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News

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

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.

Exhibitions

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.

Westonbirt

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.

Result!

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.