2022 Stanley Chell Entries Invited

Aberdare Camera Club is pleased to announce the return of The Stanley Chell 2022, the first since 2019. It remains a print competition, details of the various trophies and rules can be seen below.

Invitation           Poster         Entry Form/Rules

It will be held at 1pm on Saturday 3rd December 2022 and this year we’re changing location to a facility called Cynon Linc. This new venue is a far bigger hall which will, for the first time, allow us the opportunity to display the prints after they’ve been judged. (May we thank our friends at Barry CC for the generous loan of their boards). It is located near the centre of Aberdare, with plenty of parking available across the road behind the town library, which at the moment is free on a Saturday after 10am. We will be providing tea and welsh cakes, and we are negotiating to have the onsite cafe open.

We are still discussing ways of collecting all your prints from around Wales, and will hopefully make use of our friends at various locations to act as collection hubs, Please contact me to discuss options on delivery/collection. More information will be provided when we determine best option.

For those clubs holding trophies from 2019, can you please contact Huw Edwards at Aberdare Camera Club.

All clubs have been through a very difficult few years, and hopefully this will prove the ideal opportunity for us all to come together and meet again as friends. As a small club this competition is our way of contributing to the WPF family, we truly hope that you will support us, enter The Chell, and be back with us on the day.

Stanley Chell 2017 – Results

Firstly on behalf of Aberdare Camera Club can we thank you for your clubs participation at today Stanley Chell, for what I believe was an exceptional competition of the highest standard.

Getting members to present images as prints is becoming an increasing challenge, but we at Aberdare CC believe it to be the best format, the most creative, the most skilled, and when done well a pleasure for all to enjoy.

In the past years we’ve tried to challenge the norm in terms of judges, and so we  wish to thank Walter Benzie for accepting our invitation to judge, and bringing a fresh view and presentation style. His first score of 9.5 brought audible gasps from all attending, until we all recognised that he was scoring to ten. His comments, anecdotes and critiques  were well thought through, and communicated in a means that we all learnt a bit more. To get a former President of The Royal Photographic Association to our part of Wales was a true honour, and in conversation he was heartened by his warm welcome and is now keen to explore more of Wales. Thank you Walter.

We also wish to thank the following sponsors of today’s event and donating so generously.

  • Nomad Cases
  • PaperSpectrum
  • EOS Magazine

We also wish to thank the club members for their efforts in delivering a well presented competition, with yet again the best catering on the circuit. Aberdare always tries to give a true valleys welcome to our friends and guests, especially our secret recipe of “Bara Brith” (it all depends on the brew of the tea 😉 )

So now for the bit that you’ve all been waiting for, the results and scores.

  • Stanley Chell 2017  -Best Club – Inn Focus
  • The Hans Hoyer Trophy – Best Monochrome – Six Pack One Pack – Coltraine Koh – Inn Focus
  • The Glyn John Trophy – Best Colour – The Apple Woman – Gwynfryn Jone – Gwynfra
  • The Glan and Mair Trophy – Best Landscape – Horses at Kenfig – Jayne Libby – Cymro Momo
  • The Doris Chell Trophy – Best Image – The Historian – David Norton – Rhondda

A few Images attached of the winners can be seen below and the scoresheet can be seen here

Thank you all for entering, and  see you all at Stanley Chell 2018.

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Inn Focus win 2016 Stanley Chell

Aberdare  Camera club once again provided a warm welcome and a very enjoyable afternoon for the 2016 Stanley Chell competition.

Congratulations go to the Inn Focus Group who came away with a well-deserved win closely followed by Ebbw Vale camera club with Gwynfa in third place.

21 clubs took part with 88 top quality prints being shown.  The judge, Rob Mitchell, MA Photography kept everyone entertained providing a thorough and concise critique.

Results         Full Scores

Gwynfa Grab 2015 Stanley Chell

For the third time in four years Gwynfa Camera Club has won the Stanley Chell Cup.

