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Stunning Winners of the International Wedding Photographer of the Year Contest

International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018

Thu Tran, United States. Bridal Party Top Scoring Image.

Wedding photographers have the honor (and the challenge) of capturing what will be the most important day of many couple’s lives. For the second year, the best wedding photographers from around the world have been celebrated for their craft thanks to the International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards. Artistic wedding imagery poured in, with photographers submitting their work to 11 different categories.

Australian wedding photographer Dan O’Day walked away with the top award, taking home a prize package valued at over $11,000. His winning photograph is an elegant, romantic vision of a couple bathed in warm light, against a neutral background. The striking, minimalist photo belies the chaos of the moment, as the couple was rushing to get to their reception. Luckily, O’Day stopped them just in time.

“I managed to stop them from giggling and being in love with that ‘just married’ vibe on their faces for about .06 of a second so that I could get my ‘dramatic tortured artist’ fix and guide them through the slice of light,” O’Day recalls. “Five minutes after this shot, they were busting through the doors of their party, high fiving guests, and drinking the good bubbles from the bottle, like they had headlined Coachella.”

Other winning and top scoring photographs run the gamut of emotions felt before, during, and after a wedding. From romantic engagement photos to emotional post-ceremony portraits to celebratory reception candids, these skilled wedding photographers use their artistry to paint a picture of the day. Their work is an incredible testament to the skill, tenacity, and creative vision needed to photograph a day with so many moving parts.

The winners of the International Wedding Photographer of the Year awards offer a romantic look at the artistry of wedding photography.

Wedding Photography Contest

Dan O’Day, (Australia). Overall Grand Winner and Couple Portrait Winner.

Wedding Photography Contest

Kevin Biberbach, Germany. Couple Portrait Top Scoring Image.

International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018

Célestine Aerden, Canada. Bridal Party Winner.

International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018

Justine Boulin, Canada. Single Capture Top Scoring Image.

International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018

Esteban Gil, United States. Engagement/Non-Wedding Top Scoring Image.

International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018

James Simmons, Australia. Single Capture Winner.

IWPOTY 2018 Winners

Steven Stemmler, Canada. From Above Top Scoring Image.

IWPOTY 2018 Winners

Jeff Chang, Canada. From Above Top Scoring Image.

International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018

Justine Boulin, Canada. Single Capture Top Scoring Image.

International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018

Chris Glenn, United States. Black and White Winner.

Wedding Photography Contest

Felix Barra, Mexico. Epic Location Winner.

Artistic Wedding Photography

Madalena Cohen, Canada. Epic Location Top Scoring Image.

Wedding Photography Contest

Dan O’Day, Australia. Couple Portrait Top Scoring Image.

Artistic Wedding Portrait

Esteban Gil, United States. Solo Portrait Top Scoring Images.

Artsy Wedding Photography

Paul Woo, United States. Solo Portrait Top Scoring Image.

International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018

Aditya Mahatva Yodha, Indonesia. Solo Portrait Winner.

Wedding Photography Contest

Divyam Mehrotra, India. Dance Floor Winner.

Wedding Photography Contest

Alessandro Avenali, Italy. Dance Floor Top Scoring Image.

Artistic Wedding Photography

Steven Stemmler of Tara Lilly Photography, Canada. From Above Winner.

IWPOTY 2018 Winners

Jason Tey, Australia. Overall Runner Up and Engagement/Non-Wedding Winner.

International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018

Sergey Lapkovsky, United States. Bridal Party Top Scoring Image.

Artistic Wedding Photography

Célestine Aerden, Canada. Epic Location Top Scoring Image.

Artistic Wedding Photography

Steven Wallace, United Kingdom. Film/Analog Top Scoring Image.

International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018

Linda Lauva, Latvia. Album Winner.

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