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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.

Mark Wallis, Europe wedding reportage photographer
Wedding Event Photographer David Bascunana
I AM SARAH V Photography - Wedding and Couple Engagement Images
New England engagement and wedding photography by Idena Beach
Annie Kheffache wedding photography
London elopement wedding reportage photographer Lyndsey Goddard, of England UK
UK wedding reportage and elopement photography by Nicholas Haigh
Mumbai Wedding Photographer Mohamed Jameer
Casey Fatchett Wedding Photography
Portsmouth Wedding Photography and Elopements by Eric McCallister, of New Hampshire
Studio Portrait of Wedding Photographer Kate Crabtree
Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Nilufer Nalbantoglu
Kitchener, Ontario wedding and elopement photography by Lori-Anne Crewe - Canada WPJA
Mike Cook is a Scotland based creative wedding photographer

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 - June 8th, 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.

Best Venice wedding venue photography showing guys in a bar, a bacaro, to eat and drink something before lunch
Osteria Val de Buia wedding venue photography showing Bride and groom dancing with guests around them with fog
Documentary photography from a wedding venue, Hotel Parador Hampel, in Rio Grande do Sul showing Bride and Groom in the Rain during the outdoor Ceremony by the water
Documentary photography from a wedding venue in Holbox Island in Mexico showing the bride and groom kiss at end of beach ceremony
The Equinox Resort wedding venue photography in Vermont created as The bride puts her boots on while the groom bustles her dress and her bridesmaid fixes her veil
Best emotional Lazio wedding venue photography of Father of the Bride having a first look
Best Rockwell on the River wedding venue photography in Chicago showing bride and groom toasting drinks from the cake table
Château De Massillan based wedding and event photography in Vaucluse, South of France at End of the ceremony, as the newlyweds cross the aisle and the guests throw lavender at them

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - July 2nd, 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.

The [current-date:custom:Y]  Hoboken wedding planner BW portrait ideas - New Jersey photography showing couple walking in the rain
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photo from the Luray Caverns created as the couple pose with their lanterns as if they are on a cave expedition
Lincolnshire best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding photography at Winteringham Fields Restaurant in the United Kingdom from when The couple sit down to enjoy their first meal as a married couple
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photo from Château de Saint-Senoch showing bride and groom during photoshoot on wedding day
The [current-date:custom:Y] San Jose photo ideas for the wedding planner - CA photography from a City Hall love session
Top [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photography from Domaine de Montcausson, Revel resulting in a creative portrait of the bride with a red wall
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photo from HUDL Brewing Company showing the groom had a mobile cigar for the reception and a portrait since he loves cigars
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding image for the Scotland wedding planner showing bride and groom in BW and backlit under tree

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - August 10th, 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.

Ultra-cute Singapore engaged couple posing while seated together in the trunk of a car during a Canterbury Road picture session for announcing their engagement
Le Touquet Paris Plage announcement of engagement idea with the sunset using the Couple looking at each other at the beach
Cappadocia engagement announcement couple photo session with her red dress and pillars
Metz couple posing for a sunset engagement announcement shot at Dans un Parc in Maiziere les Metz with the couple standing, man in the foreground and woman in the background
Cappadocia couple posing for a desert engagement announcement shot against the desert fairy chimneys
Lisbon engagement photography portfolio image with a Portugal Man, woman and train in BW
Banff couple in love and hugging each other during an engagement announcement shot at Moraine Lake
Nancy engagement photography portfolio image with a French Couple kissing, under a building with a colored roof

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.

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 genuine wedding moment from Rio Et captured by a Thailand documentary wedding photographer showing Family love in a group hug
A truthful report of raw emotions in a wedding day image captured by a Gard, France documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and groom getting emotional under the reception tent
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
A truthful report of raw emotions in a Rhodes Hall wedding day image captured by a Atlanta, Georgia documentary wedding photographer showing a Daughter giving toast at her Moms wedding
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
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 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