It was a very tense affair with the result in doubt until the very end. Both Gwynfa & Tenby scored a maximum of 40 in the first two rounds. Both clubs were still level (on 58 points) after three rounds. The final round provided a tense finish with Gwynfa scoring 19 and holding their collective breath until the Tenby score of 18 was announced. The final top three places were:

1st place – Gwynfa – 77 points (20 – 20 – 18 – 19)
2nd place – Tenby – 76 points (20 – 20 – 18 – 18)
3rd place – Inn Focus – 72 points (18 – 17 – 17 – 20)

The complete final score-sheet and final placings can be seen if you click the links.

The other awards were:
Hans Hover Trophy (Best Monochrome Print) – The Orphanage by Dave Bolton (Tenby).
Glyn John Trophy (Best Colour Print) – Halfpenny Penalty by Gareth Jenkins (Inn Focus).
Glan and Mair Trophy (Best Landscape) – Grasses & Dunes by Leigh Woolford (Gwynfa).
Doris Chell Memorial Trophy (Best Image) – Brown Eyed Girl by Margot Rowlands (Gwynfa).

Thanks to the judge Peter McCloskey FRPS APAGB who did a fantastic job and also to Aberdare Camera Club for putting on an excellent and very successful event and lovely buffet, as they always do.

Gwynfa Wins the 2013 Stanley Chell

Gwynfa Camera Club (69 points) narowly pipped the Inn Focus Group (68), Llanelli and Towy Valley (both 67) to win the Stanley Chell Trophy for the second consecutive year.

Gwynfa’s winning images were: The Old Iron Works by Gwynfryn Jones (16), When I’m 64 by Lynda Beynon (16), Skye Perspectives by Leigh Woolford (19) and Emperor Dragonfly at Dawn by Alec Stewart (18).

A full list of scores can now be found here.  More information and photos here.

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The winner of the Hans Hoyer Trophy for Best Monochrome Print went to Tredegar with ‘Faith‘ by Lynford Hallet.

The winner of the Glyn John Trophy for Best Colour Print went to Swansea with ‘Praying‘ by Jason Chapman.

The winner of the Glan and Mair Trophy for Best Landscape Print went to Bridgend with ‘Estuary Evening‘ by Alan Jenkinson **.

The winner of the Doris Chell Memorial Trophy for Best Image went to Inn Focus Group with ‘Erupting‘ by Phil Morgan **.

There were only two 20′s awarded and they went to Alan Jenkinson of Bridgend and Phil Morgan of the Inn Focus Group (see ** above).

Ron Steed, Competition Secretary at Aberdare Camera Club said the event proved to be a great success on the day with 27 clubs entered and judge, Martin Fry of Cheltenham did an excellent job with clear and constructive comments and guidance on every print”.

Well done to everyone at Aberdare. The organisation was excellent and the day very enjoyable.

Gwynfa win 2012 Stanley Chell

The Travel WriterOn Saturday 24th November at Aberdare, Gwynfa Camera Club won the Stanley Chell Competition with a total score of 75 points. The Gwynfa prints were ‘Incoming‘ by Heidi Stewart; Shhhhhh by Leigh Woolford; ‘Kingfisher with Sticklebackby Alec Stewart and ‘Bible Readingby Margot Rowlands. One point behind in joint second were Bridgend & District Camera Club, Inn Focus Group and Port Talbot Camera Club. Next up were Tenby & District Camera Club on 73. The Hans Hoyer Trophy for Best Monochrome Print went to Hayden Thomas of Neath for a photo entitled Jonny Reb. The Glyn John Trophy for Best Colour Print went to Margot Rowlands of Gwynfa for ‘Bible Reading‘. The Glan and Mair Trophy for Best Landscape Print went to Alan Jenkinson of Bridgend for a print entitled ‘Bucholic Blush‘. The Doris Chell Memorial Trophy for Best Image in the Competition went to Ian Munro for ‘The Travel Writer‘. The judge for the competition was Jim Marsden FRPS, APAGB, EFIAP of Melksham. Here is a full list of all the scores. Thanks to Alan Coles for providing the spreadsheet.