Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
This exhibition is on at the Nature in Art gallery, Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PG, from 4th February till March 29th, and is well worth going to see. The gallery is open Tues-Sunday 10am - 5pm. Nature in Art
For our Christmas meal for 2019 we returned to the Stonemill Restaurant. Everyone had a great time and the food was delicious. Many thanks to Jackie for organising and to Anne for remembering to bring a camera and take photos!
There were some truly stunning and amazing images entered in our "Scapes" competition on 6th December, giving the judge a difficult job in choosing his favourites. Congratulations to Christopher Jones who took first place with his lovely image, Sunrise", and also second place with "Dawn". (Well done for getting up early enough to get the shots too!) Third place went to John Crowland for "The Prince of Wales Bridge". Five images were highly commended: "Sunlit Scowle" by Brian Challis, "Savernake Forest" by Janet Cox, "Severnscape" by Adrian Butcher, "Splashscape" by Lyn Sharples, and "Moody Durdle Door" by Keith Sharples. Eight images were commended: "Committee Meeting" by Alison Stace, "Old Harry Rocks Dorset" by Arthur Winch, "Anglesey Beach" and "Mull Bothy" by Catherine Jones, "Sunset at Burryport" by Jackie Poulter, "Cold Harbour" by Brian Challis, "Winter Golf" by Bill Stace, and "NYC from Brooklyn Bridge" by Christopher Jones. Many thanks to the judge, Les Loosemore ARPS, DPAGB, AWPF, for his informative and considered critiques of all the images. Everyone was very appreciative of the time and effort he had obviously put into judging the images. Go to the Competition Results 2019-2020 page to see the first three images.
Results for October/ November's online competition "Transport": 1st place, WHR Garrett at Pont Croesor by Terry Rees-Pedlar. 2nd place, Usk Cyclist by Terry Rees-Pedlar, 3rd place, MOT Failure by Chris Morris. Two images were highly commended: Off to School by Elisa Best and No Bikes by Chris Morris. One image was commended, 44806 by Catherine Jones. Congratulations everyone, and especially Terry Rees-Pedlar for achieving first and second place in his first competition! Go to the Website Competition Results page to see all the images and the judges comments for each image. Go to the Website Competition Gallery to see all the images full size.
Six members attended the Stanley Chell competition on 23rd November. Twenty five clubs from South Wales had entered the competition, each club putting in four prints. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, giving those present a chance to see one hundred of the region's best prints. The competition was judged by Rob Mitchell MA (Photography), who gave an informative and considered critique on each image. Monmouth's images were: Cardinal Fritillary by Sue Carter, Melancholy by John Crowland, The Abbey by Chris Morris and Penmon Lighthouse by Keith Sharples. Our highest scoring image was John's "Melancholy" which scored 19. The scores overall were close, the winning club was Llanelli with a total of 75 points, and Afan Nedd were 2nd with 74 points. We came 20th out of the 25 clubs with a total of 68 points. The competition was very well organised by Aberdare Camera Club, (including a fantastic buffet!). We look forward to entering again next year.
The National Museum of Wales in Cardiff are currently running a photography season. The exhibition shows work from four influential photographers: August Sander, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Martin Parr. The exhibitions predominantly comprise loaned photographs, a number of which have never been exhibited before, and all of which will be displayed for the first time in Wales. Entry is free and It runs until 1st March 2020
Congratulations to Sue Carter for gaining her AWPF, (Associateship of the Welsh Photographic Federation), recently. To achieve this Sue had to submit a panel of 12 images for consideration. Each image needed to be of an excellent quality and the twelve images had to work together as a whole to produce a coherent panel. At this adjudication 21 photographers submitted images but only 12 of those were judged to be of the required standard. Well done Sue, and well deserved.
Yet again a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon at the Pixels competition. Thirty-nine clubs entered from the WPF and the NWPA. Excellent judging by Michael Krier ARPS AFIAP MA(Photography), excellent organisation by Gwynfa Camera Club, and an excellent buffet! We were very pleased to come joint 7th out of 39. Our images and scores were: Three Arrows by John Crowland scored 18, Feeding Time by Lyn Sharples scored 20, Harvest Time by Iain McCallum scored 18 and Calm Sail by Keith Sharples scored 17, giving us a very respectable total of 73. Congratulations to the winners, RPC with a total of 79. Mold Camera Club came 2nd and Gwent Photographic Society were 3rd.
The Stanley Chell competition is an inter club print competition open to all clubs in the WPF. It is organised and run by Aberdare Camera Club. This is always an enjoyable event to come and watch with a chance to see some of the best prints that WPF clubs are producing. Monmouth have entered again this year so come along and support us. The competition is being held on Saturday 23rd November at St Fagan's Community Hall, Windsor St, Trecynon, Aberdare, CF44 8LL, starting at 1pm.
Our first print competition was held on Friday 18th October. There were 52 entries and as the subject was open this resulted in a huge variety of images. The judge, Leigh Woolford, Hon FWPF, DPAGB, EFIAP, AWPF, BPE3*, praised the high standard of entry. Congratulations to John Crowland whose lovely portrait "Melancholy" won first place. Iain McCallum came second with his intriguing drone shot "Harvest Time". Third place was awarded to Lyn Sharples for "Safe Passage". Six images were highly commended: "Looking Up" by Bill Stace, "On Shed" by Christopher Jones, "Aber Falls" by John Crowland, "Fox on the Beach" by Sue Carter, "Last Boat of the Day Port Talbot Steelworks" by Janet Cox and "Tide's Out" by Lyn Sharples. A further 12 images were commended. Go to the Competition Results page to see the full list of placings and the first three images.
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! Go to the Website Competitions Gallery to see the images.
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. Go to the Field Trips and Outings Gallery to see some of the images from the trip.
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.
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. Go to the Field Trips and Outings Gallery to see some of the images from the Secret Forest.
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.
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. Go to the Field Trips and Outings Gallery to see some of the images from the day.