2012

Last night was the Annual 3 way battle at Amman Valley between AV, Carmarthen and Llanelli, it consists of two rounds of 8 projected images and 8 prints. The judge was Ian Ledgard LRPS, AWPF, EFIAP and EPSA
After round one of the projected images we were 2pts in front of AV with 139pts AV 137pts and Carms 135pts.
In round two prints we had the best print ‘Sadhus’ by Gary Martin scoring 20pts but AV came away with 137pts, Llanelli 133pts and Carms 129pts
So the final totals were
1st AV with 274pts
2nd Llanelli 272pts
3rd Carms 264pts
Our scores for each section were
Alice in Wonderland by Steve Milton 15pts
Gritty Romance by Gary Martin 17pts
In the Market Place by Joyce Mollet 18pts
Stormy Harbour by Gary Martin 19pts
Stranded by David Rees 19pts
The Art of Poetry by Jennifer Williams 15pts
Three Wise Men by Steve Milton 17pts
Tribal Man and his Wife by Joyce Mollet 19pts
Temple Boys by Tony Collis 17pts
Sleep Walking by Steve Milton 16pts
Who Am I by Jennifer Williams 16pts
John by Gary Martin 15pts
The Sadhus by Gary Martin 20pts
May the Force be with You by Ray Rees 16pts
Eyes of the House by David Rees 17pts
Gone Fishing by Ray Rees 16pts
Well done all who were chosen and special congratulations to Gary for his 20pt image.

5 Print Panel 2012

Last Wednesday was the annual 5 Print Panel Comp, this year the judge was Brian Coleman who is the current President of the WPF. He was also the past organiser of the AWPF distinction accreditation.
So Brian is more than qualified to judge such a competition. There were a number of very good entries and in the end he decided to share the best panel between two as shown below, however they were both by the same person namely Joyce Mollet as you might guess.
Joyce is a past expert at such entries having gained an LRPS, ARPS and AWP distinctions in print panels, she has also previously won this competition on several occasions.
Environmental Portraits by Joyce Mollet
Travel Portraits by Joyce Mollet
Well done Joyce and congratulations to all the other members who braved this daunting task.

Gwynfa Pixels 2012 Results

Last Saturday was the annual Gwnfa Pixels competition, this year 36 clubs entered only 1 short of the all time entry of 37.
We felt we had a fairly strong entry, however after 3 rounds we were only 2pts behind the leaders with our last image by Joyce to come. Normally that would be our banker, but on this occasion it fell short with a score of 13pts. Final scores below
‘The Axe Man Cometh’ by Gary Martin 17pts
‘Clowning Around’ by Steve Milton 19pts
‘The Eye of the Beholder’ by Jennifer Williams 19pts 
‘On the Farm’ by Joyce Mollet 13pts
Our final score of 68pts left us in 11th= place, which is on par with the last 4 years. The eventual winners after a countback was Tenby who finished on 77pts with Inn Focus, but Tenby took it with 3 x 20pts and Inn Focus only had 2 x 20pts.
Best colour was won by Tenby and best Monochrome was won by Rhondda.
Well done to those who had images chosen and special mention to Steve and Jennifer for both scoring 19pts. Thanks also to Jackie, Alun and Joyce for accompanying me on the day.
‘The Axe Man Cometh’ by Gary Martin
‘Clowning Around’ by Steve Milton
‘Eye of the Beholder’ by Jennifer Williams
‘On the Farm’ by Joyce Mollet

