North Wales Photographic Association
Cymdeithas Ffotograffig Gogledd Cymru
Member of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
Club Walks and COVID19 Restrictions
With all the restrictions being slowly lifted, and clubs can now think about normality, Mold CC has sent the NWPA a small guide for Club walks and trips, these are precautions that the NHS has handed out, but in a handy handout format. Click here to download the editable Word document.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Sharon Prenton-Jones, of the Conwy Camear Club, has been awarded the highest award possible from the PAGB, MPAGB. Well done to Sharon, we look forward to seeing the 20 images she has to put before the Judges to get the award. A soon as we receive the images they'll be posted on the MPAGB gallery.
Congratulation to Dave Jones of Deeside Camera club, seen here being awared his HonNWPA award by the Vice President Linda Bell, Dave was the founder member of Deeside Camera Club and has been active in the club and the NWPA for many years.
Entries closed at Midnight Saturday 10th April, and we are pleased to announce there are 1005 entries over the five catagories.
Selection day will be on the 8th May, and the results will be sent out by no later than the 10th May to all who entered.
Awards and succesfull images will be available to view from the 10th May on web site.
Good luck all who entered.
Congratulation to Mike Heller of the Caernarfon Club, seen here being awared his HonNWPA award by the President Ian O'Neill, for all his 40 years of services to the Caernarfon Camera Club as well as his support to the NWPA.
It is our pleasure to announce that Phil Chadwick of Eryri Photo Group has been awarded the HonNWPA for his services to the NWPA and for clubs he's been a member of, over the last 17 years. He is seen here being awarded his plaque and badge by our President Ian O'Neill.
We are pleased to announce that Sharon Prenton Jones, Conwy CC, has been awarded MFIAP, This is the highest award for photographic merit that FIAP grants and requires photography of the very highest standard and equates to a “doctorate” in educational terms. She was required to submit a C.V., an introductory text explaining her Portfolio and the creative concept, plus a Portfolio of 20 images.
She is only the second to be awarded this accolade in NWPA, CONGRATULATIONS from all of us in the NWPA.
Welsh Photographic Federation Distincions
Congratulations to Tom Dodd, Robert Prenton Jones & Ralph Pinch who gained their AWPF distinctions. Tom is a member of Blaenau Camera Club, Robert is a member at Conwy Camera Club & Ralph is a member of Deeside Camear Club.
Guidance and Nominations form
The latest guidance and nomination form for HonNWPA has been uploaded and can be downloaded from the documents part of the menu within the web site or click here
Asia Photo Festival has just started
December Newsletter is read for your perusal. click here
Congratulations to Phil Tugwell who is a member of both Rhuthin and Mold camera clubs, on his success, in gaining his LRPS.
Andy Polakowski APAGB
Earlier this year the PAGB approved the award of APAGB to our own Andy Polakowski for his 40 plus years of
service to the photographic community of North Wales and beyond. Congratulations Andy a well deserved accolade.
Royal Photographic Society Distinction
We are delighted to report that Iona O’Neill of Blaenau Camera Club was awarded her Licentiate with Royal Photographic Society.
Congratulations are offered to the following who have been succesfull in this year's FIAP Distinctions announcement:
EFIAP/platinum Robert Prenton Jones (Conwy CC)
EFIAP/platinum Sharon Prenton Jones (Conwy CC)
EFIAP/gold Andy Polakowski (Mold CC)
Irish Photographic Federation Distinctions
On Saturday 29 February the Irish Photographic Federation held their Distinctions Assessment Day in Portlaoise. This was a well-organised and well-attended day with very interesting panels at all three levels. We are delighted to report that Iona O’Neill was awarded her Licentiate and Ian O’Neill was awarded his Fellowship. Many congratulations to both of them.
Congratulations to Sian Davies for acheiving the goal of PPSA from the Photographic Society of America, well done.
Congratulations must got to Sharon Prenton-Jones for her success as the Bristol International where she was awared the FIAB Blue Pin Best Author Award.
She had 14 acceptances including 5 awards as follows: Silver for Memories, Silver for Pearl, Judge’s Award for The Secret Diary, HM for Merlin, Judge’s Award for The Olive Branch. The other acceptances were - Fallen Angel, Framed, Guinevere’s Vigil, Penance, Samhain, Oslo Opera House, Broken Doll, Night Hunter, Night Life.
2019 AWPF Distinctions
The Associateship of the Welsh Photographic Federation assessments were held on Sunday 3 November at Talbot
Green, South Wales. There were 21 assessments in total, 20 Print and 1 PDI, resulting in 12 new AWPF awards being
Congratulations to the successful North Wales applicants:
Pammy Sheldon - Mold Camera Club
Iona O’Neill - Clwb Camera Blaenau Ffestiniog
Congratulations to Tony Davies (Conwy CC) for achieving his GPU Aphrodite.
