Single Capture FAQ’s
Can I enter a photo from their pre-wedding or engagement shoot?
No you cannot. It must be from the day of a civil marriage / marriage. By way of definition for the purposes of these awards ‘The Wedding Day’ or ‘Elopement’ is – The event where a ceremony occurs (civil, religious or symbolic) between two people that celebrates their union, that includes the exchange of vows or promises. The entry must be from “The Wedding Day or Elopement” that can be supported by official documentation to support the union of the 2 people. An entry is considered valid if the officiated documentation has been completed before the time of submission to the IWPOTY Awards and photographic evidence to support this can be provided upon request. This could include, but is not limited to photos showing getting ready, first look, ceremony, cocktail hour, couple portraits, reception etc
Enter your images into the Engagement / Pre-Post Wedding Category if the above did not occur on the day the image was taken.
How do you judge if a photo is a natural moment, not created by the photographer ?
Great question and it’s not entirely possible. We judge the images based on them having been entered into that the category that they fit this requirement. You know if you staged it or not and it’s usually obvious, but there’s an element of trust involved too. If your images is one of the highest scoring entries to this category we will be requesting the RAW file so we can ensure the image hasn’t been doctored, but we can never be 100% certain you didn’t create the coincidental moment.
How do you determine that an entry doesn’t break the rules of the category in terms of image manipulation / photoshopping?
There’s two parts to this great question. We can’t 100% be certain that the photographer has not contrived the scene of the entry. It’s not entirely possible. What we can do though is make a judgement based on what we are presented with. The judges judge the images based on them having been entered into that the category that they fit this requirement.
In terms of photoshopping, if your images is one of the highest scoring entries to this category we will be requesting the RAW file (you check box when you enter saying that you can provide this if required, if you can’t then we have the right to disqualify the entry) so we can ensure the image hasn’t been doctored, but we can never be 100% certain you didn’t create the moment within the entry.