AG|WPJA The Artistic Guild of the WPJA

AG|WPJA H1-2017 Photo Contest

DETAILS ABOUT THE NEXT ARTISTIC WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALISM CONTEST

These contests are provided with the hope of establishing a bridge between the worlds of photo manipulation and wedding photojournalism. Details of the next photo contest run by the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (AG|WPJA) are provided on this page.

H1-2017 CONTEST DETAILS

Exciting changes, additional categories for each contest, and a new contest schedule are some of what’s ahead in 2017 for the guild of the world’s most artistic wedding photographers laying claim to the fame.

NEW SCHEDULE: TWO CONTESTS A YEAR
To better accommodate the various wedding seasons around the world, the AG|WPJA will sponsor TWO contests this year: H1-2017 and H2-2017. This change in schedule (from quarterly to semiannually) will allow a broader representation of artistic talent so that no matter when it’s high season for nuptials in your country or culture, your most creative expressions of wedding photography will be ready to enter.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR (POY)
The AG|WPJA proudly recognizes the Photographer of the Year (POY), that member holding the most contest points (except those awarded from categories designated for portraits and/or details) at the end of each year.
The ** categories below do not count toward POY.

Contest Opens: Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Contest Deadline: Friday, July 7th, 2017

H1-2017 CONTEST CATEGORIES

GETTING READY
This is the pre-show, the running up to the main event. Here is where you'll find all the spontaneous prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony. This is not a portrait category.

CEREMONY
These are authentic images of the actual marriage portion of the event, from the pre-ceremony to the vow-exchange to the receiving line. This is not a portrait category.

RECEPTION
Check your watch – it’s party o’clock. Your creative documentation of the reception, from the cocktail hour to the last dance, should perfectly define the personality of the wedding in one image. This is not a portrait category.

RING DETAILS **
These entries will require a special talent to be able to focus on the wedding rings in a way that hasn’t already been done. Please leave all clichés at the door. Your shots of the rings can, either be set-up and controlled by the photographer or captured as they were found.

WEATHER
These images highlight the effects that the weather had on the wedding day (hot, cold, rain, wind, etc.). This is not a portrait category.

REFLECTIONS
Looking for images which display creative and unique usage of reflective surfaces in the events surrounding a wedding. (i.e. mirrors, glass, water, metals, etc.) This is not a portrait category.

ARCHITECTURE & SETTINGS
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. This is not a portrait category.

SILHOUETTES & SHADOWS
These images include candid images which contrast light and darkness and can be the result of natural and/or artificial lighting. This is not a portrait category.

NEW! GETTING DOWN
See through the eyes of a small child with an extremely low camera angle. A ground-level view provides a whole new perspective on the events at a wedding. This is not a portrait category.

NEW! CIRCLES
There are circles almost anywhere you look at a wedding. Photographers are encouraged to look beyond a wedding ring or the rim of a glass to find the circular patterns of life. This is not a portrait or detail category.

ENGAGEMENT PORTRAIT **
Photographs that demonstrate the photographer's ability to create an interesting environmental portrait of their clients prior to the wedding day.

CONTEST JUDGES

Contest judges are yet to be announced.

CONTEST RULES

Contest rules can be viewed by members in their log in.