Upcoming Events

2020 Carmarthen Conference (To be confirmed)

Start date: August 21, 2020

End date: August 23, 2020

Pixels 2020 (To be confirmed)

Date: November 7, 2020

Stanley Chell Competiton (To be confirmed)

Date: November 28, 2020

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Awards for Photographic Merit Postponed

The April Adjudication for the Awards for Photographic Merit have been postponed and are provisionally rescheduled for early August. However, it is by no means certain that Social Distancing rules will permit this to happen and we are keeping our options open. If it does take place in August, it will almost certainly be closed to an audience. Planning for the November Adjudication in the WCPF is proceeding as normal and, although there must be some doubt, we hope that this will be able to go ahead normally.

No Warwick in 2020

I have been involved, for many years, working at, and subsequently running, the PAGB’s best attended live event at Warwick University and, as far as I am aware, this is the first ever to be cancelled.

Up to the middle of April the Arts Centre was closed until mid-May and when I contacted them on the 20th April that was still the case. However, on the 22nd April I received an email informing me that the decision had been made to extend the closure until mid-August and they would have to cancel our booking for the 11th July.

A sad day for the Inter-Club PDI Championship, as we already had the 8 Finalists from 2019 joining the battle, plus 12 Federations who had already nominated their 2 clubs, with a few days still to go to the closing date.

I then had to tell those 32 Clubs, the 3 judges and the PAGB Executive that our booking was cancelled. The Sponsors were also informed and, as you can imagine, they are very disappointed, especially after the Photography Show did not happen in March.

A light hearted comment from one club, who said that it was “obviously our turn to win and I should get the trophy engraved and send it to us!” Another club, who had qualified through their Federation for the first time, are very disappointed that they will miss their chance to appear on the Warwick Competitors list to do battle with all the other clubs.

We are working on a date for 2021. See you then.

Peter W Cheetham HonPAGB, Chair – PDI Championship Organising Committee.

Inter-Fed Comp & Exhibitions Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions that Covid-19 is placing on everyone, and the continued disruption to normal life that it is likely to continue to cause in the future, we would like to officially confirm that we have made the decision that it will not be possible to hold the Inter-Fed Competition and subsequent Exhibitions this year.

When we are able to gain access to the 2019 exhibition prints, (which are currently in storage, and were planned to be returned with this year’s returns after the competition judging), we will make a decision on the best course of action of how and when to return them back to the Federations. We hope to be able resume the competition in 2021.

We thank you for your patience and understanding at this unprecedented difficult time for everyone, and hope that you are keeping safe and well.

Jane Lines MPAGB BPE3* – Chair Inter-Fed Organising Committee.

Virtual Battle at Morriston

Morriston Camera Club has been running weekly meetings on Zoom for a few weeks now, but on the 24 April 2020 we held our first ever online inter club competition.

Eight clubs competed in the inaugural “Bay Challenge” Competition, which was instigated as a reaction to the current Lockdown situation several weeks ago.

We had a very successful evening, with 29 of our own members on-line, 6 people we could not identify and 30 visitors from other clubs. A total attendance of 65 people plus our Judge Mr. Brian Coleman. We even had one attendee who was able to join us from Nigeria!

One of our members recently returned home to Nigeria after her contract with the NHS ended, but she has been able to keep in touch through our Facebook page, and now through our on-line meetings.
The Final scores were

Swansea 108
Port Talbot 103
Pyle & Portcawl 103
Morriston 102
Afan Nedd 99
Baglan Bay 99
Cymru Mono 98
Abertawe 97

Many thanks to Brian Coleman for judging this event for us, and congratulations to Swansea who ran out winners on the night. Morriston CC plan to hold a presentation evening when we resume our normal meetings.

PAGB Handbook 2020/21

I am still holding PAGB Handbooks for the following Clubs/ Presenters/ Judges. If you are a Club Secretary, or your name appears here, if you e-mail me with your postal address at martinnagle1@hotmail.com I will post you a copy.
It’s a great read during this lockdown!

Hay Camera Club
Pontypridd Camera Club
Pontypool Road Camera Club

Michael Arwel
Robert Harvey
Martyn Farr
Ian Andrews
Anthony Dyke
Les and Nina Charlesworth
Terry and Mary O’Connell
Ray Rees
Anthony Williams-Price
Robert Lloyd
Barrie Lewis
Diana Ashill
David Paskin
Phil and Enid Bennion

Martin Nagle
WPF General Secretary

David’s List of You Tube Videos

This from David Straker at Abergavenny… Thanks David!

In case anyone is kicking their heels, I’ve added a page on the Abergavenny website for interesting YouTube channels, including for general photography and editing.

http://www.abergavennycameraclub.org.uk/help/links-youtube.htm

For the uninitiated, channels contain multiple videos and are often the work of one person or team.

If you know of any other channels to add, do let me know.

David

PAGB Recorded Lecture Service

Camera clubs and societies have made the decision to cancel their club meetings in an attempt to reduce the risk of infection of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). To support clubs and societies during this difficult time we have decided to relax the terms of business for the PAGB RLS and allow the distribution of recorded lectures to members within their respective club or society.

