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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.

Wedding and engagement portrait photography by Chin Whei Tay
Creative Wedding photographer Charlène Aubert
Portrait of Munster Wedding Photographer Kevin Kheffache of Ireland
Kitchener, Ontario wedding and elopement photography by Lori-Anne Crewe - Canada WPJA
Studio portrait of New England small wedding and elopement photographer Nicole Chan
Reportage-Style Wedding Photography by Karen Flower
Isabelle Bazin Wedding and Elopement Photographer - isasouri photo
Guangzhou wedding photography by Jinqi Tan, of Guangdong, China
JD Land Wedding Photographer
Jerome Pollos Self Portrait, a wedding and elopement photographer of the WPJA
Annie Kheffache wedding photography
BW studio portrait of wedding photographer Lucie Mahé
New England engagement and wedding photography by Idena Beach
Wedding photography and couple portraits by Francesca Vitulano of Framelines

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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The Authenticity of
Wedding Photojournalism

Wedding preparation of groom and his son in Croatia.
Wedding Photojournalim by Neil GT Photography Rainy First Dance

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.

Château De Massillan based wedding and event photography in Vaucluse, South of France at End of the ceremony, as the newlyweds cross the aisle and the guests throw lavender at them
Washington DC based wedding and event photography at the Thompson Hotel, capturing A father receiving a letter from his daughter on her wedding day
Best wedding photography from a Lieu Privé, Paris venue capturing the Groom kissing the Bride during party
Documentary photography from a wedding venue in Verbania, Italy of the tossed Confetti over the bride and groom exit
Montfair Resort Farm wedding venue photography in Charlottesville, Virginia capturing Couple joyfully recessing from their ceremony on a very windy day
Mumbai based wedding and event photography in India capturing bride surprised by her friends as cold water is poured on her during the haldi ceremony
Chicago wedding image from the Bridgeport Art Center during the hora chair dance at the reception party
Best wedding photography from a Philadelphia venue showing Bride, groom, and the grooms brother are all getting pumped up for the ceremony while the flower girl isnt quite sure why everyone is yelling

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.

A classic and elegant wedding image from Woodlands, Morrison showing creative and extraordinary portrait work of the Colorado photographer
Great wedding photography of the British Columbia couple taken from Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park of a Bride and groom and powerful waterfall
A classic and elegant wedding portrait created at the Hotel San Carlo in Arona, Italy using a Romantic style with candles
A striking Saint Julian des Landes wedding picture of a France bride and groom embraced on a wooden boat dock by the water with reflections
A great wedding day portrait from Witten, Germany created as the couple under the veil were kissing
A beautiful Sofia, Bulgaria couple portrait as the two are wrapped up in the brides veil
A Sichuan wedding day detail picture showing Relatives and friends competing for the green balloon, and The person who catches the balloon will get the brides gift
A great wedding day image of the wedding party popping champagne from the Profile Event Center in Minnesota

Diamond Awards - Pre-Wedding Engagement Portraits - June 22nd, 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.

She said yes, post marriage proposal picture session at Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, Italy with the couple at sunset
She said yes, post marriage proposal picture session in Valley of Fire in Las Vegas with the couple enjoying the beautiful sky
A Save the Date in Houston. Texas portrait of a couple not shy with camera and They showed how their love for each other is strong
Save the Date in Gatlinburg. Tennessee portrait of The couple holding hands and laughing at the top of the Anakeesta mountain
A Save the Date in Valley of Fire. Las Vegas portrait of the bride and groom walking across the NV desert rocks
An after the wedding proposal engagement picture session in Venice, Italy with a tender touch to her nose
An after the wedding proposal engagement picture session at Marblehead in Massachusetts created as A couple poses in front of a crashing ocean waves
She said yes, post marriage proposal picture session at the Dallas Baptist University illustrating Highlight vs Shadow in the afternoon sun by a brick wall

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.

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 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 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 an Alicante documentary wedding photographer showing an intimate and private hug for the bride
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
A truthful report of raw emotions in a Spain wedding day image captured by a Miramar, Malaga documentary wedding photographer showing the Just married groom receiving affection from men
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
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