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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.

Federico Rongaroli wedding reportage photographer in Brescia Italy
Rio de Janeiro wedding and engagement photography by Bruno Mattos of the Brazil WPJA
Yuliya Skya, wedding photojournalist
Indra Simons - iSi weddings - Dutch wedding and elopement photographer
Italy Wedding and Elopement Photographer, Nando Spiezia
Chicago wedding and elopement photography by Victoria Sprung
Amanda Gril Wedding and Event Photography
USA wedding photography and engagements by Nicole Defilippis
Colorado wedding photography and intimate elopements by Stacy Gillespie
Wedding and Engagement Portrait Photographer Steven Herrschaft
Porto wedding photography by Pedro Filipe of Portugal
Wedding photography by Michael Freas
Ufuk Sarisen Wedding Photography

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:

Intimate, Micro Wedding Planning & Elopement Articles

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The Authenticity of
Wedding Photojournalism

Ceremony veil wedding photography by William Lambelet Montpellier FRANCE, WPJA contest, POY2017
A dad sees his daughter a little too soon!

WPJA Contest Photos - September 7th, 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.

Netherlands black and white picture from the best documentary style wedding photography contest in the world at the Havixhorst capturing people waiting to welcome the bride and groom
North Holland documentary wedding photography contest winning image capturing the wedding couple dancing
 Utrecht winning image from the best documentary style wedding photography contest in the world at Duurstede Castle from when the bride and groom are together, waiting and looking at their guests
Bangkok documentary wedding photography contest winning image in Thailand from the bride and groom Bouquet toss on the stage
Utrecht documentary wedding photography contest winning image at the Duurstede Castle showing that Cutting the cake is a mission and the mission was accomplished
London editorial style wedding photography at Wilton's Music Hall showing the England couple crowdsurfing
Morbihan wedding + elopement photography in Brittany, France at the outdoor Reception venue with bride and groom smashing piñatas under the trees
Brewster, Massachusetts winning image from the best documentary style wedding photography contest in the world of brides laughing as they are lifted up on chairs during the hora at their backyard wedding

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - September 21st, 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.

Bride and groom seated inside the Morbihan Reception venue Funky toilets
Newlywed couple walks along on some rocks at the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Wedding ceremony during the sunrise at Moraine Lake, AB, Canada
London Bride and Father on the way to the church
Bride and groom at their wedding smoking a cigar at Tyler Arboretum Media, PA
Germany bride's decollete with light and shadows from Fraueninsel, Chiemsee
The couple is walking through the moor at Natuurlijk Kloof in Bergen op Zoom
French Groom and groomsmen posing after a billiard party at Château de Loubejac, Reception venue, Montauban

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - September 19th, 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.

Utrecht lifestyle engagement photography at the Botanical Garden in the Netherlands for a Couple standing in a greenhouse
Tarvisio nontraditional lifestyle engagement portrait of a couple walking together in the winter snow at Monte Lussari in Udine, Italy
Atlanta lifestyle couples photography session at a family farm showing the pair laughing while posed on rock
Nancy nontraditional lifestyle engagement portrait of a walking and kissing couple in a symmetrical scene
Georgia nontraditional lifestyle engagement portrait at Stone Mountain Park for a tiny couple by a lake
Iseo Lake nontraditional lifestyle engagement portrait of an Italian couple kissing in the Shadows and light
London lifestyle engagement photography of a couple on Brick Lane in the UK at the Tattoo shop with a kids love ink sign
A Positano, on location couple lifestyle portrait during a Sweet hug on the Amalfi Coast in Salerno, Italy

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 Rio Et captured by a Thailand documentary wedding photographer showing Family love in a group hug
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
Honest and sincere emotions are on display in this wedding day picture created by a Cesena, Italy documentary wedding photographer showing a moment of true love with the old father
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
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
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