A change to BPE "last call" to enter... and Results, can now be found on separate pages. Last Calls here with the Results available here. Both can be found under " Exibitions and Salons" - BPE on the above menu. Hope this will make things a bit easier.
Vanguard World is trying to help local photography and support the clubs and PAGB. Having said this we as a company strive to support photographers of all levels. We have decided to give the NWPA and any of its members a discount on our website, as well as provide a prize here and there just for sponsorship to have our name in a newsletter and on the sponsor link of the website. We can also provide Demonstration sessions, where members can get a feel for the products and ask whatever questions they may have, try kit in bags to make sure they are fit for purpose. Should they wish to see a range they can visit Cambrian Photography or Jason Wharam email me by clicking here
The voucher code is 30% off entire order at checkout.
This means if it is below the min for delivery there will be a delivery charge.
The NWPA would like to thank Vanguard for their kind offer and sponsorship.
PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALIVE AND WELL IN NORTH WALES
This document is intended to provide information on most aspects of club photography
THE NORTH WALES PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION
(www.nwpa.co.uk or www.cffgc.co.uk)
Member of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
The NWPA was formed in 1981 to represent the photographic clubs of North Wales within the structure of the PAGB (the national body which co-ordinates club activities in the UK). It was founded by Ken Worthy, Margaret Salisbury and others to be a separate entity from the Welsh Photographic Federation, which operates mainly in the South of Wales. There are at present twenty-four clubs in the Federation. Clubs should include the phrase “Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the North Wales Photographic Association” in their printed programmes.
The activities of our Federation are overseen by an Executive Committee, which meets four times a year. The EC consists of:- President; Vice President; Immediate Past President; General Secretary; Treasurer; Exhibition Secretary; Competition Secretary; PAGB Delegate; Lecturers & Judges Organiser; Awards Officer, Website Editor & Newsletter Editor plus a delegate from each club. The role of the delegate is to liaise between their club and the Committee, i.e. to raise any matters of concern to their club; to seek help or advice; to distribute information and to deliver or collect prints in connection with folios or selections.
Officers of the EC are elected annually at the AGM, which is held in December. In addition to looking after our interests on the wider scene, what else does the NWPA do for us in exchange for the annual fees we pay ? Well, let‟s have a look at these in turn.
This is available via the website and provides a list of contacts for every North Wales club and also shows the Judges & Lecturers available to visit your club. It is essential that the Judges & Lecturers Organiser, as well as the NWPA Secretary, is advised of all new appointments & changes. There is always a demand for more lecturers and judges so, if you would like your name to be included, please contact our Judges & Lecturers Organiser. Judges & Lecturers listed in the Directory may claim expenses from the clubs they visit. These should be agreed beforehand and paid on the night. Confirmation letters/e-mails should always be sent by the clubs, as well as reminders shortly before the event.
The Exhibition is held annually and has mostly been held at the Electric Mountain, Llanberis. It‟s your main chance to show your images to other photographers throughout North Wales. Whilst it is true that the only person that you really have to please with your pictures is yourself, it can be very encouraging and rewarding to find that others also like your work. Having your work accepted in exhibitions and, possibly even winning awards, is very good indeed for the ego, and encourages you to go out and take more pictures.
There are trophies for: Best Monochrome Print. Best Colour Print, Best Projected Image, etc. With the aid of a Lottery Grant, NWPA now has frames (and storage boxes) and this means that only mounts sized at 50mm x 40mm can be accepted. These frames are available for clubs to hire.
The Annual Battle
Known originally as the “Llanrwst Battle”, this event has been a firm favourite among clubs for many years. All affiliated clubs in North Wales may enter work for this competition, which is judged by a well known and respected judge. This event is usually held in Llandudno and takes place around the end of March/beginning of April each year.
The Battle usually takes place around the end of March/beginning of April and the top 2 clubs are invited to represent the NWPA at the PAGB Inter-Club Print Championship at the end of October
There are trophies for the winning club and for the best print. Make sure that your club is represented.
The Challenge is held around October/November and the top 2 clubs are invited to represent the NWPA at the PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championship in July at Warwick University.
Entry details are publicised in the Newsletter.
Newsletters are circulated to advertise events, give news of members, provide reports of club activities and any other general information.
