Entries Invited for 2022 Ace of Prints

It’s that time again! The 2022 Ace of Prints Competition is now open for your entry – full rules are here!

In order to encourage entry we are, as we have throughout the Pandemic setting the entry fee as £0 – i.e. nothing! – we need to encourage a return to printing once again.

Closing date is 19th June 2022 when the entry form for Round 1 must be in my possession – the prints can be brought on the morning of the competition which will be 3rd July 2022 at the Talbot Green Community Centre – doors open at 9.00am.

Two rounds 12 prints in the first round, 15 prints in the second round – you can bring as many prints as you can carry for your 2nd round choice! If there are enough Clubs entered we will run a Plate Competition. The two top Clubs overall will be invited to represent the WPF at the Annual PAGB Club Print competition in October.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all there and to witnessing a feast of prints!

Roy Thomas

2021 Ace of Prints Results

Here are the results of the 2021 Ace of Prints – the Scoresheet gives a summary and the Overall Result the other has the entry forms which will show by Club – Title; Photographer and Scores. You will need tobe able to read an excel file for this.

The Club Result was: –

First:- Afan Nedd 178
Second:- Bridgend 172
Third:- Tenby 171
Fourth:- Baglan Bay 165
Fifth:- Gwent 164
Sixth:- Port Talbot 160
Seventh:- Swansea 159

It was a very close competition and congratulations go to Afan Nedd in first place and Bridgend in second who are invited to represent the WPF in the PAGB Event to be held at Smethwick on Sunday 24 October 2021.

Awards by the Judges jointly:-

Best Colour Print:- FIGHTING HORSES – ROGER DANIEL – BRIDGEND CC
Best Mono Print:- GRAZING IN THE MIST – JAYNE LIBBY – AFAN NEDD CC
Best Nature:- CUCKOO ROBIN CONFRONTATION – CHARLIE KIDD – TENBY CC

Highly Commended Prints:-
RIDER 74 – DAVID HOPES – BRIDGEND CC
RETURNING HOME – ROGER DANIEL – BRIDGEND CC
EMERGING DRAGONFLY (On scoresheet as damselfly!) – ALUN THOMAS – BAGLAN BAY CC

My congratulations to each of those individual photographers that the Judges selected for recognition – well done!

My personal thanks must go to all the WPF Executive that helped today but particularly Del Jones & Susan Surridge who kept Zoom going and tried to explain to those viewing the issues they were experiencing – thanks Guys! Also to the invaluable Cliff Emery who as well as collecting and organising the hardware – got intimately involved in the software as well – couldn’t have done it without you Cliff!!

Now if you are sitting comforabley, I’ll tell you a story: We realised that for this first Print Event across Zoom – without PDIs – that Cliff and I needed to organise something extra. Working in his studio we decided to try Live View on the new WPF PC and set it up using Cliff’s Canon RF camera – installed Zoom, downloaded Canon Utilities connected and tested with Del & Susan’s help – went well! Coming to Talbot Green we realised that Cliff only had a short RF Lens – we would need a longer lens to be able to get back from the Judges. David Lewis volunteered his Canon 5D as he had longer lenses. Then found Canon Utilities had to be downloaded again to match the 5D – decided to use the other WPF PC – downloaded Zoom – then downloaded Canon Utilities – went to install – it asked for CD – This PC was Windows 8! Back to the new WPF PC – downloaded Canon Utilities again for the Canon 5D – installed and set up David’s camera on Live View – looked good! Then the tripod started slowly sinking!! Find the Gaffer Tape! Got it running again and we thought the Live View was good and started the competition! We were unaware that as Jenny was 20 feet off in one direction and Brian was 20 feet off in the other direction and we were relying on the New PC microphone but our Zoom audience couldn’t hear! So I started repeating the score & photographer – thinking that the scoresheet was easy to follow – all the first images per Club followed by all the second images per Club in the sequence on the sheet. If I had explained that it might have worked – but unfortunately I hadn’t!

The last 6 lines of explanation above were carried out by Cliff and the team starting 15 minutes before the Off and continued for 15 after – so that’s why there was a delay!

The god news is that we probably won’t have to do that again as we’ll all be there together in the future – we all hope! If we do we’ll utilise microphones. So sorry if we spoiled your morning – but I am sure that the prints you saw were of the highest quality and I’m sure that our 2 winning Clubs will do us proud at Smethwick against the other 35 PAGB Clubs. Wish them well!

If you have any comments – send them to me!

Roy Thomas
Roy17@btinternet.com
01639644757/07880710908

Results 2018 Ace of Prints

Inn Focus – 210 – 1st
Tenby – 191 – 2nd
Western Valley – 182 – 3rd
Afan Nedd – 181 – 4th
Bridgend – 168 – 5th
The Vale – 165 – 6th
Neath – 162 – 7th
Swansea – 159 – 8th

Congratulations to all who entered.

2017 A Pair of Aces – Results

A Pair of Aces took place on 19th February, 2017. The results can be seen here.

Inn Focus Group have already qualified to compete in the PAGB Print and PDI Club Championships.  As a result of this year’s Pair of Aces Competitions, Tenby & District CC and Gwynfa CC will be invited to compete at the PAGB PDI Club Championship.  Western Valley CC and The Vale CC will be invited to compete at the PAGB Print Club Championship.  Bridgend & District CC won the Plate in both the Ace of Clubs and the Ace of Prints.  The WPF congratulates those clubs on their success.

The WPF thanks the clubs for entering, the judges, Bob Moore Hon.FRPS MPAGB Hon.PAGB, Sue Moore FRPS MPAGB and Peter Siviter DPAGB EFIAP, all those who helped in however great or small a way and for all the club members who attended the competitions.  It was a good day with some great photography and is something to plan to attend and participate in 12 months’ time.

2015 Ace of Prints Results

We’ve heard that the Inn Focus Group won the Ace of Prints competition from Tenby (second) and Bridgend (third).

Final Round          Round One

Congratulations to Inn Focus once again. As they were automatically invited back due to their performance last year the WPF will be represented by three clubs (Inn Focus, Bridgend and Tenby) at this year’s National Print Championships to be held at Chatfield Theatre, 164 Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 6EA ON 25TH October 2015.

 

Ace of Prints 2014 – Awards

We have recevied this from Dave Paskin, CELO.

I would like to congratulate the winners of the Ace of Prints. The Winners were:
1st – Ebbw Vale
2nd – Tenby
3rd – Western Valley
     
Ebbw Vale and Tenby Will represent the WPF at the PAGB Inter-club Print Championships at Ormskirk in October. Western Valley were awarded the Plate as there was no separate Plate Competition.

Other awards:
Best Mono – Standing Room Only – Peter Stickler – Swansea
Best Colour – Tess – Jill Baxter – Tenby
 
Judges’ Choices:
John Chamberlain – Alone In The Woods by John Cooke of Western Valley
Roger Parry – Agoraphobia by Gary Howells of Ebbw Vale.
Judith Parry – No You Can’t by Eric Williams of Newport. 

Competing Clubs: Bridgend, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, Llanelli, Newport, Port Talbot, Swansea, Tenby, The Vale, Towy Valley and Western Valley.

I Would like to take this opportunity to thank the clubs that entered this year’s Ace of Prints competition, it  would be nice to see a longer list of entries for next year. Maybe one of the federation clubs could host the event to bring it to your local area. If your club would like to host one the Memorial Trophy or the Ace of Clubs, please let me know.

Dave Paskin.