The Welsh Photographic Federation http://www.bliciz.icu Website of the Welsh Photographic Federation Tue, 19 May 2020 09:26:55 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.6 Mel Stallworthy LRPS 1925-2020 http://www.bliciz.icu/mel-stallworthy-lrps-1925-2020 Tue, 19 May 2020 08:21:54 +0000 http://www.bliciz.icu/?p=27172 It is with great sadness that I have to report that Mel Stallworthy LRPS passed away in hospital on 2nd March 2020 aged 94. Mel and I started our AV careers around the same time in the early 1980s. Together with his wife, Margaret, he was to be seen at many AV events around the [...]]]> It is with great sadness that I have to report that Mel Stallworthy LRPS passed away in hospital on 2nd March 2020 aged 94. Mel and I started our AV careers around the same time in the early 1980s. Together with his wife, Margaret, he was to be seen at many AV events around the UK, such as the RPS National AV Championship and the RPS International AV Festival, as well as numerous AV Days.

Mel worked in the insurance business for many years and on retirement took up a career in wedding photography, setting up his own business which he called Cameo Photography. He also enjoyed teaching photography and for many years ran a part time photography class in the local arts centre, where he made many friends. Mel was very particular about his photography equipment and was nearly always seen with the latest Canon camera.

With Margaret, he regularly attended the AV courses held at Dyffryn House in the Vale of Glamorgan and Urchfont Manor in Wiltshire, run by Richard Tucker FRPS. Until Mel’s mobility became a problem a couple of years ago he never missed a South Wales RPS AV Group meeting and was always keen to participate in Member’s evenings. One memorable event was when Mel organised a day out for the Group on a minibus trip to the Severn Valley Railway, finishing up with a very sociable evening meal in Ross-on-Wye.

The AV Mel will be most remembered for, was a collaboration with Gwyn Morgans FRPS, which was called ‘Out of Sight Out of Mines’. The AV was a portrait of the miners and what it was like working underground in a private drift mine in South Wales. Mel toured the clubs regularly with his AV presentation called “Into The Dissolve”, was an active member of the RPS Digital Imaging Group (DIG) and a founder member of the Cardiff DIG. He was persuaded by Glenys Taylor to organise a very successful first RPS Digital Day in Cardiff which took place on 10th January 1998.

Mel leaves behind his wife of 74 years, Margaret, who was a professional florist. She is now very frail and is in a care home. After she retired Margaret continued flower arranging at home and Mel enjoyed taking many photographs of her arrangements.

There may be a memorial service some time in the future when circumstances allow. Mel will be sadly missed by all those that knew him, particularly in the South Wales AV and photography community.

Edgar Gibbs FRPS MPAGB AV-AFIAP

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COVID-19 and Government Advice http://www.bliciz.icu/covid-19-and-government-advice Mon, 18 May 2020 14:14:26 +0000 http://www.bliciz.icu/?p=27047 The WPF urges all clubs and members to follow Government advice.

Some of us are thinking about online activities that we might provide.  Please keep your eye on Newsflash and PAGB e-news.

We hope you all keep safe and healthy.

Peter A Young – WPF President

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The WPF urges all clubs and members to follow Government advice.

Some of us are thinking about online activities that we might provide.  Please keep your eye on Newsflash and PAGB e-news.

We hope you all keep safe and healthy.

Peter A Young – WPF President

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UPDATED List of Online Judges & Lecturers http://www.bliciz.icu/list-of-online-judges-lecturers Mon, 18 May 2020 01:51:58 +0000 http://www.bliciz.icu/?p=27141 List updated.

Huge thanks to Susan Surridge of Baglan Bay PS who has taken considerable time and trouble to compile a list of WPF judges and lecturers who are prepared to do online judging or presenting during the current pandemic.

You can find the updated list here.

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List updated.

Huge thanks to Susan Surridge of Baglan Bay PS who has taken considerable time and trouble to compile a list of WPF judges and lecturers who are prepared to do online judging or presenting during the current pandemic.

You can find the updated list here.

