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Online Competition - The Beach, September 2019

On the Beach
Results for August/September's online competition: 1st Place, On the Beach by Keith Sharples. 2nd place, Porth Beach by Adrian Butcher. 3rd place, The Beach Castle by John Crowland. Three images were highly commended: Carswell beach by Janet Cox, Cogden Beach by Adrian Butcher and The Beach Sunset by John Crowland. Two images were commended: Early Morning Swim by Peter Farrar and Good Beach Weather by Lyn Sharples. Congratulations everyone and especially to new member Adrian Butcher for achieving two placings in his first competition! To see all the images and the judge's comments on each go to the Competition Winners. page.

Dorset Trip September 2019

Motley Crew 2
Seven members of the club enjoyed a trip to Dorset recently. We stayed in a lovely old Oast House at a fantastic location, (once we found it!), right in the middle of Weymouth. Wild and windy, (but mostly dry), weather was a photographer's dream giving us stormy seas and cloudy skies. We all particularly appreciated the spectacular Dorset coastline with visits to places such as Kimmeridge Bay, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Portland Bill and Chesil Beach. The area is full of amazing landscapes and places of interest and our four days there only gave us a small taste of what Dorset has to offer. To see some of our images go to Dorset Trip Gallery. on the Field Trips and Outings page.
Church Ope Cove 2

Birds in Flight Photography Course

Gwent Wildlife Trust are running a photography course on 30th October 2019. Photographing birds ‘on the wing’ requires a range of skills and patience. On this course, you’ll learn which birds you can photograph and where and the techniques needed. Owls and other birds of prey from Ebbw Vale Owl Sanctuary will be on hand with their handlers to help you put this knowledge into practice. Led by ecological consultant and wildlife photographer, Chris Hatch. 10am - 2pm, at Silent Valley Nature reserve near Ebbw Vale. Cost £50 GWT members, £60 non-members. Contact Gwent Wildlife Trust for details and booking.

PAGB Inter-Federation Exhibition

The PAGB Inter-Federation Exhibition of prints and PDIs is being held in Maesteg Library until the end of October. The exhibition displays the best 150 prints and 150 PDIs from the InterFederation competitions - described as a feast of first class photography from all parts of the UK.
The Library is open at the following times:
Tuesdays 1.00 pm until 7.00 pm.
Wednesdays 9.00 am until 5.00 pm.
Thursdays 9.00am until 7.00 pm.
Fridays 1.00 pm until 5.00 pm – apart from Friday 5th October.
Saturdays 9.30 am until 5.00 pm.
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Maesteg Library has two properties, the one for the exhibition is in the Tesco Superstore car park off Castle Street, Maesteg - the official Postcode is CF34 9DS but on Google Maps that takes you elsewhere to Llynfi Street - so try putting Castle Street in your Sat Nav - or asking a local!

Gloucester Camera Club Exhibition

Gloucester Camera Club will be holding an exhibition (free entry) from 26th October until 2nd November at St John’s Church, Northgate Street. This is a good chance to go and see what another camera club produces and maybe get some inspiration.

Winning Photo

Hornblower IMP
Congratulations to Iain McCallum for his success in the Civil Service Sports Club photography competition recently. Iain won two silver medals and in addition his image "Hornblower" (shown), won best overall image. The image really captures the fun and enjoyment of the CSSC games.

Secret Forest

Twisted by Iain McCallum
Our recent visit to the Secret Forest was certainly interesting. The path through the enchanting woodland leads you past gnarled and twisted ancient trees, shimmering leaves and sudden patches of sunlight, and through 'scowles' (limestone rock formations). Photography was challenging in the low light conditions, but the stunning natural features made it worth the effort. We also saw a number of fairies along the way! Then emerged from the forest to an area of replicated iron-age round houses. Refreshments in the quirky 'curiosity shop' cafe were also much enjoyed. To see some of the images from the trip go to the Field Trips and Outings page.

Market Display

market stall
It was that time of year for the market stall again where we display some of our members' prints in order to publicise the club. It was a long hot day but a lot of people stopped to look and considerable interest was shown in the images. Several people expressed an interest in joining, so fingers crossed, we may see some new faces when meetings start again in September. Many thanks to those who contributed images and to all the members who helped on the day.

