Mikaela + Mitch held an intimate mountaintop wedding in Whistler, Canada, on the unceded territory of Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh & L̓il̓wat7úl First Nations. We took 4×4 jeeps up to an alpine meadow, home to a number of animals including whiskey jacks. (If you’ve visited Whistler in the winter, you may have seen these small birds entertain skiers waiting in the lift line by landing on their ski poles held in the air.) Just as Mitch began his vows, a curious whiskey jack swooped in and landed directly on top of Mikaela’s head. Mikaela’s shock, surprise and laughter were not enough to dissuade this bird from his perch. “I’m Snow White!” Mikaela laughed.
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A portrait of any singular person attending the wedding, taken on the wedding or elopement day. This might be one of the individuals who is being married, but it may also be a member of the bridal party or a guest from the day. Previous winning entries have included portraits of the bride up close, a flower-girl in the bride’s shoes, there’s no telling what will win this year!
A single capture image (reportage) that’s seen, not created by intervening with the scene. Post production can include contrast, colour adjustments, dodge & burn and any process that does not involve the physical cloning or masking/removal of content from the image.
Breaking the rules doesn’t give you the green light to get all Ai computer generated here, that’s not what this category is about (you must abide by the competition rules). This category is for those images created that don’t follow any photography rule book, for images that stretch our perception of what a wedding photograph should be. Throw the rule of thirds out the window, perfect focus and exposure…what’s that!? Maybe you shot a session at 56,000 ISO in broad daylight by mistake and something special resulted…this is the category for those moments!
LIT! is all about the addition of a human-made light source to an image (on & off-camera flash, LED, Sparklers, tungsten etc) We’re celebrating our sponsor GODOX and the creative sprinkle some extra lighting can bring to a scene by introducing this exciting new category. Are you the LIT master this year?
A black and white photograph from the wedding or elopement with no colour – just black, white and every shade of grey in between. A strong black and white image generally shows control and tonal range within the image. It can include any scene from the wedding or elopement.
It can be a struggle to create a unique and memorable perspective with the whole Wedding Party, so this category is all about the Bridal Party. This consists of the wedded couple with their attendees.
A photograph taken from the perspective ‘from above’ the subject within the photograph – this can include photographs taken by drones as well as hand held cameras. Imagination and gravity are the only limitations.
A wedding or elopement photograph that you feel fits the bill of Epic. The image will reflect a moment that is Epic in nature, this could include, but is not limited to a scene that is adventurous and grand with awe inspiring scenery, but it might also just be epic because it’s so beautiful, emotive, awesome inspiring in another way.
A couple portrait includes the married / marrying couple together in the same image. There is no boundary on whether it is a close up of the couple or a wide landscape with them within it, it just needs to be “the couple” who’s wedding day is being celebrated.
An Engagement shoot or Non-Wedding day shoot of a real client or couple photographed pre or post wedding day or at an Engagement Session
This category is all about the party! the dance, the fancy reception and everyone celebrating an epic wedding day. It can include any part of the reception, from sparkler exits to dance floor antics, anything goes.
The definition of a wedding is evolving, finally! We’ve amended the definition of a ‘wedding’ to include the many variations of a wedding celebrations that exists due to choice, country, culture, gender, religion. Find full T&C’s here.