2019 Winners Gallery

Congratulations to all winners!

GRAND WINNER

Cat and Jeff of The Apartment Photography

Canada

they had smiles painted on their faces all weekend long!

Pia and Julian brought together their families from around the world to celebrate their love in Whistler, BC. Their multi day celebration was the perfect combination of their two backgrounds – bringing so many different cultural aspects together to create a weekend that was so unique and special to them. The crazy weather patterns (sunshine, rain and blustery winds!) didn’t stop these from from having the best time ever – they had smiles painted on their faces all weekend long!

About the Photographer

Cat and Jeff are destination wedding photographers from Vancouver, Canada. They met over thirteen years ago in a fine arts class at the University of British Columbia where their mutual love of the creative arts and photography sparked their relationship. Five years later they created The Apartment Photography, named after the place where they meet every couple, work and edit and of course was their first official home together. Cat and Jeff have had the opportunity to travel the world photographing weddings in exotic locales but constantly come back to the fact that it isn’t the location that makes a wedding special but the people. Their focus on building relationships with their couples is at the forefront of their practice and they believe it’s those bonds that allow them to genuinely capture and document the people who share their lives with them.

RUNNER UP 

Xenia Shabanova

Estonia

I got very lucky with the mirror-like surface of the windows of the hotel, which reflected the lights of the night.

The photo was taken in the evening before Chris’ and Natalie’s big day. An additional photoshoot right before the wedding day itself might not be the brightest idea. We had no other option as the guys had only arrived in Tallinn just before the wedding. My idea was to capture the state of mind of both the bride and groom before the most important event in their life. I was imagining the bride admiring the dress and the groom just having a drink of whiskey and taking a quiet moment for himself. The shot was taken by my drone from outside the hotel, in order to look into the hotel from “outside-in”. I was standing on the street and giving instructions to the couple via the mobile. I got very lucky with the mirror-like surface of the windows of the hotel, which reflected the lights of the night.

About the Photographer

Professionally engaged in photography since 2008. Xenia has shot more than 400 weddings and a large number of different photo shoots. I love taking pictures, I love my work and try to preserve all the little things, emotions and atmosphere of the wedding day. I would be glad if you entrust me to capture this important day.

ALBUM

Cat and Jeff of The Apartment Photography

Canada

We wanted to highlight the dramatic lines of the building while mirroring the natural landscape of the mountains they chose to get married in.

Residents of California, Lani and Jeff traveled north to Whistler, Canada with a few friends and family in tow to celebrate their wedding. Kind of a crazy story about their wedding day is how it involved a last minute, day of change to their ceremony location because the space they originally booked wasn’t quite how they imagined when they organised all those months ago. A couple of phone calls the morning of and they had secured the Audain Museum in Whistler, designed by the renowned Patkau Architects. We knew while designing their album we wanted to highlight the dramatic lines of the building while mirroring the natural landscape of the mountains they chose to get married in. It was this idea of of balance and reflection between the two spaces that really lead most of the decision making and creative flow of the album design.

BLACK & WHITE

Rafał Donica

Poland

Black and white photography allows me to better show the emotions, feelings and importance of the moment.

This is only my 3rd picture of fireworks at a wedding, in my 3-years career as wedding photographer. We waited until dark and looked for a place without any lights in the background. I asked the guests to stand around the pair of newlyweds, Martyna & Wojtek, with the fireworks lit surrounding them to fill the frame as best as possible. I then asked Martyna & Wojtek to improvise – look at the guests, themselves, the lens, kissing each other, etc. I made sure each person only held one firework so that I didn’t overexpose the frame. By setting them on fire at the same time it gave me more to capture the moment. I took the photo from a low height (I was kneeling), with a full frame camera and a 35 mm prime lens. Positive energy and spontaneity of the newlyweds, as well as excellent humour from the guests, helped capture “this” moment, and created the final effect.

BRIDAL PARTY

Angela Ruscheinski 

Canada

I consider myself a photographer for the brides who don't mind getting their dress a little dirty or their hair a little wind tousled.

This bride didn’t hesitate when I encouraged them to shake up this oversized bottle of bubbly. I should have packed a poncho and I smelt like champagne the rest of the day! Any regrets though? None!

I consider myself a photographer for the brides who don’t mind getting their dress a little dirty or their hair a little wind tousled. The ones who will shake the champagne bottle and eat pizza at their reception. The kick their shoes off, who cares if it rains types. The singing ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ at the top of their lungs types. Give me a rowdy dance floor over stuffy traditions. Raw emotion and natural beauty over glitter and glam, and hugs instead of handshakes. I’m a lover of golden light, yoga, spicy food and zombie movies. I like to set goals, eat cheese, drink beer and stand on my head.

COUPLE PORTRAIT

Cat and Jeff of The Apartment Photography

Canada

Their multi day celebration was the perfect combination of their two backgrounds.

