Photo: Olivier De Rycke, France
Artistic Wedding Photojournalists
The origins of the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association date back to the very first photo contest of the WPJA in the Winter of 2002. It was in that contest that a Wedding Photojournalism Digital Manipulation category was first introduced to the wedding photography industry.
The AG|WPJA has become a refuge and a platform for dedicated wedding photojournalists who also happen to be masters in digital photo enhancement. It’s also a showcase for the finest artistically enhanced wedding photography in the world, not to mention a great Web destination for the bride and groom seeking something special.
Unlike the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), which has strict guidelines limiting photo manipulation, the AG|WPJA encourages and fosters creative image enhancement in post-production, giving members an opportunity to “stretch out” and achieve their full creative vision as artists. At the same time, the founders of the WPJA and AG|WPJA wanted to separate the two distinct schools of thought so members could continue to enjoy each platform of photography and reach their clientele of choice.
AG|WPJA PHOTOGRAPHY CONTESTS
The AG|WPJA was created, in part, to provide an avenue for the art of digital image manipulation applied to classic wedding photojournalism, creating a venue to foster and recognize this form of artistic expression outside of the WPJA contests, since the WPJA did not allow image enhancements in their classic standards of wedding photojournalism. Wedding Photojournalists who enjoy digital enhancement can develop their skills and display their work through the Artistic Guild. They can channel their creative efforts parallel to the WPJA, not against it or over it.
Artistic Guild contests are held quarterly. Members submit images via an online uploading system, and judges then rank the top 20 images for each category, providing comments on all their choices.