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New Random Images On The Home Page

Beginning with the 2009 Q1 contest *, all of the random images found at the top of the WPJA.com home page will feature images from the latest quarterly contest. We've recently updated the site with new contest winning images from the following members:

Adam Welch, Colorado Chip Litherland, Florida Edmund Tham, Malaysia
Emil Agaev, Azerbaijan John Mazlish, New York Josef Isayo, California
Sarah Bastille, Massachusetts Zlatko Batistich, New Jersey Barbara Di Cretico, Italy
Benjamin Rusnak, Florida Carlo Carletti, Italy Daniel Kudish, Quebec
Dennis Viera, California JB Reed, New York Jeremy Igo, North Carolina
Julie Ambos, Florida Natalie Nadozirny, Maryland Nathan Migal, Ohio
Nathan Welton, Colorado Rick Collins, British Columbia Shane Snider, North Carolina
Stephanie Secrest, California Steven Young, New York Anil Tohani, England
Chris Shum, California David Pullum, England Debra Simpson, England
Emin Kuliyev, New York Eric Cousineau, New Mexico Heather Banks, Texas
Heather Hughes Ostermaier, Virginia Kenneth Leong, Singapore Marco Miglianti, Italy
Morgan Lynn Razi, Texas Nathan Bridges, Illinois Paul Johnson, Florida
Simon Carr, England Thomas Ng, Hong Kong  

* All random images currently featured on the home page are black & white as the Q1 contest was only open to black & white images.

Membership Renewal Discounts

Many new applicants indicate that they learned about the WPJA from current members. Often, this is in the form of a WPJA banner or mention on a member’s Bio page, forum, blog posts, or other forms of social networking. Sometimes, it is a personal recommendation to a friend/acquaintance to apply for WPJA membership.

When a new applicant is accepted for membership and joins the WPJA, we will be rewarding referring members with discounted renewal rates:

1 Referral = 20% discount on renewal
2 Referrals = 40% discount on renewal
3 Referrals = 60% discount on renewal
4 Referrals = 80% discount on renewal
5 Referrals = FREE MEMBERSHIP!

If multiple WPJA members are included on the application form, the 20% referral discount will be equally distributed, i.e., two names listed = 10% to each member.

This offer will retro back to August 15, 2009, when this feature was added to the membership application form.

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Photographer - Top Left
Josef Isayo, CA
Photographer - Top Middle
Barbara Di Cretico, IT
Photographer - Top Right
Heather Hughes Ostermaier, VA

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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.

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