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The Next Contest Deadline Is About 30 Hours Away

The WPJA Q3 '09 contest deadline is tomorrow, October 30th, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Link to Judges.

Q3 Contest Categories

Getting Ready Details Humor Toasting
Ceremony Dancing Creative Portrait Weather
Reception Emotion Scene Setters Other Vendors

Sneak Peek: Q4 Contest Categories

Bride Getting Ready Emotion Musicians & DJ's Ring Details
Groom Getting Ready Cake Cutting Reflections Creative Portrait
Ceremony Dancing Bouquet / Garter (Action) Engagement Portrait
Reception Ambiance Off-Camera Flash / Strobe Details (Found) Trash The Dress Portrait

2009 Contest Sponsors

The WPJA would also like to thank Creative Motion Design and D-65 for sponsoring our 2009 contests. Through these sponsorships, we are able to offer our members discounts on top-notch industry products and education.

Creative Motion Design

Creative Motion Design is a leading designer of Flash website templates for professional photographers. Their templates are designed to create stunning online presentations and can be customized to fit any photographer's distinctive style and branding. Not only do their sites come with a variety of tools to help photographers get noticed and maximize their revenue streams, but their intuitive content management system allows anyone to design, upload, and edit their website 24/7.

Go to: Creative Motion Design


Additional discount of 25% off ALL websites and hosting

FREE 10-day trial

No promo codes necessary

Call 888-228-0399 (ext. 1) for details

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.

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

2009 / 2010

Los Angeles:
November 6th - 9th
New Orleans:
December 11th - 14th
January 22nd - 25th
New York:
March 19th - 22nd
May 14th - 17th


Photographer - Top Left
Justyna Ortyl, Poland
Photographer - Top Middle
Caroline Ghetes, North Carolina
Photographer - Top Right
Tracy Turpen, South Carolina

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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