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.

WINNING IMAGES FROM THE Q2 2008 CONTEST ARE NOW LIVE ON THE SITE!

WPJA Q2 08 Photo Contest

The top twenty pictures from each category can be viewed by clicking the contest thumbs on the Wedding Photojournalist Association homepage.

Gold medallions will be given to 1st through 3rd place winners. Blue medallions will go to 4th through 10th place. All new medallions, new PIX page galleries/updates and page ranking will be completed over the next two weeks. We thank you in advance for your patience as we continue to work on all of the details related to this contest.

 

TOP 10 WPJA PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM THE LATEST CONTEST:


1. MEGBAISDEN   6. FRANCKBOUTONNET
2. SHANESNIDER   7. BARTOSZJASTAL
3. GENYAGARRETT   8. NEILPALMER
4. BRETTBUTTERSTEIN   9. MALGORZATAWOSZCZYNA
5. ROBWITZEL 10. WENDYWOODS

 

NEW ADDITIONS TO PIX GALLERIES - 1ST THROUGH 20TH


The WPJA is now displaying first through TWENTIETH place winning images in PIX galleries!
Click here for more details about PIX pages and Gold/Blue medallions.

 

CASH PRIZES (USD) FOR 1ST THROUGH 3RD

1ST - $250.00

2ND - $150.00

3RD - $100.00

 

New WPJA Trophies

NEW ACRYLIC TROPHIES FOR 1ST THROUGH 10TH

For the Q2 2008 contest, trophies are being awarded to those winners who placed first through tenth in each of the ten categories. These crystal clear, acrylic trophies measure 9 1/4" in height. In addition to contest points, each Top 10 photographer will receive one of our newly designed WPJA trophies (pictured right) as well as cash or contest credits.

 


WPJA Award Banners



26 WPJA BANNERS AVAILABLE FOR AWARD WINNERS

There are twenty-six WPJA banners (pictured at right) for our award-winning members. Contest winners are encouraged to link these banners to their country / state / province page on the WPJA site. View the WPJA Award Winner Banners

Each image can be saved locally for use on the Web. You may also click on each image for a hi-res TIFF file that can be used for print publication and advertising.

 

Q2 '08 CONTEST SPONSOR


Thank Tank Photo Think Tank Photo has generously contributed Speed Racer Belt Packs 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

 

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED JUDGES


The WPJA’s contests are supported and strengthened by its superb judges—some of the world’s most accomplished and honored photojournalists. In addition to having won numerous individual and team Pulitzer Prizes, the WPJA’s judges boast scores of additional professional awards, including honors and POY awards from the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA), the Overseas Press Club, the Society of News Design (SND), the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Canada's National Newspaper Awards (NNA), the Online News Association, the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, Photo District News (PDN), the Scripps Howard Foundation and many other prestigious organizations.

These judges—all at the top of their game—give their opinion of contestants’ work, further boosting their prestige and recognition in the industry.

Of course, the value and skill reflected in any image is subjective to a large extent. However, as with most professional pursuits, one’s work is best judged by the industry’s leading organization and the most highly respected practitioners on the field—those who work on the cutting edge, and who have achieved the highest pinnacles of honor by their peers and commercial success in the marketplace.

WPJA’s superior level of assessment assures that contest-winning images are consistently of high quality and worthy of wedding photojournalism’s top honor, a WPJA award.

 

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'.

 

THE BENEFITS OF WPJA HONORS


Receiving honors from the WPJA and its internationally recognized judges comes with unmatched benefits that can help enhance one’s practice on so many different levels.

Invaluable Peer Review: Find out what top photojournalists and picture editors think about your work. In our profession, you improve through experience and consultation with peers, so the opportunity to receive guidance from the world’s best photojournalists is one of the foremost benefits of participation.

Certified Quality: Once you are able to display the WPJA award-winning imprimatur in your bio and on your Web site, you are immediately perceived as someone who has reached an elite level of your profession. Beginning with that moment, you stand out from the competition. Go ahead: Show off your awards.

Financial Advantage: Gold Medallion-winning WPJA members almost always raise their rates following their award.

Higher Professional Visibility: Get the attention of magazines and publishers through your contest winnings. After all, what art director or picture editor wouldn’t be drawn to WPJA’s mark of excellence?

Higher Client Credibility: Your clients will feel better about their booking decision knowing that the world’s top professionals agree that your photography work is superior in the field.

 

 

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

Some of the text above was taken from the WedPix article titled WPJA Contests: One of the Perks of Membership