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Artistic Wedding Photojournalism - Fine Art From Real Moments.


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


01. Marcin Rusinowski, Poland 16. David Christensen, Georgia
02. Emin Kuliyev, New York 17. Jeffrey Neal, California
03. Shane Snider, North Carolina 18. Rene Gaviola, Philippines
04. Marcin Labedzki, Poland 19. Todd Reichman, Illinois
05. Roger Tan Pin Hwa, Malaysia 20. Britney Gardner, California
06. Anginet Page, Colorado 21. Kelvin Koh, Singapore
07. Brooke Mayo, North Carolina 22. Jamie Reichman, Illinois
08. Krzysztof Tkacz, Poland 23. Dorota Kaszuba, Poland
09. Stephen Loh, Singapore 24. Magdalena Lewanowicz, Poland
10. Ron Storer, Washington 25. Jose Pang, Singapore
11. Bryan Kit F., Singapore 26. Derrick Ong, Singapore
12. Ashley Garmon, Texas 27. Fer Juartisti, Mexico
13. Julie Ambos, Florida 28. John Hudetz, Colorado
14. Dino Lara, Philippines 29. Katherine Birkbeck, Georgia
15. Ryan Browne, England 30. Janis Ratnieks, Latvia


Getting Ready

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

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Marcin Rusinowski, Poland 06. Derrick Ong, Singapore
02. Stephen Loh, Singapore 07. Dino Lara, Philippines
03. Ryan Browne, England 08. Julie Ambos, Florida
04. Julie Ambos, Florida 09. Aziz Khan, England
05. Dorota Kaszuba, Poland 10. Marc Pagani, Louisiana


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

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Anginet Page, Colorado 06. Julie Ambos, Florida
02. Shane Snider, North Carolina 07. Julie Ambos, Florida
03. Shane Snider, North Carolina 08. Julie Ambos, Florida
04. Todd Reichman, Illinois 09. Aziz Khan, England
05. Magdalena Lewanowicz, Poland 10. Marcin Labedzki, Poland

Judge's Comments:

"Very well done. While I have seen this angle many times, the use of selective motion really helps set this image apart. The blurry rails on the side and the slight blur of the dress accentuated by the sharpness of the flowers is really nice. I wish the moment were a fraction of a second earlier so that none of the dress or flowers were hidden but it is still an excellent image."

- Seth Resnick


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

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Emin Kuliyev, New York 06. Fer Juaristi, Mexico
02. Ron Storer, Washington 07. Katherine Birkbeck, Georgia
03. Krysztof Tkacz, Poland 08. Dino Lara, Philippines
04. Britney Gardner, California 09. Natalie Moser, California
05. Jamie Reichman, Illinois 10. Gina Marie Goldman, California

Ring Details

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. Roger Tan Pin Hwa, Malaysia 06. Kelvin Koh, Singapore
02. Bryan Kit F., Singapore 07. Rafal Wegiel, Mexico
03. Jeffrey Neal, California 08. Leigh Taylor, Florida
04. Emin Kuliyev, New York 09. Leigh Taylor, Florida
05. Emin Kuliyev, New York 10. Dino Lara, Philippines


Kids (Being Kids)

Entries of found moments depicting babies, children, and youth doing what they do best (kids being kids)!

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Marcin Labedzki, Poland 06. Dino Lara, Philippines
02. Ashley Garmon, Texas 07. Paul Rich, Oregon
03. Rene Gaviola, Philippines 08. Phil Shillitoe, England
04. Dino Lara, Philippines 09. Ryan Jones, California
05. Kelvin Koh, Singapore 10. Dave Collyer, California

Portrait of Bride AND Groom Alone

Photographs that demonstrate the photographer's ability to create an interesting environmental portrait of the bride AND groom alone on their wedding day.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:

01. Brooke Mayo, North Carolina 06. John Hudetz, Colorado
02. Marcin Rusinowski, Poland 07. Janis Ratnieks, Latvia
03. David Christensen, Georgia 08. Ryan Browne, England
04. Krysztof Tkacz, Poland 09. Ricky Salim, Indonesia
05. Jose Pang, Singapore 10. Justin Graddy, Minnesota



"The quality of the images was good which made my job tougher. The 'Portrait of Bride and Groom' was the strongest category, followed by 'Ring Details' and 'Kids'. While 'Ceremony' had some very nice images, it was the weakest category overall and the same can be said about 'Getting Ready'. Photographers really had fun and showed extensive creativity in 'Portrait of Bride and Groom'.

I would caution photographers to carefully look at the category that they are entering an image in. As a judge, it is really tough to disqualify a good image simply because it is in the wrong category, but I too must follow rules. At least 25 images that would have otherwise had a chance were disqualified for being entered in the wrong category.

As this contest also considers Photoshop, I would urge photographers to take more time refining their entries. Again, as a judge, I must consider the usage of Photoshop and there are many entries that would have placed or at least placed higher up if there was more attention paid to the technical merits of the image. I hate to generalize but there were a lot of images that had blown out whites in dresses that would have been easy to fix as well as a loss of detail in the shadows and blacks. I understand using vignetting as a positive creative effect but I saw far too many images that the vignetting looked like it was simply a function of chromatic problems with the lens. The same can be said of horizon lines that are out of kilter. When they are purposely distorted, that is fine but some were just out enough to be annoying and they could have easily been fixed.

Other Photoshop related issues were images overly sharpened and many where some parts warranted selective sharpening while other areas would have benefited from selective softening. Many times, I saw skin tones that would have benefited from smoothing and eyes that would have benefited from sharpening.

I certainly do not mention any of the above to be overtly critical and hope my criticism is taken as a means of improving already solid imagery."

- Seth Resnick, Founder of D-65


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(Top Left) Emin Kuliyev, New York (Top Right) Julie Ambos, Florida
(Top Middle) Bryan Kit F., Singapore