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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.

Beijing wedding photography by Vincent Mu of China - AM Studio
Colorado wedding photography and CO couple engagement portraits by Joe Pyle
Creative wedding and elopement photography by Ernie Savarese
Intimate wedding photography by Wayne La
Canada Wedding Reportage Photography by Colleen Johnson
Studio portrait of Rovigo wedding photographer Alessandro Merlin of Veneto Italy
Charline Eberhardt, documentary style wedding and elopement photography
Sandra-Lee Layden
England documentary wedding and elopement photography by Nathan Eames
Southern California wedding photography and engagement portraits by Attila Iuhasz
North Carolina wedding photography by Joe Payne
Yucatan Peninsula wedding photography by Adrian Bonet of Riviera Maya Quintana Roo
Black and White Studio Portrait of Renan Radici - Wedding Photographer
France wedding photography by Angelique Blaise

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.

As their daughter and her new husband drove away from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur, Georgia, Mom and Dad stood waving goodbye
The groom was so excited to see a friend at the Lancashire barn wedding venue that he accidentally snagged the bride's veil in his arm and pulled her head back
This Praia do Rosa bride and godmother laughing while getting ready for the ceremony with hair and makeup
 In Kitchener, Ontario, the bride and groom shared a prayer surrounded by their parents in a beautiful outdoor ceremony, with the forest as their backdrop as they bowed their heads
As the couple exited the Cathedrale de Langres, they were showered on the sunlit steps by rice flying overhead
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 newlyweds beamed with joy as they left their Parisian Île-de-France ceremony in the attic
The men were in full party mode, singing and dancing on the chaotic dance floor below the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London

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.

A beautiful wedding dress lies on the ground, eagerly awaiting its bride's arrival
A Les Sables d'Olonne wedding photographer captured a stunning sunset shot of the newlyweds sharing a romantic kiss in the ocean
The bride and groom embraced in a tender moment, captured in an evocative back-to-back wedding portrait by a Beijing-based photographer
The bride joyfully held her bouquet aloft, ready to cut the ribbons and celebrate the beginning of her new life, at a beautiful French wedding venue
Reception Venue picture in BW from the wedding dinner in masseria puglia
A tender embrace between the newlyweds was captured at a Swiss wedding, with the bride and groom embracing in a picturesque forest setting
A Ilfracombe wedding photographer captured the romantic walk of a bride and groom getting their feet wet - and more - at a beach
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 couple's eyes were closed in serene contemplation as they enjoyed their picture session together in the quiet Torbiere Natural Park in Italy
The couple enjoyed the stunning fall foliage of Hunterdon County, NJ during their Frenchtown engagement portrait session
The couple shares a romantic kiss in front of a modern art installation featuring geometric metal formed into a heart in the Oberhofenpark in Göppingen
The intense, romantic pose of the couple in their engagement portrait from Castellabate, Cilento, Salerno, Italy speaks volumes in their closed eyes
The couple embraced a romantic moment in a blooming field of flowers, captured in a lifestyle engagement photograph
The couple's pose along the river, looking at the view of the rocks and canyon cliffs with beautiful lighting, captures their love and connection amidst the stunning natural beauty of Bellvue, Colorado
A couple celebrated their bond by taking an intimate photoshoot in the desert's sand dunes
The couple's engagement photo in Bentonville Arkansas captures the majestic beauty of the three-tiered waterfall as they stroll hand-in-hand

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 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
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
This authentic and emotional Liguria wedding day moment from Diano Castello, Imperia was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride and her grandmother
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
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 heartfelt display of emotion is captured in this Rivarennes wedding day moment by a Indre, France documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and her grandmother moved after the secular ceremony
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