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Online Speakers & Judges http://www.bliciz.icu/online-speakers Sun, 17 May 2020 09:14:06 +0000 http://www.bliciz.icu/?p=27184 When a judge or lecturer (I’ll call them speakers for convenience) is listed in the PAGB Handbook, he/she has entered into a compact with all the clubs affiliated to the Alliance. That compact says, in essence, that the speaker will give his/her time to the clubs for no remuneration. Reasonable expenses are payable and those [...]]]> When a judge or lecturer (I’ll call them speakers for convenience) is listed in the PAGB Handbook, he/she has entered into a compact with all the clubs affiliated to the Alliance. That compact says, in essence, that the speaker will give his/her time to the clubs for no remuneration. Reasonable expenses are payable and those are listed on pages 44 and 107 of the PAGB Handbook and on our website. In the main, they cover travelling expenses, subsistence and consumables. At no point are we seeking to make money by visiting a club. We do it because we feel that we want to give something back to the hobby that has given us so much enjoyment over the years. We want other clubs to benefit from what we have to say, even if it’s only the fun of pulling us to pieces in the pub after a meeting.

It is different for the relatively few lecturers who do make a charge. There is a note on page 44 regarding Expenses that says, “Please note – some lecturers will charge a fee, or additional expenses, over and above the PAGB expenses. “Lecturers who charge a fee or additional expenses are listed under a separate section at the foot of each federation’s entry. Lecturers who charge a fee of £50 or more are required to pay a one-off fee to the PAGB for their entry in each new edition of the handbook – currently £20 at the date of this edition – in return for which they are able to list additional information such as website, additional distinctions etc. Such additional lecturing fees must be agreed at the time of the booking.”

Covid-19 and the onset of online speaking have not changed any of that. The few who charge a fee may continue to charge a fee at the same level as before and the majority who may not charge a fee still may not charge a fee. Of course, no expenses are normally chargeable by the speaker either because there will have been no expenses.

It appears that some clubs feel that they should be paying something to an online speaker. Those clubs have no reason whatsoever to feel that way. Of course, there has never been any reason why a club may not make a gift to a speaker if they feel that they have been part of something special. That has also not changed in the current circumstances. While a fee is taxable, a gift is not. However, a request by the speaker for a gift turns it into a taxable fee. I understand that a post has been made on Facebook saying, “In my experience, nothing that is ‘free’ is ever valued.” Clearly the writer does not understand the system. I am aware of one Federation that has recommended that a club may make a gift of up to a certain sum of money. I’m not in favour of that. A recommended maximum will become a norm, not a maximum. Some clubs rely on their weekly subscriptions to cover the costs of an evening.

They will be unable to afford the new norm.

As a member of my own Federation said, “I always enjoy an e-mail of thanks or a signed card”.

Peter A Young LRPS CPAGB AFIAP APAGB – WPF President & PAGB Treasurer

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Lyn James LRPS http://www.bliciz.icu/lyn-james-lrps Sun, 17 May 2020 08:51:31 +0000 http://www.bliciz.icu/?p=27167 It is with great sadness that we note the passing, suddenly, of Lyn James.  He had been a judge and presenter for WPF for several years.  Our condolences go to his friends and family.

Peter A Young – WPF President.

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It is with great sadness that we note the passing, suddenly, of Lyn James.  He had been a judge and presenter for WPF for several years.  Our condolences go to his friends and family.

Peter A Young – WPF President.

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Lucy Jane Purrington Videos http://www.bliciz.icu/lucy-jane-purrington-videos Fri, 15 May 2020 08:24:23 +0000 http://www.bliciz.icu/?p=27176 Lucy Jane Purrington has put together a short video describing how and where 20 of her images were made.It is well worth a watch.

You can find this video here.

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Lucy Jane Purrington has put together a short video describing how and where 20 of her images were made.It is well worth a watch.

You can find this video here.

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Update on the Welsh Salon of Photography Selection http://www.bliciz.icu/update-on-the-welsh-salon-of-photography-selection Fri, 15 May 2020 08:15:19 +0000 http://www.bliciz.icu/?p=27097 Update on the Welsh Salon of Photography Selection

The entire Executive of the WPF send you best wishes and hope that you are all safe and well.