Lacock Visit

Abbey Cloisters by John Crowland
Nine of us enjoyed a lovely sunny Saturday at Lacock Abbey and village recently. Lacock is known as the birthplace of photography, (Henry Fox-Talbot), and there was certainly an abundance of photographic opportunities during our visit. The picture-postcard village is full of old buildings, with narrow streets, picturesque cottages, a church, three pubs and a packhorse bridge! The medieval Abbey, which later became the home of the Talbot family, is owned by the National Trust along with the extensive grounds. It also houses the Fox-Talbot museum of photography. To see some of our images from the day go to the Field Trips and Outings page.

Online Competition - Shadows and Silhouettes July 2019

Beware of Trains
The results are now in! Congratulations to John Crowland who was awarded first place for "Beware of Trains", and second place for his image " Night Watch". "Trapped in Slate" by Janet Cox was third. Two images were highly commended: "Sandy Shadow" by Janet Cox, and "Wavy Chair by Peter Farrar. Two images were commended: "Angel of the North" by Catherine Jones" and "Montevideo, a capital skyline" by Mike Roberts. To see all the images and the judge's comments for each image go to the Competition Winners page.

Photography Exhibitions

Two local (ish) camera club exhibitions are running currently which might be of interest. Barry Camera Club has an exhibition at Arts Central Gallery, Town Hall, Kings Square, Barry CF63 4RW from August 10th - Sept 7th, Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat 10-3.30. Ross Photographic Society is holding their annual exhibition until the end of August in Ross-on-Wye Library, Cantilupe Rd, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7AN, Mon,Tues,Thurs, Fri 9.30-5, Sat 9.30-1, Closed Wed. The images will be changed weekly.

Monmouth Show

The camera club stand at Monmouth show, exhibiting some of our work and information about the club, attracted a lot of interest. Also, congratulations to Iain McCallum and Keith Sharples who both won prizes in the photography competiton at the show.


Big Pit museum currently have a photographic exhibition "Family of Miners" by Walter Waygood documenting miners and mining of Blaenavon from 1970s onwards. Free entry to Big Pit and the exhibition.

Barrian Cup 2019

The Barrian Cup competition took place on Saturday 8th June. Twenty-four clubs from around South Wales took part, each club entering five prints from five different authors. It was an interesting afternoon with a total of 120 prints being critiqued and judged by Peter Gennard MFIAP, EFIAP/Platinum. Monmouth's prints were "Wall Light" by Brian Challis, "LLanddwyn Lighthouse" by John Crowland, "Walking in Winter" by Lyn Sharples, "Albatross" by Sue Carter, and "Our First Selfie" by Keith Sharples. We came a slightly disappointng 17th out of 24, with a total of 69 points. The winning club was ISO Group with 89 points. Our highest scoring prints were "LLanddwyn Lighthouse" and "Albatross", both scoring 15 points.

Online Competition - A Splash of Red, April/May 2019

Splashed Red

Results for the online competition as follows: 1st place, Splashed Red by Keith Sharples. 2nd place, Colour Co-ordinated by Lyn Sharples. 3rd place, Tomatoes by Brian Challis. Two images were highly commended: A Splash of Red (1) by Pat Hopkins, and Chinese Bride by Mike Roberts. Two images were commended: Church lights by Janet Cox, and Ferraris by John Crowland. To see all the images and the judges comments on each image go to Competition Winners page.

PAGB Inter-Federation Competition

Five images have been selected from members of Monmouth Club to represent the Welsh Federation in the PAGB Inter- Federation competition. The selected images are: Bee Eaters by Sue Carter (Nature DPI); Farrier by Keith Sharples (Mono Print); Our First Selfie! by Keith Sharples (Mono Print); Feeding Time by Lyn Sharples (Colour Print); and Sunlight over the Water by Lyn Sharples (Colour Print).
The event takes place on the 15th June at The Priory Centre, Church Road, Stretton, Burton on Trent. DE13 0HE. Tickets are £7.50 via the PAGB web site.

