The Artistic Wedding Photojournalism 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 WPJA are provided on this page.
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.
Final contest for 2016 created images.
Contest Opens: Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Contest Deadline: Friday, February 3rd, 2017
These images should tell us exactly what kind of wedding we’re in for before it even takes place. We want to see emotion and personality as it’s revealed through the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and anticipation before the ceremony. This is not a portrait category.
The most stunning images with the greatest opportunity for visual harmony and alliteration come from wedding ceremonies. The ceremony starts with the pre-show, climaxes with the vow exchange and finishes with the receiving line. Your entries should include fresh takes on age-old traditions. This is not a portrait category.
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.
Entries that encompass tighter shots of the day's small slices AS THEY WERE FOUND.
NOTE: This category is NOT for set-up detail shots. It's important that images submitted in this category don't contain content controlled by the photographer.
Entries that unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears.
For the Weather category, entries include the effects that the weather had on the wedding day (hot, cold, rain, wind, etc.).
"Musicians" submissions can include images of musicians in action, playing strings, winds, keyboards, guitars, etc. at the ceremony, cocktail hour or receptions.
Anything related to the wedding day goes into this category. It’s all about your creative approach to portraiture during a pre-wedding engagement session, or capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member on the big day. We are open to images that display the photographer's skill in using lighting techniques like off-camera flashes and strobes.
Contest judges are yet to be announced.
Contest rules can be viewed by members in their log in.