Award Winning Wedding Photojournalism eh! I haven’t entered any images for awards for a long time. I probably last entered something 2 years ago or so. I don’t shoot with the intention of entering for awards or submitting to wedding blogs as anyone who has read the various words on this site will know but a couple of the associations I hold memberships with run regular competitions and so recently over the past couple of months I have started to submit an image or two here and there.
This image from Emma and Mike’s wedding at Huntsham Court in Devon a few weeks ago is one of my recent favourites. The room was crowded and Emma and Mike were exiting the ceremony through a flower arch that really restricted the route they could take and angles I could shoot from, but sometimes limitations can be a bonus. There was really only one shot I could get of Emma and Mike as they left the room and this was it. For me its full of colour and life and really captures Emma and Mike as they are if I say so myself.
So this and a handful of other images went into the recent round of judging for the Wedding Photojournalists Association If you haven’t heard of the WPJA, this blurb is from their about page.
‘Since its founding in 2002, the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) has been the trusted authority for engaged couples seeking to document their wedding and its participants on that day as they really want to remember them. Recognized for its members’ creativity and craft by leading wedding publications, including BRIDES magazine, the WPJA reserves membership to select photographers around the world whose portfolios and practices demonstrate talent, expertise and client service in wedding photojournalism. Members of the WPJA — through their work as adjudged by news photo editors and award-winning photojournalists (including Pulitzer Prize winners) — represent the highest standards and the cutting edge in the business of creative wedding photojournalism. As professional visual artists, WPJA photographers capture the real moments and emotions of the most important celebration in the lives of two people coming together as one.’
With the WPJA judging, competition is fierce and the standard high with images coming from an international field of wedding photojournalists. It’s recognised by peers as being one of the worthwhile awards to win and so I’m very pleased to have snagged one! And now for my endless lists of ‘thank yous’, just like Oscar night…