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The WPJA Q3 '09 Contest Is Now Open!

The third quarterly wedding PJ contest for 2009 is now open for your submissions. The deadline is Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST. More info here.

Contest Categories

Getting Ready

Details (Found)





Creative Portrait




Scene Setters

Other Vendors

Reminder: Members Receive 40 FREE Contest Credits

WPJA Free Contest Credits Members may submit up to forty (40) 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. 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, without an increase in spending.


Contest Judges

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:

Gina Ferazzi has been a staff photographer with the Los Angeles Times since 1994. Her Wildfire photos were part of the staff Pulitzer Prize win for Breaking News in 2004. Read more...

Kristen Ashburn has received numerous honors including an Emmy Award nomination, the John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club of America, a Getty Grant, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, Pictures of the Year, and two World Press Photo prizes. Read more...

Preston Gannaway is a staff photographer at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA, and was named the NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year in 2005 and runner-up in 2008, 2007 and 2006. Read more...

Mark Edelson is Presentation Editor at The Palm Beach Post, where he works with photographers, designers, reporters and editors on the packaging of stories throughout the paper. Read more...

Al Bello graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from the University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989 and has worked on editorial assignments for SI, ESPN The Magazine, Newsweek, Time, US News and World Report, Maxim, The NY Times, The LA Times, and The London Times. Read more...

Dennis Brack is past President of the White House News Photographers Association and has won awards from the National Newspaper Photographers Association, the White House News Photographers Association and the World Press Association. Read more...

Wedding PJ Contest Sponsors

The WPJA would like to thank Creative Motion Design and D-65 for sponsoring our Q3 '09 contest. Through these sponsorships, we are able to offer our members exciting discounts on top-notch industry products and education.

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D-65 Workshops

The WPJA is proud that D-65 is sponsoring all of our 2009 wedding PJ 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.

2009 DATES

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

Click here for more information about these D-65 workshops.


Photographer - Top Left
Jonathan Woods, New York
Photographer - Top Middle
Alex Zeevi-Christian, New York
Photographer - Top Right
Joshua Brown, New York

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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.

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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.

Go to: Planning Destination Weddings