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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.

BW Lifestyle Portrait of Jessica Evrard, a Wedding and Elopement Photographer
Engagements, Weddings and Elopement Photographer Lucy Schultz
Europe wedding photographer, Janneke Walpot
BW Studio Portrait of wedding photographer Joey Curry of the USA WPJA
Xiaoqi Li - Artistic wedding and engagement photographer
Chicago, Chicagoland and IL Suburb wedding and elopement photography by Rue Pattison
Wedding and elopement Photographer Carl Bower
Emma Petersen Wedding Photography Studio
Intimate wedding photography by Wayne La
France engagements + wedding photography by Jerome Villard
Nitika Bhasin, Wedding Photographer for India, Maharashtra, and Mumbai
United Kingdom and Scotland Documentary Wedding Photography by Christine Russell
São Paulo wedding and elopement photography by Thiago Gimenes of Brazil

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 - January 25th, 2023

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.

Guests at the outdoor wedding reception in Austin, TX had an unforgettable night as the bride showed off her skills on the mechanical bull while wearing a cowboy hat
At the wedding venue of Kasteel Hooge Vuursche in Baarn, The Netherlands, the ring-bearers are getting ready while the groom is looking at them in the mirror
In Brosholme Hall, Uk, father and mother of the bride see the bride in her dress for the first time
The guests and bridal party at the River Barn Wedding Venue in Lancashire were delighted when the groom showed off his dancing skills by balancing a food tray on his head
The pure expression of joy on the girl's face who won the bouquet toss at the Château de Roucayrols outdoors was a moment to cherish
At the night reception at La Catilina in Clusane, the groom's sister was trying to get him to dance, talking to him through the glass windows
The newlyweds' joy was palpable as they danced and screamed with delight on the Notley Abbey dancefloor, cheered on by their jubilant wedding guests
The bride thrilled the guests by throwing her bouquet against a backdrop of a sparkling dance floor and crystal chandeliers at the Baltimore, Maryland reception

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - October 31st, 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.

At sunset, a Estes Park wedding photographer captured a stunning image of the bride and groom, alone together, surrounded by majestic mountains and billowing clouds
An Illinois-based wedding photographer boldly captured a strong black-and-white image of a bride under an arching bridge
The bride is captured in exquisite detail by an Oise wedding photographer, as she is cutting a ribbon around the bouquet's circumference
Guests celebrated the newlyweds at the reception, with the groom ceremoniously tossed into the air and captured artistically by an Altamura wedding photographer
A skilled IT wedding photographer captured a romantic gesture between the bride and groom, silhouetted against a dark backdrop in the bright sunlight
A Toronto wedding photographer captured a sunlit portrait of the groom and his groomsmen standing in a row against a dark background
As they bask in the joy of their union, the newlyweds are swept away by the beauty of the Colorado Springs landscape, captured by their wedding photographer
A stunning sunset portrait of a couple, with a sun flare illuminating the background, was captured by a Udine wedding photographer

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - January 10th, 2023

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.

The silhouette of an engagement portrait couple against the large, bright sun at the low horizon of Birdshill Park, Canada, provides an unforgettable memory of a sunset in the grass field
The soon-to-be-married couple posed for a breathtaking pre-wedding photo session at the picturesque Lake Louise, Banff National Park, on a rainy morning, standing on a small outcropping of rocks by the shore
A romantic image was created in an old barn as the sun shone through, highlighting a couple's engagement session
The couple exchanged a tender gaze in a downtown parking lot, as the wind tussled their hair and the blue sky formed a romantic backdrop for their engagement shoot
The couple embraced a romantic moment in a blooming field of flowers, captured in a lifestyle engagement photograph
The couple's reflection in the frame of their engagement portrait exudes a timeless black-and-white elegance and joyous time shared in San Francisco
The vibrant blue sky provides an ideal backdrop for an engagement portrait in Central Park, New York, with a striking profile silhouette
The Bangkok streetscape provided the perfect backdrop for the couple's intimate picture session, as they ran through a narrow back alleyway, exercising together

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.

This authentic and emotional Buenos Aires wedding day moment outside the San Isidro Cathedral in Argentina was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing The married couple going to the venue in the back of a vintage car
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
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
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 heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this wedding day moment by a Milan, Italy documentary wedding photographer showing the bride as she caresses her dad before leaving the house
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