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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.

Couple engagement portrait sessions + wedding and elopement photography by Qi Xiang of Jian Impression
UK wedding reportage and engagement photography by Damion Mower
Ufuk Sarisen Wedding Photography
France Elopement and Wedding Photographer Hong-Phuc Bui, of Le Comptoir Photo
Canada wedding and elopement photography by Lauren Hannah Garcia
Andrea Bibeault is a photographer for marriage ceremonies and reception events
Isabelle Dohin is a wedding photographer based in France
Colorado wedding photography and CO couple engagement portraits by Joe Pyle
Massachusetts Couple Portraits by Wedding Photographer Katie Kaizer
Switzerland wedding photography by Monique De Caro
Madison wedding and elopement photography by Ilana Bar-av of Wisconsin
Italy Wedding and Elopement Photographer, Nando Spiezia
Adventure marriage images by Nicky Byrnes of Nemus Wedding Photography
Colorado wedding photography and intimate elopements by Stacy Gillespie
Jerome Pollos Self Portrait, a wedding and elopement photographer of the WPJA
Wedding photography by Nadine Court

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 - February 3rd, 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 Taipei wedding photojournalism picture from the American Village showing The couple were taking a bow to thank all the guests
An exceptional Piazza Sordello wedding image by a pro Mantua photographer exhibiting the bride and bridesmaids using the car glass and mirror for final makeup touches
Kent, UK wedding reportage photojournalist created this picture at the Lympne Castle as The bridesmaid is bewildered by the meeting the bridal party
Best Old Vicar wedding photojournalism picture showing three older men enjoying the pub style party
Best Bar Harbor, Maine documentary wedding picture showing the brides veil getting taken by the wind while going down the outdoor aisle
Tuscany wedding reportage photojournalist created this image from Borgo Sant'Ambrogio showing the outdoor First dance
A top Bologna wedding photographer captured this picture of the bride and groom reaching the marriage location on foot
 An extraordinary Fuzhou hotel wedding picture by a pro Fujian, China photographer revealing brides Father gives daughter to marry as they walk outside in the sunshine

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.

Top, and timeless wedding photography from Minnesota during a portrait session of the couple underneath an umbrella at night
Breathtaking Covadonga wedding image of a São Paulo bride in silhouette inside the church with stained glass windows
A striking Ellicott City wedding picture of a Maryland bride and bridesmaids at Patapsco Female Institute in Maryland showing the MD bridal party squad, strutting their stuff
A Rotterdam elegant, stylish BW wedding day detail picture at Hotel New York showing The bride walking down the stairs and gets a nice view of her long veil
An impressive Hesse wedding image of the Germany couple indoors under lights and lanterns
Great wedding photography of a silhouette of the couple against a blood-orange sky with the National Cathedral in the distance from Washington DC
An outstanding Tenuta Casteani wedding picture with this Grosseto groom and groomsmen at the outdoor Reception Venue
Top wedding photography from Virginia during a portrait session at Stone Tower Boutique Inn of the couple enjoys a romantic moment by a campfire at their wedding reception

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - May 12th, 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.

A romantic engagement session at Lands End in San Francisco of an engaged couple holding each other while a flock of seagulls fly above
A romantic engagement session at Lorient, Brittany in BW with a tender hug
A pre wedding photoshoot from Wadi Rum in Jordan during a Love session in the desert
Villa Mazzotti Biancinelli, Brescia Engagement Photos. Chiari couple posing in the garden of the Villa
Couple photography in Florida during a pre wedding engagement shoot at Siesta Key Beach showing them Freshly engaged and madly in love, enjoying the Florida beach sunset
Crete Senesi engagement photo session in Tuscany for a couple posing in the countryside
Venice engagement photo session in Italy as she is looking at the ring after a proposal
Juiz de Fora engagement photo session in Minas Gerais with a couple kissing on a dirt road in the orchard

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