2018 Winners Gallery

GRAND WINNER

DAN O'DAY Wedding Couple Portrait

Dan O’Day

Australia

but in that moment and the light sliver, I saw the residual smoke hanging in the air and thought 'sweet'

It was our last stop for portraits on our way back to Jess and Des’ wedding at the National Art School in Sydney. For an hour we’d been running around the outskirts of the venue like kids in a playground, dropping smoke bombs and chasing what little golden Australian light we get at the end of the our time for portraits (it was my first and only time using coloured smoke bombs, so it was pretty hit and miss).

In the final 5 minutes of sun, while Jess and Des were bee-lining it to their party, they walked through a slice of light coming off the roof from the building around us. There were partying guests, buildings, fire extinguishers on walls, and about 20 cars behind them in this shot, but in that moment and the light sliver, I saw the residual smoke hanging in the air and thought ‘sweet, there is residual smoke hanging in the air!’

I managed to stop them from giggling and being in love with that ‘just married’ vibe on their faces for about .06 of a second so that I could get my “dramatic tortured artist” fix and guide them through the slice of light.

Five minutes after this shot, they were busting through the doors of their party, high fiving guests, and drinking the good bubbles from the bottle, like they had headlined Coachella.

About the Photographer

Dan O’Day is an Australian based Photographer, specializing in wedding and Fine Art photography. Influenced by his former life as a contemporary artist, Dan’s wedding images reflect the commitment to his art practice, refining techniques and constantly developing & refining his practice.

Dan is a highly sought after keynote speaker being regularly commissioned for weddings, speaking engagements and judging commitments all over the world and is the current AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year.

Dan’s Fine Art photography has been exhibited extensively Australia-wide and also held in collections in London, Paris, and Germany. In 2015 Dan was published as “one of the top 10 contemporary wedding photographers in the world” by Bill Hurter (Author, Former Editor in Chief at Rangefinder and After Capture Magazines).

His wedding work has been published in VOGUE Australia, Frankie Magazine, Harpers BAZAAR, Rangefinder, Australian Art Collector, CAPTURE MAG, Hello May, Together Journal and Better Photography to name a few.

Dan is married to his love Andrea who pretty much runs the show and is an absolute gun with the camera. They live in a little house with a nice yard and their chuncky perfect 11 year old Staffy dog named Jessica, Margaret Timberlake, Sophia countess of Wessex O’Day (she’s perfect).

*Most important achievement of all – In 2019 Andrea and Dan are going to be parents for the first time, expecting a little boy in February this year x

RUNNER UP 

IWPOTY Runner Up 2018 Jason Tey

Jason Tey

Australia

Out there it is so dark you're left in awe at how vast and magnificent the universe is.

Denny and Vivi travelled all the way to us in Perth, Western Australia from Hong Kong for their pre-wedding photos. They specifically requested the night sky as part of their session because in a city as dense as Hong Kong, you hardly see the brilliance of the stars. This image was taken in the Lancelin sand dunes, a beach-side town about 140 kilometres north of Perth. Out there it is so dark you’re left in awe at how vast and magnificent the universe is.

After we located the core of the Milky Way, I worked out a beautifully balanced composition. There was a strange glow in the distance (most likely from street lamps) which I thought would ruin the image but it looked like a sunrise so we used that glow to create a silhouette. It’s one of those perfect surprises that you never expect and it makes an image special.

It’s such an honour to be the overall runner up for the IWPOY awards and to have this image judged by industry greats that I’ve followed for years. This is one of those images that took an hour to plan and photograph but was years in the making. We’ve been going out to shoot the stars for five years, working out how to perfect the art of capturing the universe and putting our couples in them. Sometimes we’re out in the cold wondering if it is worth the trouble but this recognition is a wonderful way to close out 2018. Thank you!

