Yes it’s that time of the year again, when I submit some of wedding photos to the quarterly Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) contest – which is the qualifying professional body I belong to. The competition is always incredibly tough with thouands of entries from some of the top wedding photojournalists in the world. So winning an award via the WPJA, as I have done previously, is a huge honour.
Each quater the contest is fivided into a number of different categories. This quarter’s categories are: getting ready / ceremony / reception / emotion / details (found) / kids being kids / great natural light / wildcard portrait.
As a member you can submit a total of 60 photos over the entire year. The photos must also come from the current calender year. Therefore, as there are 4 contests each year, I submit 15 entries to each individual contest and also try to spread them evenly between the categories.
So here are my 15 entries for the 2nd quater this year:
“This is the pre-show, the running up to the main event. Here is where you’ll capture all the spontaneous prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony. This is not a portrait category.”
“These are authentic images of the actual marriage portion of the event, from the pre-ceremony to the vow-exchange to the receiving line. They can include any of the day’s attendees.”
“This is the big party. “Reception” photographs catch all the post-ceremony festivities from the cocktail hour through to the last dance and the bride and groom’s departure.”
“Details (Found)” encompasses tighter shots of the day’s small slices AS THEY WERE FOUND. This includes clothes, rings, food, linens, flowers, faces, etc.This category is NOT for set-up detail shots. It’s important that images submitted in this category don’t contain content controlled by the photographer.”
Kids (Being Kids)
“Kids” entries capture babies, children, and youth doing what they do best!”
“Emotion” entries unobtrusively freeze intriguing expressions ranging from joy to tears.”
Great Natural Light
“Great Natural Light” entries capture moments brilliantly lit under natural and ambient lighting conditions. This category is not for images created with the help of any flash or strobe”
“Anything related to the big day goes into this category. It’s all about a creative approach to portraiture during a pre-wedding engagement session or capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member on the big day. We are open to images that display the photographer’s skill in using lighting techniques like off-camera flashes and strobes.”
So there you have them, for better or for worse, so to speak. I’ve talked in the past about how not all wedding photography awards are not all they’re crack up to be – but there’s no denying that the WPJA awards are some of the most prestigious out there and why I am proud to be part of them.
If you like my award winning wedding photojournalism and are getting married, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans. You can give me a call on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.