01. Getting Ready
Entries which spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and anticipation before the ceremony.
Captured moments of those who participate in the wedding (guests, family, and bridal party) during the processional, ceremony, and recessional.
“Reception" photographs document festivities from the cocktail hour through the last dance and departure.
04. Details (Found)
"Details (Found)" encompasses tighter shots of the day's small slices AS THEY WERE FOUND. This includes clothes, rings, food, linens, flowers, 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.
“Emotion" entries unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears.
06. 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.
07. Musicians & DJs
"Musicians & DJs" submissions can include images of musicians in action, playing strings, winds, keyboards, guitars, etc. at the ceremony or cocktail hour; as well as shots of bands/DJs doing their "thing"!
08. Cake Cutting
These images should demonstrate the photographer's ability to anticipate a moment and/or look beyond the ordinary 'Cake Cutting' images that many would come to expect from a wedding.
The "Toasting/Speeches" category incorporates images of individuals or groups toasting, as well as those giving toast-related speeches throughout the day.
10. Creative Portrait
“Creative Portrait” employs 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.