Northamptonshire wedding photographer captures a flower gil playing with the hat of the mother of the bride during the wedding toasts and speeches at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire

Taking on the World’s Best Wedding Photojournalists

Blog Article, Competitions

It’s that time of the year again when I submit to the quarterly wedding photojournalism contest with the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) of which I am member.  Some of the world’s best wedding photojournalists enter these contests, so it’s a real challenge just entering!

The 4th quarter’s categories which I entered, were as follows:

Bride Getting Ready


“Bride Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.

Groom Getting Ready


“Groom Getting Ready” entries spontaneously capture the prepping, grooming, arranging, outfitting, and nail-biting before the ceremony.


These are authentic images of the actual marriage portion of the event, from the pre-ceremony to the vow-exchange to the receiving line.


Ashridge House wedding photography of an emotional moment as the bride hugs her father during their last dance

This is the big party. “Reception” photographs catch all the post-ceremony festivities from the cocktail hour through to the last dance and the bride and groom’s departure.

Ring Details

Entries that depict shots of the rings, either set-up and controlled by the photographer or as they were found.


Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

This a challenge to find that perfect sense of “equality” through light and composition. Weddings present numerous opportunities via dress, mannerisms, scenes, tone, textures, and sometimes….emotions.


There are plenty of representations of liquid at a wedding event. Give this challenging category some extra thought, and show us your take on what makes a moment ‘fluid’.



The “Toasting/Speeches” category incorporates images of individuals or groups toasting, as well as those giving toast-related speeches throughout the day.

Cake Cutting

These images should demonstrate the photographer’s ability to anticipate a moment and/or look beyond the ordinary ‘Cake Cutting’ images that many would come to expect from a wedding.


One of the best Northamptonshire wedding photographers captures a candid shot of a flower girl, and daughter of the groom, practicing her wedding speech in the back of a car, en route to the wedding at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire.

“Transportation” images include brides in limos or carriages, bridal parties en route to the ceremony or reception, trolley rides, antique cars, buses and other transporting themes.

Other Vendors

Ashridge House wedding photography of the wedding videographer adjusting settings of the video booth

“Other Vendors” submissions include images of musicians, DJs, bands, wedding planners, reception hall staff, florists, caterers, etc., performing their job to make the wedding day possible.

Mobile Devices

This category is for images where the key element is a mobile device, such as mobile devices, mp3 players, portable gaming devices, etc.

Wildcard Portrait

Northamptonshire wedding photography at Sedgebrook Hall in Chapel Brampton, Northants

Anything related to the big day goes into this new category. It?s all about your creative approach to portraiture during a pre-wedding engagement session or capturing the bride, groom, bridal party, family, friends, children and/or any other posed wedding party member on the big day. We are open to images that display the photographer’s skill in using lighting techniques like off-camera flashes and strobes.

These aren’t my only submissions, as I had missed the first two quarter’s contents of this year (OK, read “forgot to get in on time” rather than “missed”!) I had a number of submissions stored up for the final contest of 2015 (you get 60 submissions to use throughout the year.) so was able to enter multiple times under a few of the categories in this contest.

Results won’t be announced till late April, most probably.  Given the amazingly talent that enters the WPJA contests  just getting placed is a MASSIVE achievement.  I’ll no doubt give an update later in the year, and let you know how I did against some of the world’s best wedding photojournalists!

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