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Winners of International Wedding Photography Contest Capture the Art of Love

Best Wedding Photography

Grand Prize winner & Solo Portrait winner, Erika Mann (Canada)

The winners of the inaugural International Wedding Photographer of the Year (IWPOTY) contest demonstrate the incredible variety of ways that wedding photographers capture these celebrations of love. IWPOTY honors the art of wedding photography around the world, and its winners exemplify the artistry of this special type of photography.

Grand prize winner, Erika Mann took home the title of International Wedding Photographer of the Year for her striking photograph of a bride framed by stormy skies, with a rainbow touching down perfectly at her side. “After a short, and unpredictable storm, we were treated to the most amazing double rainbow,” the Canadian photographer shares. “I got low into the creek bed so we could remove the houses, and simplify the frame to the rainbow, mountain and Paige, with her dress billowing in the wind.”

Photographers submitted their work across nine categories that capture the full range of these couples’ special day, including Solo Portrait and Bridal Party, as well as Epic Location and Dancefloor. From emotional moments to silly setups with friends, the photographers show that the best wedding photography is a mix of artistry, sentiment, and the willingness to take risks.

Over $25,000 in cash prizes and merchandise were handed out to the grand prize winner, runner-up, and category winners. Let’s explore more of the winning and finalist entries to get some inspiration on how to capture the romance and excitement of weddings.

The first annual International Wedding Photographer of the Year celebrates the art of wedding photography around the world.

Best Wedding Photography

From Above Winner, Adrian O’Neill (Ireland)

Best Wedding Photography

Overall prize runner up & Single Capture winner, Paul Woo (USA)

Best Wedding Photography

Dancefloor winner, Mike Vallely (Canada)

International Wedding Photographer of the Year Contest

Black & White winner, Bruno Sauma (USA)

International Wedding Photographer of the Year Contest

Bridal Party winner, Angela Ruscheinski (Canada)

International Wedding Photographer of the Year Contest

Couple Portrait winner, Jayme Lang (Canada)

Best Wedding Photography

Epic Location winner, (Canada)

Wedding Photography Contest

Album winner, Francesco Gravina (Italy)

Best Wedding Photography

Epic Location, Top 10, Karina Leonenko (Cyprus)

International Wedding Photographer of the Year Contest

Single Capture, Top 10, Ropate Kama (Fiji)

The winners and finalists are collectively some of the best wedding photographers in the world.

International Wedding Photographer of the Year Contest

Solo Portrait, Top 10, Oscar Castro (Mexico)

Best Wedding Photography

From Above, Top 10, Krzysztof Krawczyk (Poland)

Best Wedding Photographers

Couple Portrait, Top 10, Oli Sansom (Australia)

Wedding Photography Contest

Black & White, Top 10, Sara Rogers (Canada)

Wedding Photography Contest

Bridal Party, Top 10, Lucy Spartalis (Australia)

Wedding Photography Contest

Black & White, Top 10, Donatella Barbera (Italy)

Best Wedding Photographers

Dancefloor, Top 10, Lanny Mann (Canada)

Best Wedding Photography

From Above, Top 10, Ropate Kama (Fiji)

Best Wedding Photographers

Dancefloor, Top 10, Paul Santos (Great Britain)

Best Wedding Photography

Epic Location, Top 10, Gustvao Franco (Brazil)

Best Wedding Photographers

Couple Portrait, Top 10, Dylan Kitchener (Great Britain)

Best Wedding Photographers

Bridal Party, Top 10, Steve Wise (Australia)

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