Category Archives: Competitions

News about NPS and external competitions

Neath 6 Way Battle

At a very busy selection meeting on Thursday the following people were chosen to represent Neath CC in our forthcoming 6 Way Battle.

Gerald Davies, Haydn Thomas, Dave Edwards, Roy Edwards, Linda Cowen, Arfon John

The Battle will be held on Tuesday 24th Sept. at 7pm for a 7.30 kick off.

Good luck to all the photographers selected.

Welsh Salon Acceptances

Congratulations to the following for their acceptances in the Welsh Salon 2013

Projected Images

Cliff Emery Life of a Dandelion 2

Cliff Emery Going Home

David L Edwards Whooper Swans in Flight

David L Edwards Fish Eagle Wading

Linda Cowen CPAGB AFIAP Flying in to Roost

Linda Cowen CPAGB AFIAP Elephant Greeting

Linda Cowen CPAGB AFIAP Macaque With Cold Feet

William Howells Running the White Water

William Howells Welsh Hills in Winter



Cliff Emery Life of a Dandelion 1

Linda Cowen CPAGB AFIAP Stripes

Linda Cowen CPAGB AFIAP White-Tailed Eagles Dispute

Linda Cowen CPAGB AFIAP White-Tailed Eagles Fish

Neath & District Photographic Society Norman Lemon SAI-IAS

William Howells Menthon Saint-Bernard

Ace of Clubs 2013 (or Baldricks cunning plan)

Today (17th Feb) Neath and 16 other clubs took part in the 2013 Ace of Clubs, hosted by Gwynfa CC.  The format (for the uninitiated) is that we had a bank of 30 projected images that we previously sent to the organiser.

On the day the first round of 10 images (the order was sent with the 30 images) are shown to 3 judges, scoring from 2 to 5.  For Round 2 we have to select 10 more images (no more than 3 per photographer and no more than 4 natural history) knowing what sort of images suit the judges.  The scores from rounds 1 & 2 are then added together and the top 8 clubs compete for the Trophy in the final.  The remainder of the clubs compete for the Plate.  If you get through to the Final (round 3) you then need to select 15 images from your bank of 30 (no more than 4 per photographer and no more than 5 natural history).  That is the format.

This is how not to do it —–

Round 1 we scored 105 out of a possible 150 finishing in joint 9th

Round 2 we scored 107 out of a possible 150, finishing joint 7th

Our total score of 112 got us into the final (just)

Then Haydn (Baldrick) Thomas DPAGB AFIAP had a cunning plan, we didn’t have a chance of winning the competition (it hurt when we were looking at the 10’s to get images through for round 3 and the table opposite were overheard to say ‘Oh well, we might have to start looking at the 12’s’) so we decided to try the 10 untried images we had left and add 5 of the higher scoring images from rounds 1 & 2, s**t or bust as they say.

It didn’t work, and our score of 159 out of a possible 225 put us in last place (10 points behind our nearest rivals and 30 points behind the winners).

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Congratulations to the Winners - Tenby CC

The Plate Winners were - Western Valley

Maybe next year will be better (I’m going to take some more tablets now)


Pixels 2012

A good afternoon out with some club mates and some great images on view from 36 Clubs, that was how I spent Saturday afternoon.  The Judge Mr Dave Mason from the Arena Group, London gave clean and short comments on some excellent images.  For the full results see Results .  We finished in joint 11th place with 68 points, top honours being shared by Tenby and Inn Focus both on 77 points.  The Trophy went to Tenby on a countback system (Tenby having 3 20’s whilst Inn Focus had 2).

Our individual scores were –

Whooper Swans in Morning Mist by Dave Edwards DPAGB EFIAP 20 points

Boo by Cliff Emery CPAGB 18 points

Straggler by Colin Kelly CPAGB 17 points

The Abbey by Norman Lemon 13 points

Well done all, good effort.  Keep trying