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The Q2 Contest Results Are Now Live On The Site!

The Q2 '09 WPJA contest results have been uploaded to the site. More info here

Winners From Each Q2 Category

Getting Ready

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

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Carlo Carletti, Italy 06. Mark Earthy, England
02. Ian Bursill, England 07. Manuel Llaneras, Georgia
03. Mark Earthy, England 08. Alex Zeevi Christian, NY
04. Marianne Earthy, Sweden 09. Emin Kuliyev, New York
05. Mauro Pozzer, Italy 10. Paul Simpson, England


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

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Dorota Kaszuba, Poland 06. Agaton Strom, New York
02. Joe Dickie, Minnesota 07. Kori Hudson, Arkansas
03. Sunny Tan, Malaysia 08. Daniele Del Castillo, Italy
04. Francesco Survara, Italy 09. Carlo Carletti, Italy
05. Kori Hudson, Arkansas 10. David Pullum, England


“Reception” photographs document festivities from the cocktail hour through the last dance and departure.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Kelvin Koh, Singapore 06. Scott Juarez, Texas
02. C. Jason Brown, Illinois 07. Keith Seifert, North Carolina
03. Raymond, Malkiewicz, Texas 08. Diana M. Lott, Texas
04. Ronald Soliman, Delaware 09. Paul Morse, Washington DC
05. F.C. Wong, California 10. Laura Layera, California

Kids (Being Kids)

“Kids” entries capture babies, children, and youth doing what they do best!

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Alea Moore, Georgia 06. Lindsay Parrish, ON, Canada
02. Carrie Pratt, Florida 07. Rich Janniello, New York
03. Dave Sauvarin, Channel Isl. 08. Jessie Li, BC, Canada
04. Mariann Szucs, New York 09. Caroline Ghetes, NC
05. Thomas Sanderson, Virginia 10. Jeremy Standley, Spain

Ring Details

Entries that depict shots of the rings, either set-up and controlled by the photographer or as they were found.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Emin Kuliyev, New York 06. Jacob Pritchard, New York
02. Dave Richards, California 07. Kira Horvath, Colorado
03. Peter Kwan, California 08. Joshua Brown, New York
04. Brian Dorsey, New York 09. Johnny Arguedas, MA
05. Adam Houseman, Colorado 10. Scott Juarez, Texas


“Emotion” entries unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Eng Hong Loh, Singapore 06. Wojciech Jakubiuk, Poland
02. Tyler Vance, Louisiana 07. Adam Houseman, Colorado
03. Brian Wedge, Maine 08. Tom Palmaers, Belgium
04. Marco Ficili, Italy 09. Wayne Yuan, New Jersey
05. Ryan Brenizer, New York 10. Benjamin Rusnak, Florida

Cake Cutting

These images should demonstrate the photographer's ability to anticipate a moment and/or look beyond the ordinary “Cake Cutting” images that many would come to expect from a wedding.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Jeff Tarantino, New Jersey 06. Adam Trzcionka, Poland
02. Marco Miglianti, Italy 07. David Hartlage, Indiana
03. Ryan Brenizer, New York 08. Carrie Pratt, Florida
04. Liliya Gorlanova, Moldova 09. Ronald Soliman, Delaware
05. Clifford Brunk, California 10. Adam Welch, Colorado


“Transportation” images include brides and/or grooms in limos or carriages, bridal parties en route to the ceremony or reception, trolley rides, antique cars, buses, boats and other transporting themes.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Tim Harman, Georgia 06. Daniele Del Castillo, Italy
02. Justyna Ortyl, Poland 07. Jonathan Adams, Kentucky
03. Fiorentini Massimo, Italy 08. Ingrid Firmhofer, Germany
04. David Perkins, England 09. Carlo Carletti, Italy
05. Carter Rose, Texas 10. Bill Xie, New York

Creative Portrait

“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.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Jake Holt, Texas 06. Ron Storer, Washington
02. Mindy Tan, Singapore 07. Piotr Gajewski, Poland
03. James Thompson, New York 08. Ashley Brokop, SC
04. Ryan Brenizer, New York 09. Derrick Ong, Singapore
05. Dorota Kaszuba, Poland 10. Sarah Tew, New York

Trash The Dress (TTD) Portrait

Any image, created AFTER the wedding ceremony (typically from a different day), that depicts the bride or couple in formal wedding attire, trashing the dress, regardless of setting.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Javon Longieliere, Georgia 06. Patrick Horn, Germany
02. Marcin Labedzki, Poland 07. Earl Christie, Massachusetts
03. Emin Kuliyev, New York 08. Jeremy Igo, North Carolina
04. Ingrid Firmhofer, Germany 09. Tuck Hong, Singapore
05. Justin Graddy, Minnesota 10. Javon Longieliere, Georgia



Photographer - Top Left
Clifford Brunk, California
Photographer - Top Middle
Brandon Wright, California
Photographer - Top Right
Carlo Carletti, Italy

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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.

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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.

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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.

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