Documentary Wedding Photo Contests 2018-2019

The top wedding photographers from around the world submit their best images to the Wedding Photojournalist Association's popular photography competitions because they appreciate having the opportunity to be recognized for their work. They know that their photographs are going to be scrutinized by some of the most notable and respected working photojournalists and picture editors in the news industry, and they appreciate that winning these competitions is a true accomplishment.

2018 Contests

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2018 v18 Wedding Photography Contest - View Results

2018 v19 Wedding Photography Contest - View Results

2018 v20 Wedding Photography Contest - View Results

2019 Contests

2019 v01 Wedding Photography Contest:
Contest Opens: February 4, 2019
Submission Deadline: April 10, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v02 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: April 24, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v03 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: May 8, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v04 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: May 22, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v05 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: June 5, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v06 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: June 19, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v07 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: July 3, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v08 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: July 17, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v09 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: July 31, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v10 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: August 14, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v11 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: August 28, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v12 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: September 11, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v13 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: September 25, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v14 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: October 9, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v15 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: October 23, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

2019 v16 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: November 6, 2019 (11:59pm EST)

2019 v17 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: November 20, 2019 (11:59pm EST)

2019 v18 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: December 4, 2019 (11:59pm EST)

2019 v19 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: December 18, 2019 (11:59pm EST)

2019 v20 Wedding Photography Contest: Submission Deadline: January 8, 2019 (11:59pm EST)

(This contest schedule is tentative and subject to change without notice.)

Judges and Awards

The WPJA contest judges have worked as staff picture desk editors at major news publications or are working photojournalists having won the highest news industry awards. Therefore, it is a natural progression for us to pool their talents to identify images with the same attributes as the high quality news images they work with on a daily basis.

Wedding Photography Contest Judging - Fairness is our Top Priority

Precepts and Practices of our Wedding Photography Competitions

From our deep roster of judges, four will be selected for each of our contests. The WPJA staff will make a pre-pass of the entries to ensure that the judges are presented with strong documentary wedding work that will measure up to the elements of the good photojournalism they are used to seeing, a list not limited to creativity, composition, lighting, technical qualities, cropping, emotional appeal, and good moments.

The WPJA Awards are 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.