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The Q1 '09 Contest Is Now Open: B&W Images Only

The Q1 '09 is now open for your submissions. The deadline is Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST. We're excited to try something new for this contest. Only black & white/grayscaled images will be accepted! Click here for more information.

All Members Now Receive 40 FREE Contest Credits!

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.

Contest Categories

01. Getting Ready
"Getting Ready" entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.

02. Ceremony
"Ceremony" shots catch guests and participants throughout pre-ceremony, vow-exchange, and receiving line activity.

03. Reception
"Reception" photographs document festivities from the cocktail hour through the last dance and departure.

04. Kids (Being Kids)
"Kids" entries capture babies, children, and youth doing what they do best!

05. Details (Found)
"Details (Found)" encompasses tighter shots of the day's small slices AS THEY WERE FOUND.
NOTE: This category is NOT for set-up detail shots. It's important that images submitted in this category don't contain content controlled by the photographer.

06. Emotion
"Emotion" entries unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears.

07. Creative Portrait (This is the only category for this contest in which portraits are accepted.)
"Creative Portraits" employ a fresh and artistic approach to portraiture in capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member. Candid moments are not eligible for this category.
NOTE: Though this category may resemble traditional portraiture for some, the key here is to be creative with your subjects.

Contest Judges (Partial List)

Walter Astrada was born in 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1996, he started his career as staff photographer in La Nacion newspaper (Argentina). During 1999 he traveled around Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Peru developing a personal project on "Faith". In September 1999, he joined Associated Press in Bolivia and later in Argentina. From 2000 to 2002 he worked for the Associated Press based in Paraguay, from where he covered events in Latin America and the World Cup Korea-Japan 2002. During 2003 he worked as a freelancer in Buenos Aires and Madrid. At the end of 2003, he rejoined the Associated Press based in the Dominican Republic, covering events in the Caribbean countries. From March 2005 until March 2006, he worked as a freelancer for Agence France Presse in the Dominican Republic and was represented and distributed by World Picture News. Click here to view all of Walter Astrada's awards.

Damon Winter, 32, recently joined the staff of the New York Times in May 2007 after working for three years as a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times. He has previously worked for The Dallas Morning News, Newsweek, Magnum Photos as well as The Ventura County Star and Indianapolis Star. Damon has covered a broad range of stories including conflicts in Israel and Afghanistan, 9/11 in New York, the Olympic Games and feature stories in Vietnam, Cuba, Russia and India among others. His coverage of Barack Obama's historic campaign for the presidency was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Feature photography. View Damon Winter's complete bio here.

Tiffany Brown was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and has had a lifelong passion for photography. Tiffany has been a runner-up for the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for a single project, was a finalist for the 2008 Dart Award, a 2008 nominee for the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass and has been recognized for her work by World Press Photo, the National Press Photographers Association, Best of the West journalism contest, The Associated Press, The Eddie Adams Workshop, Nevada Press Association, Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Suburban Newspapers of America, and Lee Enterprises. Read more about Tiffany Brown here.

WPJA Contest Code Of Ethics

The purpose of the WPJA is to celebrate photographers who creatively document and record the found moment. Therefore all wedding photography images submitted in a WPJA contest must be true representations of what actually took place the moment the shutter was released. We are absolutely uncompromising in our conviction that contest images come from situations unprompted by the photographer, except in the case of portraits.


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

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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

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