Photographing Nature

Gwent Wildlife Trust are running two photography courses this summer. The first is "Focus on Wildflowers" on 15th June, 10am-2pm, and the second "Birds in Flight" is on 13th July 10am - 2pm. Go to for more information.

Chairman's Award

Congratulations to Arthur Winch who was presented with the Chairman's award at the AGM. This award is given by the chair annually to a club member who has both improved photographically, and shown commitment to the running of the club. Well done Arthur!

AGM 2019

Our AGM was held on 24th May 2019. Our committee for next season was elected as follows: Chair - Chris Morris, Treasurer - Sharon Thomas, Secretary - Alison Stace, Programme Secretary - Iain McCallum, Competition Secretary - Keith Sharples, Webmaster - Lyn Sharples, and Ordinary member - Janet Cox. Chris Morris announced he will definitely be resigning as Chair at the end of next season. Arthur Winch has expressed an interest in taking on this role and will be shadowing Chris this year in preparation. The Chairman, Treasurer, Programme Secretary and Competition Secretary all gave reports on this season, which on the whole has been very successful. The Chairman's award was presented to Arthur Winch. Certificates were presented to all who gained placings in any of the year's competitions, and the 'Photographer of the Year' award was won by Lyn Sharples. Minutes of the meeting will be sent to all members in due course.

Only Mono

only mono

On Saturday 18th May the third "Only Mono" competition took place. This national monochrome print competition is run by Cymru Monochrome. This year 42 clubs from Wales, England and Scotland took part, each club entering four monochrome prints. Monmouth's entry was: "Persil White" by Alison Stace, "Red Deer, Loch Garry" by Lyn Sharples, "Sky Ride, Bristol" by John Crowland, and "Our First Selfie" by Keith Sharples. The Judge, Roger Parry MPAGB, ARPS, EFIAP, Hon PAGB, ESFIAP, gave a critique and mark to each print, keeping up a good pace whilst giving constructive comments on all of the 168 entries. At the end of the afternoon we were very pleased to have gained a total of 65 points, putting us in joint 10th place overall, (with Tenby), and ahead of clubs such as Bridgend, Cotswold Mono, Cwmbran, Cymru Monochrome, Swansea, and Cardiff. Our two highest scoring images were "Red Deer, Loch Garry" and "Our First Selfie", both of which scored 18 points and were highly commended. The competition was won by a new club, The ISO Group, who gained 72 points. Three clubs tied for second place with 71 points, Inn Focus, Hailsham, and Dorchester. Many thanks to Cymru Monochrome, and in particular Gareth Martin, for organising the competition and providing us with a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

Annual Open Competition

A really good set of images was entered into our annual open competition. Well done to all those who entered and congratulations to those who got placings. Sue Carter, John Crowland, Christopher Jones, Chris Morris and Keith Sharples all had images commended. Third place was Lyn Sharples, Second place Keith Sharples and First place Lyn Sharples with her image "Red Deer, Loch Garry". See the Competition Winners page for more details and gallery.

Seasons Competition

seasons winners

Our "Seasons" dpi competition took place on May 3rd, with images judged by members present on the night. There were some lovely images with a lot of different ideas on how to represent each of the four seasons. The results were as follows: first place Spring, Iain McCallum; first place Summer, Dilys Aspin; first place Autumn, Keith Sharples; first place Winter, Lyn Sharples. Lyn Sharples set of four images was also chosen as the best set. Go to the Competition Winners page. to see the full size images.

Upcoming Events

Three upcoming events give an opportunity to view some great images from a variety of different clubs and photographers:

Monmouth club is entering two competitions during the summer. The first is "Only Mono", a monochrome print competition run by Cymru Monochrome. There are 43 clubs taking part in this event, each club entering four monochrome prints by four different authors. The competition is taking place on Saturday May 18th at St Paul's Centre, Gerard St, Port Talbot SA12 6DQ, starting at 12.15. Members are welcome to come and watch, and it is sure to be a very interesting afternoon with 172 monochrome prints being judged.

The second competition is the "Barrian Cup". In this competition, organised by Barry Camera Club, 25 participating clubs enter five images (colour or monochrome) by five different authors. The event takes place on Saturday 8th June at 2pm at St Francis Millennium Centre, Park Rd, Barry, CF62 6NX. This is another event that is well worth attending with the chance to see 125 images representing the best work from 25 clubs.

