01. Getting Ready
This is the pre-show, the running up to the main event. Here is where you'll capture all the spontaneous prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony. This is not a portrait category.
These are authentic images of the actual marriage portion of the event, from the pre-ceremony to the vow-exchange to the receiving line. They can include any of the day's attendees. This is not a portrait category.
This is the big party. "Reception" photographs catch all the post-ceremony festivities from the cocktail hour through to the last dance and the bride and groom's departure. This is not a portrait category.
04. Details (Found)
"Details (Found)" can be described as tighter shots of the day's interesting moments AS THEY WERE FOUND. This includes clothes, rings, food, linens, flowers, hands, faces, etc. 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. This is not a portrait category.
05. Kids (being kids)
"Kids" entries showcase those real moments where children take the spotlight, from babies to teens and any age in between. This is not a portrait category.
These entries will include creative and unique images of wedding moments displayed in reflective surfaces (i.e. mirrors, glass, water, metals, etc.). This is not a portrait category.
For the "Weather" category, entries should highlight the effects that the weather had on the wedding day (hot, cold, rain, wind, etc.). This is not a portrait category.
These are your candid, natural moments of the couples' parents on the wedding day. This is not a portrait category.
Scenes that tell a story about people in their absence. Your images might reveal where people once were, or will soon be. Here's a perfect chance to photograph any scene that suggests someone was here or will be here.
10. Pleasure / Pain
These images reveal the true essence of the wedding. Entries must go beyond ritual and tradition to find those pure moments of love and pain which define us as people. These are moments that capture the deeper purpose of a wedding. This is not a portrait category.
Touch is the ultimate silent communicator. Touch can convey love, uncertainty or even heartbreak, all without the aid of a single word. Entries should show a pure and distinct emotion through nothing more than a display of touch. This is not a portrait category.
Our taste buds can reveal a tremendous amount of information in an instant. In this challenging category, your task is to find a creative way to showcase anything taste related, and how it fits into the day's events. This is not a portrait category.
13. Patterns / Shapes
Composition 101 taught us that circles are eye-catching and straight lines guide our attention toward a subject. But don't be fooled into thinking this category is easy. Your imagery must be highly creative and your use of shapes must be, well, "in shape." This is not a portrait category.
14. Wildcard Portrait
Anything related to the wedding day goes into this new category. It's all about your creative approach to portraiture during a pre-wedding engagement session, or capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member on the big day. We are open to images that display the photographer's skill in using lighting techniques like off-camera flashes and strobes. And yes, this IS a portrait category.