North Wales Photographic Association
Cymdeithas Ffotograffig Gogledd Cymru
Member of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
Tony Davies, member of the GPU Governing Board, presenting GPU Crown 3 and VIP1 awards to Andy Polakowski of the Eryri Photo Group and Mold Camera Club
RPS - Documentary Photographer of the Year 2021 Exhibition
Oriel Colwyn, the RPS Documentary Group and the North Wales Region have worked together to bring the Documentary Photographer of the Year 2021 exhibition to North Wales.
The exhibition will open on Monday 13th June 2022, and be on display for four weeks.
The opening event with live and zoom talks will happen on Saturday 18th June, 18:00 BST. Admission to the event is free of charge but because space is limited you will need to book a free ticket through the Oriel Colwyn website: http://orielcolwyn.org/dpoty21/
2022 Exhibition Acceptances Gallery
NWPA Exhibition results
Our Exibition Selection day took place yesterday at Craig y Don, Llandudno, with our selectors for the day being Dave Butler, Gareth Martin and Diana Magor (who stepped in last minute due to Bob Dennis being injured). No issues during the selection as it all ran smoothly, but a huge thanks to all three selectors for being diligent and meticulous in their choosing of the awards.
To view the award winners please click here
A huge thank you to all who helped to make it a very enjoyable day all round.
Ken Lester being awarded his DPAGB award by the Vice Presiden, Linda Bell
Peter Williams being presented with his CPAGB award by the Vice President of the NWPA, Linda Bell.
Facebook Page Live
We now have a Facebook group page for the NWPA, the page is open for all affiliated clubs and their members to use. We also hope to use this page to keep you informed of any relevant news items, invite you to any upcoming events, as well as promote discussion between clubs and members.
Could all NWPA delegates please inform their members and furnish
them with group the link below
Any issues please e mail Chris V Evans
Or message via Facebook messenger Chris V Evans
KEVIN HIRST, LRPS, CPAGB, Hon.NWPA, APAGB
Kevin Hirst is a long-standing member of Mold Camera Club and the Eryri Photo Group in North Wales. He has been on our Judges and Lecturers list for many years and is always welcomed across the federation for his friendly judgements and helpful hints.
He has served as NWPA Secretary and President and is currently Chairman of Mold CC. Recently he has been very involved with the digital side of N.Wales exhibitions and competitions, but has always been willing to give his time to help others, whether beginners groups or participating in club and federation events.
The NWPA is proud that Kevin’s contribution to photography has been recognised with this award of APAGB.
Kevin been presented with his award by Ian O'Neill, NWPA President
The NWPA Exhibition entry portal is now open TO ENTER CLICK HERE
Information, rules and ways to pay are on the Exhibition Rules page click here
Well done to Gary Jones (Mold CC) won the People's Choice Award for his image "Romeo the Puffin" in the recent North Wales Open exhibition at Theatr Clwyd, resulting in a goodly number of sales.
Andy Polakowski (Mold CC) has been awarded GPU-VIP1 status by the Global Photographic Union for gaining Gold Medals with 5 different images in International Salons and GPU-Crown3 for further International Acceptances.
Results of the PAGB Trophy and Cup added to the Newsletter Click here
PAGB Awards in Audio Visual (CPAGB-DPAGB)
From Phil Chadwick Awards Officer (NWPA) has informed us that on Monday 15th of May 2022, the PAGB will be holding an adjudication via Zoom, guidance notes can be downloaded here. If any mentoring is required, our very own AV group will no doubt be able to help, their contact details can be found on our members clubs page HERE.
Andy Polakowski APAGB DPAGB, AWPF, EFIAP/b, GPU-Cr2, BPE4* HonNWPA
Andy was still in shorts when he started printing in his father's darkroom and
photography, photographs, photographica have been a major part of his life ever
A past winner of The British Photography Competition it wasn't until moving to North Wales that he joined his one and only camera club, Mold Camera Club, 40 years ago where he is currently Vice-Chairman and External Competitions Secretary.
As a keen believer in getting photographic images seen, he is a prolific exhibitor both Nationally and Internationally gaining over 100 Awards not only with single images but also Audio-Visuals. Using one of the current crop of book self-publishers is another outlet that Andy is also pursuing and encouraging to others.
He maintains that clubs now have a greater than ever role to play in bringing out the best in everyone's photographic ambitions and to this end, for over 30 years, he has been lecturing and judging in photography clubs throughout North Wales and the North West and Midlands of England.
