The News section to help you keep up to date on what the club is doing, what has happened and key issues.

Online Competition - Three

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.

"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.

New season off to a great start with "Sleepy Robot Photography"

Friday 7th September saw the start to the 2018/19 season with a presentation by "Sleepy Robot Photography", a fascinating talk about the amazing lengths these two photographers go to to achieve their stunning and quirky images. A very enjoyable first meeting and great to see old friends and to welcome several new faces.

Tuition Group

If you want to take better pictures and to understand what you are doing and why, this season we will be running a tuition group on the fourth Friday of the month, for more practical advice on how to improve your photography. See the Tuition Group page for more details.

Field Trips

In addition to our regular fortnightly meetings Iain has been busy arranging some field trips for the club to give us an opportunity to get out and do some photography together. See the Programme/ Diary page for more details.

Monmouth Market and Library Displays

We will be having a Monmouth Photographic Club stall at the Shire Hall Market on Saturday 1st September to show off some of our prints and hopefully to attract some new members. We are also having a small display in the Monmouth Library foyer for two weeks from 10th September.

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.

Chairman's Award

This award is presented annually to the member who has not only improved photographically, but also showed commitment to the running and operation of meetings. The chairman's award for the 2017/18 season was presented to Sharon Thomas. Well done Sharon and very well deserved.

Photographer of the Year

The last meeting of the season saw the presentation of the trophy for the Photographer of the Year. This trophy is presented to the photographer with the highest culmulative score for the whole season's print competitions. This year's winner was Alison Stace. Congratulations Alison!

Annual Open Competition Winner

Congratulations to Bill Stace for coming first in the Annual Open Competition. Please see the competition winners page.

Ross Battle

Well done to Ross, it was a close competition with both Prints and DPI images being judged, ...more

In Tight Competition

Congratulations to Lynda Sharples for winning the In Tight competition with Steam, Please see the competition winners page.

Portrait competition

Congratulations to Alison Stace for winning the Portrait competition with Madam Vastra, Please see thee competition winners page.

Contre Jour competition results

Congratulations to Bill stace for winning the "Contre Jour" Competiton with "Tintern Abbey" it was a very close completion with both of Tony Cutting's pictures coming second and 5 other members all coming 4th. Please go to the results page for more details and the Gallery.