Mono Competition sponsored by Cymru Mono Club

14 May 2018

The Only Mono Competition sponsored by Cymru Mono Club was held in Port Talbot last Saturday.

Rhondda came an extremely creditable 17th out of 42 Clubs taking part. Our score was 57 out of a possible 80.

The winning Club was Inn Focus Group with 69 points. 2 English clubs were in joint second place, Dorchester CC and Keswick PS, so it was truly a national Competition and the result does not reflect badly on us at all.


The individual scores are:

Girl on a Bus               David Norton         14

Fossbury Flopper        Brian Merry           15

Grass Cutter               Adrian Lant           15

Early Morning Light    Tony France           13


In a competition of this size and calibre these are very commendable scores.Well done to you all.


Battle with Cwmbran Photographic Society

11 May 2018
We took part in a Battle with Cwmbran Photographic Society on  Wednesday evening. We were the resounding winners, with excellent scores from all our entries. Congratulations to Adrian Lant who scored our only 20 with Norton Spirit.
The individual scored are:


Engine Driver                           18
Small Butterfly on Bluebells        18
Rich Llewellyn                           17
Con Aerist                                19
Smiling Hurdler                        18
Norton Spirit                            20
The Historian                           19
Matron                                    18   
Dusk on the Nile                      18
Beware of the Spray                 17



Disturbed                                17
Enjoying the View                    18
Face Masks                              17
Going Round in Circles              18
Golden Tree                             19
Heron                                       18 
Metalsmith at Work                   19
Safely over the Bar                   16
The Bruiser                              19
I'm Fed Up Now                       19

TOTAL PDI SCORE          180

CWMBRAN PDI SCORE          173

Judge was Gareth Martin  AWPF, CPAGB
Thanks to everyone who allowed their work to be entered and congratulations on your scores.
Thanks to the members who came along on the night.
We were made very welcome by the members of Cwmbran Club and have invited then to a return Battle at our Club next year.
Thanks to Peter Coleman for keeping an accurate score tally.

Tenovus Window Display

Tenovus Window Display

30 April 2018
On Friday last, we set up the third display to commemorate the 
75th Anniversary of the Club in the window of Tenovus, 
Dunraven St., Tonypandy. It created a lot of interest as we
were setting it up and the number of people looking in the
window and calling in the shop to ask about it has continued

4 Awards and 21 Acceptances for Rhondda Members

09 April 2018

Once again, our Club members had considerable success in the Welsh Salon. All members who entered had at least one acceptance. Congratulations to them all.

The acceptances are:


BEWARE OF THE SPRAY                                                 PDI


STEAMPUNK TIME TRAVELLER                                    PDI


CON ARTIST                                                                        PDI

SUNSET OVER RHONDDA                                              PDI


WILD THING                                                                       Monochrome Print

AROUND THE BEND                                                         Monochrome Print         

CUTTING THE GRASS                                                      Monochrome Print


THE SMILING HURDLER                                                 DPI                                                         BEST SPORT

SAFELY OVER THE BAR                                                   Monochrome Print                          WPF RIBBON

DETERMINATION                                                             Monochrome Print         

THAT’S FREEZING                                                             PDI

THE STEEPLECHASER                                                       PDI

URCHIN WITH A BASKET                                PDI


A HARD LIFE                                                                       Monochrome Print                        SELECTOR’S RIBBON

DRAG QUEEN                                                                     Monochrome Print                          WPF RIBBON     

LA BOUTIQUE DE PHOTOGRAPHIE                            Colour Print

THE BRIDE OF..                                                                  Colour Print

THE HISTORIAN                                                                Colour Print

THE FIGHTER                                                                      PDI

TROUBLED                                                                          PDI

UPPER CUT                                                                         PDI


That is a total of 21 acceptances with 4 Awards from 5 Rhondda Club members.  An excellent result.

The Salon will be opened in June (later than usual this year) at the Volcano Theatre in High St Swansea and run for about a month. I am not aware of any other details yet, as soon as I know anything, I will let you know.

Here are the scores from the Battle at Pyle and Porthcawl Club on Thursday evening. It was, as you can see a very close Battle. We came joint 3rd. Thanks to you if you attended. If you have the individual scores for Rhondda entries, please let me know so that we can post them on the website.                                    


            Many thanks to Harry Gardiner for his excellent judging and critiques last night at Pyle & Porthcawl PS' 7-way battle.

It was a great battle this year with some very good entries from all clubs.

The scores:
112 Pyle & Porthcawl
111 Bridgend
110 Rhondda
110 Vale
109 Abertawe
107 Aberdare
103 Neath

(Information from Glyn Edmunds, PPPS Chairman)


New Clubhouse Venue

18 March 2018

As from the 20th March our new venue to meet on Tuesday evening's will be at the Dai Davies Community Centre, Heol Eurwen Davies PORTH CF39 9AZ 

(At the rear of the Tai Elephant AKA Rickards Arms) Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:30 start.


Camera Club Window Display in Alpha Kitchens

09 March 2018

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the formation of The Rhondda Camera Club, a display of members work has been exhibited in the shop window of “Alpha Kitchens” in Hannah Street, Porth. 

This is our second display following that at “The Window Shop” in Treorchy in January of this year.  The display in Porth will run from the 9th March until Monday 19th March. We are indebted to the owners of The Window Shop and Alpha Kitchens for their help. 

We have endeavoured to display a number of photographs relevant to the area of the display. 

We had some very favourable feedback about our first display at Treorchy; let’s hope the response at Porth is just as good. Certainly the interest shown by passers-by, while we were setting up the display, was encouraging. Our next window display is planned for 

Tenovus in Tonypandy sometime in April or May. Members with photographs around and about this area please let us know well in advance as we have to make up labels showing the title and the name of the photographer. We hope to hold displays throughout the valleys during the year and anyone knowing of a friendly shopkeeper who would be prepared to help, please contact the committee. We especially would like to find a venue in Ferndale following the display in Tonypandy.



