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 Q3 Photography Contest Third quarterly contest of 2016. Only enter images created in 2016. Please do not enter images from 2015 or earlier.

Contest Opens: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Contest Deadline: Friday, November 11, 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.

Weather: For the "Weather" category, entries should highlight the effects that the weather had on the wedding day (hot, cold, rain, wind, etc.). This is not a portrait category.

Transportation: "Transportation" images include brides in limos or carriages, bridal parties en route to the ceremony or reception, trolley rides, antique cars, buses and other transporting themes.

Touch: Touch is the ultimate silent communicator. Touch can convey love, uncertainty or even heartbreak, all without the aid of a single word. Entries should show a pure and distinct emotion through nothing more than a display of touch. This is not a portrait category.

Taste: Our taste buds can reveal a tremendous amount of information in an instant. In this challenging category, your task is to find a creative way to showcase anything taste related, and how it fits into the day's events. This is not a portrait category.

Patterns / Shapes: Composition 101 taught us that circles are eye-catching and straight lines guide our attention toward a subject. But don't be fooled into thinking this category is easy. Your imagery must be highly creative and your use of shapes must be, well, "in shape." This is not a portrait category.

Reflections: These entries will include creative and unique images of wedding moments displayed in reflective surfaces (i.e. mirrors, glass, water, metals, etc.). 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. 


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