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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.

UK wedding reportage and engagement photography by Damion Mower
Colorado wedding photography and intimate elopements by Stacy Gillespie
Couple engagement portrait sessions + wedding and elopement photography by Qi Xiang of Jian Impression
Mumbai Wedding Photographer Mohamed Jameer
Mike Cook is a Scotland based creative wedding photographer
Black and White Studio Portrait of Renan Radici - Wedding Photographer
Switzerland wedding photography by Monique De Caro
Indra Simons - iSi weddings - Dutch wedding and elopement photographer
Wedding and elopement photography by Erica Dietz
Damien Dohmen is a wedding photographer for Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Portsmouth Wedding Photography and Elopements by Eric McCallister, of New Hampshire
Jerome Pollos Self Portrait, a wedding and elopement photographer of the WPJA
Wedding and engagement portraits by Michelle Arlotta

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.

Domaine de l'Hôtel-Noble wedding venue photography in Vernou-sur-Brenne, France capturing The bride and groom doing coordination skiing with their guests
BW documentary wedding photographer at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur, Georgia captured this The best man whispering in the grooms ear as they wait to walk down the aisle
Vlaams Brabant wedding photographer at the Bekkevoort Church captured a proud little girl at the altar with rings
Best wedding photography from Lyon, France of the Groom wearing his suit
Osteria Val de Buia wedding venue photography showing Bride and groom dancing with guests around them with fog
A Bellinzona wedding image from Ticino, Switzerland captured the band playing at the house of the bride
Documentary wedding photographer at an event venue in Cappadocia, captured bride and groom outdoors in the snow heading to the Lunar Hotel
High Eggbeer Farm wedding image from a Exeter, Devon venue from the Best man speech

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.

Top [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photography from Chateau Bas d'Aumelas of the brides hanging Wedding dress outdoors
The [current-date:custom:Y]  Costa Rica wedding planner pic ideas - Guanacaste photography at the Llanos de Cortes Waterfall
The [current-date:custom:Y]  Toronto wedding planner - Canadian photography from when Kids are playing
The [current-date:custom:Y] Lille photo ideas for the wedding planner - BW photography from under the witnesses who launches the groom into the air
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
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photo from Abbaye des Trois Fontaines as couple are lit with guests sparklers at their reception party exit
Top [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photography from Hohenzollem Castle in BW showing first kiss after the yes
Colorado best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding photography at Stone Mountain Lodge in Lyons of a Ring shot surround by her bouquet and fresh Lilac

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.

Boston engagement announcement photo session at Arnold Arboretum with the Couple walking out of lush forest
North Avenue Beach engagement photography portfolio image with a Chicago couple looking at each other with the sunset behind them
Jodhpur engagement announcement photo idea created with a couple from India
Praia do Itapoa announcement of engagement image from Rio Grande do Sul taken on the banks of the beautiful Lagoa dos Patos late afternoon, where the couple contemplates the love and exuberant beauty of nature
Le Touquet Paris Plage announcement of engagement idea with the sunset using the Couple looking at each other at the beach
San Francisco engagement photography portfolio image with a California couple posing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge
Boston Public Garden romantic engagement session in Massachusetts with a couple surrounded by greenery and flowers
Cap Ferret engagement announcement photo idea using A couple with reflection in a fisher village

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 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
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
Honest and sincere emotions are on display in this wedding day picture created by an Alicante documentary wedding photographer showing an intimate and private hug for the bride
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 heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this wedding day moment by a Milan, Italy documentary wedding photographer showing the bride as she caresses her dad before leaving the house
A genuine wedding moment from Rio Et captured by a Thailand documentary wedding photographer showing Family love in a group hug
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