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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.

Amanda Gril Wedding and Event Photography
Freek Nagtzaam is a wedding photographer going by the studio name of Platimo Photography
Engagement Portrait Pro, Wedding and Elopement Photographer Johnny Shryock of the WPJA
Studio portrait of New England small wedding and elopement photographer Nicole Chan
M&J Photographers - wedding elopement photography by Jean-Luc Legros
Federico Rongaroli wedding reportage photographer in Brescia Italy
Wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang
Wedding and elopement Photographer Carl Bower
WPJA POY Trophy-Winner William Lambelet - Wedding and Elopement Photographer
BW studio portrait of wedding photographer Lucie Mahé
Dublin, Ireland Wedding Photographer Ewa Figaszewska
Mike Cook is a Scotland based creative wedding photographer
Reportage-Style Wedding Photography by Karen Flower

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 - June 8th, 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.

Documentary wedding photographer at Vale da Corga event venue in Trofa, Portugal captured the Friends of the groom gathered, and upon entering the dining room, they shot him into the air
Documentary wedding photographer at an event venue in Cappadocia, captured bride and groom outdoors in the snow heading to the Lunar Hotel
Chicago wedding image from the Bridgeport Art Center during the hora chair dance at the reception party
Cloughjordan based wedding and event photography in Tipperary, Ireland showing Brides friends showing her love
London wedding church photography in good light showing Flower girls watching ceremony
Ontario wedding image in BW from a Banquet Hall venue created as the bride is showered with hugs from her brother and matron of honor just after the ceremony
Scotland wedding venue photo of a Bridesmaid opening champagne during getting ready session
A documentary wedding photographer at the Quinta Real event venue in Oaxaca City captured this family after ceremony

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - July 2nd, 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.

Shanghai best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding photography showing the bride in her dress reading her Oath
Top [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photography from Hohenzollem Castle in BW showing first kiss after the yes
The [current-date:custom:Y]  Beijing wedding planner - China photography of wedding rings flying in air
Best wedding venue photography in [current-date:custom:Y] at Astor Garden Hotel in Bulgaria for a  Backlight portrait ot the couple during golden hour
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding image for the Beijing wedding planner showing the creative and blue Wedding balloons
Top [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photography from Little Wold Vineyard in Yorkshire, UK showing A grandma draws for her granddaughter to keep her amused during the wedding speeches
Top [current-date:custom:Y] wedding venue photography from Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche in Baarn showing The happy couple is posing and having fun with the dresses
Best [current-date:custom:Y] wedding image for the Isere wedding planner showing The couple is laughing just below the best man's bakery, a few meters of their home

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - July 18th, 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.

Milan couple poses for fun portraits Early morning in the Milan Fashion area to announce their Italy engagement
A San Francisco couple dance together for a classic Legion of Honor engagement announcement portrait session
An urban London engagement announcement portrait session with a couple together behind bikes in front of record shop
A Colorado couple poses for a valley portrait together as they prepare to announce their RMNP engagement
A San Miguel de Allende modern couple poses for a more casual announcement portrait of their Calle Aldama engagement that took advantage of the shadows of some pots to make a composition with the couple and helped with an external flash
A VA couple poses for a scenic portrait as they are walking their dog at sunrise in the mountains for pictures to announce their Shenandoah National Park engagement
A newly engaged Xian couple is running in the grass outdoors for a China engagement announcement portrait
A Cappadocia couple poses near fairy chimneys at a World Heritage Site during their Turkey engagement announcement portraits

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 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 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
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 genuine wedding moment from Rio Et captured by a Thailand documentary wedding photographer showing Family love in a group hug
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
This authentic and emotional France wedding day moment from Domaine de Grand Maison in Oyster Saint Oblas was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing The excited groom seeing the bride for the first time
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