Also throughout May the Welsh Salon is being exhibited at the Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, CF44 8DC. (Tues - Sat 10am -4pm)


Congratulations to John Crowland on achieving his CPAGB recently. (Award for Photographic Merit at the Credit level from the PAGB.) To gain the award John had to have ten images judged by a panel of six judges. Each image is marked out of a possible total of 30, and the photographer has to receive a minimum of 200 points overall to be awarded CPAGB.

Online Competition - Three

Three benches at Ross

The images have been judged and the results are in! There were a good number of entries for the competition with plenty of different ideas on the theme of "Three". First place was awarded to Jackie Poulter's intriguing image of three benches in the floods at Ross. Other members winning placings or commendations were: Christopher Jones, Mike Roberts, John Crowland, Catherine Jones, Alison Stace and Brian Challis. Congratulations to all. To see all the images and the judge's comments on each entry go to the Competition Winners page.

Welsh Salon 2019

Three Monmouth Photographic Club members were successful in getting prints or projected images accepted into the Welsh Salon this year. Congratulations to Sue Carter, Keith Sharples and Lyn Sharples. The Salon Exhibition is always well worth a visit. This year it is being held in the The Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, CF44 8DL. It opens on May 1st and closes on May 31st.

Battle with Ross P S

Wednesday 20th March saw our annual battle with Ross Photographic Society, held this year at Ross. Both clubs submitted ten prints and ten dpis for judging. This years judge was David Southwell ARPS AFIAP. The first half of the evening was the judging of the prints, where despite some good scores we were still beaten by Ross with the score at half time being 162 to Ross, 145 to Monmouth. After the break it was dpis. After a good start we were in the lead, but unfortunately Ross caught up and overtook us again. The score for the dpis was 159 to Ross and 148 to Monmouth, giving total scores for the evening of 321 to Ross, 293 to Monmouth. It was a very enjoyable evening, with a good number of Monmouth members attending and plenty of interesting pointers and advice given by the judge on possible improvements to the images. Thanks to all members who allowed use of their images in the battle. Individual scores for Monmouth's images are given below:
Prints: Sunset Warmth 14, Hare in Norfolk 18, Gun Nut 15, Light After the Storm 14, Winter Warmth 14, Great Crested Tit 18, Alternative Bay 13, The Dark End of the Street 13, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Taking a Bath 14, Chaos or Order 12. Dpis: Albatross 18, Canoeists 18, Chilly Chilli 15, New Shoes 13, Parked Up 14, Passing Through 14, Reindeer in the Arctic 13, Silvery Grebes 15, Walkers in the Snow 14, Winter Walk 14.

Albatross Fleetwood Mac

Albatross by Sue Carter

"Huts, Sheds and Barns" Competition

First place was awarded to Lyn Sharples for her image "Wet Day at the Beach Huts". Go to the Competition Winners page for more details of the competition.

"Food" Competition

First place in the "Food" competition was awarded to Keith Sharples for his lovely image "Pears". See the Competition Winners page for more details.

Online Competition - Hot or Cold

The results are now in for January's online competition. A good variety of images were produced with macro, and close-up images and distant scenes. Keith Sharples' image of crocuses poking through the snow was awarded first place, and placings and commendations were also awarded to Catherine Jones, Christopher Jones, Anne Richards, Janet Cox, Brian Challis and Peter Farrar. Some lovely images from all who entered. To see the images and judge's comments go to the Competition Winners page.

Programme Changes

Please note there are some changes to the programme. There will be two speakers on 5th April, Arthur Winch will give his presentation "Coast to Coast" and Iain McCallum will also be giving his talk "Droning On ... Adding an Aerial Perspective to Your Photography". The AGM will be held on the 24th May along with the presentation of trophies. See the 'Programme and Diary' page for the full programme.