Rhondda Win 7 Way Battle

10 February 2018

Rhondda Camera Club members participated once again in the 7 way battle with

Barry, Bridgend, Gwynfa, Morriston,  Pyle & Porthcawl and The Vale Camera clubs 

and had six images scoring 20pts/ Congratulations to all that participated and entering 

some excellent images.

Con Artist 20

The Historian 20

Safely over the Bar 20

Subaru N0.4 19

Grass Cutter 20

A Hard Life 20

The Winners Hug 20

I am Fed up Now 18

Well done once again.



Results of the GB Cup Small Clubs 2018 Open

29 January 2018

 Rhondda Camera Club
in to the 2018 The GB Cup for Small Clubs in the Open Category. Here are the results:-

The GB Cup for Small Clubs 2018 Open

Your 10 Highest Scoring Images



Busy At The Grand

Mal Durbin




Adrian Lant



The Smiling Hurdler

Brian Merry



Fed Up

Brian Merry



Metalsmith At Work

Derrick Mulford



Linga Lady

David Norton



Winners Hug

Allan Squires



The Historian

David Norton



The Perfect Storm

Brian Merry





Welsh Salon is Open for Entries

23 January 2018

Welsh Salon Open For Entries

The Welsh Salon of photography 2018 is now open to receive entries. To enter please visit the following website. The cost to enter is £1.50 per print or PDI with a minimum entry fee of £6.00. Closing date is Sunday March 4th 20.59.

However, if you plan to enter prints you will need to enter online earlier a little earlier as you will have to deliver them in one of the ways outlined below.

Option 1: Check with your club if they are organising a delivery of prints to the AGM. If not….

Option 2 – You can take your prints to the AGM yourself and enjoy an exciting afternoon too.

Option 3 – Take your prints to Cliff Emery (Salon Chairman) at 4 Seaward Avenue, Port Talbot, SA12 7LT.

The Salon selections will take place on the 24th and 25th March and the selectors are Nick Jenkins, Johnnie Rogers and Ian Whiston of Northwich, Cheshire.

You can read the full conditions of entry here.

Good Luck

Cliff Emery Salon Chairman


Rhondda Camera Club 75th anniversary

09 January 2018

This month sees the 75th anniversary of the conception of the Rhondda Camera Club. It came about due to the interest in photography of two friends John H. Davies of Llwynypia and Mr. Tom Jones of Tonypandy. They were joined by Mr. Walter Morgan M.A. of Treherbert an artist who was interested in learning how to use a camera and process the ensuing negatives into prints. John and Tom taught Walter the mechanics and he taught them about Composition, Texture and Light etc.

This all took place just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Others joined the trio over the next few years and it was decided to form a camera club. On January 11th 1943 the club was formed with J .J .Jones of the Bute Hotel, Treherbert as Chairman, Walter Morgan as Secretary, John H Davies as Treasurer with Tom Jones and three others as members of the committee.

The club did not meet for long at Treorchy. Circumstances compelled the club to move to a new meeting place at the headquarters of the Garrick Dramatic Society at Llwynypia.

A hard winter and restrictions on fuel, due to the war, made the accommodation less than hospitable with a member from Treorchy forced to bring down an oil stove that the membership gathered around to discuss their photographic interests and problems.

In 1946 the club were advised that the Maes-yr-Haf Educational Settlement in Trealaw with its well heated and comfortable premises would welcome the club, and it was here that the club would remain until after the 25th anniversary in 1968.

Since that time, the meeting place has changed on a number of occasions and also reverted back to the Maes-yr-Haf at times. The club has been at its present meeting place for some years now, only a few hundred yards from the Maes-yr-Haf.

At the time of the clubs 25th Anniversary in 1968, Exhibitions of members work were held at the Maes-yr-Haf over a period of five days and two at Tonypandy Library.

By the 50th Anniversary in 1998 the membership had of course changed on many occasions and the date or even the year of the clubs formation in 1943 was not known. With the members at that time unaware of the anniversary, no events were held to celebrate the formation of the club.

Fortunately, information became available about a year ago giving us the information we required. So for this, the 75th Anniversary, a series of displays and exhibitions are planned to take place in shop windows and library’s throughout the two Rhondda Valleys. The first of these was put in place on Friday 5th January 2018 at “The Window Shop”, Treorchy. It will run until Monday 15th January 2018. Please find the time to go along and take a look and let others know about this our 75th Year


Match A Digi Winners

02 December 2017
Last night (1st December) was the annual Match a Digi competition between the Rhondda,  Gwynfa and the Vale it was the Vale's turn to host the competition at Ystradowen.
There was a good turn out for the competition and it was good to see several members from our club there to give support to the least important yet most competitive competition of the year.
This years judge was Brian Coleman and as usual he dished out the points to what  he felt was the closest match to the first image. The most bizarre images were displayed unlike the usual competitions that are held in inter club battles.
Team players for the club were David Norton,  Mark Owen and Les Omahony. We even had a member on the Gwynfa team! This would be the last time Gwynfa will enter the competition as they have decided to drop it from their program.
Game over scores announced Rhondda were the winners! A good night was had by all and a big thanks to The Vale for a wonderful buffet and some amazing prizes in the raffle.

I would like to thank David Norton for giving his time in  pulling together the images needed for this battle as it was left late for members to trawl their images for the unusual for entries.


The Stanley Chell Trophy

02 December 2017

Congratulations to the members whose images were chosen to represent our club at this year's Stanley Chell Competition at Aberdare Camera Club. Images selected were by David Norton "The Historian" Brian Merry "The Smiling Hurdler" David Evans "Breitling Wing Walkers" and Adrian Lant "Grass Cutter".

Congratulations to David Norton, whose image was selected as the best image and won the Doris Chell Memorial Trophy. (See image)

The winners of the competition were Inn Focus Camera Club

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Rhondda Camera Club Visits the IBoP at Newent

Rhondda Camera Club Visits the IBoP at Newent

07 October 2017

Members and guests of the Rhondda Camera Club visited the International Bird of Prey Centre in Newent Gloucester today (7.10.17). A good day was had by all with a good number of images being captured 

The members were treated to three flying display of different types of Birds of Prey, as well as static displays of the various Raptors kept on the premises. 