"Take pictures, show pictures, look at pictures" could be his motto.
My interest in photography changed from a pastime to a passion when I discovered Photoshop in the late 1990s. I found that I was much more at home with digital technology than I had been with darkroom processing. It was an opportunity that I didn’t realise I was waiting for!
Over the years I have developed my knowledge of the programme and although my images almost always look as if they are straight from the camera, they are invariably heavily edited, whether they are single images or a composite of several.
My work has been selected for national and international exhibitions and salons.
I have been a member of Conwy Camera Club since 2010.
I judge camera club competitions.
My lectures on composition and photo editing have been led by my interest in art and art history.
Phil Chadwick DPAGB BPE4 AWPF AFIAP
Now I am a member of Eryri Photo Group. I have belonged to other photo clubs over many years; back in the 1970s I joined Wigan PS for 4 years then Crewe CC in the 1980s for about 3 years. Again moving I joined Cefni CC. When I retired in 2004 and decided to get back into club photography and turned digital! As I was now living in the Conwy area I joined Conwy CC before joining Llandudno, I have enjoyed success at club level, not been out of the top 3 photographers in any club.
Type of photography, I would say that I enjoy taking people in their environment i.e. street photography, a bit of landscape & animals as well.
Over the past eight years I have enjoyed entering national & international salons gaining my BPE5 & AFIAP, also gaining my CPAGB & DPAGB back to back 7 years ago in prints and PDIs, and about 2 years ago a panel of prints for my AWPF.
Sharon Prenton Jones
I picked up a camera for the first time in 2012 and quickly became obsessed with photography. I purchased a Nikon D3100, moved to a Nikon D7100 and then to an Olympus Pen-F. In December 2017 I sold everything and purchased a Sony A7Riii. Happy to say I have now found the perfect camera for me.
I joined Llandudno Photographic Society in 2012 and then moved to Conwy Camera Club in 2018. I started entering Club competitions and National and International Salons very quickly without a clue what I was doing. However, I kept an open mind, listened to criticism, tried lots of different forms of photography, and most importantly had fun.
Having tried various aspects of photography over the last 6 years I think I have now found my niche which is Portraiture, Fine Art Photography and Composite work. I use Photoshop as my main processing tool.
I look forward to many more years of fun in a Photography World that has room for every genre.
I have always had a camera and a somewhat naive interest in photography from my teens.
I stayed with film until 2009, that’s when I bought my first digital camera. With little experience, no training, but a lot of heart, I set out to become a photographe.
I joined my first Camera club in 2010 in Mold and later on became a member of the Eryri Photography group.
I very quickly came to realize that photography is a never ending learning process, from the technical side of it to the art and storytelling. However, I have to say that the journey is all part of the fun!
I gained my Licentiate with the Royal Photographic Society in 2012,
Then went on to exhibit in international salons around the world.
In 2017, I had work accepted for the prestigious ‘ Masters of Print’ exhibition that was on display in London at the RK Burt Gallery.
I would describes my photography as both a hobby and an obsession!
I am a local photographer who lives just outside Mold in North Wales.
I enjoy all types of photography but particularly enjoy doing Nature and still life.
I started entering exhibitions and photographic salons in 2012, and have received much pleasure from this, gaining some awards along the way. We live in a beautiful part of the world and it inspires me on a regular basis to get the camera out and go exploring.
Ian O'Neill FIPF DPAGB ARPS AWPF HonNWPA
Ian has been interested in photography from an early age thanks to his brother, who used to develop his own pictures in a makeshift darkroom (their bathroom!), and for a six year old it was magic. A camera was the first thing he ever purchased with his first salary when starting work and he has never been without one since.
At the moment he uses the Olympus system which is light and gives excellent results; after 25 years with Canon, Olympus gives him what he wants in a small package. The genres he's most interested in photography-wise are People, Environmental, Landscapes and Macro . . . but he does turn his hand to other subjects when the urge is there. But his main interest is people photography and he enjoys the rapport to get the perfect shot ("yet to get it . . . still striving for it!").
He is a member of Blaenau Ffestiniog camera club and is their Competition Secretary, as well as webmaster. It is a small club with some really impressive photographers across so many genres. He's also a member of Eryri Photo Group and the Royal Photographic Society.
He feels it has been privilege to be asked to judge and lecture in numerous clubs in the NWPA and has enjoyed every minute of it; he says "the enthusiasm of the members in photography is simply wonderful to behold, may it continue".