Two people making a commitment of marriage want to remember the day for the rest of their lives. Shouldn’t the wedding photography that commemorates their celebration reflect the personal moments and honest emotions they will remember?
A love for authenticity in wedding photography — finding art in the actualities of a marriage celebration — led to the founding of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) in 2002. Out of respect for our clients, the wedding photographers and photojournalists accepted for WPJA membership have a demonstrated talent for candid originality and a dedication to the documentary approach in wedding photography. To maintain their standing in the WPJA, member photographers must adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards.
For Engaged Couples planning a wedding: Hire a WPJA photographer so you can reproduce and retell the beautiful, unique story of how your celebration unfolds — as you will want to remember it and have it told for generations.
For Professional Wedding Photographers with a photojournalist’s talent for capturing moments, not stage-directing them: Join the WPJA to have your expertise accredited, to help promote and further our craft, and to let the WPJA introduce you to the ideal clients for your work.
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Latest Contest Results
The Wedding Photojournalist Association is pleased to announce the results of the Fourth Quarter WPJA Photography Competition. Join us as we congratulate all the winners. The 2016 Q4 Contest showcases the wedding photojournalism of WPJA members from the final quarter of the 2016 year in 15 categories.
Every year WPJA hosts the largest wedding photography competitions in the world judged by panels of award-winning photojournalists. Competitions, which are held quarterly and open only to WPJA members, are part of the association’s commitment to upholding the highest standards in wedding photojournalism. Membership in WPJA requires rigorous standards in technical skill, aesthetics and best business practices.
It is no coincidence that in the hands of Samo Rovan, the camera reflects passion, sincerity and warmth. It is these same qualities with which he approaches all of his subjects. It is also why people have sought him out time and time again, asking him to photograph them or for them.
Initially, as a student of architecture years ago using a camera for documentation purposes, Samo was immediately smitten with the medium. He reflects on how he “could capture his thoughts and ideas through the camera. I wanted to see the beauty and diversity of life in my own way and document these moments.” Shortly thereafter, the owner of the film studio where he had his film developed asked Samo to take photographs for him. This led to an invitation by a Slovenian photo press agency to work as one of their photojournalists.
New York City wedding photographer Emin Kuliyev, the only person to ever simultaneously win Photographer of the Year for both WPJA and AG|WPJA, is clearly a competitive force. However, he says he doesn’t try to win in any competition. “I started my own competition in my head, based on categories at theWPJA. It’s a competition with myself,” he says. As such, he claims he is never nervous about results, and credits the organization as a mentor through the many inspirational images he finds there. Emin’s foundational philosophy about his work is that a photographer’s images are directly tied to their own personal experience. He attributes successful images as “luck, multiplied byyour experience,” and, of course, your camera skills. “It the camerashould be just an extension of your hand or eye.” He believes that pressing a shutter button will not create an exact replication of a moment. Rather, the ability to capture moments is shaped by one’s own individuality, and thus the creative process renders an image as a vicarious expression of self and subject. As he explains, “Merely holding a camera does not mean the gods willgive you the shot. You must have something inside you. If so, it will beimmediately visible within the photo.”
For a long time now I’ve loved having a camera in my hand and documenting peoples stories.
I get excited about capturing the spontaneous and significant moments that make up our lives, moments that can’t be rewound or paused.
Travis began shooting weddings while working as a newspaper photojournalist in the Chicago suburbs. Travis continues to shoot news and sports throughout the Chicago area. He currently lives in Oak Park, Ill. with his wife.
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.
Geiger started his journalism career at the Austin American-Statesman in 1980 after receiving his formal photography education at Rochester Institute of Technology. His career as a photojournalist
ranged from China to Mexico, war in Burma and Bosnia, terrorism in the Punjab, the 1990 post Sandinista election in Nicaragua, four Olympic games and numerous American political conventions.
He is a member of the Associated Press Photo Managers and the National Press Photographers Association. His awards include numerous Texas Headliners, Society of Newspaper Design, Texas APME,
National Headliners, and the 1993 Pulitzer for news photography. He was recently named the 2007 NPPA and POYi magazine picture editor of the year.
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.
Souza has covered stories around the world as well as the national political scene. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan after crossing the Hindu
Kush mountains by horseback in three feet of snow. More recently, Souza documented Barack Obama's first year in the Senate and has accompanied him to seven countries including Kenya, South Africa and
As a freelancer, Souza has photographed two articles on assignment for National Geographic Magazine and three photo essays for Life Magazine. His photographs have also been published in many other
magazines and newspapers around the world including on the covers of Fortune, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report.
In 1992, Souza produced and published "Unguarded Moments: Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of President Reagan," a coffee-table book based on his 5 1/2 years in the White House. A newer book, "Images
of Greatness: An Intimate Look at the Presidency of Ronald Reagan," was published in June, 2004 by Triumph Books. Former Senator Howard Baker, Jr. said in his introduction to the book that Souza
recorded "some of the most intimate, honest and humanizing scenes of the presidency I've ever seen." Souza was also the official photographer for the June, 2004 funeral of President Reagan.
Souza has published another documentary book entitled, "Plebe Summer at the U.S. Naval Academy". The book chronicles one company of incoming midshipmen through the six-week indoctrination period of
Souza has won numerous photojournalism awards including several times in the prestigious Pictures of the Year annual competition, the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, and the White House News
Photographers Association's yearly contest.
He has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Harvard University, Boston University, the University of Kansas,
Western Kentucky University and Kansas State University. He has appeared on the ABC news magazine show 20-20, Nightline, Good Morning America, CNN Special Reports, Fox Friends and Family, and on
National Public Radio. Souza made presentations of his Afghanistan coverage to Tribune reader forums in Chicago, and to the Board of Directors of the Tribune Company and AT&T Wireless.
Souza has had solo exhibits of his photographs at Kansas State University, Fermilab, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Navy Museum, the University of North Carolina, and the National Press Club in
Washington. His photographs have also been part of group exhibits at the National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Newseum, Boston University, Kansas State
University and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
He is a native of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in public communications from Boston University and received his master's degree in
journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University.
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.
LINDA EPSTEIN, PHOTOJOURNALIST / PHOTO EDITOR
Graduated from Syracuse University in 1989. Worked as a photographer for several newspapers in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio. Worked as both a picture editor and an assignments editor
during her three years at the Washington Times. Joined Knight Ridder/Tribune, the 2nd largest wire service in the US, as a picture editor in March of 1999 and is now senior photo editor at McClatchy
Tribune Photo Service, handling all the photos for the McClatchy Washington Bureau. Served on the Board of Directors for NPPA for 8 years, from 1999 to 2007.