Programme 2017-18

Programme 2017-18

16 September 2017

Part 2 of the forth coming programme for 2017-18

Programme for 2017-18 Part 1

Programme for 2017-18 Part 1

16 September 2017

This is the forth coming programme that David Lewis has put together for 2017-18 year It is subject to change but David will inform us if and when this happens.


Brian Merry was awarded a GPU Ribbon

31 August 2017

At the recent Welsh International Salon of Photography, Brian Merry was awarded a GPU Ribbon for his image "Smiling Hurdler". 

The GPU is the Global Photographic Union and is a prestigious international organisation which gives patronages to images 

entered in National Salons.

There were over 1600 projected images and nearly 1400 prints in this Salon from more than 25 countries, and it 

was judged over 4 days last weekend. There were only about 25 awards given in total, so well done to Brian on a 

very significant achievement.

We look forward to seeing his award winning image in Club, and in the WIS Exhibition in Maesteg in October.


Brian is an active member in the Rhondda Camera club and has achieved many a deserved award for his images and the work that he has contributed to represent the club over many years.

Congratulations from all at Rhondda Camera Club.


Exhibition at Tonypandy Library

Exhibition at Tonypandy Library

22 August 2017
Thank you all for taking the time to pop in to see the exhibition of members work this evening we had a good turnout. Tomorrow the exhibition of members work will be on display at Tonypandy Library from 23rd to 31st August Opening Times can be seen here.…/Libraryloc…/TonypandyLibrary.aspx 
Rhondda Camera Club Open Evening

Rhondda Camera Club Open Evening

18 August 2017

The members of the Rhondda Camera Club will be hosting an Open Evening at 

Trealaw Christian Fellowship Centre, Maesyfynnon Terrace, Trealaw, CF40 2QA.

 From 4:00pm to 9:00pm There will be a display of prints and DPI's (Digital Projected Images) 

 on display. The event is Free. There will be a raffle with free Tea & Coffee for all visitors. 

We hope that you will pop in and support the work of local photographers 

Alan Jones Tier Two Winner

Alan Jones Tier Two Winner

12 July 2017

Alan Jones being presented by the club Chairman Mal Durbin with his tier two shield at the Annual Presentation Night 2017

Rhondda Camera Club Presentation Evening 2016-17

Rhondda Camera Club Presentation Evening 2016-17

03 July 2017

Recently the members of Rhondda Camera Club held their annual presentation evening at the clubhouse where members were presented with Shields, Trophies and certificates for their achievements during the 2016-17 season. The President of the Welsh Photographic Federation Mr. Cliff Emery AFIAP Presented the members with their awards. The members would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Judges and Presenters for giving up their time to attend.

HONOURS BOARD 2016 -2017 

Duck with A Drippy Beak BRIAN MERRY 
Imagination BARY MILES 
 Where There’s Love…… HAZEL NASH 
 Lost in the Moment HAZEL NASH 
It Takes Two to Tango BRIAN MERRY 
Maiden of the Moors DAVID NORTON 
Vocation Vacation DAVID NORTON 
Orb on the Beach CARL JONES 
Sunset on the Rocks DAWN LATCHAM 
 A Gangster Life BARRY MILES 
 They Don’t Scare Me BRIAN MERRY 
Close Combat ADRIAN LANT 
 I Need My Slippers to Sleep DAVID NORTON 
 Majestic Gull Feeding BRIAN MERRY 
Cross Foxes MAL DURBIN 
Monochrome Images Competition 
 A Rough Day At Sea RIAN MERRY 
 Into the Streets DAVID NORTON 
A Strange Tradition DAVID NORTON 
 The Fighter DAVID NORTON 
Squirrel Feeding BRIAN MERRY 
 The Hitman BRIAN MERRY 
 The Girl on the Bus DAVID NORTON 
 Granny’s Got Her Hands Full KATHLEEN FELTHAM 
Is this a Dream BRIAN MERRY 
 Romanian Woman DAVID NORTON 
The Devil’s Pattern PHILIP PALMER 
 Merchant Seafarers Memorial ANTHONY FRANCE 
Longing to Fly DAVID NORTON 
Spot the Tog ALAN JONES 
MARCH 2017        Theme Competition 
PRINT WINNER (Song Titles) 
 Fly Me To The Moon. DAVID NORTON 
 I’m Coming Home BRIAN MERRY 
Crocodile Rock ADRIAN LANT 
A Spoonful of Sugar LES O’MAHONY 
 Depression DAVID NORTON 
Frustration BRIAN MERRY 
APRIL 2017               
 Tribal Elder DAVID NORTON 
 The Beauty of the Bwlch DAVID NORTON 
Griffin only Comes out at Night STEPHEN SANDERS 
 Spinning in the Moonlight CARL JONES 
Power Boats Cardiff LES O’MAHONY 
The Dishwasher DAVID NORTON 
 A Gangster’s Life BARRY MILES 
 Alan Jones




12 June 2017

The PAGB Inter Federation Competitions  were held in Pontefract on Saturday 3rd June.

The Welsh Photographic Federation results are are as follows:




OPEN PDI’s  SECTION 6th Position

NATURE PDI’s  SECTION 9th Position (Joint)


All 15 Federations in the PAGB took part in the Competitions.


Individual awards:

SILVER MEDAL OPEN PDI’s Bleak Grazers Alan Jenkinson

BRONZE MEDAL NATURE PDI’s Martes Martes Phil Morgan

PAGB RIBBON OPEN MONO The Orphanage David Bolton


Entries highlighted in RED  have been selected to be included in the Touring Exhibition,which will be in Wales for most of October. Details to follow.

Individual scores are below.


A total of 22 WPF members’ work has been selected for this Exhibition.


