Stanley Chell 2014 Results – 4th Place For LPS

At the start of December, LPS was involved with the last of the 2014 external competitions – The Stanley Chell. Our entry consisted of four prints from Steve Milton, Jennifer Williams, Netley Davies and Joyce Mollet. These images scored as follows:

1. Steve – A Mourning – 20
2. Netley – Iceland Horses – 16
3. Jen – Feeding The Idea – 19
4. Joyce – Shepherd In Rajastan – 18

These scores gave us a combined total of 73 which was good enough for joint 4th place along with Gwynfa, Merthyr Tydfil and Cwmbran. The 2014 Stanley Chell trophy was won by Inn Focus (78 points) who edged out Ebbw Vale (77). Gwent were third with 75 points.

Congratulations to all involved.

LPS At The Amman Valley Battle 2014

On Wednesday 19th November, LPS were involved with a 3 Way Battle with Amman Valley and Carmarthenshire – at Amman Valley.

It was an 8 print and 8 DPI battle and the following images were entered.

Prints..

1. The Lonely – Colin West – 18
2. Entering Gereinger Fjord – Arthur – 16
3. The Bore Hole – Pete Francis – 16
4. Face Full Of Fish – Jason – 19
5. Still Standing Proud – Clive – 20
6. Think I Found The Problem – Alun – 17
7. The Valley – Graham – 18
8. Roses Are Red – Jennifer – 18

DPIs…

1. The Lighthouse Keeper – Steve – 20
2. The Loner – Graham – 18
3. Weeping Angels – Jamie – 15
4. Worm’s Head Sunset – Jason – 18
5. Top Of The Class – Jackie – 18
6. Beware Of Trains – Clive – 15
7. Call Of Duty – Andrea – 18
8. Ebliu & The Hawk – Jennifer – 16

Our total score of 280 wasn’t quite enough to edge out Carmarthen who won with a score of 281. Congratulations to them and a big thanks to the folks at Amman Valley for putting on a fabulous evening.

LPS At Gwynfa Pixels 2014

In November 2014 it was the annual Gwynfa Pixels external competition. LPS were represented by four images which we hoped would be strong enough to make a challenge for the top spot. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and our images scored as follows:

1. Ebilu and Hawk – Jennifer – 12
2. The Valley – Graham 14
3. Call of Duty – Andrea 14
4. The Lighthouse Keeper – Steve 15

This gave us a score of 55 and placed us equal 16th along with Tenby, Coleford and Cynon Isaf.

Swansea were the overall winners with 71pts
Best Colour was Bleak Grazers from Bridgend Camera Club
Best B&W was Waiting NYC from Swansea.

Congratulations to them and a big thanks to Gwynfa CC for yet another successful event.

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