From the list above, you will see that there are many people beavering away in the background to ensure that your Federation runs smoothly and successfully. However, no matter how hard these people work, the final responsibility for the success or failure of the NWPA lies squarely on the shoulders of the clubs and their members. Unless we, as photographers, produce work for the various events organised, they will at best be mediocre or at worst will fail.
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC ALLIANCE OF GREAT BRITAIN (PAGB)
The PAGB is the „umbrella‟ organisation for just under 1000 camera clubs. These clubs are organised into fifteen Federations, one of which is our own NWPA. Like the NWPA, the PAGB is run by an Executive Committee which meets three times a year. These meetings are attended by a delegate from each of the Federations.
The PAGB publishes a Handbook biennially, which gives details of all the Federations & their Judges and Lecturers, as well as a great deal of helpful information and advice. Each club receives a free copy, as does each Judge and Lecturer. Programme Secretaries find it useful.
The following activities are organised by the PAGB:
Public Liability Insurance.
Public Liability Insurance cover is arranged annually through the PAGB‟s brokers, Darwin Clayton. The reasonably priced premiums are collected by the NWPA Treasurer each year, together with the club subscriptions.
Trustee Indemnity Insurance
Trustee Liability Insurance is also arranged through Darwin Clayton and all North Wales clubs are covered.
This can be arranged independently through the same brokers, Darwin Clayton.
The PAGB runs the Recorded Lecture Service to provide lectures on CD/DVD by well-known photographers on a variety of subjects and also of the Inter-Federations Exhibitions. Full details can be found in the centre of the Handbook. With the increased costs of travelling expenses for visitors, these lectures provide a relatively cheap evening for the programme. Under no circumstances may these CDs/DVDs be copied. If they are down-loaded into your computer for the evening, they must be deleted afterwards.
The Inter-Federation Print Exhibition & Competition/Projected Image Exhibition & Competition
Each year the PAGB puts on an exhibition of the very best of amateur photography in Great Britain. Federations select work from their member clubs, which is then submitted for selection for the exhibition itself. The NWPA selection committee meets in early May to choose the entry to be forwarded to the PAGB by 1st June each year. There is now a Natural History section also.
The Inter-Club Projected Digital Image Championship
This competition is held annually in July at the Warwick University Arts Centre. Two clubs are invited to represent each Federation. The Federations must nominate their clubs and submit these names to the PAGB by the end of April. The winner & runner-up of the PDI Challenge are given first refusal to go. (Round 1 : 8 images, Round 2 ; 8 images, Final(top 8 clubs) ; 20 images or Plate : 8 images). A bank of 40 images has to be sent on a CD with the entry form beforehand.
The Inter-Club Print Championship
Similar to the PDI Championship, except that it is held at the end of October/ This used to be held at Deeside College, Connah‟s Quay, but has now move to Ormskirk. Again, two clubs represent each federation. The winner & runner-up of the print section of the NWPA Battle are given first refusal to go. (Round 1 ; 12 prints, Final (top 8 clubs); 15 prints or Plate ; 5 prints) If you consider that your club would like to represent the NWPA in either of the two championships, then please tell the EC – via your club delegate – at the March meeting, because the Battle winners don‟t always wish to compete.
The GB Cups for Projected Images are held each January. Clubs enter directly, without any pre-qualification. Awards are made to the winning Clubs. A number of awards are declared for individual images and groups of images.
- Any Club may enter either the Open Cup or the Small Clubs Cup. ‘Small Clubs’ refers to the number of entries a Club wishes to submit and not to the number of members in a Club.
- Any Club may enter the Nature Cup.
The GB Trophies for Prints are held each November. Clubs enter directly, without any pre-qualification. Clubs may enter the Open Trophy, and may also enter the Nature Trophy. Awards are made to the winning Clubs. A number of awards are declared for individual images. A significant selection of prints are placed in albums for display at PAGB events.
The PAGB makes Awards for Photographic Merit (for individuals) at three levels:-
Credit of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
The standard for this award is that of "good club photography‟. A submission for this award consists of ten prints or ten PDIs which, are judged individually. See below for judging details.
Distinction of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
The standard here is that of "national exhibitions‟. The submission this time consists of fifteen prints or fifteen PDIs, again judged individually.
The MASTER Award (MPAGB) seeks to recognise the HIGHEST STANDARD OF UK AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY.
PAGB – Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
This is the highest PAGB award for photographic merit. The standard is now that of “the highest quality of UK amateur photography”. Twenty PDIs or twenty prints are submitted for this award and are again judged individually. To be eligible for this award, entrants must have held the DPAGB for at least one year.
See Appendices for the North Wales holders of these Awards.
