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Dino Lara, Philippines Emin Kuliyev, New York
Artistic Wedding Photojournalism - Fine Art From Real Moments.


Congratulations to all Artistic Guild of The Wedding Photojournalist Association contest winning members.

January 9, 2009 - The [AG]WPJA today announced the winners of the Q3 2008 Photography Contest, sponsored by D-65 Digital Workflow Workshops.

The [AG]WPJA contests were created with the hope of establishing a bridge between the worlds of photo manipulation and wedding photojournalism.

We are truly grateful for all the incredible photographers who submitted entries into this contest. These award-winning images will surely inspire us all to create more innovative wedding images in the future.

The award winners were selected by a panel of independent judges:

Round #1: Carol Guzy, David Leeson, John Kaplan, Martha Rial, and Denis Finley

Round #2: Seth Resnick and Andrew Rodney


01. Emin Kuliyev, New York 11. Anna Kalina Ciesielska, Poland 21. Lelia Scarfiotti, Italy
02. Dino Lara, Philippines 12. Aaron Willcox, California 22. Jason Hudson, Arkansas
03. Zach Chin, Malaysia 13. Kenneth Paul Soong, Canada 23. Piotr Gajewski, Poland
04. Shane Snider, North Carolina 14. Daniel Chen, Illinois 24. W. Scott Chester, Georgia
05. John Hudetz, Colorado 15. Oka Morikawa, Finland 25. Kori Hudson, Arkansas
06. Wendy Woods, Minnesota 16. Bartosz Jastal, Poland 26. Alfonso Longobardi, Italy
07. Joanne Dunn, Italy 17. Alex Tan, Singapore 27. Marcin Rusinowski, Poland
08. Ryan Jones, California 18. Sean Flanigan, Washington 28. Raymond Phang, Singapore
09. Edwin Tan, Malaysia 19. Dorota Kaszuba, Poland 29. Melia Sorenson, Canada
10. Jane Shauck, Connecticut 20. Jesse Chamberlin, Georgia 30. Olivia Leigh, Illinois


Getting Ready

Category Description:
Entries which spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and anticipation before the ceremony.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Emin Kuliyev, New York 06. Dino Lara, Philippines
02. Dino Lara, Philippines 07. Shane Snider, North Carolina
03. Anna Kalina Ciesielska, Poland 08. Ryan Browne, England
04. Daniel Chen, Illinois 09. Jules Kent, England
05. Dorota Kaszuba, Poland 10. Emin Kuliyev, New York


Category Description:
Images that capture guests and participants throughout pre-ceremony, vow-exchange, and receiving line activity.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. John Hudetz, Colorado 06. W. Scott Chester, Georgia
02. Ryan Jones, California 07. Olivia Leigh, Illinois
03. Kenneth Paul Soong, Canada 08. Erica Turner, Missouri
04. Oka Morikawa, Finland 09. Kelvin Koh, Singapore
05. Jesse Chamberlin, Georgia 10. Raymond Phang, Singapore

Reception Ambiance

Category Description:
Photos that demonstrate the photographer's ability to capture the feeling, majesty, and ambiance of the reception, as they highlight the most appealing aspects of the setting (reception halls, tents, patios, beachfronts, woods, etc.), where the reception took place.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Wendy Woods, Minnesota 06. Marcin Rusinowski, Poland
02. Joanne Dunn, Italy 07. Derrick Ong, Singapore
03. Emin Kuliyev, New York 08. Paul Van Hoy, New York
04. Emin Kuliyev, New York 09. Aziz Khan, England
05. Lelia Scarfiotti, Italy 10. Emin Kuliyev, New York


Category Description:
Entries that unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Shane Snider, North Carolina 06. Bartosz Jastal, Poland
02. Edwin Tan, Malaysia 07. Raymond Phang, Singapore
03. Zach Chin, Malaysia 08. Otto Schulze, Colorado
04. Alex Tan, Singapore 09. Daniel Chen, Illinois
05. Piotr Gajewski, Poland 10. Emin Kuliyev, New York

Creative Portrait

Category Description:
Images that employ a fresh and artistic approach to portraiture in capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member. Candid moments are not eligible for this category.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Zach Chin, Malaysia 06. Alfonso Longobardi, Italy
02. Jane Shauck, Connecticut 07. Melia Sorenson, Canada
03. Aaron Willcox, California 08. J.R. Geoffrion, Illinois
04. Sean Flanigan, Washington 09. W. Scott Chester, Georgia
05. Bartosz Jastal, Poland 10. Marcin Rusinowski, Poland

Ring Details

Category Description:
Entries that depict shots of the rings, either set-up and controlled by the photographer or as they were found.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Dino Lara, Philippines 06. Kori Hudson, Arkansas
02. Emin Kuliyev, New York 07. Bartosz Jastal, Poland
03. Emin Kuliyev, New York 08. Ryan Jones, California
04. Emin Kuliyev, New York 09. Emin Kuliyev, New York
05. Jason Hudson, Arkansas 10. Emin Kuliyev, New York


(Top Left) Dino Lara, Philippines (Top Right) Anna Kuperberg, California
(Top Middle) Emin Kuliyev, New York