I have been advised that prints not selected for the exhibition will be returned to me sometime after 12th June. As soon as I receive them I will contact you if I have your email address, or your Club/Society secretary. I will also ask Leigh to put an announcement on Newsflash.


I apologise for not giving you this information sooner. I have just returned from holiday.


Congratulations to you all, and thanks for submitting such great work into the Salon.

I look forward to meeting you all at the PAGB Exhibition in October..


Best wishes,


Martin Nagle





Jurassic Pool Alan Jenkinson 12

Going Down Charles Kidd 12

In Need of Comfort Gwynfryn Jones 12

Choosing Today’s Mood Bridget Craddock 12

Preselli Mountain Pony Janet Sullivan 12

The Terminus Clive Martin 12

Good Time Sir Linda Beynon 12

Celtic Noble Daughter Gwynfryn Jones 11

Right on the Button Huw Fairclough 11

Goth Romance Gwynfryn Jones 11

WOW Huw Fairclough 11

Wild Ponies in Mist Nick Craddock 11

Orange Tulips Angela Deroy Jones 10

Evening on the Estuary Alan Jenkinson 10

Mud Glorious Mud Gillian McKay 10

Journey’s Beginning Matthew Jones 10

The Girl on the Phone Gillian McKay 10

Llanddwyyn Island Eric Pearce 10

Great Egret with Fish Mike Cullis 10

The Haunted David Norton 10

Deep Sea Fishing Dave Bolton 10

Steps Adrian Webster 9

Eye of the Storm Steve Littlewood 9

Who Let the Dogs Out? Dave Bolton 9

Bear Rock Hartland Quay Tom Dee 9

Taking Time Out Derrick Mulford 9

The Watcher Matthew Jones 9

Arctic Driftwood Mike Cullis 9

Abertillery Clocktower Abstract Anthony Carter 9

Typhoon 2955 Sqd, John Crowland 9





The Orphanage (PAGB Ribbon) Dave Bolton 13

On the Money Huw Fairclough 13

London Rain Nick Craddock 12

Heroes Nigel Goode 12

Spartans Matthew Jones          12

Busy at the Grand Mal Durbin 12    

Onyx John Cooke 11

Linga Lady David Norton 11

Alone Peter Stickler 11

Metalsmith at Work Derrick Mulford 11

Dartmoor Gaggle Alan Jenkinson 11

Sleepwalker                  David Norton 11

Street Urchin Khathmandu Peter Francis 11

D Day Veteran Gwynfryn Jones     11

Lighthouse Lunacy Gary Howells 11

I’m out of Here John Cooke

Margam Park & Parc Slip

Margam Park & Parc Slip

03 April 2017

A few members of the Rhondda Camera Club visited Margam Park to capture the Red & Pere David Deer and done a fair bit of walking to capture these magnificent animals and after a few hours moved on to Parc Slip nature reserve to capture the different species of local birds in their natural habit. A pleasant morning was had and more days out to be arranged soon.

Photos courtesy of Martyn Williams


Rhondda Camera Club Members WPF Acceptances

01 April 2017

Here are the acceptances into the Welsh Salon of Photography by Rhondda members:


Kath Feltham              Follow me Sir                      DPI

                               Following the Action             DPI


Brian Merry                 Matron                               Mono Print               WPF Ribbon

                                They Don't Scare Me            Colour Print          

                                 Caught in the Storm            Mono Print

Derrick Mulford         Taking Time Out                 Colour Print                 WPF Ribbon


                                 Metalsmith at Work          Mono Print

                                 Benson! No!                   DPI


Meryl Natt                    Gateway to Wales            DPI

David Norton               The Girl on the Bus           DPI                           BEST MONOCHROME PDI

                                 The Haunted                   Colour Print                WPF Ribbon

                                 Sleepwalker                     Mono Print                 WPF Ribbon 

                                 Wanting to Fly                 DPI                           WPF Ribbon

                                 Faded Love                     Colour Print

                                 Linga Lady                      Mono Print 

                                 The Little Weaverbird        Mono Print

                                 A Strange Tradition           DPI

                                 Into the Streets                DPI


Mal Durbin                  Busy at the Grand              Mono Print                  WPF Ribbon 


Congratulations to everyone who had acceptances, Every Club member who entered had at least one acceptance, That's 19 in total. There are 300 acceptances for the Salon and over 30 Clubs submitted entries. I think this is a great result for our members.


Information supplied by Martin Nagle.


The Welsh Salon of Photography Exhibition will be held at Maesteg Library, Norths Lane, Maesteg, CF34 9AA from May 4th to May 25th.

The official opening will be on on the 6th May. Details to follow.

Opening times at the library are as follows:
Mondays – 9am-5pm
Tuesdays – 2pm-6pm
Wednesdays – 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
Thursdays – 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
Fridays 2pm-4pm
Saturdays 9:30am-1pm and 2pm -4pm
Sundays 10am-5pm (to be confirmed)

Neath Waterfalls

Neath Waterfalls

27 March 2017

A few members visited the Neath Waterfalls on 26.3.17 and had a very enjoyable few hours capturing the beauty of this area.

The club plan to organise many more days out at various locations

Winner of the Rhondda Camera Club Exhibition Raffle

Winner of the Rhondda Camera Club Exhibition Raffle

01 March 2017
Rhondda Camera Club Update the Winner of the raffle at our recent exhibition was
 Mr Gerry Street from Pontygwaith. Mrs Street receive the image on behalf of her 

Congratulations on Winning the Image "Raw Power" By Brian Merry.



20 February 2017

On the night of Friday, 10th. Feb. the annual Vale 7 way battle took place at the Vale Camera Club.  Rhondda were in good company with Gwynfa, Bridgend, The Vale, Pyle and Porthcawl and Morriston, all very competitive camera clubs.

The judge was Colin Harrison from over the water, and proved to be an excellent judge.

The first half of the competition involved the judging of 4 colour prints from each club and at the end of a close round Rhondda were in last position be it only by one point.

