Dai Evans

We have received a sad message from Lynn Phillips at Amman Valley Camera Club.

With great sadness I wish to inform you that Dai Evans passed away yesterday after a short illness. He was a founder member of the Amman Valley Camera Club when it was formed in 1967 and was our Chairman for the last 30 years.

Dai was well known throughout the WPF for his unique style of photography for which he was awarded Associate-ships of both the Royal Photographic Society and the Welsh Photographic Federation.

He will be sorely missed by all at the Amman Valley Camera Club.

Dai is survived by his children Huw and Susan and their families.

Dai’s funeral will be held at Swansea Crematorium on Thursday 7 November at 12:30.

Brian George

We’ve just received some sad news from Mel O’Brien, Secretary of Caerphilly Camera Club.

One of their long standing members, Brian George, passed away on Monday 22nd July. Brian was chairman of the club for over 20 years and one of its founder members over 60 years ago. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to attend the club in recent years to  illness but is fondly remembered by the older members.

Len Beard 1933–2013

We regret that we have more sad news to report. Len Beard, a founder member of Velindre and Trostre Camera Club passed away on the 9th April. The following obituary is from Des Daughton.

Len joined Velindre Camera Club at the works in the mid ’60’s, when members met in the old huts formerly used by on-site contractors. He had the first of many successful entries in the Welsh Salon soon afterwards. This year saw him gain 3 acceptances to the Salon, A digital image called Journey’s End and two prints named A Quiet Corner and Moonshine.

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Desrae Tucker

We have been informed by Newport Photographic Club that their long serving Secretary, Desrae Tucker, passed away suddenly today after a short illness. Desrae has been involved in the club, formerly Newport Camera Club, for many years. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.

In Memory of David Hunt Hon. FWPF, AWPF

From the website of Barry Camera Club -  A tribute written jointly by their members, prepared for David’s funeral and posted here in his memory.
David HuntDavid was a member of Barry Camera Club for well over fifty years – half the club’s history. He also served on the Welsh Photographic Federation committee for twelve years, having a huge influence on the Welsh national photographic scene and being awarded the Honorary Fellowship.

The Camera Club members here today will remember him with great fondness for his astounding images of caving taken with flash powder – an explosive mixture of magnesium powder – a complex operation to do when above ground, but insanely difficult in underground conditions. These images will haunt our memories forever and have been widely published in caving magazines; he was showing these images in camera clubs right up to last year. When Martin Farr, a famous cave photographer, came to visit us, he held him in high esteem and commented that Dave had been an inspiration for him.

David had a very strict view of what a photograph was. “But is it photography?” was a commonly heard catchphrase when presented with an image that hadn’t involved just a camera and a light-sensitive film, plate or sensor. However, he adapted to the digital age enthusiastically, being one of the first to go digital and in later years producing superb images of fungi, clouds and butterflies – all with Latin names written out in full to confound the judges. Continue reading “In Memory of David Hunt Hon. FWPF, AWPF”

David Hunt

It is with a great deal of sadness that we have to tell you that David Hunt died on February 10th. David has been a loyal friend and member of the WPF Executive for many years and we will all miss him very much.He had been very ill since just before Christmas. Details of the funeral service will be announced when they become available.

Derek Rodway FRPS

We have received the following sad message from Brian Coleman.

It is with regret that I have to inform you that Derek Rodway FRPS of Newport Camera Club passed away this week. For those of you who have been around camera clubs for while, you will remember Derek’s wonderful photography, his informative talks and the way he helped so many people with their photography and gaining of honours. He was a genuine and helpful man. 

When he was no longer able to continue his wildlife photography, after being struck by Parkinson’s Disease, Derek turned his hand to still life and elevated that to an art form.Those of us who saw the stunning glass photographs were inspired to try them ourselves. In my case with Little success in the outcome.

Our thoughts and condolences go to Newport Camera club.Derek will be much missed.

Brian Coleman,WPF President.