The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards allows photographers from across the globe
to showcase and enter their work in a wide variety of categories.

When entering, the Photographer will select the categories they believe best suits the image(s) being entered.
The image(s) will be judged by our incredible team, based on its merits within that category.

The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards is open to all photographers, Professional and Amateur
and there are no limits to the year the photograph was taken

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THE 7TH INTERNATIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR


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SOLO PORTRAIT

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!

SINGLE CAPTURE / REPORTAGE

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.

BREAK THE RULES

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!

We’ve teamed up with Award sponsor Narrative to present this exciting new entry category! We have tested a number of Ai ‘culling’ tools and found that we’ve lost some of the control we need as photographers – to not miss those special moments that don’t necessarily fit the mould of “correct” in the Ai mind.

Narrative Select is designed so that photographers retain the power to maintain creative control through the selection process, so that those “break the rules” moments don’t end up on the cutting room floor.

To celebrate the inaugural year of this category we’ve reduced the entry fee to $10 and there’s a nice little kicker in the prize bundle for the category winner whoop whoop!

BLACK & WHITE

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. 

LIT!

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?

FROM ABOVE

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.

BRIDAL PARTY

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. 

EPIC LOCATION

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.

COUPLES PORTRAIT

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.

ENGAGEMENT / NON-WEDDING DAY

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

DANCE FLOOR / PARTY-TIME!

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.

OUR SPONSORS

EXPERIENCED JUDGES

We are super excited to have some of the World’s best Wedding Photographers on our award judging panel. Head on over to our Judges Page to read more.

NEW, MORE INCLUSIVE ENTRY RULES

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.

$15,000 USD PRIZE POOL

With more than $15,000 USD on offer and a sponsors prize pool that’s growing by the day. Check out the great prizes on offer here.

THE INTERNATIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

photo by Christine Eide

THANKS TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORS

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