However, the second round, which consisted of the judging of 4 monochrome prints from each club, saw the fortunes of Rhondda turn around completely.

The selection committee, in their wisdom, had decided to enter the winning monochrome panel from the Walter Morgan Memorial Trophy competition straight into the Vale battle which proved to be a very successful decision as Rhondda won the monochrome round of the competition with a score of 78 points out of a possible 80.

That elevated Rhondda's position in the competition to second place behind Gwynfa. 

Well done to all involved.

Rhondda Camera Club Exhibition of Members Work

Rhondda Camera Club Exhibition of Members Work

06 February 2017

The Rhondda Camera Club are proud to announce that an exhibition of the work of members will be officially opened on Monday 13th February 2017 The exhibition of prints and digital images is on display at "the Factory" Jenkin Street Porth (Formerly the Pop Factory. The Factory have kindly let us have the use of the Gallery from the 13th to 22nd of February From 10am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

The exhibition will be officially opened by the Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf  Cllr Rhys Lewis, on Monday evening at 6.30 pm. With over 100 prints and many digital images will be on display. The exhibition is Free. We hope that members of the public and other camera clubs will enjoy this exhibition of local members work.


PAGB Small Clubs Rhondda Camera Club win Eighth Place

31 January 2017

Rhondda Camera club win eighth position in the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain small clubs event. The following members were representing the club. Small 2017 Results.pdf Congratulations all:

1 Fly Me To The Moon - David Norton 
2 The Haunted - David Norton 

3 Matron - Brian Merry 
4 A Gangster Life - BARRY MILES 
5 Its All A Memory - Now Brian Merry 
6 The Red Temple Doors - David Norton 
7 Caught In The Storm - Brian Merry 
8 Fly Bye - Kathleen Feltham 
9 A Strange Tradition - David Norton 
10 Ballet Dancer - MIKE TOMS

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Rhondda Camera Club Winners of the Walter Memorial Trophy Mono

Rhondda Camera Club Winners of the Walter Memorial Trophy Mono

16 January 2017

The Rhondda Camera Club were worthy winners of the Walter Morgan Memorial Competition last Saturday. The Trophy is awarded to best panel of 4 monochrome prints, The competition is organised. annually by the Welsh Photographic Federation 22 Clubs took part  and the overall standard was very high. The judge was one of the most esteemed and experienced in the country. Rod Wheelans is from Scotland, and he made astute and eloquent appraisals of every image with a great deal of humour. 


The competition was very exciting to watch, but no individual scores were given because each Club's entry was judged as a group of 4 images.


Rhondda's panel comprised of the following prints:


Linga Lady                                                             David Norton

Caught in the Storm                                              Brian Merry

Busy at the Grand                                                  Mal Durbin

A Gangster's Life                                                  Barry Miles


Well done to these members, and a big thank you to all the other Club members who gave work for selection.

Brian Merry receiving the  Walter Morgan Memorial from Rod Wheelans

Brian Merry & Martin Nagle showing the winning panel from club members

Rhondda Camera Club Hosts annual 12 Way Battle

Rhondda Camera Club Hosts annual 12 Way Battle

10 November 2016

Rhondda Camera club held their annual twelve-way photographic competition against eleven other photographic clubs from:

Gwynfa, Bridgend, Western Valley, Barry, Cwmbran, Port Talbot, Cymru Mono, Merthyr Tydfil, Vale, Aberdare, Pyle & Porthcawl.

Seventy Two projected images were shown to the Judge Mr Brian Swinyard BA(Hons) MA ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE3* PPSA MInstLM MIfL ( Brian’s  constructive comments were very positive to all of the clubs that participated.

The results of the “Battle” were:

First Place: Gwynfa Camera Club.  Overall score of 115

Second Place: Rhondda Camera. Club Overall score of 112

Third place: Bridgend Camera Club. Overall score of 111

There were three prizes presented by Brian to:

David Williams of Port Talbot for Best overall image

Gareth Martin of Cymru Mono for Best monochrome image

Ron Lines Western Valley for Best colour image

Rhondda Camera club would like to thank Brian Swinyard who travelled from Gloucester to adjudicate

Photos: David Lewis

Two Rhondda Camera Club Members win P.A.G.B. Award

Two Rhondda Camera Club Members win P.A.G.B. Award

02 November 2016
The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) Inter Federation Exhibition
consists of about 300 photographs  selected from a submission of 1800 images 
from all over the UK. These are entered from the Salons of the 15 regional Federations
that make up the PAGB, and are regarded as the best images of the year. From this 
huge pool of images, 2 members of Rhondda Camera Club had prints selected for 
the Exhibition. 
Congratulations to Brian Merry for his image "Raw Power" and David Norton for "Red Citadel Doors"

Both Brian Merry and David Norton had their certificates presented by club chairman Mal Durbin

(Photo by: David Lewis)

Rhondda v Caerphilly Annual Battle

Rhondda v Caerphilly Annual Battle

20 October 2016

Tuesday evening (19.10.16) Rhondda Camera Club played hosts to members of the Caerphilly Camera club who visited the Rhondda to participate in the annual Camera Club “Battle”

There was a very good turn out from members of both clubs and an excellent display of Prints and Digital Images.

The Judge was Mr Garry Shiner LRPS AWPF who complimented both clubs on the standard of images submitted for this evenings event.

The first half was a display of 10 prints and in the second half of 10 DPI’s (Digital Projected Images) from each club which Gary shared his observations and constructive critique which was well received by both clubs, Rhondda took the lead in the print section.

After the break Caerphilly done well in the projected images and made a good come back and were just pipped by a few points.

Rhondda Camera Club won at the end of the evening and retained the trophy for another year.

