Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - Fine Art Wedding Photographers

AG|WPJA Q4 2016 CONTEST RESULTS 

The Q4 AG|WPJA contest results are now live! Congrats to all the award winners! We are extremely grateful for all the members who submitted their photos into this contest. These award-winning images are an inspiration to us all. View the top 20 winning pictures from each category of this contest now: 

For 2016, it was the Italians who captured it most winningly! They filled four of AG|WPJA’s top five POY awards. And with our first-ever three-way tie, it was clearly a year of fierce competition.


PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2016

Matteo Originale, Italy

Award: $1000 USD

Matteo’s love of photography is rooted in his childhood when he would sit in his father’s darkroom admiring the many photographs. Matteo recalls, “I liked [my father’s] old cameras and was fascinated by the alchemy of the darkroom.” His passion for photography continued to grow and turn into his career. Even now, he connects with his boyhood curiosity and desire to test the boundaries. Matteo’s passion continues to play front and center in his work, with 52 contest-winning photographs under his belt. View Matteo's AG|WPJA profile


PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - 1ST RUNNER UP

Edoardo Agresti, Italy

Award: $500 USD

Our 1st Place Runner-up, Edoardo Agresti, also developed his love of photography as a small boy. Since then, he has crafted a photojournalistic style that has garnered him acclaim and attention around the world. Edoardo’s awards are many, ranging from Master of the Nikon School Travel to 1st place in the National Geographic Awards (people category). Though he continues to gain public praise, Edoardo is not one to rest on his laurels. Every year, he and his staff capture more than 100 weddings.  View Edoardo's AG|WPJA profile


PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - 2ND RUNNER UP (TIE)

Vinicius Fadul, Brazil

Award: $250 USD

Vinicius understands the adage: To know love is to know loss and to know happiness is to know sadness. His love of photography grew out of a desire to capture the beauty he sees in the world. After surviving a bout with terminal cancer, Fadul started to look at life differently. “Everything has its beauty. Even sad moments can have a positive side…Life is beautiful,” he reflects. Vinicius’ work demonstrates this balance of beauty and its fragility, as well as the strength of the human spirit. View Vinicius' AG|WPJA profile



PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - 2ND RUNNER UP (TIE)

Luigi Rota, Italy

Award: $250 USD

Dramatic in tone, overflowing with emotion and bold in its perspective, Luigi Rota’s work speaks to the ceremonious aspect of the wedding day. Whether capturing the quiet, still moments or the pleasantly explosive ones, his photographs speak volumes. In the industry for over 25 years, Luigi’s bottomless creativity fuels his work, producing award-winning results. View Luigi's AG|WPJA profile






PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - 2ND RUNNER UP (TIE)

Massimilliano Magliacca, Italy

Award $250 USD

Massimilliano Magliacca’s passion for photography has brought him up close with high-profile events and people throughout Europe. Though what stands out about his work is its cinematic quality. Each moment he captures looks as though you could step into it, sweeping away the lines of the past and present, the here and now. It would be hard for Massimilliano to not garner attention, with the way that he draws the viewer into his world, his lens. View Massimilliano's AG|WPJA profile

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