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

Studio Night At The Club

Some members will remember the very informative studio night we had back in June, when Graham kindly showed us the new lights and kit recently added to our list of equipment. here are a couple of images from the night one by Gary and the other by myself.
Ross & Kyle by Arthur Mallett

Ross & Kyle by Gary Martin

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.

Swansea Battle 2012

On the 28th May we were entered in the Swansea Battle, unfortunately I was on holiday so Mandi kindly stood in for me.
I understand we ended up 5th overall, the full details will follow once I have a copy of the score sheet.
Now I have the full score sheet the individual entries and scores are as follows.
‘Todays News’ by Joyce Mollet 17pts, ‘Cathys Biscuits’ by Arthur Mallett 16pts, ‘The Sadhus’ by Gary Martin 19pts, ‘Rain Rain go Away’ by Alun Lewis 15pts, ‘Stranded’ by David Rees 19pts.
Overall Scores:
1st Abertawe 91pts
2nd Tenby 89pts
3rd Merthyr Tydfil 88pts
4th Swansea 87pts
5th Llanelli 86pts
=6th Phoenix 84pts
=6th The Vale
8th Rhondda 83pts
9th Trostre 82pts

Gwynfa Piccadilly Albums 2012 Report

Last night was the Gwynfa Piccadilly Albums competition, which we have won for the last two years. There were 4 clubs entered, Gwynfa, Merthyr, Inn Focus and Llanelli, the comp consisted of two rounds of 6 images one print section and one digital section.
Unfortunately we did not do great we were last in both sections and therefore last overall. The final result was a tie between Merthyr and Inn Focus, who shared the trophy 6 months each.
Our individual results were as follows
Print Section
Bambi Killer by Graham Harries 14pts
Taking a Break by Tony Collis 14pts
Railway Sidings by Arthur Mallett 16pts
Indigo Dye Worker by Joyce Mollet 17pts
Twighlight Years by Joyce Mollet 16pts
No Pallette by Jennifer Williams 17pts
Digital Section
Clowning Around by Steve Milton 19pts
Hear no, See no, Speak no by Graham Harries 17pts
Rain Rain Go Away by Alun Lewis 17pts
Selling Marigolds by Tony Collis 15pts
Shoemaker and his Helper by Joyce Mollet 17pts
Stranded by David Rees 18pts
Interestingly there were a total of 10 natural history images all scoring between 17-20pts and as we don’t do those sort of images, it left us rather short as well as the fact that when our entry was chosen the overall selection available was limited.
So congratulations to all those who were chosen especially to Steve for the highest individual score of 19pts (well deserved)

Ken Jones Trophy Results

Last night was the second running of the ‘Ken Jones’ Trophy and we were pleased to welcome again Mark Mathias the nephew of Ken who sponsored the trophy.
The judge was one of our longtime members Andrew Richards who gave a very interesting and worthy appraisal of the 36 images entered.
Yet again Gary Martin came out on top with a simple portrait of a local gentleman called ‘John’ this can be seen in our winners gallery on the right.

Mark Mathias presenting the trophy to Gary Martin