Pia and Julian brought together their families from around the world to celebrate their love in Whistler, BC. Their multi day celebration was the perfect combination of their two backgrounds – bringing so many different cultural aspects together to create a weekend that was so unique and special to them. The crazy weather patterns (sunshine, rain and blustery winds!) didn’t stop these from from having the best time ever – they had smiles painted on their faces all weekend long!

DANCE FLOOR

Gaelle Le Berre

Australia

Lucky enough to be at the right place and the right moment.

Salma & Jean-Baptiste’s wedding at the “Manoir de Kerhuel”, Plonéour Lanvern, France the 30th of September 2017. Salma is Canadian and Jean-Baptiste French, they both met and live in London and wanted to get married in Brittany, France where Jean-Baptiste is from. It was actually quite a very overcast day, fortunately, they were lucky enough to have their secular ceremony outside just before it started raining. For this shot, I had my off camera flash and at the exact moment I took this shot, the light of the DJ illuminated the couple who was actually the best friend of the bride the who fired the dance-floor with her partner just right after this. Lucky enough to be at the right place and the right moment. We can see the silhouette of the groom on the right next to the bride.

EPIC LOCATION

Ruan Redelinghuys

South Africa

We asked the couple to stand perfectly still for 10 seconds and shot the whole scene with only ambient light from the venue.

When the couple booked me, they requested one image for their wedding day in the Namib desert. An image with the Night Sky of Namibia and the two of them, ideally one with the venue in the backround. While setting up for the requested image during the evening reception we noticed that the moon is visible on the horizon and that another shot might work just as well or even better than the one planned. We adjusted, asked the couple to stand perfectly still for 10 seconds and shot the whole scene with only ambient light form the venue.

FROM ABOVE

Marcis Baltskars

Latvia

The light was perfect for silhouettes so I asked all the guests to make a circle!

In this wedding we had some extra time in the guests photoshoot part. So I came up with idea to create some creative group photo. The light was perfect for silhouettes so I asked all the guests to make a circle, then I lifted up a drone and made some corrections to make it look perfectly round – to make it look like a ring which is a symbol of endless love. And all the guests including the newlyweds was trully surprised and happy about the result when I showed them the picture.

SINGLE CAPTURE

Victoria Sprung

United States

I had noticed how well the doors and light fixtures framed the room earlier, and I wanted to try and do something!

This photo was taken outside the doors of the Reception room, during the Hora. I had noticed how well the doors and light fixtures framed the room earlier, and I wanted to try and do something with that at some point. The hora was the perfect opportunity!

SOLO PORTRAIT

Ben Appleby

United Kingdom

During dinner, I noticed the windows and saw that it was casting a nice highlight of light on the floor.

So it was at a beautiful venue here in Derbyshire – an old riding school. It’s gorgeous but it is however just a big square box inside so I had to be a little more creative. During dinner, I noticed the windows and saw that it was casting a nice highlight of light on the floor. I knew that if I stood Lauren in the light, in her dress, she’d look amazing! I LOVE the dusty light highlighting her.

ENGAGEMENT / NON WEDDING

Xenia Shabanova

Estonia

My idea was to capture the state of mind of both bride and groom before the most important event in their life.

The photo was taken in the evening before Chris’ and Natalie’s big day. A additional photo shoot right before the wedding day itself might not be the brightest idea. We had no other option as the guys had only arrived in Tallinn just before the wedding. My idea was to capture the state of mind of both bride and groom before the most important event in their life. I was imagining the bride admiring the dress and the groom just having a drink of whiskey and taking a quiet moment for himself.The shot was taken by my drone from outside the hotel , in order to look into the hotel from “outside in”. I was standing on the street and giving instructions to the couple via the mobile. I got very lucky with the mirror-like surface of the windows of the hotel, which reflected the lights of the night.

FILM PHOTOGRAPHY / ANALOG

Oli Sansom of Briars Atlas

Australia

Lilli and Jake passed me a box of bizarre cameras, mostly working, as I stepped off a plane from Canada.

Lilli and Jake passed me a box of bizarre cameras, mostly working, as I stepped off a plane from Canada. “Do your thing, we’ll just be stoked if a couple of photos turn out”. I loaded up a bunch of film – fresh and expired – and spent as much energy as I could not worrying about any of the stuff that I figured I usually needed to capture, or rules I needed to follow.

This is guest and brilliant photographer, Lucy Spartalis, laying on a dash of lippy in front of another brilliant photographer, Madeline Druce, at the wedding of another (brilliant) photographer, Lilli Waters. Us photographers are, clearly, like some wild strain of bacteria – we tend to self-replicate and congregate: I’m fairly sure that if a wayward asteroid hit their venue that night, that Australia would be out of camera slingers for a little while.

About a half-hour of partying later (and thanks to a little dash of luck – no asteroid), I headed off to the airport to jump on a 2am flight to Rome.

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