Q4 Contest Deadline Is Now Two Weeks Away
WPJA Q4 '09 contest deadline is next Friday, January
29th, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Images submitted for
the Contest must have been created between January
1st and December 31st of 2009. No images may be submitted
from previous years or from 2010.
Why should WPJA members enter this contest?
The Q4 Contest provides the last opportunity
for WPJA members to enter the photographs they
have taken throughout 2009, and showcase their
year's photography to the world and potential
clients who come to the WPJA looking for a wedding
Members who enter the Quarterly WPJA Contests
also increase their position in regional listings,
even if they don't win a placing in any of the
categories. Increased exposure on the site means
brides have a better chance of finding a Member's
With no charge for entering the contests, they're
an easy way to boost a member's effectiveness
on the WPJA, and every entry that wins a 1-20 placing
is published on a Member's Profile, in the
WPJA Contest Galleries and may be randomly displayed
on the WPJA homepage.
This is a partial list of judges:
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.
David Stephenson is
the Photojournalism Adviser for the University
student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. David returned
to his native Lexington and joined the staff of
the Herald-Leader in 1997 and left to join the
Kernel in 2009. Read
Loup Langton currently serves as Director
of the Visual Journalism program at the University
of Miami's School of Communication and as a member
of the Pictures of the Year International Inaugural
Eric Strachan is the senior managing editor at the
Naples Daily News in Southwest Florida, where he
started as a staff photographer in 1981.
Seth Resnick is one of North America's
most prolific corporate, editorial and stock photographers.
Seth is greatly in demand for his beautiful graphic
images in both natural and created light. Read more...
The categories we have chosen for this contest
have been selected to both challenge and excite
photographers to enter creative, unique and distinctly
WEDDING DAY CATEGORIES
| Bride Getting Ready
“Bride Getting Ready” entries spontaneously
capture the prepping, grooming, arranging,
outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.
| Groom Getting Ready
“Groom Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping,
grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.
Photos submitted into “Dancing” will display the varied emotions
that take place on a wedding reception dance floor. Anything from the reception
dance floor that illustrates the mood of a particular moment (from the first
dance to the end of the party).
| Off-Camera Flash / Strobe
Photographs in the “Off-Camera Flash/Strobe” category
depict images which are crafted using off-camera
flash or strobe techniques. In these entries,
the photographer is controlling the lighting,
sometimes overpowering the existing ambient
“Ceremony” shots catch guests and
participants throughout pre-ceremony, vow-exchange,
and receiving line activity.
“Emotion” entries unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging
from joy to tears.
| Reception Ambiance
These images should demonstrate the photographer's
ability to capture the feeling, majesty, and
ambiance of the reception, as they highlight
the most appealing aspects of the setting (reception
halls, tents, patios, beachfronts, woods, etc.),
where the reception took place.
| Details (Found)
“Details (Found)” encompasses 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.
Looking for images which display creative and unique usage of reflective surfaces
in the events surrounding a wedding. (i.e. mirrors, glass, water, metals, etc.)
| Bouquet / Garter (Action)
“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.
| 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.
| 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'!
NON-WEDDING DAY CATEGORIES
The Dress (TTD) Portrait
Any image, created AFTER the wedding ceremony (typically from a different day),
that depicts the bride or couple in formal wedding attire, trashing the dress,
regardless of setting.
“Engagement Portrait” should demonstrate the photographer's ability
to create an interesting environmental portrait of their clients prior to the
day of their wedding.
The WPJA would also like to thank Creative Motion
Design and D-65 for sponsoring our Q4 '09 contest.
Through these sponsorships, we are able to offer
our members discounts on top-notch industry products