ALBUM

IWPOTY 2018 Album Winner Linda Lauva

Linda Lauva

Latvia

I instantly knew this wedding will be one to remember

Anna & Matiss are couple with great sense of stye and they know how to appreciate a very well executed concept. I mean – just look at their wedding, I would not believe that this is 100% DIY project of theirs. The story begins with them purchasing a small, overgrown piece of land by the river really deep in countryside. Since then they have been spending every weekend there with their two dogs taking care of their property – building tiny little black house to live in, fantastic square shaped shed and much more. I guess even then they somehow already knew – if they will get married, it will most definitely happen there. When we first met, I also instantly knew something – I was sure that this wedding will be one to remember as for me the most important part of the whole thing is bonding with the couple. Getting to know them, becoming friends and feeling like a guest at The Day. Having similar taste is close second – as we sketched the ceremony ‘arch’ in my notepad and laughed about all kinds of stuff, I did not imagine that the groom will actually build it himself and make it match with little decors that bride will bring to decorate the table.. I was amazed about their dedication to make their day look exactly as they had in mind. Also – it really was a wedding that I myself had in mind! I believe that details make the story and in every wedding I shoot I try to to find them everywhere I go during the day. In this case having to work with 3 major colours throughout the day made my ‘job’ (in this case more like a weekend in theme park) pretty easy and enjoyable. I mean – look at those guests rocking the white! Who said that only the bride should be allowed to do so?
When those nice packages of grass seed confetti were emptied (they were not happy about their grass situation so decided to make it into cool wedding idea), fun photoshoot with dogs ended, all the champagne glasses where emptied & the happy tears dried.. I jumped into a huge van and became a driver for a minute – bride had dreamed to go swimming after a sunset with all their guests. I really, truly can not imagine better ending to a perfect day.

BLACK & WHITE

Black & White IWPOTY Winner

Chris Glenn

United States

...a new stable, solid future.

I was exploring around the grounds of Zorik and John’s Palm Springs estate looking for a neat patch of light… grabbed the grooms when I found this gem… I figure showing only half their faces, two halves, make a solid whole… a new stable, solid future.

Be purposeful on what you photograph, think before capturing.

Not sure what else to say other than these two guys, plus their entire entourage, we’re a few of the kindest and most insanely stylish group of friends I have ever encountered. Hands down. We had fun.

BRIDAL PARTY

Célestine-Aerden IWPOTY 2018 Bridal Party Winner

Célestine Aerden 

Canada

I don’t think I’ve ever had a group of guys that was so excited for photos!

Natalie and Michael celebrated their day with friends and family from all over the world. One thing that stood out to me was how close they were to their bridal party. They had all been friends since elementary and middle school, so spending the day so close to them was very important to the couple.

These groomsmen were so much fun to photograph. I don’t think I’ve ever had a group of guys that was so excited for photos! There were up for anything. I loved when they agreed to stand in the corn field for me. All of Alberta had been covered in smoke from the wildfires for a month, but we got lucky and the smoke cleared a bit at the end of the day, because of which we could see some dramatic clouds rolling in. That’s one of the many challenges I love about wedding photography, you’ll never know what the conditions will be like. Especially in Alberta, the weather can change so fast around here.

COUPLE PORTRAIT

DAN O'DAY Wedding Couple Portrait

Dan O’Day

Australia

I managed to stop them from giggling and being in love with that ‘just married’ vibe on their faces for about .06 of a second

It was our last stop for portraits on our way back to Jess and Des’ wedding at the National Art School in Sydney. For an hour we’d been running around the outskirts of the venue like kids in a playground, dropping smoke bombs and chasing what little golden Australian light we get at the end of the our time for portraits (it was my first and only time using coloured smoke bombs, so it was pretty hit and miss).

In the final 5 minutes of sun, while Jess and Des were bee-lining it to their party, they walked through a slice of light coming off the roof from the building around us. There were partying guests, buildings, fire extinguishers on walls, and about 20 cars behind them in this shot, but in that moment and the light sliver, I saw the residual smoke hanging in the air and thought ‘sweet, there is residual smoke hanging in the air!’

I managed to stop them from giggling and being in love with that ‘just married’ vibe on their faces for about .06 of a second so that I could get my “dramatic tortured artist” fix and guide them through the slice of light.

DANCE FLOOR

IWPOTY 2018 Dance Floor Winner Divyam Mehrotra

Divyam Mehrotra

India

Dance floor is my absolute love while shooting Indian weddings

Dance floor is my absolute love while shooting Indian weddings, it allows you to experiment over different and crazy angles, and this image was one of them, when friends decided to pour in vodka out of tea glasses all together, I knew this is something which doesn’t happen frequently.
For me wedding photography is all about creating images which remind the couple and their family of each special moment happened at there wedding for decades to come.

