Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Wedding Photojournalism Contests for 2020

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.

2020 WPJA Photo Contest Schedule

UPDATED 6.12.20

2020 v01 Contest - Deadline September 2, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m. NOW OPEN

2020 v02 Contest - Deadline September 23, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m.

2020 v03 Contest - Deadline October 21, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m.

2020 v04 Contest - Deadline November 18, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m.

2020 v05 Contest - Deadline December 16, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m.

2020 v06 Contest - Deadline January 13, 2021 @ 11:59 p.m.

(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.