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Intimate Weddings & Elopement Photography

Since 2002, the WPJA has been connecting couples with the best, most artistic wedding photographers from around the world.

Brittany Diliberto, a wedding and elopement photographer at Bee Two Sweet Photography in VA
Madison wedding and elopement photography by Ilana Bar-av of Wisconsin
Hannah Hall Wedding Photography in England, East Midlands and Northamptonshire
Engagement Portrait Pro, Wedding and Elopement Photographer Johnny Shryock of the WPJA
Studio Portrait of Wedding Photographer Kate Crabtree
Wedding and elopement photography by Erica Dietz
Wedding photographer Stam Chananakhon
Couple engagement portrait sessions + wedding and elopement photography by Qi Xiang of Jian Impression
Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Anastasiia Polyakov, of So Tender Is Humanity
Colorado wedding photography and intimate elopements by Stacy Gillespie
New York City and Queens wedding photography and elopement sessions by Natasha Singh
Wedding Photographer and Engagement Portrait Pro, Ronnie Szeto
France Elopement and Wedding Photographer Hong-Phuc Bui, of Le Comptoir Photo
Amanda Gril Wedding and Event Photography
Wedding and elopement Photographer Carl Bower
Italy Wedding and Elopement Photographer, Nando Spiezia
Wedding photography by Michael Freas

Genuine Photo Contests

The WPJA hosts multiple wedding photography contests each year, awarding only the most captivating and engaging photos.

View winners from past contests below:

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WPJA Contest Photos - October 13th, 2022

Any wedding photographer is going to want to please their clients — but they also want their work to be appreciated on a broader scale. This is one of the reasons why the Wedding Photojournalist Association members love our regular photography competitions. These popular contests give our photographers the opportunity to submit their best images in hopes of being selected as a winner and being recognized for their creativity and effort. Our contests are judged by a panel of notable and respected working photojournalists and picture editors in the news industry, which adds an element of prestige to our awards.

Chrystel Echavidre, of , is a wedding photographer for -
Gaelle Caré, of Indre (36) , is a wedding photographer for -
Shivali Chopra, of Delhi, is a wedding photographer for -
In Busto Arsizio, the bride is getting ready while her father leaves the flat
At the Zabola Castle, the bride is getting ready with some help curling her hair
Michelle Arlotta, of New Jersey, is a wedding photographer for -
An intimate moment from Chiesa San Michele, Busto Arsizio showing the bride hugging her niece after the ceremony
at the intercontinental hotel in st. paul mn, the groom is riding on the groomsmen during the baraat part of the indian ceremony

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - October 31st, 2022

The Artistic Guild competitions are distinctly different from our other WPJA contests because this category is specifically for photographers who use their talent to create digitally-enhanced images, staged portraits and dramatic detail images. This competition attracts documentary wedding photographers who also view themselves as artists who are constantly looking to create their next masterpiece.

Near the Boettcher Mansion of Golden, CO, the bride and groom dancing in the woods at night
Belgium portrait | the couple walking by a tree in Diest
Picture from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes at the Parent's groom house showing a Hand with scissors
In the woods nearby the wedding venue, Landgoed Welna in Epe, the wedding couple is hiding for the thunderstorm with a lot of rain
The groom kisses the bride under the market lights at Blanc
Venice, Veneto, Italy Bride's shoes on a red lamp bridal detail minimalist image
Normandy traditions wedding photo of the ritual of the ribbons with the bride and groom at the La grange de Bourgoult
From the Bridal Suite at The Grand Hotel, Brighton, the bridal shoes framed by foreground of dress being buttoned up by bridesmaid

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - November 16th, 2022

Couples who are searching for a wedding photographer often want a pre-wedding engagement portrait session as well as wedding day photography services. Engagement photographers need to rely on their skill and expertise in order to help their couples select a meaningful location for their portrait session. These awards allow engagement photographers to submit their most moving engagement images in hopes of being recognized for their creativity and skill.

Overlooking Pike Lake, Hartford, Wisconsin was an amazing sunset as the bride to be to pulled her fiancé in for a kiss as the sun went down behind them
During a BW Engagement session at Orléans France, an image of hug between the couple
São Paulo Brazil bicycle love portrait session for a couple kissing on Paulista Avenue
In Taipei, Taiwan, the couple were holding each other during a blue sky silhouette portrait photoshoot
From Candes Saint Martin, France, a photo of the bride and groom strolling hand in hand on the banks of the Loire with their dog
A Granada, Spain Pre-Wedding Couple Portrait Session at Night with Lights
In Nantes, France, a warm portrait of the tattooed engaged couple hugging and enjoying the moment while closing their eyes
At MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore, the couple collected these bunch of fallen flowers in a park for this beautiful shot

TLC - True Love Captured - March 31st, 2022

This WPJA photography competition is focused on the emotions that are on display throughout any wedding event. The images showcase the powerful emotions that the couple are experiencing, and any of the feelings that any wedding guests may go through. The TLC contests follow a long-standing WPJA category tradition of capturing raw emotions.

Honest and sincere emotions are on display in this Lafitte Auditorium, Jean Lafitte wedding day picture created by a Louisiana documentary wedding photographer showing Grandmother of the bride gets her earrings put on by a group of bridesmaids
A genuine wedding moment from Imperia, Liguria captured by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride kissing her aunt
A genuine wedding moment from Rio Et captured by a Thailand documentary wedding photographer showing Family love in a group hug
This authentic and emotional wedding day moment from the Allan House in Austin, Texas was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing Wedding guests crying after speech at the outdoor reception venue
A truthful report of raw emotions in a Bovendonk wedding day image captured by a Hoeven, Netherlands documentary wedding photographer showing the Groom and his brother in BW just before the ceremony starts
Honest and sincere emotions are on display in this wedding day picture created by a Buzios documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and groom embracing head to head at their outdoor ceremony
A heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this Black Mountain Lodge, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone wedding day moment by a Colorado documentary wedding photographer showing the brides mom embracing her during their mother daughter dance in the mountains
This authentic and emotional Buenos Aires wedding day moment outside the San Isidro Cathedral in Argentina was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing The married couple going to the venue in the back of a vintage car