EPIC LOCATION

IWPOTY 2018 Epic Location Winner Felix Barra

Felix Barra

Mexico

Photographer quote coming soon.

The story behind the photograph coming soon.

FROM ABOVE

Steven Stemmler IWPOTY From Above Winner 2018 Canada

Tara Lilly

Canada

Photographer quote coming soon.

The story behind the photograph coming soon.

SINGLE CAPTURE

James Simmons IWPOTY Single Capture Winner 2018

James Simmons

Australia

two beautiful souls from opposite sides of the planet

Athena and Cameron two beautiful souls from opposite sides of the planet, planned a number of celebrations for their wedding.
This image was from their Sydney ceremony hosted in their favourite cafe for Athena’s Australian Family. The space in the cafe was quite tight as it was filled with friends and family so there wasn’t really an aisle, this allowed me to get super close at the front and centre. As there was no aisle Athena and Cameron were sitting ducks for the family bombarding them with confetti. Using the 24mm lens in close gives a great presence to the shot as arms and faces start to encroach on the frame.
Athena and Cameron’s sense of style help this shot a lot as its not often you see a confetti shot on a clean white background.

SOLO PORTRAIT

Aditya Mahatva Yodha 2018 IWPOTY Solo Portrait Winner

Aditya Mahatva Yodha

Indonesia

Enchantingly earthy

Esther and Indra tied their knot at Villa Phalosa. Unlike most couples who got married at Phalosa, they did something different, by not using the existing pergola, which is the trademark of Phalosa. Instead, they set a ring floral arch on the grass area next to the pergola. And they nailed it. It’s just gorgeous, isn’t it? Enchantingly earthy. Guess that’s the phrase that best describes their wedding.

My goal is to capture every part of the clients’ wedding day, preserving each memory with style and grace. not only talented, but highly passionate about what i do, which shines brightly through every image i produce.

ENGAGEMENT / NON WEDDING

IWPOTY Runner Up 2018 Jason Tey

Jason Tey

Australia

This image was taken in the Lancelin sand dunes, a beach-side town about 140 kilometres north of Perth, Australia.

Denny and Vivi travelled all the way to us in Perth, Western Australia from Hong Kong for their pre-wedding photos. They specifically requested the night sky as part of their session because in a city as dense as Hong Kong, you hardly see the brilliance of the stars. This image was taken in the Lancelin sand dunes, a beach-side town about 140 kilometres north of Perth. Out there it is so dark you’re left in awe at how vast and magnificent the universe is.

FILM PHOTOGRAPHY / ANALOG

IWPOTY 2018 Film Analog winner Alain Schroeder

Alain Schroeder

Belgium

Unfortunately this is is a sad story.

This picture was taken more or less 28 years ago. Why did I submit a picture so old?
I lost all my black and white negatives from my beginning as a photographer (in 1971); that means my photography school period at Saint-Luc (a fine art photography school) in Belgium (1971-1976), a few trips in the seventies to Iran, Afghanistan, India (1974-1978) and finally the pictures of the wedding (approx in 1991) of a friend, photographer and assistant at the time, called Gus, his nickname for everybody.
Unfortunately Gus died a few month only after the wedding.
He was my assistant for more than one year and during that time he asked me to take the pictures of his wedding. As I am not a wedding photographer I politely declined but I said that I would do some pictures if I could do whatever I wanted in a personal way.
Deal. He took a professional photographer to shoot the wedding in color and I decided to follow the wedding in black and white (Kodak TriX at 1600) with an old Leica M3 and a modern Minolta light meter.
He was a biker and he invited all the members of his club to attend the wedding while himself was dressed in leather as he would do normally (he was dressed like that everyday).
You can see them (the bikers) in a distance on the top left of the picture.
In the picture; In Seraing, Belgium, the couple had the idea of hiring an old English cab and the father of the bride is giving her his last advice while Gus is waiting impatiently to go.
A few month ago I was checking an old hard disk to recuperate what could be of some interest and I found 1 digital reproduction (only one photo) of that picture and by an other coincidence at the same time I saw your contest with the right category to submit that particular picture.
I suppose it was a sign.

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