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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.

France engagements + wedding photography by Jerome Villard
Nitika Bhasin, Wedding Photographer for India, Maharashtra, and Mumbai
Xiaoqi Li - Artistic wedding and engagement photographer
Strasbourg wedding photography by Maxime Faury of Bas-Rhin Alsace Grand Est France
Wedding reportage photography by Nadine Lotze of Lumoid Photo
Song Johns wedding and elopement photography of Blooming Dreams Photo
Studio Portrait of Harinder Chahal of Singh Photography for Weddings
BW studio image of Perth wedding, portrait, and elopement photographer Aman Multani from Western Australia
Bavaria wedding and elopement photography by Andrea Kühl of Germany
Studio portrait of wedding photographer Tanushree Vaidya
USA wedding photography by Lacey Butler
São Paulo wedding and elopement photography by Thiago Gimenes of Brazil
Adventure marriage images by Nicky Byrnes of Nemus Wedding Photography
Color wedding photography by Iris Hu
France Elopement and Wedding Photographer Hong-Phuc Bui, of Le Comptoir Photo
Europe humanitarian wedding photography by Sebastien Benduckieng

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 - January 25th, 2023

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.

As the bride and groom shared their first kiss after cutting the cake, the sky lit up with fireworks, and the sparklers illuminated the night sky at il Podere in Schio, Italy
Groom cries as he dances with his aunt, as his mother had unexpectedly passed away a few months before, so this dance should have been with her - Wedding Reception Venue of the University Club of Chicago
Getting ready picture from Taranto Apulia at the bride's home of the veil of the bride going on
The bride eagerly awaits the arrival of her guests at the Chateau de Carsix, France, where the ceremony will take place on the lawn outside her window
The gorgeous W Goa Hotel at sunset provided a picturesque backdrop for the newlyweds, with lavender skies, lush floral arbors and a blissful dusk shot of joy
Vows reading are emotional for the groom at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Cape Cod, MA
At a Crayke Manor wedding ceremony, Yorkshire, England, one of the two bride's has to take a break to take a sip of water during the ceremony - the officiants (the brides' parents) smile and laugh with her
A young girl and boy in England were playing a game of Jenga, and their stacked wood block tower came crashing down

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.

Istanbul bride is getting ready with lipstick and light
The bride joyfully held her bouquet aloft, ready to cut the ribbons and celebrate the beginning of her new life, at a beautiful French wedding venue
A German wedding photographer captured the newlyweds posed at a sign in lights reading LOVE at the end of their special day
A rustic snapshot of a bride's wedding dress displayed alongside relics from the past was captured by a photographer in Istanbul
As they bask in the joy of their union, the newlyweds are swept away by the beauty of the Colorado Springs landscape, captured by their wedding photographer
Ontario wedding photographer captures a memorable image of grandfather, proudly displaying his vibrant, fashionable wedding socks while clutching his cane
At the Farm reception, guests celebrated the happy couple with toasts and games of corn hole, all captured by a Haydenville wedding photographer
A Steamboat Springs wedding photographer captured a romantic stroll of a bride and groom as they walked up a hill during sunset, with dramatic clouds looming in the background

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - January 10th, 2023

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.

The casual Ice Cream Time picture session of the couple in Bangkok was lighthearted, framed by a backdrop of rusted corrugated sheets of metal and their tasteful matching white shirts
The couple enjoyed the stunning fall foliage of Hunterdon County, NJ during their Frenchtown engagement portrait session
This couple marked their engagement with a romantic photo shoot at the rustic 'Timeout Market', a popular city brick building
The couple celebrated their engagement with a toast to their love, framed by a stunning blue sky in a photo taken from a low angle
At sunrise, the clouds parted to reveal a spectacular view of the National Park, with vivid colors
The couple's close and intimate pose, nose to nose and backlit with flash, with a grand staircase behind, captures their love and connection in this artistic creation in Winnipeg, Canada
The happy couple enjoyed a sunshine-filled picture session at Torbiere Natural Park, casually dressed and walking along a wooden bridge with log handrails
The pre-wedding picture session of the couple about to wed in Banff National Park, AB, Canada is made even more romantic by the misty fog and fresh snow shown over the lake

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.

A heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this St Pauls Church, Charlottesville wedding day moment from a Virginia  documentary wedding photographer showing Bride and Dad sharing a hug as they are about to walk down the aisle
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
This authentic and emotional France wedding day moment from Domaine de Grand Maison in Oyster Saint Oblas was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing The excited groom seeing the bride for the first time
This authentic and emotional Liguria wedding day moment from Diano Castello, Imperia was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride and her grandmother
A genuine wedding moment from Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire captured by a wedding reportage photographer showing the Father of the bride struggling to find the words during a reception toast under the tent
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
A truthful report of raw emotions in a Spain wedding day image captured by a Miramar, Malaga documentary wedding photographer showing the Just married groom receiving affection from men
A genuine wedding moment from Imperia, Liguria captured by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride kissing her aunt