Ivor Russell Trophy 2012

A few weeks ago we held the third running of the ‘Ivor Russell Trophy’ previously won by Clive martin two years running. This year we had another excellent entry judged by Nick Jenkins ARPS, AWPF.
We also had members of the Ivor Russell family including his wife as well as the Nia Griffith MP, Town Mayor, Rural and County Councillors and others.
The members provided an excellent buffet and a good night was had by all. After the excellent critique by Nick the eventual winner was Joyce Mollet LRPS, ARPS, AWPF with an image of a local farmer.
Below are a few photo’s taken by Ray Rees (President) from the night including the presentation by the judge and Mrs Russell.
From the left Chairman Carmarthen CC Cllr Sian Thomas, Llanelli Town Mayor Winston Lemon,
Joyce Mollet, Nick Jenkins (Judge), Nia Griffith MP (holding the Trophy),
Mrs Russell and Chairman Llanelli Rural Council Cllr Tegwen Devichand
Nia Griffith giving a small speech with Mrs Russell and Nick
in the background
A shot of the audience taken by our President Ray Rees

2012 Summer Challenge

The last challenge before the club returned to normal after the summer break was our annual ‘Summer Challenge’ this year organised by last years winner Peter Morgan.
He set the scene on the night by choosing a link to the 2012 Olympics, with the word ‘Medals’ from this 6 themes were set
We all met at 7pm and had approx 2hrs to gather our shots based on the individual themes and return to Weatherspoons to download and fill up with well earned sustenance.
When we returned to the club for our first night after the break on September 5th all the images from each theme were shown and a winner from each selected, when all the winners were completed this gave us an overall winner Andrew Johns who this year was presented with his gold medal by Peter Morgan & Peter Williams (Int Comp Sec). 

Below are the winning images from each theme and the overall winner presentation:

Winner of Summer Challenge 2012
presented with his Gold Medal
by Peter Morgan & Peter Williams


Silver by Terry Williams


     Decoration by Andrew Johns
Action by John Ellis
Energy by John Ellis
Length by Andrew Johns
Modern by Andrew Johns

Amman Valley June 2012 Battle

Last night was the annual 5 club battle at A.Valley. The clubs taking part were Carmarthen, Pembrey, Neath, Amman Valley and ourselves. The comp was over 8 prints per club, judged by Kevin Thomas.
Our entry was ‘Death of a Dream’ by Peter Francis 18pts, ‘Gritty Romance’ by Gary Martin 20pts, ‘No Palette’ by Jennifer Williams 19pts, ‘Indigo Dye Worker’ by Joyce Mollet 17pts, ‘Solitude’ by Graham Harries 18pts, ‘Tranqil Dawn’ by David Rees 17pts, ‘Twighlight in Bath’ by Arthur Mallett 17pts and ‘Subway-New York’ by John Ellis 16pts.
This gave us a total of 142pts and an overall WIN, in second place was Neath with 136pts and third was A. Valley with 130pts, equal 4th with 128pts were Pembrey and Carmarthen.
Well done to all those who had images selected and special congratulations to Gary for the only 20pt print in the competition

Barrian Cup 2012

Yesterday was the annual battle at Barry CC. This year there were 24 clubs entered with 5 prints each (at least one landscape). The judge was a lady called Margaret Salisbury FRPS, APAGB, MFIAP, apparently she was the first lady judge in the 17years the competition has been running.
If we ever need a good judge I would recommend her as she was very precise and very entertaining at the same time.
Our 5 prints were ‘Railway Sidings’ by Arthur Mallett (15pts), ‘Eye of the Beholder’ by Jennifer Williams (17pts), ‘Rusting Wreck’ by Gary Martin (14pts), ‘Clowning Around’ by Steve Milton (17pts) and ‘Grandfather and Child’ by Joyce Mollet (20pts).
Out of the 5 prints we have to submit at least one landscape, this was difficult as we were limited with the number of options, therefore we decided to enter the image by Gary. But as you can see we were unfortunate with the mark scored.
However we were redeemed by the image from Joyce, which scored 20pts (well done again Joyce) one of only four 20pts scored out of the 96 prints shown (96 different authors).
The overall winners were Gwynfa CC with 87pts and the winner of the Best Landscape was Rhondda CC. As you can see our final score was 83pts leaving us in =5th place. Last year we were 14th.
Congratulations must also go to two new members Jennifer and Steve for giving us good scores of 17pts each.