Afan Nedd 11-way 2020

We took part in the Afan Nedd 11-way last Wednesday (9th December 2020). This battle, organised by Afan Nedd camera club, would normally be a print competition but this year it was changed to a digital format to allow social distancing. The event itself was hosted over a video conference service – not ideal, but it did allow clubs from further afield to participate and we had 4 English clubs join the usual Welsh contingent.

Cardiff put in a competent performance and were placed equal 6th with Tenby just one point behind Swansea. Melbourn were clear winners with a fine (and very enjoyable) selection of photographs – well done Melbourn.

1Melbourn (Cambridgeshire)115
2Cleethorpes (Lincolnshire)112
2Afan Nedd112
8Northfields (London)98
8Middleton (Chichester)98
10Pyle & Porthcawl94
Afan Nedd 11-way 2020 results (maximum score 120 points)

Our 6 photographs were awarded the following scores by the competition judge Lee Woolford Hon FWPF, DAPGB, EFIAP, AWPF, BPE3*

Dave RussellLone Tree17
Dean PineThe Pose18
Jeff HoweHarrier landing18
Chris ChinnickOwl19
Trevor WallerThe basketball player15
Andre van de SandeSelf portrait17
Afan Nedd 11-way 2020 individual photograph scores (maximum score 20 points)

Final member contest of 2020

The second round of Photographer of the Year took place yesterday (26th November 2020). This open competion typified the varied work our members produce and it was great to see seasoned & new members sharing their photographs. Our judge on the evening was Erica Oram CPAGB AFIAP BPE3 who provided a thoughtful commentary on our work – many thanks Erica. The top three photographs were:

1st – “Coal tit” by Andre Van de Sande
2nd – “Tennis trophy” by Trevor Waller
3rd – “Kestrel landing” by Niall

The full results are online at < >. The current league rankings for the 2020/21 season are also available online at < >

Bridgend 5-way 2020

Cardiff took part in the Bridgend 5-way battle against Baglan Bay, Bridgend, Rhondda & Swansea last night (9th November 2020). Due to the pandemic this annual competition was digital (rather than the normal print) and took place as a video conference. The judge for the evening was Carol McNiven Young FRPS EFIAP DPE4* CPAGB

As always it was a hard fought contest with some very high quality photographs on show. We were never in contention for first place but had quite a tussle with Bridgend for second place. At half time we were just a single point behind Bridgend (in third). In the second half and with 2 photographs to go we were now in second place with a 3 point lead over Bridgend. Unfortunately for us, Bridgend finished incredibly strongly scoring maximum points for their 2 final photographs. So, in the end, we finished in third place just one point behind. The final positions and scores are shown below:

PositionClubFinal Score
4Baglan Bay161
2020 Bridgend 5-way battle results (maximum score 200 points)

Our photographs were made by Chris Chinnick, Jeff Howe, Trevor Waller, Andre Van de Sande & Dave Russell. Special mention goes to Trevor Waller who achieved a commended award for his image “The basketball player”. The individual scores for our entries are shown below.

Trevor WallerJeff17
Chris ChinnickSign of the times15
Jeff HoweThe power and the glory17
Trevor WallerThe basketball player18
Dave RussellCastle Combe #116
Dave RussellMalachite Kingfisher16
Chris ChinnickOwl17
Andre Van de SandeThe pirate18
Jeff HoweHarrier landing18
Andre Van de SandeBright eyes18
2020 Bridgend 5-way individual photograph scores (maximum score 20 points)

2020/21 Photographer of the year kicks off

The results from the October round of the 2020/21 season photographer of the year contest are now available online at < >. I’m sure you will agree we were treated to some lovely images – thanks to everybody for taking part. Many thanks to Kylie-ann Martin for judging the competition. Her top photographs on the night were:

1st – “Lonely as a Cloud” by Jeff Howe
2nd – “Owl in a flower pot” by Niall
3rd – “Cardiff bay Blue hour” by David Barton

The current league rankings for the 2020/21 season are also available online at < >

Cardiff bay meet

Continuing our efforts to provide members with an opportunities to meet the club organised a photoshoot in Cardiff Bay. The weather was once again kind to us with the rain staying away and providing a great sunset. The meet was popular with members catching up and creating some great photographs. All in all an enjoyable event.

Andre Van de Sande’s photographs
Gwynn Jones’ photographs
Dave Russell’s photographs
Dave Brown’s photographs
Steve Willcock’s photographs
Nialls photographs

St. Fagans meet

After many months of social restrictions the club has started to meet outside to make photographs and have a chin wag. For this meet up we took advantage of the partial opening of the St Fagans National Museum of History for an afternoon of photograph making and catch up. A good number of members attended and the weather treated us kindly. You can see some of the photographs taken during the visit below.

Steve Willcocks’ photographs
Nialls photographs