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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.

Creative Wedding photographer Charlène Aubert
Portrait of Wedding Photographer Denise Chastain
Southern California and Orange County wedding photography by Leo Do of Capture the Moment Studio
Indra Simons - iSi weddings - Dutch wedding and elopement photographer
Brittany Diliberto, a wedding and elopement photographer at Bee Two Sweet Photography in VA
UK wedding reportage and engagement photography by Damion Mower
Freek Nagtzaam is a wedding photographer going by the studio name of Platimo Photography
UK engagement, elopement, and wedding reportage photography by Annamarie Stepney
Germany Wedding Photography by Bartosz Ciesielski
Sandra-Lee Layden
Rio de Janeiro wedding and engagement photography by Bruno Mattos of the Brazil WPJA
Wedding photography by Nadine Court
France Wedding Photographer Florent Fauqueux
Italy Couple Engagement Sessions Wedding and Elopement Photographer Carlo Bettuolo
Samuel Berthelot - Jolie Histoire Photographie
Wedding reportage and elopement photography by Clive Blair Photos

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.

A top Istanbul wedding photographer captured this picture at the Wyndham Kalamis showing the Grooms mother is watching carefully the getting ready
Best Sussex documentary wedding photography from South Downs - the bride and groom and their dog arrive to their outdoor wedding reception
Washington DC wedding reportage photojournalist created this image as two groomsmen play chess while the groom is getting ready
Best Philadelphia wedding photojournalism picture showing a bride using a pretty funky mirror to touch up her makeup
An exceptional Jackson NH wedding image by a pro New Hampshire photographer exhibiting the bride lacing up her boots in the car while getting ready to see the groom
Best France wedding photojournalism picture from Chateau de la Flocelliere of the Bride and groom laughing while exiting the reception
An extraordinary Beach Haven, LBI wedding image by a professional New Jersey photographer at The Gables Inn showing a Bridesmaid cries while handing off microphone during toast
Best Fujian wedding photojournalism picture showing Children peeking at the bride at the wedding

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.

Dramatic Zeche Zollverein wedding image of this Essen bride and groom in Germany showing a couple in front of old industry buildings
An impactful Biarritz wedding picture in Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France showing the rings during the Passage of alliances
A spectacular Stirlingshire wedding couple photograph from Scotland showing the Bride and groom backlit under the arbor
Scenic wedding photography of the Canadian couple shot from Mount Lipset in Kananaskis showing the Bride and groom holding hands during the sunrise
A Turkey bridal portrait of the beautiful bride at the Bodrum Swiss Hotel as she is getting ready in front of the mirrors
An extraordinary Guangzhou wedding image from China showing The brides legs and bridesmaids legs and the brides dog
Dramatic Colorado wedding image of this Vail bride and groom during a champagne spray at night in the urban setting
Great wedding photography of the couple from Convento di San Francesco, Gallese created in the blurred lights of the illuminations, in the night

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.

Couple photography in Sierra Nevada during a Granada, Spain pre wedding engagement shoot in a winter mountains scene by a road covered in snow
Florence engagement photo session of a couple in this black and white photo kissing with a mural above them
Brooklyn Heights Engagement. A young NYC couple posing during a pre wedding portrait session while Holding hands in front of a carriage house
Hirel engagement photo session in Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany for a France couple holding hands and balancing on wooden posts
Montpellier engagement photo session with a green bench and a stucco wall with boarded window
Couple photography in Lancaster County during a pre wedding engagement shoot at White Cliffs of Conoy in Pennsylvania showing a couple frolicking in this reflection, silhouette portrait
Dallas Engagement. A young Texas couple posing during a pre wedding portrait session with a nice sunlight hitting their faces and creating a nice background
Angrignon Park engagement photo session in Montreal, Quebec for a couple holding hands and laughing as they walk through willow branches

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 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 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
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 a Buzios documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and groom embracing head to head at their outdoor ceremony
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 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
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