Documentary wedding photographers are, first and foremost, photographers — artists, in other words, whose medium is the photographic image. In the Artistic Guild competitions, WPJA members show off their other creative talents for digitally enhanced staged portraiture, arranged still-lifes, and eye-catching details.
Four (4) Artistic Guild contests will be held in 2021, entered and judged separately from the 20 WPJA competitions held during the year.
Members should login and review the Official AG Contest Rules.
Categories: Portraits and Details
In a portrait (for these purposes), the photographer has staged the couple, the bridal party, or other participants or groups — such as family, friends, or children — on the day of the wedding. One distinguishing feature of portraits is that the subjects are aware of the camera and are maintaining their positions for the sake of the photograph.
"Details" photographs generally are tighter shots on some of the day's appurtenances, textures, and features, whether as arranged by the photographer or as found: clothes, rings, linens, flowers, cake, shoes, champagne glasses. A collection or close-up of faces would likely also be a "details" shot if surrounding context has been subdued in favor of the image's artistic impact.
A WPJA member may enter up to 20 images in each of the year's 4 Artistic Guild contests, separate from the entries they may submit for other WPJA competitions. To further the distinction between our primary craft — photojournalistic skills in the service of wedding photography — and the more photographer-driven categories of details and portraits, digital enhancement and post-production manipulation is not allowed in regular WPJA competitions, whereas these techniques are encouraged in the Artistic Guild competitions.
Members seeking more information about Artistic Guild contests should review the Official AG Contest Rules after they log in.
2021 Artistic Guild Contest Schedule
2021 v01 AG Contest - View Results
2021 v02 AG Contest - Deadline September 29 @ 11:59 EDT
2021 v03 AG Contest - Deadline November 24 @ 11:59 EST
2021 v04 AG Contest - Deadline January 12, 2022 @ 11:59 EST
(The above contest schedule is tentative and subject to change without notice.)
Judges and Awards
From our deep roster of WPJA judges, four will be selected for each Artistic Guild contest. The WPJA staff will make a pre-pass of the entries to ensure that the judges are presented with strong work that will measure up to the elements that they are used to seeing, a list not limited to creativity, composition, lighting, technical qualities, cropping, and emotional appeal.
The Artistic Guild Awards will be presented as follows:
Gold Medallions = All Four Judges Selected the Image - 100 Points
Blue Medallions = Three Judges Selected the Image - 45 Points
Purple Medallions = Two Judges Selected the Image - 22 Points
Green Medallions (Honor Award) = One Judge + WPJA Staff Selected - 0 Points
Winning images are placed in the Photo Award Galleries on the WPJA site, as well as the individual Member Profile Galleries.