A NON-TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY WPJA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
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Eric Lagstein, New JerseyCarlo Carletti, Italy
Wedding Photojournalism - Capturing the Real Moment Forever.

THE CONTEST DEADLINE IS JUST 1 WEEK AWAY!

WPJA Q3 08 Photo Contest

This is a reminder that the deadline for the current Q3 '08 photo contest is Friday, October 24th at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The contest credit system is operated manually so there will be a short delay between paying for contest credits and having them added to your account.


WE'VE DROPPED THE TROPHIES BUT INCREASED THE CASH PRIZE PAYOUT!

For this contest, we've made some very exciting changes to both the cash and sponsor prizes. The cash prizes (USD) for each of the top three winners from each category have increased to:

$400 - FIRST PLACE - Plus Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Lightroom 2 and an $800 credit with liveBooks!
$200 - SECOND PLACE
$100 - THIRD PLACE


Log in to the WPJA Member Login section of the site today to see all of the prizes offered for this contest.

 

Q3 '08 CONTEST JUDGES

KEN GEIGER, PHOTO EDITOR
Ken Geiger is the senior editor for technology at National Geographic magazine. He joined the staff of National Geographic in 2004 after 24 years of newspaper journalism, most recently as the director of photography for the Dallas Morning News. Geiger now serves as one of the many photo editors for the magazine, helping to shape its editorial content and is also in charge of the magazine's conversion to digital photography.

PETE SOUZA, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Pete Souza is a freelance photographer and assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University. He has worked as an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan, a freelancer for National Geographic, and as the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune based in their Washington bureau.

DAVID BURNETT, PHOTOJOURNALIST
David Burnett has been photographing the world for more than 35 years. He began working as a freelancer for Time, and later Life Magazine. His awards include Magazine Photographer of the Year from the Pictures of the Year Competition, the World Press Photo of the Year, and the Robert Capa Award from the Overseas Press Club.

Click here for complete bios of our judges.

 

Q3 '08 CONTEST SPONSORS

The WPJA proudly presents our Q3 '08 contest sponsors. Through this sponsorship, the WPJA has teamed up with Adobe and liveBooks who have agreed to support our quarterly contest.

Adobe sponsors WPJA wedding photography contest

For the FIRST PLACE WINNERS in each of the 12 categories in the Q3 '08 contest, Adobe is offering a software bundle consisting of Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Lightroom 2.

The Adobe® Photoshop® family of products is the ultimate playground for bringing out the best in your digital images and transforming them into anything you can imagine.

Together, Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2 provide a complete software solution for importing, processing, managing, and showcasing your images, as well as pixel-level editing and composting.

Adobe Photoshop CS4

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS4

Put Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 software in your hands and see what you can create. The new Adjustment panel and Masks panel give you more intuitive access to unrivaled editing power. Experiment freely with nondestructive adjustments. Explore your creativity by compositing images, text, and graphics. And work at peak efficiency in a streamlined, flexible work environment. With accelerated graphics handling, precise color correction, efficient image management, and powerful raw image processing, you can do more, faster than ever before. More Photoshop CS4 Info

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 2

Import, manage, process, and showcase your photographs — from one shot to an entire shoot — with Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2 software. Master your workflow with powerful sorting, selecting, and organizing tools. Target specific areas of your photos for precise adjustments, or enhance overall color, exposure, and tonal range nondestructively on more than 190 camera raw file formats, as well as JPEG, TIFF, and PSD. Then present your images in dynamic slide shows and interactive web galleries, or use flexible templates to create prints. More Photoshop Lightroom 2 Info


liveBooks sponsors WPJA wedding photography contest

For the FIRST PLACE WINNERS in each of the 12 categories in the Q3 '08 contest, liveBooks has generously agreed to offer an $800 credit / discount off the cost of a liveBooks Professional website.

A liveBooks photography website gets you:

  • A unique customized website designed by their in-house designers
  • Drag-and-drop online tools that empower you to sequence and re-sequence your portfolios whenever you want
  • Business minded tools such as world-class search functionality, to help you increase your exposure while enhancing your interactions with clients
  • A partner in your success with free web and phone support
A photography website by liveBooks will show the world your unique talent and help you grow your business better than any other solution.

 

Q3 '08 CONTEST CATEGORIES


01. Bride Getting Ready

02. Groom Getting Ready

03. Ceremony

04. Reception

05. Details (Found)

06. Dancing

07. Emotion

08. Lit Portait

09. Transportation

10. Scene Setters

11. Cake Cutting

12. Silhouettes and Shadows

 

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS FROM OUR TOP 3 PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM 2007:

Photographer - Top Left
2007 POY: Ben Chrisman
Photographer - Top Middle
1st Runner-Up: Eric Lagstein
Photographer - Top Right
2nd Runner-Up: Carlo Carletti
 

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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