WPF Memorial Trophies Day

Five members of the club had a very enjoyable and interesting day attending this event on 20th January. The first competition was the "Past Presidents' Trophy" for colour prints. Our entries were: "Wall Light" by Brian Challis, "Treasure Grove" by Alison Stace, "Meadow Mist" by Keith Sharples, and "Crested Tit" by Sue Carter. First place in the competition was taken jointly by Inn Focus Group and Bridgend and District CC, with Gwynfa CC coming third. We were pleased to come joint 8th out of the seventeen clubs taking part. The second competition of the day was the "Gwyn Morgan" Trophy for Monochrome prints. Our prints were: "Alternative Bay" by Alison Stace, "Snowbound" by Lyn Sharples, "Harvest Time" by Brian Challis, and "Windswept Abersoch Beach" by Keith Sharples. For this competition each club's set of four images was judged together in a 'knockout' contest, no marks were given just 1st 2nd and 3rd placings. Unfortunately we weren't in the first three! Inn Focus came first, Abergavenny second and Swansea CC were third. The third competition, the "Walter Morgan" Trophy for PDIs took place in the afternoon. Our entries were: "Sunlight Over the Water" by Lyn Sharples, "Passing Through" by Janet Cox, "Lee of the Storm" by Keith Sharples, and "Silvery Grebes" by Sue Carter. We were happy to come joint 8th (again) out of 17. Inn Focus were first, (again!), Western Valley CC were second and Afan Nedd CC were third. The judge for the day was Martin Fry from Cheltenham who did a great job giving well considered, fair and consistent critiques and marks throughout the day. The whole event was well organised and good fun.

Online Competition - Patterns

November's compeition, Patterns, was won by Keith Sharples with his image, "Concrete". For details of all the placings and the gallery go to the Competition Winners page.

Stanley Chell Results

Four members of Monmouth Photographic Club attended the Stanley Chell competition hosted by Aberdare Camera Club. A very well organised event and friendly welcome from Aberdare Camera Club, (and great buffet!). Twenty two clubs entered, and it made for an interesting afternoon with different clubs taking first position at the end of each round. Congratulations to Inn Focus who were the eventual winners. We came 16th, with our four images: Spring Sunlight by Alison Stace, Winter Warmth by Iain McCallum, Hare in Norfolk by Sue Carter and Farrier by Keith Sharples. Only seven images were awarded the full 20 marks and one of these was Keith's Farrier.

Bristol Trip

Those of us that visited Bristol recently were lucky to have a lovely sunny day and enjoyed photographing places such as the Docks area, Millennium Square, St Nicholas Markets, and the Cathedral. Some of the images can be seen on the Field Trips and Outings page.

Memorial Trophies Competition

The Memorial Trophies Competition organised by the Welsh Photographic Federation consists of three competitions: Past Presidents' Trophy (4 colour prints), Gwyn Morgan Trophy (4 monochrome prints) and Walter Morgan Trophy (4 projected images). This event will take place on 20th January 2019 at Briton Ferry, Neath. We intend to enter so we need images please. If you have any strong images which you would like considered, (colour, mono or dpi), please hand them to Keith Sharples no later than 7th December.

Stanley Chell Competition

We have entered four prints in the Stanley Chell competition: Spring Sunlight by Alison Stace, Winter Warmth by Iain McCallum, Hare in Norfolk by Sue Carter, and Farrier by Keith Sharples. The competition is being held on Saturday 24th November at St Fagan Community Hall, Windsor St, Trecynon, Aberdare CF44 8LL, starting at 1pm. All are welcome to attend.


Three upcoming photographic exhibitions might be of interest:

Blaenavon Camera Club Exhibition is at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Church Road, Blaenavon, NP4 9AS, from 7th November till 30th November, 10am-5pm.

Tony Smith of Phoenix (Rhondda) Camera Club has a forthcoming roving exhibition entitled ‘The People of the Rhondda’. The exhibition includes snapshot photos of people from all walks of life living, working or coming from the Rhondda. The idea for the project came about when he once said the words ‘I hate doing portraits’. This resulted in a self-inspired challenge to prove himself wrong. The roving exhibition starts with Tonypandy Library on the 5th November. It then moves to Treorchy Library on the 26th November. It will be on display for at least 2 weeks at each of these venues.

