A NON-TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY WPJA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
Ben Chrisman, California
The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) - Wedding Photographers
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Eric Lagstein, New JerseyCarlo Carletti, Italy
Wedding Photojournalism - Capturing the Real Moment Forever.

THE CONTEST DEADLINE IS JUST 1 WEEK AWAY!

WPJA Q4 08 Photo Contest


This is a reminder that the deadline for the current Q4 2008 photo contest is Thursday, February 12th at 11:59 p.m. EST.

This is the last opportunity for you to enter your wedding images from 2008. The next contest will be strictly for images created in 2009.
Enter this contest today!


THE CASH PRIZE PAYOUT HAS INCREASED - $17,500 USD IN TOTAL!

For the Q4 2008 contest, we've made yet another increase to the cash prizes. The payout for each of the top three winners from each category have increased to:

$500 - FIRST PLACE
$250 - SECOND PLACE
$125 - THIRD PLACE



1,100 CONTEST CREDITS AWARDED - $11,000 USD VALUE IN TOTAL!

55 FREE contest credits will be awarded in each of the twenty categories for the Q4 2008 contest.

5 Free Credits - FOURTH THROUGH TENTH PLACE
2 Free Credits - ELEVENTH THROUGH TWENTIETH PLACE



1st - 20th PLACE WINNERS DISPLAYED IN NEW PHOTO GALLERIES

All award-winning images which placed 1st through 20th in any WPJA contest will be recognized in the Photos section of your upcoming Member Profile. Beginning with the most recent contest, winning images will be organized by quarter, and will display ranking and contest category. Click here for more information.

WPJA Member Profile 1 WPJA Member Profile 2

 

Q4 2008 CONTEST CATEGORIES


01. Getting Ready 11. Engagement Portraits
02. Ceremony 12. Food & Drinks
03. Reception 13. Other Vendors
04. Kids (Being Kids) 14. Cake Cutting
05. Details (Found) 15. Toasting
06. Action 16. Weather
07. Emotion 17. First Dance
08. Humor 18. Departure
09. Great Natural Light 19. Full Frame (Black and White)
10. Creative Portrait 20. Ring Details

 

Q4 2008 CONTEST JUDGES

BRIAN LANKER, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Brian Lanker has won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for his feature photography. He was named National Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1970 and again in 1976. His work for LIFE Magazine and Sports Illustrated has received numerous honors around the world. He presently divides his time between editorial/advertising still photography and motion picture writing and directing.

Born August 31, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, Lanker grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where he attended schools including Phoenix College. The son of a newspaper feature writer, he became interested in photography in high school and by college, was working at the Phoenix Gazette at the age of eighteen. He joined the staff of the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal in 1970 as a staff photographer. He became director of photography at the Eugene (Oregon) Register-Guard in 1975 where he organized a highly acclaimed photographic report. He left the newspaper in 1982, subsequently becoming a contributing photographer to Sports Illustrated and LIFE magazines. Soon thereafter, he expanded his career to advertising photography. He continues today photographing National and International advertising campaigns.

In February 1989, Mr. Lanker’s exhibition of photographs entitled, “I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America”, opened at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This two-year-long project was a dream of Lanker’s, that these special women of American History would not be forgotten. Concurrently with the exhibition, a book of the same title (“I Dream a World”) was published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang of New York City. The response by the press and public has been overwhelming. The exhibition has set records for attendance at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and many other museums throughout the country. The original two year national exhibition quickly blossomed into a six-year international tour. Attendance of this museum tour is placed at well over one million viewers. The accompanying book was in a second printing before the first printing had reached bookstores. Currently it is in its fourteenth printing with total sales well over 400,000 copies, making it one of the most successful photographic books ever.

Perhaps one of Lanker’s greatest honors was when he was chosen as one of eight photographers to be included in a series of audio visual educational programs entitled “Images of Man”. Lanker, along with W. Eugene Smith, Henry Cartier Bresson and Elliott Porter were featured individual programs in that series.

He directed his first documentary film, They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of WWII in 1999. It aired prime time on PBS and was nominated for the International Documentary Awards.

Lanker, now sixty-one years old, lives with his wife Lynda, herself a nationally known artist.

MARY F. CALVERT, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Photojournalist, Mary F. Calvert has been a staff photographer at The Washington Times since 1998. While she has covered the White House and presidential campaigns, her calling is documenting the plight of women around the world. Calvert was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography “for her haunting depiction of sub-Sahara African women afflicted with fistula after childbirth” and was awarded the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in International Photography for her project, “Lost Daughters: Sex Selection in India”.

Calvert’s other honors include: 2007 National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) Photojournalist of the Year for Smaller Markets and First Place Portfolio in the White House News Photographer’s Association 2007 Eyes of History competition.

In addition to being a guest faculty member of the Western Kentucky University, Mountain Workshops, and the NPPA’s Flying Short Course, Calvert has been a member of the faculty for the Department of Defense Worldwide Military Photographers Workshop in Ft. Meade for the last twelve years.

Before joining the staff of The Washington Times, Calvert spent nine years covering the Bay Area for The Oakland Tribune and The Hayward Daily Review. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She makes her home in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband Joseph M. Eddins, Jr. and 18-year-old daughter, Mary Stone Eddins.

