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 Q2 '08 WPJA CONTEST IS NOW OPEN FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS

WPJA Q2 08 Photo Contest

The deadline for the current Q2 '08 photo contest is Friday, July 25th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please keep in mind that the contest credit system is manually operated so there will be a short delay between paying for contest credits and having them added to your account.



EXCITING NEW ADDITION TO PIX GALLERIES - 1ST THROUGH 20TH!!!

The WPJA will now be displaying first through TWENTIETH place winning images in PIX galleries! We are currently in the process of adding past eleventh through twentieth place winning images in member’s existing PIX galleries. We anticipate this task will be completed by the end of the week. Click here for more details about PIX pages and Gold/Blue medallions.

 

NEW ACRYLIC TROPHIES FOR 1ST THROUGH 10TH PLACE WINNERS

New for all 2008 photo contests, trophies will be awarded to those winners who place first through tenth in each of the ten categories for this contest. These crystal clear, acrylic trophies measure 9 1/4" in height and are engraved with the quarterly contest name, category and WPJA logo. In addition to contest points, each Top 10 photographer will receive one of our newly-designed WPJA trophies as well as cash or contest credits.

WPJA Members With New Trophies

Top: Matt McGraw, NC - Bottom: Jeffrey Neal, CA and Genevieve Nisly, OH

 

Q2 '08 CONTEST DEADLINE

Friday, July 25th at 11:59 p.m. EST. For your convenience, there is a contest deadline countdown clock located at the top right corner of all the contest-related pages on the site.

 

Q2 '08 CONTEST SPONSOR

New WPJA Trophies Think Tank Photo has generously contributed one of their products to our contest sponsorship program as a professional photography equipment manufacturer. Their specialty is creating innovative camera bags, camera cases, photo backpacks and belt packs for professional photographers that use SLR cameras.

The FIRST PLACE WINNERS in each of the 10 categories in the Q2 '08 contest will receive the following prize:

Think Tank Photo - Speed Racer: Maximum capacity for a belt pack! Holds a Pro size SLR with lens attached and a 70- or 80- 200 2.8 next to it.


Think Tank Photo Speed Racer


Speed Racer Features:

  • Specifically designed for DSLR’s
  • Large waistbelt for comfort
  • Reporter’s pad pocket
  • Side mesh pockets
  • Stretchable side pockets
  • Front pocket organizer
  • Pixel Pocket Rocket included
  • Inside lid pocket
  • Seam–sealed removable raincover
  • Removable foam insert

 

Q2 '08 CONTEST CATEGORIES


GETTING READY
“Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.

CEREMONY
“Ceremony” shots catch guests and participants throughout pre-ceremony, vow-exchange, and receiving line activity.

RECEPTION
“Reception” photographs document festivities from the cocktail hour through the last dance and departure.

KIDS (BEING KIDS)
“Kids” entries capture babies, children, and youth doing what they do best!

DETAILS (FOUND)
“Details” 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.

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

HUMOR
“Humor” photographs document the lighter side of the wedding day.

GREAT NATURAL LIGHT
“Great Natural Light” entries capture moments brilliantly lit under natural and ambient lighting conditions. NOTE: This category is not for images created with the help of any flash or strobe.

CREATIVE PORTRAIT (This is the only category for this contest in which portraits are accepted.)
“Creative Portraits” employ a fresh and artistic approach to portraiture in capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member. Candid moments are not eligible for this category.
NOTE: Though this category may resemble traditional portraiture for some, the key here is to be creative with your subjects.

WEATHER
For the “Weather” category, entries include the effects that the weather had on the wedding day (hot, cold, rain, wind, etc.).

 

Q2 '08 CONTEST JUDGES


PRESTON GANNAWAY, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Preston Gannaway is a staff photographer at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, CO. Until recently, she was a photojournalist for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire (2003-2008). Gannaway’s documentary story on the St. Pierre family, Remember Me, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2008.

She was named the NPPA Region 1 (New England) Photographer of the Year in 2005 and was runner-up in 2006 and 2007.

Before working for the Monitor, Gannaway interned at the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Bangor Daily News. A native of North Carolina, she began her career at the Coalfield Progress in rural southwest Virginia after earning her Bachelor of Arts in fine art photography at Virginia Intermont College.

RENEE C. BYER, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Renée C. Byer is a Senior Photojournalist with The Sacramento Bee and the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her project "A Mother's Journey," an intimate portrayal of a single mother's emotional and financial struggles as her son battled neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. The story was also awarded the World Understanding Award and second place multimedia feature picture story at Pictures of the Year International 2007, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature photography, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, second prize in the Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards and an honorable mention in the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award.

Also a picture editor and designer, Byer is represented by Zuma Press photo agency. Byer's photos have been published in Newsweek Asia, Paris Match, Marie Claire, El Mundo, Days Japan, Rangefinder, Photo District News, Business Week and most recently in View magazine in Germany. She has taught workshops and had gallery shows in San Francisco, California, Palm Beach, Florida, Yokohama, Japan, Siem Reap, Cambodia and Madrid, Spain. Her pictures titled "Seeds of Doubt," won the Harry Chapin Award for Photojournalism 2005 and she is also the recipient of the Associated Press News Executives Council, Mark Twain Award 2004. She was a finalist for a Dart award for victims of violence before coming to the Sacramento Bee 2003. Her numerous awards include honors from NPPA, POYi, AP, SND, Best of the West and regional contests in photography, picture editing and design.

ANNIE WELLS, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Annie Wells is a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times. Prior to this, she was a photographer at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Calif., for eight years. She has also been a technical photographer for Letterman Army Institute of Research on the Presidio in San Francisco. Wells won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for spot news. Her photos are part of the permanent collection in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she majored in science writing. She fell in love with the camera while taking a photojournalism class at the university.

JANET JENSEN, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Janet Jensen is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism where she received a Masters degree in journalism. After several internships at newspapers spanning the country, Jensen joined the Tacoma News Tribune in 1996. One of her primary focuses while at the TNT has been coverage of Tacoma's ethnically diverse communities. She has traveled to the Philippines, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka for the TNT.

Janet was a finalist in the inaugural Alexia Grant Competition and was recently named 'NPPA Region XI Photographer of The Year for 2007'.

 

WPJA Member Testimonial Module

WPJA MEMBER TESTIMONIAL REMINDER

The new WPJA Member Testimonial module has been added to all listing pages where members have sent us some of their success stories. Please let us know how you've booked weddings through the WPJA or other positive feedback about your experiences as a member and we’ll post it in this new feature. Submit your testimonial today!

 

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