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

Amman Valley Battle Results

We are now on 5th June and the 5 way battle at Amman Valley, Ray and myself were there to fly the flag for LPS and it was a successful night coming away with a win. The judge was Kevin Thomas who gave a very fair and detailed critique. The entry was as follows

  • David Rees ‘Eyes of the House’ 16pts
  • Ray Rees ‘Man in the Blue Scarf’ 18pts
  • Arthur Mallett ‘Matterhorn Vista’ 15pts
  • Clive Martin ‘Hey i’m over Here’ 17pts
  • Clive Martin ‘Blue, Green and Yellow’ 20pts
  • Arthur Mallett ‘Misty Morning’ 16pts
  • Joyce Mollet ‘Captured by her Eyes’ 15pts
  • Joyce Mollet ‘A Village Girl’ 17pts

That gave us a total of 134pts in 1st place with Neath in 2nd with 130pts and Amman Valley in 3rd with 128pts. Well done to Clive for his 20pts score and thanks to all who were selected to represent LPS

Swansea Battle Results

On the 3rd of June we had the Swansea Battle between 10 clubs, our entry was from

  • Steve Milton ‘Colour Rock’ 18pts
  • Joyce Mollet ‘Shepherd in Rahjastan’ 18pts
  • Peter Francis ‘Marsh Pride Lion’ 18pts
  • Graham Harries ‘Cwmorthin’ 17pts
  • Arthur Mallett ‘Glacier Express’ 16pts

That left us with 87pts total and =6th place. The winners were Abertawe with 94pts, 2nd were Barry with 92pts and 3rd  Tenby with 91pts. Abertawe also won the best print trophy. The judge was Martin Pinches.

Well done to all who were selected to represent the club and thanks to the numerous members who were there to cheer the club on

Barrian Cup Results

1st June was the annual Barrian Cup run by Barry CC, unfortunately I was unable to attend but Dave Paskin was there to represent the Club. We had 5 prints entered.

‘Morning Mist’ by Arthur Mallett 17pts

‘Holy Island’ by Clive Martin 17pts

‘Firestarter’ by Graham Harries 17pts

‘Amphu Labsta Pass Himalayas’ by John Ellis 18pts

‘Boy Monk’ by Peter Francis 15pts

This gave us 84 pts and left us in 15th= position, the comp was won by Inn Focus with 96pts, 2nd was Gwynfa 92pts and 3rd Thornbury 91pts.




Ken Jones Trophy

On the 29th May we held the third Ken Jones Trophy to celebrate one of our past members, again Mark Mathias (nephew) was in attendance to watch the proceedings and award the trophy to the winner. We had a very good entry of approx 48 prints all on the theme of Monochrome/B&W. Our judge for the night was Rob Mitchell who gave a sterling critique and the outstanding winner was John Ellis with a wonderful shot from the Himalayas.

From the left Judge Rob Mitchell, John Ellis and Mark Mathias


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.

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!