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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.

Documentary wedding photography by Janina Brocklesby
Isabelle Bazin Wedding and Elopement Photographer - isasouri photo
Brittany Diliberto, a wedding and elopement photographer at Bee Two Sweet Photography in VA
Portrait of wedding and engagement photographer Tom Leung
Kitchener, Ontario wedding and elopement photography by Lori-Anne Crewe - Canada WPJA
Baltimore engagement wedding and elopement photography by Breanna Shaw
Guangzhou wedding photography by Jinqi Tan, of Guangdong, China
Bucharest wedding and elopement photography by Petrica Tanase - Romania
Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Anastasiia Polyakov, of So Tender Is Humanity
Wedding and elopement photography by Amanda Lamb
Pro documentary-style wedding photography by Bradley Hanson
Italian wedding and elopement photojournalist - Alessia Bruchi Fotografia
Black and White Studio Portrait of Renan Radici - Wedding Photographer
Rio de Janeiro wedding and engagement photography by Bruno Mattos of the Brazil WPJA
UK couple engagement portraits by wedding photographer Jason Huckle
California wedding photography by Brett Butterstein

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 Siena wedding venue photography at Castello di Meleto showing the The bride and groom leaving the ceremony immediately after the yes
Happy wedding photography from a Bulgaria venue, Astor Garden Hotel of Grooms emotions
Best wedding photography from a Fort Bragg venue, Holly's Ocean Meadow in California capturing A bride and groom ride through a crowd of their guests on a tandem bicycle
Documentary photography from a wedding venue in Isere showing Bridesmaids just looking up to the bride after they helped her put her dress on, and get emotional
High Eggbeer Farm wedding image from a Exeter, Devon venue from the Best man speech
Documentary photography from Lake Pearl wedding venue Wrentham, Massachusetts of A young child reaching for the wedding cake
Documentary wedding photographer at Clearwell Castle event venue in Gloucestershire captured this Father of the Bride Speech, embarrassing the bride
Best Top of the Town wedding venue photography in Arlington, Virginia showing the groom practicing the marimba before the ceremony starts

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.

Hampshire best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding photography at The Barn at Bury Court during a Sunset portrait session of couple kissing in front of field of yellow flowers
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding image for the Fort Collins wedding planner showing A bride and groom go for a drive in vintage car after their ceremony
Best wedding venue photography in [current-date:custom:Y] at Schloss Diersfordt, Wesel showing Blue color is the current trend among big and small guests
The [current-date:custom:Y]  Nanping wedding planner - China photography from the hotel of bride and groom silhouette
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
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding image ideas for the Minnewanka Lake wedding planner showing a Happy Bride and Groom jumping after their elopement in Canada
The [current-date:custom:Y]  Vaux-Sous-Aubigny wedding planner - Haute-Marne photography of Hat of the bridesmaid
The [current-date:custom:Y] Chengdu photo ideas for the wedding planner - Sichuan photography showing At the wedding ceremony, the groom held the brides hand

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.

Fun Georgia engagement announcement picture at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for a Couple posing with each other right after they got engaged
Siena couple posing for a sunset engagement announcement shot in Crete Senesi
Bourges couple posing for a creative engagement announcement shot in France for two lovers embracing in soft lighting
Lisbon engagement announcement couple photo session for the Man and woman on the stairs
Cap Ferret engagement announcement photo idea using A couple with reflection in a fisher village
West Village engagement announcement photo idea in Manhattan, NYC with the groom Drawing something on her cheek with his nose
San Francisco engagement announcement photo idea using a CA Pacific Ocean Sunset at the Beach
Greece romantic engagement session in Thira with a couple kissing over three bells

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 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
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 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
A genuine wedding moment from Rio Et captured by a Thailand documentary wedding photographer showing Family love in a group hug
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
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 wedding day image captured by a Gard, France documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and groom getting emotional under the reception tent