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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.

Wedding reportage and elopement photography by Catherine Hudson
Massachusetts Couple Portraits by Wedding Photographer Katie Kaizer
Germany Wedding Photography by Bartosz Ciesielski
Chicago wedding and elopement photography by Victoria Sprung
UK engagement, elopement, and wedding reportage photography by Annamarie Stepney
Wedding photography by Michael Freas
Yuliya Skya, wedding photojournalist
Colorado Elopement and Wedding Photographer Trent Gillespie
Wedding and engagement portraits by Michelle Arlotta
Adventure marriage images by Nicky Byrnes of Nemus Wedding Photography
WPJA POY Trophy-Winner William Lambelet - Wedding and Elopement Photographer
France Elopement and Wedding Photographer Hong-Phuc Bui, of Le Comptoir Photo
Kitchener, Ontario wedding and elopement photography by Lori-Anne Crewe - Canada WPJA
Engagement, elopement, and wedding photography by Andrew Morrell

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.

A documentary wedding photographer at an event venue in Ardeche captured the Entrance of the boys
Best wedding photography from Lyon, France of the Groom wearing his suit
London wedding image from the beach showing Guests picking up and skipping rocks on the water
Best wedding photography from an Indre venue, Chateau de l'Isle Savary of The bride and her very long veil during the preparations
Best Lake Maggiore wedding photography in Italy showing A boat is taking the bride and groom to the reception venue
Nanning wedding image from a China venue showing gate crashing groomsmen door games
Le Méridien Taipei wedding venue photography in Taiwan of The couple having their first dance on the dance floor
BW wedding photographer at an event venue in Chiaravalle, Marche captured the bride and family getting ready in separate rooms

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - February 19th, 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.

A great wedding day portrait from a Tenuta Berroni wedding venue showing the couple embracing outdoors in nature in this BW image
A great wedding day image from Santa Barbara of the couple posing in the last light of the day in a vineyard
A beautiful scenic Kananaskis bride and groom portrait at Grizzly Peak with the Bride and groom enjoying beautiful vista and a light snowfall
Udine stylish actual wedding day couple portrait at Villa Ottelio in Savorgnan, Ariis with a very happy Bride and groom
An extraordinary Poland wedding image of the groom playing pool with the best man just before leaving the house
An extreme Segovia wedding image from a Madrid couple at sunset with reflected or double exposed clouds
A creative black and white Il Verreno Resort wedding photo in Siena showing The spouses seem to look to their future together in the simplest of settings
An impressive Raiuvski Han wedding image of the Bulgaria bride as she takes in the view from the window while holding her bouquet of flowers

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - June 22nd, 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.

An after the marriage proposal Denver engagement photograph created on the road as snow dropped in the middle of nowhere
After the marriage proposal Portopiccolo Sistiana engagement photography with a Hug in the sunset light while walking through the streets
She said yes, post marriage proposal picture session in Caxias Beach, Lisbon with a Couple having fun close to skateboarders
She said yes, post marriage proposal picture session in Saint Clement-sur-Valsonne with The couple hugging and talking in a field just after sunset
An after the wedding proposal engagement picture session in Old San Juan, PR using a door for framing and posing the couple to add depth
She said yes, post marriage proposal picture session at Dera Szurdok, Hungary showing the First lights of spring
A Save the Date in Franciacorta. Brescia portrait of the Italian couple in an urban, gritty, graffiti setting
After the marriage proposal Groningen engagement photography with a casual pose from the couple near a brick wall

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 genuine wedding moment from Imperia, Liguria captured by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride kissing her aunt
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 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
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
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
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 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
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