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

December 10, 2009 - The [AG]WPJA today announced the winners of the Q3 2009 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 an independent judge: Seth Resnick


Marcin Labedzki, Poland
Apresh Chavda, England
Ron Storer, Washington
Katherine Birkbeck, Tennessee
Kelvin Koh, Singapore
Mauro Pozzer, Italy
Stephen Loh, Singapore
Dan Hale, South Carolina
Marc Pagani, Louisiana
Anna Kalina Ciesielska, Poland
Rafal Oglaza, Poland
Stephen Low, Malaysia
Dino Lara, Philippines
Emin Kuliyev, New York
Melia Sorenson, Canada
Raymond Phang, Singapore
John Hudetz, Colorado
Alex Tan, Singapore
Edoardo Agresti, Italy
Ricky Salim, Indonesia
Robert Maj, Poland
Shane Snider, North Carolina
Ryan Browne, England
Matt Adcock, Georgia
Nikos Papadopoulos Gogas, Greece
Agnieszka Matuszewska, New York
Liliya Gorlanova, Moldova
Justin Graddy, Minnesota
Sascha Gluck, Mexico
Patrick Low, Malaysia



Category Description:
Images from the wedding day in which candid, natural moments of the bride are captured. The bride must be depicted as the main subject in photos submitted in this category. Portraits are not allowed in this category.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Dino Lara, Philippines
06. Dean Dampney, Australia
02. Nikos Papadopoulos, GR
07. Doug McGoldrick, Illinois
03. Katherine Birkbeck, TN
08. Aaron Willcox, California
04. Melia Sorenson, Canada
09. Marzena Wasilewska, AUS
05. Janis Ratnieks, England
10. Stephen Loh, Singapore


Category Description:
Images from the wedding day in which candid, natural moments of the groom are captured. The groom must be depicted as the main subject in photos submitted in this category. Portraits are not allowed in this category.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Shane Snider, N. Carolina
06. Chenin Boutwell, California
02. John Hudetz, Colorado
07. Tsen Ho, Singapore
03. Alex Tan, Singapore
08. Marcin Labedzki, Poland
04. Emin Kuliyev, New York
09. Mary Maris, New York
05. Liliya Gorlanova, Moldova
10. Edoardo Agresti, Italy

Sense of Place / Architecture

Category Description:
Images that capture the feeling, majesty, and ambiance of the ceremony/reception, and highlight the most appealing aspects of the structures/settings (churches, reception halls, tents, patios, beachfronts, woods, etc.) where the events of the day transpired.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Anna Kalina Ciesielska, POL
06. Emin Kuliyev, New York
02. Apresh Chavda, England
07. Aaron Willcox, California
03. Edoardo Agresti, Italy
08. Elton Mogg, England
04. Stephen Low, Malaysia
09. Ricky Salim, Indonesia
05. Marie Labbancz, New Jersey
10. Marzena Wasilewska, AUS


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

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Kelvin Koh, Singapore
06. Raymond Phang, Singapore
02. Agnieszka Matuszewska, NY
07. Bartosz Wyrobek, Poland
03. Ron Storer, Washington
08. Nora Bohanon, Illinois
04. Matt Adcock, Georgia
09. Jeffrey Neal, California
05. Juliana Mozart, Brazil
10. Marc Douglas, Canada

Off Camera Flash / Strobe

Category Description:
Photographs that depict images which are crafted using off-camera flash or strobe techniques. In these entries, the photographer is controlling the lighting, often overpowering the existing ambient light. Portraits are not allowed in this category.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Stephen Loh, Singapore
06. Krzysztof Tkacz, Poland
02. Dan Hale, South Carolina
07. Derrick Ong, Singapore
03. Ricky Salim, Indonesia
08. Magdalena Lewanowicz, POL
04. Ryan Browne, England
09. Siang Loo, Washington
05. Raymond Phang, Singapore
10. Liliya Gorlanova, Moldova


Category Description:
Anything from the reception dance floor that illustrates the mood of a particular moment (from the first dance to the end of the party).

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Justin Graddy, Minnesota
06. Katherine Birkbeck, TN
02. Sascha Gluck, Mexico
07. Marcin Rusinowski, Poland
03. Marc Pagani, Louisiana
08. Joelle Susan, South Carolina
04. Robert Maj, Poland
09. Nora Bohanon, Illinois
05. Patrick Low, Malaysia
10. Ryan Browne, England

Trash The Dress (TTD) Portrait

Category Description:
Any image, created AFTER the wedding ceremony (typically from a different day), that depicts the bride or couple in formal wedding attire, trashing the dress, regardless of setting.

Top Ten Winners From This Category:
01. Marcin Labedzki, Poland
06. Roger Tan Pin Hwa, Malaysia
02. Rafal Oglaza, Poland
07. Alexander Mikhailenko, UKR
03. Mauro Pozzer, Italy
08. Dorota Kaszuba, Poland
04. Julie Ambos, Florida
09. Edwin Tan, Malaysia
05. Ken Lam, England
10. Bartosz Jastal, Poland

Judge's Comments:

"Fantastic image! The location with the peeling paint and color pallet are a perfect. When there are words in an image the eye will always be drawn to the words and the eye goes right to the bride and follows up to the hands tied and finally to the word Passion. After the eye sees passion it then travels to the other words and they all come together to make this a really dynamic image. There is also good detail in the highlights and shadows."

- Seth Resnick


(Top Left) Agnieszka Matuszewska, New York (Top Right) Rafal Oglaza, Poland
(Top Middle) Marzena Wasilewska, Australia