Next Contest

Wedding Photojournalism Contests are provided exclusively for members of the Wedding Photojournalist Association. The details of the next photo contest run by the WPJA can be found below. The 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.


2016 Q4 Photography Contest fourth quarterly contest of 2016. Only enter images created in 2016. Please do not enter images prior to 2016 or any created in 2017.

Contest Opens: Friday, January 6, 2016

Contest Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2016


Getting Ready: This is the pre-show, the running up to the main event. Here is where you'll capture 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. They can include any of the day's attendees. This is not a portrait category.

Reception: This is the big party. "Reception" photographs catch all the post-ceremony festivities from the cocktail hour through to the last dance and the bride and groom's departure. This is not a portrait category.

Details (Found): "Details (Found)" can be described as tighter shots of the day's interesting moments AS THEY WERE FOUND. This includes clothes, rings, food, linens, flowers, hands, faces, etc. 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. This is not a portrait category.

Kids (being Kids): "Kids" entries showcase those real moments where children take the spotlight, from babies to teens and any age in between. This is not a portrait category.

Humor: "Humor" photographs document the lighter side of the wedding day. This is not a portrait category.

Parents: These are your candid, natural moments of the couples' parents on the wedding day. This is not a portrait category.

Cake Cutting: These images should demonstrate the photographer's ability to anticipate a moment and/or look beyond the ordinary 'Cake Cutting' images that many would come to expect from a wedding. This is not a portrait category.

Toasting/Speeches: The "Toasting/Speeches" category incorporates images of individuals or groups toasting, as well as those giving toast-related speeches throughout the day. This is not a portrait category.

Bouquet/Garter: "Bouquet/Garter" (Action) entries capture active moments leading up to, and/or including, the peak action from the toss of the bride's bouquet or her garter. This is not a portrait category.

Mobile Devices: This category is for images where the key element is a mobile device, such as cell phones, laptops, mp3 players, portable gaming devices, etc. This is not a portrait category.

Musicians/Dj's: "Musicians & DJs" submissions can include images of musicians in action, playing strings, winds, keyboards, guitars, etc. at the ceremony or cocktail hour; as well as shots of bands/DJs doing their "thing"! This is not a portrait category.

Lens Flare/Refraction: Do you still Ooo and Aaah when you see the tiny dancing rainbow-colored lights coming off a crystal? This category is for you. From prismatic glass Refraction to Lens Flares, show us your most brilliant ways to illustrate this theme. This is not a portrait category.

Symmetry: This a challenge to find that perfect sense of "equality" through light and composition. Weddings present numerous opportunities via dress, mannerisms, scenes, tone, textures, and sometimes....emotions. This is not a portrait category.

Wildcard Portrait: Anything related to the wedding day goes into this new 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. And yes, this IS a portrait category.


DAVID LEESON David Leeson has been a staff photographer for The Dallas Morning News since 1984. In 2004, he was a Pulitzer Prize Winner for his photographs depicting the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq. In 1985, Leeson was also a Pulitzer finalist for his photo coverage of apartheid in South Africa. In 1986, he lived on the streets of Dallas with the homeless for two months. 

JEANIE ADAMS-SMITH  Award winning photographer based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she is an Associate Professor of Photojournalism at Western Kentucky University. She worked at the Chicago Tribune for 10 years as the national and foreign picture editor.

She has lectured at the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference and chaired a national Women in Photojournalism conference, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association.  Jeanie was Kentucky Photographer of the Year in 2006 and has also participated as a judge for the Missouri POY and the WHNPA in 2009.


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