The trophy was presented by Gary Shiner to Brian Merry of the Rhondda Camera Club

(Photo by David Lewis)

Programme 2016-17

Programme 2016-17

29 September 2016

This is the programme for 2016-17 It is subject to change from time to time Please check on the events page for updates

Programme 2016-17 Part 2

Programme 2016-17 Part 2

29 September 2016

Part 2 of the 2016-17 Programme

Print Work Shop Swansea

Print Work Shop Swansea

20 September 2016
“Flyer” to members of your Society which is details of a Workshop in Swansea being organised by John Campbell ( of the Swansea Camera  I am sending you a “Flyer” for a Workshop Fotospeed is doing for the SCC.    I really enjoy these days as it can be more sociable and more contact with the members of the audience than my normal “Camera Club lectures)  and is relaxed but hopefully informative aimed at all members of the audience getting a lot out of it.
This day is aimed at anyone who is interested in Prints or Printing but can be of interest to any photographers whether or not they do their own or have their images printed.   There are four talks and can be interactive as the audience wishes.
John (Herlinger Fotospeed) starts the day with a talk on Colour Management which is something all photographers find useful
Then I  (Margaret Salisbury) give a talk on Choosing the right paper for the image (this can be of use even if you have your pictures printed by a Printing firm such as John’s Fine art print room).  
After lunch during which I will be happy to look at prints and give advice or opinion on  them for whichever distinction the photographer would like to aim for, or even advice on entering Open Federation or International Exhibitions).
John will give a talk on Printing illustrated with images he has printed in the Print Room, mounting and framing, trouble shooting and help with anything anyone wants to know or help wanted.
Last talk is a general talk by me on my photography and this talk is always different to my normal “Sponsored Lectures” and “geared to” the audience I will be talking to.  
I know this is short notice as the date is a week this Saturday (1st October) but a few people have had to drop out and John (Campbell)  is looking ideally to fill a few more places on this workshop so I offered to send out to my address list. I apologise if I have picked on your club and its too far to travel or members not able to come but would be very grateful if you could let your Members know about it “just in case” someone would like a place on this workshop – full details attached.
Kind regards
Margaret (Salisbury, FRPS,MFIAP,

2016 Best Photo Competition

12 August 2016

Life Framer is a photography award and community that sources and showcases outstanding photography from amateur to established artists. We aim to bring exposure to talented photographers from all over the world.

We run 12 monthly call for entries, each overseen by a world-renowned photographer or industry professional. Each month 20 photographers receive exposure and prizes, and at the end of the year the winners are exhibited in shows in New York, London, Rome and Tokyo.


Rhondda Calendar 2017

10 August 2016

Calls for images for the 2017 Rhondda Calendar.

Our own Jamie Woodhouse-Wright had an image in this year's let's see if we can get more of our member's fantastic photographs in next years All the information is on the page just click on the link



10 August 2016
The 2nd annual LensCulture Street Photography Awards invite you to show us how you see the world! We want to discover today's finest street photographers who capture exceptional moments of life in all of its vibrant forms. Our global reach has never been larger, as our audience has grown to more than 2 million. Thus, your entry into our Street Photography Awards comes with many opportunities for international exposure and recognition: whether it's having your work seen by photography industry insiders or projected at international festivals, as well as appearing in the new Best of LensCulture 2016: 150 Award Winning Photographers photobook to be distributed and sold worldwide. You're invited to participate, engage and show us your streets!


Rhondda Camera Club Open Day

20 July 2016

Rhondda Calender 2017

01 July 2016
Rhondda Calender 2017

Entries for the 2017 Rhondda Calender are being sort. This is an opportunity for members to submit their best images to the competition and have them printed in a calender the money raised benefits local charities. This year one of our own members Jamie Woodhouse-Wright was successful in having an image that he submitted being chosen. As you know Jamie is our only junior member and has been successful this year in obtaining a first and third in a club competition

Lets see if we can be successful again this year and have another member/s image being in print

Good luck. 

For more information

Rhondda Camera Club’s Shooting Star

Rhondda Camera Club’s Shooting Star

01 July 2016

On Tuesday junior member Jamie Woodhouse-Wright was presented with his trophy for the youngest member to obtain a first and a third in the same club competition. Jamie who is just 14 years of age saw off the most experienced members of the club. Judge Ian Munro was impressed when he found out about Jamie.

Jamie was also successful last year in obtaining an entry in the Rhondda Calendar 2016, which has gone on publication throughout South Wales and beyond.

Look out the 2016-17 Season where Jamie will no doubt be entering and hopefully doing well in internal and external battles being the youngest member.

Photgraph:Carl Jones

Rhondda Camera Club Snaps up Fourth Place at Competition

Rhondda Camera Club Snaps up Fourth Place at Competition

27 April 2016

Amateur photographers from the Rhondda achieved a significant result in a prestigious UK wide competition placing their local club in forth out of 80 in the UK 

Rhondda Camera club submitted an entry of ten photographs for the Great Britain Small Clubs
Cup Digital photography competition Where clubs from Wales, England and Scotland had 

their works judged by an expert panel. The competition is organised by  the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.


Pyle & Porthcawl & Way Battle Results

01 April 2016

Very good result for the Club at the Pyle and Porthcawl Battle last night, We came 3rd out of the seven clubs taking part, just 3 points behind the winners. 


We were leading at the interval, and narrowly lost the second half.


Congratulations to those who offered work for selection and especially to those with the following entries:


MIKE TOMS              20           Ballet Shapes

BRIAN MERRY           19           Be very afraid

MAL DURBIN             20           Busy at the Grand

DAVID NORTON         18           Drag Queen

KATH FELTHAM         15           Face in a Crowd

DAWN LATCHAM        17          Going Down

Well done to you all.

It was also great to see so many Club members attend the Battle.

Congratulations to Club Members who had acceptances in the Welsh Salon

30 March 2016

Congratulations to Club members who had acceptances in the Welsh Salon of Photography this year. There were 11 acceptances in total from 3 members. 

It was especially pleasing to see that Kathleen Feltham had 3 acceptances as she has not entered before.

Well done also to David Norton with 6 acceptances, and Brian Merry with 2 acceptances. Also commiserations to those Club members who submitted work that was not selected. It is always worth trying. You do yourselves and your Club proud by entering. Better luck next year. 

