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Wedding Photojournalism - Capturing the Real Moment Forever.

WPJA Contests: From Fee To Free

WPJA Contests:
From Fee to Free

WPJA membership is now more valuable than ever before. While other companies are busy trying to figure out ways to reduce costs during these tough economic times, the WPJA has just added more membership benefits! The WPJA is proud to announce its move from fee-based contests to free contests. Beginning Q1 '09, all members will receive 40 FREE contest credits (valued at $400 USD) to be used for the Q1 through Q4 contests. These changes will give every member an opportunity to enter the quarterly contests without an increase in spending. Since page ranking on the WPJA site is based on contest participation and success, every member will be given an equal opportunity to see their listings rise to the top of their home state, additional, and Destination Wedding listing pages. Any contest credits currently in your WPJA bank can be used toward membership renewal or extra listings.

Best of the Best

Show your potential clients that your images are the best of the best! Enter your work for evaluation by our prestigious panel of judges including award-winning photojournalists, picture editors and directors of photography at the world's most recognized newspapers and publications. They are also the best of the best! There are over 30 Pulitzer Prize winners/finalists and 2 Pulitzer Prize Jurors in our list of past WPJA judges.

Founded and focused on the documentation of weddings in a candid, unobtrusive style, the WPJA will continue to assess its policies to ensure the organization remains the best and true to our founding mission. Please visit WPJA.com to learn more about the 2009 Quarterly Contests, read the bios of our judging panels and review past award-winning images.

The Q1 '09 Contest: Black and White Images Only!

We will be opening the Q1 '09 contest within the next couple of days for your entries. We're excited to try something new for this contest. Only black & white/grayscaled images will be accepted! Click here for more information.


Photographer - Top Left
2008 POY: Franck Boutonnet
Photographer - Top Middle
2008 1st Runner-Up: Rob Witzel
Photographer - Top Right
2008 2nd Runner-Up: Genya Garrett

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Excellence in Wedding Photojournalism

Since 2002 the WPJA has been helping couples capture the story of their wedding.

The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography.

The Wedding Photojournalist Association puts the world’s best wedding photography at your fingertips. We offer a new perspective on wedding photography - quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day, not dictate it for you.

Photography Contests

3rd place in Great Natural Light: Clara Sampaio, Brazil
5th place in Great Natural Light: Dennis Crider, United States
1st place in Reception: Max Pell, Argentina
5th place in Reception: Max Pell, Argentina
4th place in Great Natural Light: David Clumpner, United States

Wedding Photojournalism Articles

For the Photographer

Using Warm Tones (Sepia) Sparingly

Weddings, wrapped in tradition, are an appropriate subject matter to color in tidings of yesteryear. When sepia tone is added to a wedding photo, instantly it has that romantic, old time feel.

Go to: Using Warm Tones (Sepia) Sparingly

For the Photographer

Pre-Visualizing Before The Shoot

Do you ever catch yourself dreaming about the perfect shot? Of course, the elements never fall into place as perfectly in real life as we would like them to but it never hurts to dream. Some WPJA members pre-visualize a few of the shots they’d like to get when documenting a wedding.

Go to: Pre-Visualizing Before The Shoot

For the Photographer

Who Are You Shooting For?

Couples hire wedding photojournalists for their narrative approach to photography, but they're also expected to get the more formal portraits shots. Balancing those competing expectations is an ongoing challenge and a somewhat tricky proposition.

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For the Bride and Groom

Capturing Wedding Toasts

A celebratory toast to the bride and groom is deeply ingrained in wedding tradition, but do you know how the venerable custom came about?

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For the Bride and Groom

Planning Destination Weddings

Destination weddings offer stunning scenery and exotic atmosphere, providing the conditions needed to enhance those fabulous memories. However, since these types of weddings are often at resort locations in foreign countries, they’re subject to the unusual and the unexpected.

Go to: Planning Destination Weddings