DENNY SIMMONS, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Denny Simmons, BJ '93 is a University of Missouri graduate, currently a photographer with the Evansville Courier & Press. Past positions include picture editor at the News Sun (Waukegan, Ill.), picture editor at the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, and photographer at the Jacksonville (Ill.) Journal-Courier. Simmons was recently named NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Photographer of the Year (smaller markets) in 2008. He's also been named Region 4 POY twice and currently serves as the National Clip Chair for the Monthly News Clip Contest. He has also served as Region 4 Director for two terms. Simmons has been Indiana News Photographers Association Photographer of the Year, and he has won the INPA Clip POY six times. He was awarded the title of College Photographer of the Year for work done in 1992.

Simmons is married to Penny (yeah, Penny and Denny) and they have two kids, Ben, 12, and Hannah, 10. They've also have a 2-year-old beagle named Indy.

AMANDA VOISARD, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Amanda Voisard is a freelance photojournalist who recently relocated to Flagstaff, Arizona. Amanda, a graduate of Ohio University worked as a staff photographer since 2006 at The Palm Beach Post in south Florida. Prior to her experience in Florida, she was a staff photographer for three very cold years in Watertown, N.Y.

Photojournalism, as a craft of both photography and writing, fulfilled the storyteller in Amanda. She credits her family for her creativity and looks to her late father, a modern artist and sculptor, for motivation and inspiration.

Her work has been published in various newspapers, magazines, and online including msnbc.com 2008 Year in Pictures, TIME.com, The Palm Beach Post, Watertown Daily Times, DOUBLEtruck Magazine, Farmington Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and News Photographer Magazine.

Awards:
Women in Photojournalism- 2008 winner
Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Contest- member of the 2006 Newspaper Staff of the Year
Florida Press Club Excellence In Journalism Contest- 1st place Pictorial Photography
MSNBC.com- featured 2008 year in pictures
DOUBLEtruck Magazine- showcased in Fall 2007-Issue 9
New York State Associated Press Awards- 1st place Spot News 2005 and 2nd place Feature 2005
National Press Photographers Association- National clip contest win May 2004
Region 2 and Region 6 multiple 1st, 2nd, 3rd wins; Placed Top Ten 2004; 2005 Region 2 Photographer of the Year

LISA KRANTZ, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Lisa Krantz has been a staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News since March 2004. Previously she worked at the Naples (FL) Daily News for five years. Krantz attended Florida State University, where she received a Bachelor's degree in psychology and earned her Master's degree in photography from Syracuse University.

At the Express-News she covers everything from hurricanes to the NBA Championship although her true love is telling intimate untold stories in communities. Most recently she spent close to two years documenting life in the small city of Helotes, Texas, as it struggles to maintain its identity in the face of suburban growth.

She is the National Press Photographers Association 2005 Region 8 Photographer of the Year and runner-up for 2004 and 2006. Her work has also been honored by POYi, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, the Southern Short Course in News Photography and the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. She has served on the faculty of several workshops including the Southern Short Course and the Eddie Adams Workshop.

BOB CAREY, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Bob Carey's passion for photography began in high school and has spanned over four decades. His love for capturing moments in time led him to a career in photojournalism, and for the past 12 years, he has dedicated himself to developing photographers.

As chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., Carey shares his passion with students. He also serves as President of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and on the board of directors of Christians in Photojournalism.

YUNGHI KIM, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Yunghi Kim is a freelance photographer based in New York. For 12 years, she was a staff photographer at the Boston Globe, and the Patriot Ledger in Quincy Massachusetts. She was a member of Contact Press Images from 1995 to 2008.

Kim has covered conflicts all over the world, as well as worked on many in-depth issue-driven stories where intimate storytelling and giving a voice to her subjects through the camera remains important to her.

Kim had received awards from the World Press Photo Foundation, named the Magazine Photographer of the Year (Pictures of the Year/National Press Photographers Association), the Olivier Rebbot Award and the John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club of America (OPC), Visa D’or Award at Visa Pour L’image Festival (Perpignan, France), and the White House Press Photographers, Communication in Arts and Society for News Design. Kim also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University and has served as a speaker at the Nieman Narrative Journalism Conference at Harvard University.

 

WPJA Q4 2008 CONTEST SPONSOR - D-65 WORKSHOPS


D-65 Workshops

The WPJA is proud to announce that D-65 is sponsoring one of our contests. Through this sponsorship, the WPJA and D-65 have come together to offer our members an exciting opportunity to be educated by some of the digital innovators in the photography industry.

Thanks to the generosity of D-65, all [AG]WPJA and WPJA members will receive:

$150 USD Discount
Register by February 28th

$100 USD Discount
Anytime

Click here for more information about these D-65 workshops.

2009 DATES


San Diego:
March 6th - 9th
New York:
April 3rd - 6th
Denver:
May 1st - 4th
Boston:
June 12th - 15th
Seattle:
August 14th - 17th
Chicago:
September 11th - 14th
New York:
October 2nd - 5th
Los Angeles:
November 13th - 16th
New Orleans:
December 11th - 14th

 



REMINDER: AGWPJA CONTEST DEADLINE IS ABOUT 24 HOURS AWAY

Attention all WPJA Members! It's not too late to apply for AGWPJA membership and enter the current contest. Remember, this will be your last opportunity to enter your 2008 images.

 

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS FOR THIS PAGE:

Photographer - Top Left
2007 POY: Ben Chrisman
Photographer - Top Middle
1st Runner-Up: Eric Lagstein
Photographer - Top Right
2nd Runner-Up: Carlo Carletti