You can see the full list of acceptances on the WPF website,

The 2016 Welsh Salon of Photography Exhibition will be held in Kidwelly in May of this year


Kathleen Feltham           Watching the time pass by

David Norton                Sapa Children    

David Norton                Angels with Dirty Faces

David Norton                Red Citadel Doors

Kathleen Feltham        Set me Free
Kathleen Feltham        Warning! Seagull Alert
David Norton             Nowhere to go
David Norton             The Passing of Time
David Norton             Too Late to Stop
Brian Merry                A Well Deserved Cup of Tea
Brian Merry                From Young to Old
Tony Worobiec Low Light Photography

Tony Worobiec Low Light Photography

18 March 2016
Tony Worobiec will be giving his presentation on "Low Light Photography on 22nd March 2016 at the Rhondda Camera Club. Tony is well known for his work, the author of 15 books. Tony has studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has won awards for his photography both in the UK and internationally His work has appeared in many photographic magazines both in the UK and USA. He is a founder member of and until recently the chairman of the prestigious Arena group of Photographers. So why not come along and see his work. Admission £2. His website: We hope that you will help us give Tony a great Rhondda Welcome. Rhondda Camera Club meet every Tuesday in the Trealaw Christian Fellowship Centre, Maesyfynnon Terrace, Trealaw, CF40 2QA. From 7:00 p.m. 
David Norton Awarded the CPAGB

David Norton Awarded the CPAGB

16 March 2016

Congratulations to David Norton Club Secretary who was presented with his CPAGB Certificate by Welsh Federation Secretary Brian Coleman in Club on Tuesday night. He achieved the Award last November but only now has the Certificate arrived. It goes with his AWPF distinction, and he can now use these photographic merits after his name for the rest of his life.

Brian Merry is also a CPAGB. He achieved his distinction some years ago.


To gain the Award (Credit of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) David submitted 10 prints to a standard of "Good Club Photography".They were assessed by a panel of 6 judges and a good average score for the 10 images is required. The Awards are held twice a year an hosted by different Federations. The WPF hosted last November's Awards, and it will be our turn again in 5 or 6 years, but you can enter the Awards at any time and send or take your entry to the Federation hosting it. The next assessment is in Scotland on 26/27th November 2016. For more information and all the details, go to 


Info: Marin Nagle


Image courtesy: Barry Miles


Pointless Scoring System

01 March 2016

There is an interesting article on the PAGB News about scoring in competitions. Dave Norton brought this to our attention and perhaps we can discuss this further have a read see what you think.


Henry Arden Presentation

22 February 2016

The Rhondda Camera Club are pleased to welcome Henry Arden to give a presentation on Tuesday 1st March. After graduating in photography and assisting high flying photographers including Norman Parkinson, Henry went on to establish himself in the Fashion /Beauty/Editorial/Celebrity and Advertising world with recent clients including Alexon Group, Bay Trading, Bauer ID, Elle, Emap, Glamour, IPC, National Magazines, Times, Sunday Times to name a few. Henry's high quality fashion work has earned him a place as one of the best photographers of that type in the world. He is also a celebrity photographer, and his portraits include Ricky Tomlinson, Brian Blessed, Lord Sugar and Dame Kelly Holmes to name but a few.

 Henry also owns a farm in the Cotswolds, and some of his work features working farmers and "country squires"

This visit by Henry is unique, and you are unlikely to see him give a presentation anywhere else on the Camera Club circuit.


You are invited to join us at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st March at Trealaw Christian Centre, Maesyfynnon Tce, Trealaw CF40 2QA. Admission charge is £2.00 to include tea/coffee and biscuits, and we are sure that the presentation will not disappoint you. For more information contact Martin Nagle on 07772 657296 or


Royal Photographic Society Regional Workshop

22 February 2016

RPS South Wales Regional Workshop. Saturday 27th February 2016. St, Francis Millennium Centre, Park Road Porth-Y-Castell Barry CF62 6NX. 10.00am-4.00pm.


The South Wales Region of RPS (Royal Photographic Society), in conjunction with Fotospeed, cordially invites you to a workshop titled ‘From Planning to Printing’.

Professionals from Fotospeed, specialist manufacturers and suppliers to the public and trade of traditional darkroom and digital merchandise, including papers, inks, software and hardware, will host the event.

Colour management, calibration, profiling and printing will be the order of the day. The workshop is aimed at the beginner as well as advanced print workers who have a passion and desire for the printed work.

You are invited to bring a couple of prints to be critiqued by the professionals, all intended to develop your own skills and understanding in what makes a perfect print.

For more information please look at South Wales Region.

Mike Lewis (RPS South Wales Regional Organiser)


Welsh Salon Entries

22 February 2016
Members are reminded that entries for this years Welsh Salon have to be brought to Club by Tuesday 1st March, so that they can be checked and the paperwork completed. Full details and entry forms can be found on the WPF website 
Rhondda Camera Club wins 7 Way battle

Rhondda Camera Club wins 7 Way battle

13 February 2016

The seven way Battle took place last night (Friday 12th Feb) at the Vale Photographic club The seven clubs that participated were Barry Camera Club 134pts Bridgend Camera Club 137pts Gwynfa Camera Club 136pts Morriston Camera Club 134pts Pyle & Porthcawl Photographic Society 134pts The Vale Photographic Club 140pts and Rhondda Camera Club 141pts The following prints were entered:

Colour Prints

Misty Morning in the Bay 19pts: Admiring the Art 18pts: Stobart 17pts: Sapa Children 18pts

Monochrome Prints

Be very afraid 17pts: Taking out the Garbage Vietnamese Style 16pts: Going Down 17pts: Busy at the Grand 19pts: 

Well Done to all on winning.


