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The WPJA Q2 '09 Contest Is Now Open!

The second quarterly contest for 2009 is now open for your submissions. The deadline is Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST. More info here.

All Members Receive 40 FREE Contest Credits

The WPJA has moved from fee-based contests to free contests. As a reminder, members may submit up to forty (40) photographic images for 2009 WPJA photography contests, regardless of category. This means 40 images total for all four quarterly contests, not 40 images per contest. Members may NOT purchase any additional credits.

Contest Categories

Getting Ready Kids (Being Kids) Cake Cutting Trash The Dress Portrait
Ceremony Ring Details Transportation  
Reception Emotion Creative Portrait  

Contest Judges (Partial List)

Round 1:

David Leeson has been a staff photographer for The Dallas Morning News since 1984. In 2004, he was a Pulitzer Prize Winner for his photographs depicting the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq. Read more...

Round 2:

Denis Finley is the editor of The Virginian-Pilot, a 200,000 circulation daily newspaper. He has twice been a Pulitzer Prize juror, judging breaking news photography and feature photography. Read more...

Ross Taylor is a staff photographer for The Hartford Courant. He has won numerous international, national and regional awards as well as one of the Associated Press Photos of the Century awards. Read more...

Freelance photojournalist Amanda Voisard is based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Before entering the world of freelance, she worked as a staff photographer for seven years at daily newspapers. Read more...

Renée C. Byer is the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her project "A Mother's Journey," an intimate portrayal of a single mother's emotional and financial struggles as her son battled neuroblastoma. Read more...

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D-65 Workshops

The WPJA is proud to announce that D-65 is sponsoring all of our 2009 quarterly contests.

D-65 is a company dedicated to educating photographers. They work with the industry to offer new ways of thinking, while incorporating the latest technologies. Their services include digital workflow workshops, seminars, bidding and production for still photo shoots, digital workflow analysis for studios and agencies, legal witness on copyright cases, private consulting along with marketing strategies and portfolio reviews. D-65 provides quality professionalism, while understanding the needs of photographers and creative individuals.

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2009 DATES

August 14th - 17th
September 11th - 14th
New York:
October 2nd - 5th
Los Angeles:
November 13th - 16th
New Orleans:
December 11th - 14th


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

Wedpix 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.

Go to: Who Are You Shooting For?

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?

Go to: Capturing Wedding Toasts

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