The first out-of-London showing of the very latest exhibition of images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards, celebrating the beauty and diversity of British wildlife and the talent, artistry and determination of the photographers who created them is on at Nature in Art, A38 Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PG, from November 6th 2018 till January 6th 2019, open Tues - Sun 10am-5pm.

Online Competition - Decay, In Need of TLC

October's online competition was won by Lyn Sharples with "The Barn". For more details and the gallery go to the Competition Winners page.

Pixels Competition

Seven members of Monmouth Photographic Club went to Talbot Green, Llantrisant to watch Pixels. This competition is open to clubs from the Welsh Photographic Federation and North Wales Photographic Association. This year 41 clubs took part, each club entering four dpis from four different authors. Our entry was: "Sgwd yr Eira" by Iain McCallum, "New Shoes" by Catherine Jones, "Seating" by Janet Cox and "Bee Eater Tossing Bee" by Sue Carter. It was a very interesting afternoon with 164 images being viewed, critiqued and marked out of 20. Full marks to Gwynfa Camera Club for excellent organisation of the event, and congratulations to Tenby and District Camera Club who were the overall winners. We came a creditable 28th out of 41 clubs, with particular congratulations to Sue Carter whose image was our top scorer with 19 points.


Seven photographers and a dog went on a trip to Westonbirt on Wednesday 17th Oct. The weather was quite fair and we managed to get lots of photographs of the Autumnal colours. It was quite busy with lots of other people on the same mission as us. Some trees looked glorious but others had not begun to change. There was one in particular, a Katsura, that smelled of caramel (We thought it was more like toast!) There are lots of specimen trees that are worthy of a close up and there is still time to visit before all the leaves fall. It was nice to socialise over lunch - this makes the trip worthwhile. Some of the day's images are on the Field Trips and Outings page.

Sports and Pastimes Competition

The judge congratulated all who entered this competition on the high standard of entries. First place was awarded to Lyn Sharples for "A Winning Shot". Please go to the Competition Winners page for details and gallery.

Cotswolds Outing

The 'Wednesday group' visited the Cotswolds recently with a lovely day of photography in Bourton-on -the -Water and Upper and Lower Slaughter. See some of our images on the Field Trips and Outings page.

Rockfield Studios

We were very lucky to have the opportunity to visit the famous Rockfield Studios recently, and were busy with our cameras trying to record a little bit of music history. Many thanks to Lisa for showing us around and entertaining us with tales of some of the iconic moments that have happened there. What an awe inspiring place to be. Go to the Field Trips and Outings page to see some of our images.

Online Competition - Inspired by a Piece of Music

Congratulations to Alison Stace, her picture "Crazy Horses" came first in this month's online competition. For more details and the gallery go to the Competition Winners page.


What a fantastic result for Monmouth in the 12-way battle at Bridgend. Out of the twelve clubs competing we came fourth. ...more

GWR Museum Visit

Despite the rain the visit to the railway museum at Coleford was interesting and enjoyable with some great photographic opportunities in places such as the old booking office, the signal box and the engine workshop. See the Field Trips and Outings page for some of the photos we took.

The Colour Blue, online Competition

First place in August's online competition was awarded to Moored Boats by Lyn Sharples. Please go to the Competition Winners page for details of all the entries and the gallery.

Bridgend 12-way Battle

We are pleased to be taking part in the Bridgend 12-way battle for the first time. The battle takes place at Bridgend on Monday 1st October at 7.30pm, any club members please go along to support the club if you can.

Hampton Court Castle Gardens

Some members enjoyed a visit to Hampton Court Castle gardens, (Herefordshire), earlier this summer. The rain held off (mostly) apart from when we were in the cafe for lunch, and we had a good time photographing the lovely gardens and the American Civil War reenactors who were there that day. We were also experimenting with slow shutter speeds at the waterfall. ...more

In the Style of an Artist online Competition

The winner of the online competition In the Style of an Artist was Lyn Sharples with "The Scream". Please go to the Competition Winners page for more details and gallery.

Working Man or Woman online Competition

Congratulations to Catherine Jones for winning the July competition, Working Man or Woman, with her lovely picture of a farrier, "New Shoes". Please see the competition winners page for more details and gallery.