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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.

Dublin, Ireland Wedding Photographer Ewa Figaszewska
Shaun Baker - Wedding Photographer and Couple Portrait Professional
Guangzhou wedding photography by Jinqi Tan, of Guangdong, China
Colorado Elopement and Wedding Photographer Trent Gillespie
Annie Kheffache wedding photography
Switzerland wedding photography by Monique De Caro
Colorado wedding photography and intimate elopements by Stacy Gillespie
Wedding Photography by Jola Mulder
UK couple engagement portraits by wedding photographer Jason Huckle
Southern California and Orange County wedding photography by Leo Do of Capture the Moment Studio
Wedding Event Photographer David Bascunana
Candid wedding moments photography by Alessandro Banchelli
Wedding Photographer and Engagement Portrait Pro, Ronnie Szeto
Couple engagement portrait sessions + wedding and elopement photography by Qi Xiang of Jian Impression

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 - February 3rd, 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.

Best Romania wedding photojournalism picture from St Nectarie Church showing the Brides daughters reacting to her new ring after the ceremony
Best Shanghai documentary wedding photography of flying dollars being caught with chopsticks
Philadelphia wedding reportage photojournalist created this image at The Notary Hotel showing wedding guest kneeling and drinking beer in front of giant screen
Best Castleton on Hudson wedding photojournalism picture from Stablegate Barn and Vineyard showing A bride pretending in jest that she is going to cut her grooms throat as the two prepare to cut their wedding cake inside a barn
A top Hebron, Connecticut wedding photographer captured this picture at Easterseals of Oak Hill Camp Hemlocks as the groom and a flower girl smile and embrace others in celebration just following the wedding ceremony
An extraordinary Harome wedding picture by a pro UK photographer at The Starr Inn in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire revealing The Bride is surrounded by happy guests beckoning her on a packed dance floor
Brugge wedding reportage photojournalist created this image of an older woman with a bright blue tongue
An extraordinary Colorado Springs wedding image by a professional CO photographer conveying the Groom chatting on the phone before the ceremony with a beer while the bride takes a drink of her beer in the foreground

Artistic Guild - Creative Portraits and Details - February 19th, 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.

Top, and timeless wedding photography from lacuna lofts in Chicago during a portrait session for a couple in the snow at night
Great wedding photography of the bride and groom from France of the bride and groom standing on a hill at dAix les Bains
A Florence elegant wedding day detail picture created while the bride shows her wedding rings during the getting ready
An awe inspiring scenic image from a Bucine wedding venue, Villa Nemora, in Tuscany resulting in an Areal shoot of the ceremony area with The shadows of the trees creating incredible geometries
Cappadocia lit wedding day couple portrait at the Museum Hotel with a camera flash
An Alberta couple portrait in the morning at this scenic location at Moraine Lake in Canada
A stunning Ardeche wedding silhouette image of the bride getting make up applied at home
A superb example of a wedding detail in this San Jose, California picture of the CA couple holding hands

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - May 12th, 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.

Engagement Photos Minas Gerais. A Juiz de Fora couple pose against a building with graphic squares
Alum Rock Park Engagement. A young San Jose couple posing during a pre wedding portrait session in California	when its Almost Fall in Love
Amalfi Coast Engagement Photos. Salerno Lovely couple on the stairs with a crowd of people below them
Couple photography in Trieste, Italy during a pre wedding engagement shoot with some urban puddle water Reflections
Engagement Photos Montpellier. A France couple pose under the trees lit by the sun
Loire-Atlantique Engagement Photos. Vertou couple posing outdoors in nature below the sky and clouds of France
Engagement Photos Horsetooth Reservoir. A Fort Collins Couple hugging and looking at camera overlooking reservoir
A pre wedding photoshoot from Pornic, Loire Atlantique, France resulting in a Silhouette shot of a couple kissing between rocks on the beach at sunset

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
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
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 wedding day moment from the Allan House in Austin, Texas was recorded by a documentary wedding photographer showing Wedding guests crying after speech at the outdoor reception venue
A truthful report of raw emotions in a wedding day image captured by a Gard, France documentary wedding photographer showing the bride and groom getting emotional under the reception tent
A genuine wedding moment from Imperia, Liguria captured by a documentary wedding photographer showing the Bride kissing her aunt
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
A genuine wedding moment from Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire captured by a wedding reportage photographer showing the Father of the bride struggling to find the words during a reception toast under the tent