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Who can enter the awards?

The International Wedding Photographer of The Year Awards are open to All Photographers – Professional and Novice. Entries are worldwide.

How do I win?

Each entry is individually judged by 6 different, very experienced and qualified judges.  Scores are then accumulated and averaged out to produce the final score. The entry with the highest final score will be deemed the category winner. For more entry and judging information see Competition Rules.

Does the entered image have to be taken on a real life wedding day (marriage)?

Yes UNLESS you are entering the Pre/Post Wedding / Engagement Shoot Category. The International Wedding Photographer of The Year Awards and judging panel reserves the right to request proof from the entrant, by way of the supply of other moments including the subjects of the entry, from the same wedding day along, with RAW files.

What is the Definition of a Marriage / Civil Marriage?

The legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship. A civil marriage is a marriage performed, recorded and recognised by a government official. Such a marriage may be performed by a religious body and recognised by the state, or it may be entirely secular.

What is “An Entry”?

An entry into the awards is 1 (One) Image.

Can I enter a photo series or diptych or triptych?

NO, only single images are allowed.

Is there a limit to the number of images I can enter?

No there are no limits to the number of images you enter.

I want to enter the same image in another photography competition, is this allowed?

Yes, you can enter the same image in a different competition. You cannot enter the image if you have entered it in The International Wedding Photographer of The Year Awards in a previous year.


No, you retain copyright to your image. For comprehensive information regarding this please see our terms and conditions.

Can I enter a photograph taken of the marrying couple from their “First Look” / Location Portraits before they were actually married?

As long as the entry was taken ON THE SAME DAY that the wedding ceremony took place then it may be entered. If taken on a different day then consider entering it in the Pre Wedding / Engagement “Non-Wedding” Category.

I want to enter an image from a same sex civil service. Can I?

We encourage the entry of Same Sex marriages most certainly. As with any entry to the Awards the entry has to have been taken on the day of the recognised marriage (unless entering the Pre-Wedding / Engagement Non-Wedding Category)

What is a couple 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.

If I win a category but I don't like the prize can I swap it or just get Cash instead?

No, the prizes remain as they are. Cash winnings will be delivered via Paypal in your country currency based on the current exchange rate in USD. Prizes will be sent by the Sponsors in most cases, direct to you.

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