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 WPJA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE 2008 BRIDES MAGAZINE PHOTO CONTEST


For the second year in a row, the WPJA has teamed up with BRIDES Magazine to offer members an exciting opportunity to have their wedding images published in an upcoming issue of BRIDES Magazine. This contest is absolutely FREE and exclusively for wedding images created in 2007 by WPJA photographers; winning images to be published in BRIDES Magazine and the web sites of the WPJA (view winners) and BRIDES (view winners). This contest is now open for your submissions. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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THIS IS A FREE CONTEST FOR WPJA MEMBERS!

Every WPJA member can enter up to 10 (ten) images at no cost. Extra entries cannot be purchased...10 is the limit of entries per member. Entry credits cannot be carried over to the next contest if they are not used. Entering this contest will not affect/count toward your contest entry limit for 2008 image contests.


WHEN IS THE CONTEST DEADLINE?

The entry submission deadline is Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. EST.


WHAT WILL THE WINNERS RECEIVE?

BRIDES Magazine is planning a six-page Wedding Photojournalism spread later this year using winning images from each category. First place winning images from each category will be featured in the November/December 2008 issue of BRIDES Magazine! The top 10 images from each category will also be published on BRIDES.com and WPJA.com. Gold medallions and PIX pages will be awarded for 1st through 3rd place winners. Blue medallions will be awarded for 4th through 10th place. For those with existing PIX pages, any 1st through 10th place winning image will be added to your gallery.


WHO ARE THE JUDGES FOR ROUND 1 OF THIS CONTEST?

CAROL GUZY is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer with The Washington Post. Guzy originally studied to be a nurse, but changed course after taking a photojournalism class. She received her most recent Pulitzer in 2000 for photographs of Kosovo refugees, a second in 1995 for her portrayal of the U.S. intervention in Haiti, and her first in 1986 awarding her work during a mudslide in Colombia for The Miami Herald. Guzy graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1980 and acquired her first job with the Miami Herald after a successful internship. She spent eight years at the Herald, then joined The Washington Post in 1988. In 1990, Guzy was the first woman to receive the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, presented by the National Press Photographers Association.

MARTHA RIAL has been a staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 1994. She won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Rwandan and Burundian refugees in Tanzania. She is a past winner of the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism and has been named the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation Photographer of the Year.

VINCENT LAFORET is a New York based commercial and editorial photographer who is regularly commissioned to work on a variety of fine art, advertising, corporate and editorial projects. His approach to aerial photography has been singled out as one of the most unique and interpretive amongst photographers today.

At the age of 32, his work has been published in most major publications around the world and he has been sent on assignment by Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and Life Magazine. In 2006, Laforet modified his staff position at The New York Times to become The Times' first national contract photographer. His photographs have been exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York City, and Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan.

Vincent's was recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential People in Photography" by American Photo Magazine in 2005 and was named one of the "30 photographers to watch under 30" by PDN in 2002. He and four other photographers were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for their post-9/11 coverage overseas in 2002. His work has been recognized in the Communication Arts Annual, PDN Annual, The World Press Photo Awards, The Pictures of the Year Competition, The Overseas Press Club, The National Headliners Awards, The Pro-Football Hall of Fame. Vincent is a Canon Explorer of Light and Canon Printmaster and serves as consultant to companies such as Apple, Bogen, Lexar, and X-Rite.

Vincent has been invited as a keynote speaker by a variety of organizations and universities from around the world. He serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Vincent is represented by the Stockland Martel Agency. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, Amber, and son, Noah.

DAVID LEESON, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, has been on staff at The Dallas Morning News since 1984. He has also worked for the Abilene Reporter News and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer three times prior to winning the award in 2004 along with colleague Cheryl Diaz Meyer for photographs made in March and April 2003 while on the front lines with the US Army 3rd Infantry Division during the invasion of Iraq. He has also won two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and numerous regional, state and national awards.

In the fall of 2000, he began shooting video full-time for The Dallas Morning News becoming an industry leader in new media. In 2006, Leeson was named Innovator of the Year in Photojournalism by American Photo magazine for his work using frame grabs for newspaper daily still assignments. The results of his efforts have culminated in a growing trend by newspapers to use high definition video cameras for both video and stills (via frame grabs) from a single assignment.

He has also completed more than seven short documentary films and produced and edited "At War", a feature length film about the war in Afghanistan. Awards for his work in video include a National Headliners award, a national Edward R. Murrow Award, two regional Emmy Awards. Leeson is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, is married and has five children.

Round 2: Judges from the Editorial Department of BRIDES Magazine will conduct the final round of judging after June 9th, 2008.


MEMBER TESTIMONIALS FROM LAST YEAR'S BRIDES CONTEST

"I'm honored to have won a first place in BRIDES/WPJA contest. Winning this contest has not only expanded a public awareness of my work, but also supports my prices and exclusivity. It's nice when talking to a potential client to be able to grab one of the ubiquitous BRIDES magazine from any newsstand, or refer to the one under her arm, and show her my winning image printed large on the first page of the article. I've recently raised my prices, so winning a contest of this caliber helps justify my prices to my discerning clients. Our studios see these contests as a great way to develop our artistic sensibilities and see some of the best images being created around the world. Thanks for keeping the bar high!" - Ira Lippke

"Since winning a first place award in the BRIDES Magazine/WPJA photo competition, I've booked my first destination wedding in Jamaica from a bride who saw me in the magazine. The sudden burst of national print publicity was an instant boost to the business. Having a magazine with the reputation and circulation of BRIDES publish my work lends instant credibility to my work with a national audience. I'm very proud of the award - especially knowing that the competition was judged by several Pulitzer prize winners and editors at the magazine." - Shane Snider

"WPJA scored a major coup for its members by aligning with Brides Magazine for a WPJA photo contest! Having my first place winning image published on the web and printed in Brides nationwide magazine led to increased exposure, which has allowed me to move my pricing up another notch!" - Chris Moseley

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS FROM OUR TOP 3 PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM 2007:

Photographer - Top Left
2007 POY: Ben Chrisman
Photographer - Top Middle
1st Runner-Up: Eric Lagstein
Photographer - Top Right
2nd Runner-Up: Carlo Carletti
 
The page layouts along the left-hand column were published in BRIDES Magazine and are being used with permission.