AN IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE AG|WPJA
This isn't one of our favorite parts of the job. In fact, it's our internal mission to avoid these kinds of things at all costs. But when it comes to the integrity of our organization and the industry leadership role you all entrust to us, we step up immediately.
It was recently brought to our attention that some of the 2015 contest winning images were from a non-eligible year. We investigated and confirmed this to be the case. This is clearly a violation of the rules and regulations set forth by the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association, and it requires an automatic disqualification of the entries.
Rule #11 for AG 2015 contests states (as it's been since the beginning): "Images submitted for the Contest must have been created between January 1st and December 31st of 2015. No images may be submitted from previous years." This rule is particularly important for POY point tallies.
All of the contest rules are put in place to protect both the legitimacy of our professional organization and the individual members who submit their qualified work to be judged honestly and fairly by leaders in the photography field.
This is an unfortunate situation we've had to deal with. To be fair, we don’t feel that anyone in our membership would purposely try to gain an unfair advantage in these contests, and we fully understand that mistakes can be made. But the response to these infractions must be standard and swift, no matter how much it pains us to do so. It's the only way something like this works.
This is why the contest rules and regulations must be reviewed carefully before submitting any work, to avoid any misunderstandings and to allow for a smooth judging process to take place.
That being said, here now is the new lineup of winners for the 2015 AG|WPJA Photographer of the Year:
2015 AG Photographer of the Year
DANIELE VERTELLI - Arezzo, Italy
Daniele has raised himself in the ranks, right beside Emin Kuliyev, as being a multiple year AG POY title holder. Congratulations to him on achieving the title of both the 2013 and 2015 AG Photographer of the Year, as well as his 1st Runner Up title for 2014.
2015 AG Photographer of the Year -- First Runner Up
MATTEO ORIGINALE - La Spezia, Italy
2015 AG Photographer of the Year -- Second Runner Up
ALESSANDRO COLLE - Massa, Italy
Again, let's congratulate all of our winners for an incredible year of creativity and artistic growth!
On a final note, we want to remind everyone that our organization is only as strong as our individual members. We appreciate the vigilance you show in upholding our very high standards for both yourself and for other members. Part of that support comes in the way of policing the Guild and its membership across the internet to ensure a level playing field for all. We are always open to your thoughts and comments and you can always feel comfortable alerting us to something anonymously if you choose.
We take the integrity of our organization deadly seriously, and we know you wouldn’t stand for it any other way. Thank you, every one of you, for all of your hard work in making the AG|WPJA the top artistic wedding photography association. We look forward to sharing your amazing artistry in 2016 and for many years beyond.