Clubs and societies are asked to adhere to the following conditions:

  1. Clubs and societies may only distribute a PAGB lecture to their members providing they own a license for that lecture.
  2. Clubs and societies may only distribute a PAGB lecture to their members up until 31 May 2020.
  3. Clubs and societies are asked to ensure that all copies (including any links) are destroyed or removed on or before 31 May 2020.
  4. A club official must send an email informing the PAGB RLS Sec of the club or societies intention to distribute a lecture, prior to doing so giving details of said lecture.

PAGB Recorded Lecture Service

Camera clubs and societies have made the decision to cancel their club meetings in an attempt to reduce the risk of infection of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). To support clubs and societies during this difficult time we have decided to relax the terms of business for the PAGB RLS and allow the distribution of recorded lectures to members within their respective club or society.

Clubs and societies are asked to adhere to the following conditions:

  1. Clubs and societies may only distribute a PAGB lecture to their members providing they own a license for that lecture.
  2. Clubs and societies may only distribute a PAGB lecture to their members up until 31 May 2020.
  3. Clubs and societies are asked to ensure that all copies (including any links) are destroyed or removed on or before 31 May 2020.
  4. A club official must send an email informing the PAGB RLS Sec of the club or societies intention to distribute a lecture, prior to doing so giving details of said lecture.

Ed Cloutman on judging during Covid

I would be quite happy to judge an online inter-club competition if a club was prepared to organise it. 

I have done this remotely before and it takes the form of a PtoE file with voice-over, so it is just the same as a club night but you have to watch it at home on your PC or projector.  It is something you could watch with your family.

If anyone is interested please email me see the WPF website for contact details.

A Message from the PAGB President

Taken from the latest edition of PAGB e-news which you can read here.

In view of the current situation that we are all facing it would be remiss of me not to contribute to this issue of e-news concerning the outbreak of COVD 19 which is having a drastic effect upon all of us.

The PAGB is actively managing the situation regarding events that are planned for Federations, Clubs and Individual Photographers and has taken measures to protect us all. Our event organisers, and others in the photographic community, will keep participants and prospective audience members fully informed of the postponement or cancellation of events and any alternative arrangements that have been made.

As you are no doubt aware, many of our club members are in the high risk group of compromised individuals, me being one of those. I have seen that many clubs are suspending their programme for the remainder of the season and that Federations are also postponing events until further notice.

However, I also note some innovative resilience being demonstrated by many clubs who are setting up online competitions, talks, critiques and demonstrations on social media platforms to keep their members occupied during the period that emergency measures are applied. You can see many of these ideas on the Facebook page “UK Club Photography”, take a look and see what you may be able to manage for your own club.

This is a hobby that we all love and those who organise things for us all unpaid volunteers, currently under a great deal of pressure and doing their best to protect us and to minimise disruption to our activities. Please help them all you can and pull together to ensure that at the end of all of this we can all meet and compete again in, hopefully, the near future.

Stay safe.

Howard G Tate MA ARPS AFIAP APAGB
President – PAGB

Llanelli Video Link

On the 18th March we were presented with a link to a video from a judge who decided to give us a print comp critique via video link as our venue and judge were not available due to the current corona virus clamp down.

I thought this might be something to share on WPF Newsflash, as most clubs are now in lockdown  it is a way of continuing with programmes on line. It may also be possible to get speaker presentations in the same way with video conference calls.

We are also trialling a virtual club night next week via a live Skype call to members. Any options that can help continue club activities in these testing times keeps members actively involved.

It would be interesting to hear from other clubs/judges in the Federation who are doing or using/offering similar on line facilities to keep things ticking over.

Arthur Mallett (Llanelli PS)

Hay organises video link with members

This from Christine Starnes at Hay – David Bull set up and organised a ‘Team’ video for members of Hay CC. About 9 members linked up last night and Colin Lawrence, gave a Powerpoint  presentation of his images, which was well received.  Even if members did not have a camera on their monitors, they could all see and hear the presentation.  Perhaps other clubs may think this a good idea to keep interest going for their members.   I am sure David would be pleased to show clubs how to set this up.    Dave Bennett is going to judge our June competition by email in which we send him our dpi’s.  

If you’d like to know how David set this up, you can read his instructions here.

 

PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit

No final decision has yet been made about the Adjudication scheduled in Bromsgrove on 25/26 April 2020. We are following the situation carefully and a decision will be made before the end of this month.

Applicants should continue to enter online by the specified deadline but, if there is a rearrangement or a postponement and you are intending to deliver your Prints on the day, we will ensure that there will be time for you to post the prints to us.

I’m afraid that we cannot be responsible for any loss you may incur for travel and accommodation and, if you have still to book, it would be sensible to make sure any payment is returnable in the event of cancellation.

There is obviously, a possibility that some rearrangement will be required and there are a variety of options available to us. The venue itself, may well cancel our booking in the coming days. However, please carry on with your application as normal until we notify you otherwise.

Rod Wheelans. Chairman of the APM Committee.

The Photography Show POSTPONED

The Photography Show has been POSTPONED….

The 2020 show will now be held between 19 and 22 September 2020.

Full details here.

New Judge – Barbra Archdale-Smith

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve just added Barbra Archdale-Smith ARPS AWPF of Barry to the supplementary list of Judges.

Morriston Camera Club 2020 Exhibition – POSTPONED

Morriston CC have decided to postponed their planned exhibition to an as yet unspecified future date.

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