The Judging System
The adjudication panel for the above awards consists of six experienced selectors. For presentation before the panel, entries are mixed up so that the pictures by one worker do not follow each other. As the pictures appear before the panel, each judge will award a mark between 2 and 5. The minimum mark is therefore 12 and the maximum is 30. These scores are shown electronically and are totalled and recorded by a marker.
In order to gain the CPAGB, an entrant must gain a minimum total of 200 marks, which represents an average of 20 marks per image.
To gain the DPAGB, a minimum total of 300 marks is required, again an average of 20 marks per image.
For the MPAGB, the minimum qualifying total is 440 marks. This time it is an average score of 22 marks per image.
Adjudications are normally held twice a year in April and November and are hosted by a different federation on each occasion. In November 2011 it was hosted by the NWPA. Anyone may attend an adjudication, subject to the availability of tickets. Indeed, you are positively encouraged to go along and see the standard of work. These Awards, once achieved, are held for life.
Details of how to enter may be obtained from the NWPA Awards Officer.
The PAGB also presents one other award – the APAGB. This is for outstanding service to a club or a federation. (more information in the PAGB Handbook) Prospective recipients of this award are nominated by their club or their federation in confidence. It is an honour not lightly given, and rewards the recipients for their long and outstanding contribution to their club or federation or both. So far 11 of these Meritorious Awards have been presented in North Wales (see Appendices)
The e-news (free) is issued periodically by Rod Wheelans to circulate all manner of photographic information relating not only to the PAGB, but also giving details of other events, exhibitions, etc.
To receive a free copy register at www.pagbnews.co.uk
OTHER EVENTS & ORGANISATIONS
The Federation Internationale de l‟Art Photographique operates on a world-wide basis in the same way as the PAGB operates in the UK. It is the global overseer for national bodies in scores of countries all over the world. Like the PAGB, it organises events and activities and makes awards for photographic merit - AFIAP, EFIAP, etc. For more details, see the PAGB Handbook. FIAP also gives its accreditation to very many international exhibitions world-wide, at which it awards medals and other trophies.
Photographic Society of America (PSA)
This is another organisation which runs exhibitions and gives accreditation to international exhibitions.
The Royal Photographic Society (www.rps.org) – North Wales Region
The RPS has a North Wales Region, which organises events at which all are welcome whether RPS members or not.
British Photographic Exhibitions (www.britishphotographicexhibitions.org.uk)
Collection of currently 22 national exhibitions each year, all giving awards.
United Photographic Postfolios (www.uppofgb.co.uk)
The United Photographic Postfolios of Great Britain (UPP) is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) through the Surrey Photographic Association. The UPP is a Photographic Club that comes to your door or online at regular intervals. It does not matter whether your images are prints or PDIs; whether the results are produced on a computer, in a darkroom or by a third party, you will find something in the UPP for you.
The Celtic Challenge
This is a competition between the Celtic nations of Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, South Wales, Cornwall, North Wales. Hosted in rotation by the participating countries, this is very much a social occasion, accompanied by a good humoured but seriously contested competition. Each region enters 10 monochrome prints / 10 colour prints / 10 projected digital images. It takes place in the Autumn and is judged by one impartial judge.
North Wales Monochrome Group
Regular meetings are organised (usually at Capel Curig) by Geoff Leah (01745 730714)
North Wales & Wirral AV Group
Marion Waine organises regular meetings and workshops (usually in Capel Curig)
The Welsh Photographic Federation (WPF)
Based in South Wales runs an annual Convention in Lampeter. NWPA members are invited to enter the Welsh Salon each year, which also has a section for club entries. They also offer a distinction (Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation).
GENERAL ADVICE TO CLUBS
Presentation of Work - All prints entered for NWPA events should be on mounts of 50 cm x 40
cms and bear the Title, name of Author and the name of the Club. Specifications for entering
projected digital images will be provided on the entry forms of the various
Please put your email address on the back of images so that the NWPA competition secretary can contact you if the image is chosen to represent the NWPA in an external competition as a PDI of the image will be needed.
Help with your Programme
Recorded lectures and showing of national and international exhibitions are available on CD/DVDs through the PAGB Handbook. Many exhibitions distribute CD/DVDs to their entrants. Persuade your members to enter exhibitions and gain a free evening !
Because of the number of events and the problems of geography, clubs are urged to be aware of the various closing dates and deadlines and to plan well in advance. Club Representation - Where a member belongs to more than one club, it is strongly recommended that they decide at the beginning of the club season (probably September) which club will be able to use their work in battles/competitions for the forthcoming season.
If you require any other information or advice, consult the PAGB Handbook, or one of the Association Officers listed in the NWPA Directory.
Up-dated March 2017