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.
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".