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. Bouquet/Garter (Action)
"Bouquet/Garter" (Action) entries capture active moments leading up to, and/or including, the peak action from the toss of the bride's bouquet or her garter.
The "Toasting/Speeches" category incorporates images of individuals or groups toasting, as well as those giving toast-related speeches throughout the day.
08. Other Vendors
“Other Vendors” submissions include images of musicians, DJs, bands, wedding planners, reception hall staff, florists, caterers, etc., performing their job to make the wedding day possible.
09. 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.
10. Kids (being kids)
"Kids" entries capture babies, children, and youth doing what they do best!
For the "Weather" category, entries include the effects that the weather had on the wedding day (hot, cold, rain, wind, etc.).
12. Architecture & Settings
Images that capture the feeling, majesty, and ambiance of the ceremony/reception, and highlight the most appealing aspects of the structures/settings (churches, reception halls, tents, patios, beachfronts, woods, etc.) where the events of the day transpired.
13. Food & Drinks
For the "Food & Drinks" category, we are looking for anything food related; particularly, images showing the wedding party or guests enjoying the tastes of the wedding celebration. We especially appreciate submissions with a human element to them. Any shots illustrating the process of preparation, serving, and partaking of any part of the meal are most welcome.
This category encompasses the tighter shots of the day's decorative details, as they were found. Entries should not be set-up detail shots--no images should contain content controlled by the photographer.
15. Mirrors (creative use of)
Looking for images which reflect creative and unique usage of "Mirrors" in the events surrounding a wedding.
16. Mobile Devices
This category is for images where the key element is a mobile device, such as cell phones, laptops, mp3 players, portable gaming devices, etc.
17. 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.