It has not been possible to judge the Welsh Salon from the entries submitted in March. It was discussed at an online Executive meeting, which concluded that there [...]]]> Update on the Welsh Salon of Photography Selection

The entire Executive of the WPF send you best wishes and hope that you are all safe and well.

It has not been possible to judge the Welsh Salon from the entries submitted in March. It was discussed at an online Executive meeting, which concluded that there would not be a satisfactory way of making the selection remotely. This was particularly the case for the print entries. A decision on how to proceed was deferred until the next meeting in June, and I will keep you informed then. The entry is safe in the hands of the Salon Chairman. The Salon Exhibition will not take place in May as planned, the venue is closed anyway. There has been no information regarding the PAGB Inter Federation Competition which is normally held in June. It is likely to be cancelled though.

I will bring you up to date with developments as I have them.

Martin Nagle
WPF General Secretary

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Ace of Prints Cancelled http://www.bliciz.icu/ace-of-prints-cancelled Wed, 13 May 2020 11:49:43 +0000 http://www.bliciz.icu/?p=27161 The Ace of Prints should have had a closing date of 21st June and a judging date of 5th July and we would normally now be sending out a formal reminder and a set of rules.

However, we have no option but to formally cancel the 2020 event.

We choose our 2 Clubs for the [...]]]> The Ace of Prints should have had a closing date of 21st June and a judging date of 5th July and we would normally now be sending out a formal reminder and a set of rules.

However, we have no option but to formally cancel the 2020 event.

We choose our 2 Clubs for the Blackburn event normally held in 3rd week of October and I believe that will be cancelled also; but If things change remarkably in the next couple of months and if I get an unlikely indication that the PAGB Club Print event is going ahead in October we can reconsider the situation at that time.

Whilst a PDI event could be considered to be run virtually via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google or other software this is not at all practical when it comes to dealing with prints as we would need the Judges, print handlers and at least one member of each Club taking part to be in attendance – and how and with what do we clean the prints between each handover?

Please accept my apologies for this necessary decision.

Stay Safe & Healthy!

Roy Thomas

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Environment Platform Wales Competition http://www.bliciz.icu/environment-platform-wales-competition Tue, 12 May 2020 08:50:48 +0000 http://www.bliciz.icu/?p=27179 We’ve received this and we thought members may be interested in entering…

Hello!

I’m part of the planning team for Environment Platform Wales and I just wanted to get in touch to let you know about a competition they are running which I think you might be interested in. EPW are hosting a conference this [...]]]> We’ve received this and we thought members may be interested in entering…

Hello!

I’m part of the planning team for Environment Platform Wales and I just wanted to get in touch to let you know about a competition they are running which I think you might be interested in. EPW are hosting a conference this year which focuses on the Resilience of the Welsh Uplands and all the environmental evidence relating to this. You can find out more about the conference on epwales.org.uk. As part of the lead up to the main conference, they’re running a photography competition. Winners of each category will win £100 of vouchers which they can spend or donate as they wish. The images will be added to a gallery over on the Environment Platform website. 

The categories are people, landscapes, wildlife and livestock and there are also entries for under 18s and under 12s. We’re particularly interested in receiving entries in the current climate showing the contrasts of life in the uplands both ‘past and present’. The theme of the competition is ‘past, present and future’, and we’re mindful that this competition and exhibition (virtual or real life) could help remind us of the positives and the uplifting aspects of life that we sometimes take for granted. More than ever, we’re looking for ways in which celebrate the positives of life in the uplands and give hope to people during these worrying, difficult times.

If you have any questions about the competition, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the EPW team on info@epwales.org.uk 

Kat Fox

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Only Mono Postponed http://www.bliciz.icu/only-mono-postponed Wed, 06 May 2020 08:13:14 +0000 http://www.bliciz.icu/?p=27151 Only Mono is postponed from May 16th and now becomes Mini Only Mono and is being judged online on June 6th.

The judge is Kylie Ann Martin, AFIAP, BPE2 and LDPS of Great Barr.

Twenty four clubs are taking part from all over the UK.

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Only Mono is postponed from May 16th and now becomes Mini Only Mono and is being judged online on June 6th.

The judge is Kylie Ann Martin, AFIAP, BPE2 and LDPS of Great Barr.

Twenty four clubs are taking part from all over the UK.

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