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Otto Schulze, Colorado
Dino Lara, Philippines KC Wong, Singapore
Artistic Wedding Photojournalism - Fine Art From Real Moments.


Congratulations to all Artistic Guild of The Wedding Photojournalist Association winning members. It's awesome to see so many different parts of the world represented in this contest. Thank you for all the great work!



01. Dino Lara, Philippines 06. Emin Kuliyev, New York
02. Stephen Loh, Singapore 07. Bartosz Jastal, Poland
03. W. Scott Chester, Georgia 08. Jeff Ascough, England
04. Otto Schulze, Colorado 09. Edmund Tham, Malaysia
05. Shane Snider, North Carolina 10. Christobal Perez, North Carolina



"We wanted to express our thanks to all members of the AGWPJA for entering the first quarter contest. With each contest, the entry numbers and membership is growing and each category is getting stronger and more competitive. What a testament to the creativity of AG members from around the world!

To the first place winners, WOW the images are just stunning!

Congratulations to all of the winners in each category. You all should know that each category was filled with amazing images and the winners are extraordinary."


Getting Ready

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

Judges' Comments:
"We actually saw some guys being snuck into these entries -- kudos to the photographers who take the time out of the bride's day to document the groom as well."


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

Judges' Comments:
"Several entries in this category captured a beautiful sense of place with their overall images of ceremonies. Other images were moment driven and display intense emotions between couples. Ceremonies can seem dull and often times we come away with average images. The top 20 entries show that ceremonies can be anything but average if we just look, anticipate and stay focused during this portion of the wedding day."


Category Description:
Photographs that document festivities from the cocktail hour through the last dance and departure.

Judges' Comments:
"The Reception category is filled with moments and imagination. It was definitely one of the hardest to judge and those who placed should know that they beat hundreds of entries."

Details (Found)

Category Description:
Entries that encompass tighter shots of the day's small slices AS THEY WERE FOUND. This category is NOT for set-up detail shots. It's important that images submitted in this category don't contain content controlled by the photographer.

Judges' Comments:
"Details can be found everywhere and this category didn't disappoint. The details are becoming more storytelling (like the first place image), fun and quirky. Several images were disqualified for being "set up" by the photographer."

Off-Camera Lighting

Category Description:
Images that exemplify the use of artificial light, electronic flash or video lights. Images must showcase a moment and nothing else (no portraits, details, etc.).

Judges' Comments:
"This category continues to challenge photographer's every time it comes around. To those who are refining and experimenting with the use of off-camera flash congratulations on taking your photography to another level."

Creative Portrait

Category Description:
Portraits 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. The key in this category is to be creative with your subjects.

Judges' Comments:
"The Creative Portrait category has been taken to another level with the first place winner executing a well thought-out story in one image. We noticed several entries using the composite image technique. It's an interesting concept (and not easy to pull off) and one we intend on integrating into some of our own portrait sessions. Thanks for reintroducing us to this technique!"


The AGWPJA would like to thank Totally Rad! and BorrowLenses for sponsoring our Q1 '08 contest. Through these sponsorships, the AGWPJA teamed up with companies that offer quality products designed for photographers.

Borrow Lenses Camera Gear
                RentalsThe first-place winning photographers from each category will receive a $100 gift certificate from BorrowLenses to use toward camera gear and lens rentals.

Totally Rad Action
                MixThe first-place winning photographer from each category will also receive a copy of the Totally Rad! Photoshop Action Mix.

From speeding up your workflow, to creating dramatic looks that you canít get anywhere else, the Totally Rad Action Mix has you covered. Give your images a boost with a tried and true set of tools that play well together. Gain unprecedented flexibility over the look of your images, and escape canned looks.


(Top Left) Dino Lara, Philippines (Top Right) Otto Schulze, Colorado
(Top Middle) KC Wong, Singapore