We have broken up the FAQ section into smaller categories:
- Listing Options
- Listing Ranking
- Linking to the WPJA
- Award Winner Banners
What is a gold medallion?
A gold medallion is an emblem awarded to WPJA members whose images receive first, second, or third place in any WPJA contest category. This sought-after achievement medal appears as an icon next to the member listings throughout the site.
What is a blue medallion?
The blue medallion is an emblem awarded to WPJA members whose images receive fourth through tenth place in any quarterly WPJA contest category. The medallion appears as an icon next to the member listings throughout the site.
How do I obtain additional regional listings?
The WPJA makes provision for the inevitable need within the wedding photography industry for travel. Members' yearly membership fees automatically include one listing in their home area. Members interested in additional regional or international listings may pay $60 USD a year for each additional location. This amount will be prorated at $5 USD per month for partial-year listings. Members are limited to five additional regional and/or international listings. Some of the larger U.S. states, such as California, Texas and New York have been split up. Having a 'multiple-regions listing' within the SAME state (as in the case of these three larger states) still counts as one state; however each of the sublistings requires the additional fee discussed above.
How do I get to the top of my regional listing page?
NOTE: The following ranking methods were made effective on 8/31/05. Member ranking on each page of the WPJA web site is based primarily on participation in WPJA contests. Members will move up their regional listing pages even if they don't win. A Top 10 winning image could quite possibly place a member in the #1 spot on their page! Generally, WPJA members are listed on the site regionally, according to their primary business location. Within these local pages, there is more ranking--the order goes as follows (top to bottom):
- Photographers with the most points after each WPJA contest. This includes placement points (1st-10th place), as well as participation points. Each contest entry receives one participation point. An explanation of 'placement points' can be found in the 'General Contest Info' section under 'Judging Procedures'.
- Members not entering the contests (ranking based on results from previous contest).
- Photographers from other areas that request extra state listings. Those with highest points will be featured at the highest levels available for out-of-state listings.
Linking to the WPJA
What opportunities does linking to the WPJA site provide?
Members are encouraged to make reference (with a link) to their affiliation with the WPJA in their bio/about page on their individual web sites. Such reference will be most benefical to the member for the following reason: Affiliation with the WPJA will undoubtedly add value and enhance credibility for the photographer in the eyes of potential clients (example with link code at the bottom of this page). We also encourage members to add a WPJA banner to their web site to show their affiliation with the organization. If you have been approved for WPJA membership and are current with your dues, please feel free to use any of the banners below. Each image can be saved locally for use on the Web. You may also click on each image for a hi-res TIFF file that can be used for print publication and advertising.
276x38 Text link example: "...is an active member of theWEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST ASSOCIATION (WPJA)." The following code can be copied and pasted onto a page on your web site design program: <a href="http://www.wpja.com ">Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA)</a>
Award Winner Banners
What award winning banners are available?
The WPJA recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence in the wedding photojournalism industry. All award winning WPJA members are welcome to use any of the banners below. Contest winners are encouraged to link these banners to their country/state/province page on the WPJA site. Each image can be saved locally for use on the Web. You may also click on each image for a hi-res TIFF file that can be used for print publication and advertising.
Award Winning Wedding Photographer - Banners 312 x 38
Award Winning Wedding Photographer - Micro Banners 468 x 24
Award Winning Wedding Photographer - Small Banner 164 x 49