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Artistic Wedding Photojournalism

The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association is a group of international wedding photojournalists, who capture unscripted wedding moments as they happen, and excel in the art of post-production image processing. Find Out More...

AG|WPJA Q4 2013 Contest Results


Current Photo:
3rd Place: Getting Ready
Tim Liu, China

3rd Place: Getting Ready by Tim Liu, China

Current Photo:
8th Place: Creative Portrait
Pablo Madariaga, Spain

8th Place: Creative Portrait by Pablo Madariaga, Spain

Current Photo:
12th Place: Creative Portrait
Michele Morea, England

12th Place: Creative Portrait by Michele Morea, England

Current Photo:
8th Place: Kids (Being Kids)
Emin Kuliyev, United States

8th Place: Kids (Being Kids) by Emin Kuliyev, United States

Current Photo:
19th Place: Weather
Anton Podolskiy, Germany

19th Place: Weather by Anton Podolskiy, Germany

Current Photo:
4th Place: Emotion
Andrea Bortolato, Italy

4th Place: Emotion by Andrea Bortolato, Italy

Current Photo:
2nd Place: Getting Ready
Janis Ratnieks, England

2nd Place: Getting Ready by Janis Ratnieks, England

Current Photo:
1st Place: Emotion
Victor Vertsner, Israel

1st Place: Emotion by Victor Vertsner, Israel

Current Photo:
20th Place: Creative Portrait
Taotzu Chang, Taiwan

20th Place: Creative Portrait by Taotzu Chang, Taiwan

Current Photo:
3rd Place: Weather
Danilo Coluccio, Italy

3rd Place: Weather by Danilo Coluccio, Italy

The Q4 Contest showcases the wedding photojournalism of AG|WPJA members for 2013, and rewards their artistic abilities in enhancing those photographs through post production processes. The AG|WPJA wishes to extend our congratulations to all our members who had award-winning entries in this contest.

2013 AG|WPJA Photographer of the Year
Daniele Vertelli, Italy

The AG|WPJA congratulates Daniele Vertelli with the POY title for 2013.

2013 AG|WPJA Photographer of the Year - First Runner Up
Oleg Rostovtsev, Germany

The AG|WPJA is proud to announce Oleg Rostovtsev with the First Runner Up title 2013.

2013 AG|WPJA Photographer of the Year - Second Runner Up
Victor Vertsner, Israel

The AG|WPJA congratulates Victor Vertsner with the title of Second Runner Up for 2013.

We’ve all flipped through well-worn wedding albums of parents, aunts and uncles, and even grandparents, chuckling at dated hairstyles, handlebar mustaches, peach taffeta bridesmaids dresses, and powder blue tuxes. Wedding photojournalists might contend that these photos wouldn’t seem so out of style (hideous wedding gowns and bad male perms aside) if more emphasis had been placed on the un-styled, un-planned moments of the wedding day, rather than the prescribed agenda of highly organized groups of people staring at the camera. On the contrary, naysayers insist wedding photojournalism is merely a trendy, passing fad that disrespects the venerable traditions of the classic posed shot. They point out that tradition, and true photographic quality, is often sacrificed "art."...

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, creating logistical and scheduling factors that can affect your entire agenda, including the photography. A few of our most traveled award-winners have weighed in with their own experiences and advice for ensuring a smooth and wonderful event.

With the number of wedding photojournalists perpetually on the rise, confusion over what they will and won’t do seems to be increasing at a parallel rate. The article aims to bust the most common wedding photojournalism misconceptions and stereotypes circulating in the marketplace.

Do you want to help assure that your wedding photography comes off without a hitch, producing the ultimate in captured moments from your photographer? Do you want the highest level of photographic quality for your money? How about a wedding day remembered as one with maximum joy and smooth logistics?

A little advanced communication and planning with your photographer can go a long way in this regard, smoothing the way for everyone involved—from the wedding party and guests, to the creative pros assisting with the festivities. We’ve asked a few of our top WPJA award winners to weigh in with their own hard-earned advice for enabling optimal wedding day photography.