Best Documentary Wedding Photography – Winter 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, there’s still a couple more rounds to go in the annual WPJA 2018 contest. The Wedding Photojournalist Association rewards the very best documentary wedding photography in the world and is a highly competitive contest. It’s values are closely aligned to my working method for photographing weddings – honest, story-telling photography without orchestration or interference. Nothing is set up or staged (except the portraits and family group photos) and this results in the kind of beautiful, natural moments you can see all over this site.
Wedding Photography at Micklefield Hall
So I was delighted to discover another two of my photographs have received awards in the latest WPJA contest, bringing the total for 2018 to 22. The picture above is of Anisha’s father getting ready at home for her super wedding with Jas earlier this year. You can check out more from their Micklefield Hall wedding photography. It’s not the first time Anisha’s father has featured in a winning picture – check out this emotional embrace from some award winning photojournalism in the Summer.
Stoke Place Hotel Wedding
This second winning image is from Michelle and Ian’s Wedding Ceremony at Stoke Place Hotel. It was a lovely, emotional ceremony, with Michelle’s son Johnny giving her away. It’s a huge honour, and this picture captures his emotion during the wedding ceremony. Johnny did a fantastic job that day, including making a speech to all the guests later that day.
There are a lot of industry awards about now, and there’s probably an award winning wedding photographer living in your street! But the reason I put time and effort into entering the WPJA contests is because they’re judged by working photojournalists. These are Pulitzer Prize winning news photographers, so to a documentary wedding photographer like myself, it’s a huge deal to have my work awarded by them. A massive thank you to them for wading through the many thousands of entries they get a year!