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.

Contest Details

2016 Q1 Photography Contest

First quarterly contest of 2016. Only enter images created in 2016. Please do not enter images from 2015 or earlier.

Contest Opens: Sunday, March 27th, 2016
Contest Deadline: Friday, April 29th, 2016

Contest Categories

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)" encompasses tighter shots of the day's small slices AS THEY WERE FOUND. This includes clothes, rings, food, linens, flowers, 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.

Kids (Being Kids)
"Kids" entries capture babies, children, and youth doing what they do best!

Emotion
“Emotion" entries unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears.

Wildcard Portrait
Anything related to the big 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.

Contest Judges

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. The photos, published in a 24-page special section by The Dallas Morning News, won a Robert F. Read more

MARY VIGNOLES
Mary Vignoles is currently a Senior Photo Editor at the Los Angeles Times, primarily responsible for projects. Having come from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel where hurricanes were the major news events, the Los Angeles Times provides the opportunity to work on a variety of diverse news stories, both local and global. A Northern California native, she is now closer to home. Read more

Contest Rules

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