Seeking the New Photographic Portrait

13 February 2016

LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016 is our 3rd annual competition to discover the very best contemporary portrait photography from all cultures around the world. We believe portraits are the most fundamental type of photograph — helping people to understand and celebrate human connections on a universal level. We encourage anyone, from anywhere, with a new perspective on the modern-day portrait to enter. 6 Winners, 8 Jurors' Picks and 25 Finalists will be chosen.

LensCulture is dedicated to helping all photographers move forward professionally. Through this competition, we will provide photographers from all over the world with opportunities for immediate exposure and meaningful feedback from a renowned group of industry professionals. 


13 February 2016
In 2013 my most popular article (by some distance) was the story of how my most successful image was plagiarised in a rather unusual way; a photographer had recreated the image from scratch. It seemed to me to be a bit of a grey area and I was unsure where I stood legally 
Brian Merry Presentation

Brian Merry Presentation

26 January 2016

Brian Merry was presented the winners trophy by the club chairman Mark Owens this evening (26.1.16) for his image in the WPF Memorial Trophy Competition recently held at Kidwelly. His winning image was titled "Be Very Afraid" Brian a long standing member submits first class work that represents the Rhondda Camera Club in both internal and external competitions and salons. 

(Photograph courtesy Carl Jones Club Member).

Congratulations to Brian Merry

Congratulations to Brian Merry

24 January 2016
Congratulations to Brian Merry for winning the Best Monochrome image in the WPF Memorial Trophy Competition held at Kidwelly today. His image was titled "Be Very Afraid"
Rhondda Camera Club came in at a very respectable joint 3rd position in the Competition which was entered by 24 Clubs.
Scores were David Norton "Halfords Vietnam Branch" 16 points, Les O'Mahoney "Stobart" 18points, Brian Merry "Be Very Afraid" 20points and Dawn Latcham "Going Down" 15 points.
A great effort from the Rhondda Camera Club. WELL DONE!!!!

Congratulations to Les Mahoney

Congratulations to Les Mahoney

24 January 2016
Rhondda Camera Club came in at a very respectable joint 3rd position in the Competition which was entered by 24 Clubs.
Scores were David Norton "Halfords Vietnam Branch" 16 points, Les O'Mahoney "Stobart" 18points, Brian Merry "Be Very Afraid" 20points and Dawn Latcham "Going Down" 15 points.
A great effort from the Rhondda Camera Club. WELL DONE!!!!
Congratulations to Dawn Latcham

Congratulations to Dawn Latcham

24 January 2016
Rhondda Camera Club came in at a very respectable joint 3rd position in the Competition which was entered by 24 Clubs.
Scores were David Norton "Halfords Vietnam Branch" 16 points, Les O'Mahoney "Stobart" 18points, Brian Merry "Be Very Afraid" 20points and Dawn Latcham "Going Down" 15 points.
A great effort from the Rhondda Camera Club. WELL DONE!!!!

Facebook Page

28 November 2015

If you are on Facebook why not join the Friends of Rhondda Camera Club

Where you can show your images, friendly banter and where events are organised with members of RCC, friends of our club and members of other clubs. There have been several evenings organised with light painting/light spinning. These are organised by Carl Jones have become popular. Pop on over have a look for yourself. 


RCC Outing

26 September 2015

Last night members of RCC were joined by a few Gwynfa Camera Club members and we had an enjoyable evening light painting.  Personally, I had never heard of this before although I had seen photos of swirls of light and wondered how it was done.

Well, Carl organised the trip and we were off to Ogmore for the evening.  I asked if I should bring anything along.  I was told to bring my kit and a few odd items.  Not wanting to seem dim I packed my kit with a few extras.  Armed with my camera, tripod, head torch a whisk and a dogs lead I waited patiently for my lift full of excitement of the unknown.  We arrived at Ogmore and the sky was ablaze, a proper Autumn sunset but we weren't here for this beautiful sight were waiting for the moon to rise.  In preparation, while the sun was still lighting the skies and the moon was just showing itself over the distant tree tops Les decided it was time to get the gear out.  Opening his car boot we knew he meant business.  Out came the fairy lights, whisks, dog leads and wire wool.  He even had tape in case everything fell apart!  There was one secret ingredient and, in the darkness Carl headed off behind the wall of the castle as we busied ourselves with getting our cameras at the ready.  With everyone waiting with baited breath, would it work?  Then out of the darkness came Carl like a bat out of hell.  Swinging his arm as fast as he could filling the entrance of the castle with sparks glowing, lighting up the archway with a whisk full of lit wire wool.  Exposures at 20 seconds doesn't sound like a long time but when we were taking several shots Carl's arm soon got weary.  Time to get out the fairy lights!  We took it in turns to run around the grounds swinging them in circles and dragging them on the floor while others were poised with their fingers on the camera release buttons hoping for the perfect shot.  I really didn't think I would get much of a shot but we were having immense fun.  By 10pm we were cold and not a cup of tea between us so it was time to pack up and head to the pub to talk about the night and the next expedition....Personally, I am hoping for something warmer next time, if not I will remember to add a flask of tea!  

There is a photo in my folder on the gallery - see if you can spot Carl.


Chalkie Davies Exhibition at Cardiff Museum

26 July 2015
You may be interested (if you haven't seen it already) in an excellent exhibition that is currently on in the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. It is an exhibition of photographs by Welsh born photographer Chalkie Davies. Chalkie was, for many years staff photographer at the New Musical Express, and most of the photographs (all in monochrome) are of artists and bands from the seventies and eighties including David Bowie, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and many more. It is open every day until early September, and well worth a visit if you rocked through that era (and can remember doing so, of course!!!}. Find out more on .  

Ogmore Trip is cancelled Tomorrow Night

06 July 2015
The Ogmore trip tomorrow is cancelled due to the weather forecast, we will look at rescheduling later in the Summer, so we will have a question and answer night at the club. Any photography, Photoshop, prints or dpi's issues bring them along and we'll have a got at solving them.



Rhondda Camera Club in the news

28 February 2014
Click here to read the news article published in the Rhondda Leader regarding our success in the Great Britain Small Clubs competition