Last week I was delighted to see that I am now 2nd highest photographer in the world with the AG|WPJA. The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association AG|WPJA is comprised of outstanding wedding photographers, who are at the forefront of the wedding photography industry.The AG|WPJA is a separate division of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). Whereas the WPJA upholds strict guidelines that forbid excessive picture manipulation, the AG|WPJA encourages and fosters creative image enhancement, with the vision of promoting Fine Art Wedding Photojournalists.
The ranking increase came on the back of this winning image in the Q4 2011 Contest under the “Musicians” category:
2011 was a great year for awards and contests for me and although the year is not technically over with these competitions it is nice to look back and see what has been achieved. I’m a member of the WPJA, AGWPJA, ISPWP and Fearless Photographers. All of these organisations represent the very best photographic talent from around the world and it is genuinely humbling to be in the mix with some well-renowned names.
…and finally, of the 850 Awards handed out to Fearless Photographer, 99 were given the “Most Memorable” distinction. This shot of Steve and Mia was one of those selected.
heres to 2012!
UPDATE 7th Jan 2012: Great news to add to the list of success in 2011. The very influential Junebug Weddings which each year hosts a hotly contested “Best of the Best Wedding Photography Contest”.It features “the most beautiful, masterful, touching and creative wedding photos of 2011, taken by talented photographers around the world” from about 5000 entries. Two of mine made it to the last round and were given an honourable mention:
(described as: “especially creative, innovative and brilliantly composed photos that are just too good not to be seen” )
UPDATE 6th of April 2012: The last of 2011 results have come in with more good news. Firstly another Fearless Award (my 5th)
Another 1st place finish with the AGWPJA:
Finally, the icing on the cake to a great year. I am now the world’s 2nd highest ranking photographer under the “Top Photographers” section of the AGWPJA.
Delighted with this one. “The Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association is a distinct division within the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). The AG|WPJA focuses strictly on the artistic and “fine art” aspects of wedding photojournalism.” Ok, so this is not a documentary image. However I normally produce one or two artistic environmental portraits that compliment the documentary shots well. I use the AGWPJA as a platform to enter these very images into competition (leaving the WPJA strictly for documentary work).
This image was shot in Kerry this summer at the wedding of Mia & Steve. They encouraged me to push the boundaries so I owe them a lot and want to thank them for their enthusiasm and sense of adventure (Steve kindly blogged about me afterwards). The judges said: “It was difficult to resist such striking graphical symmetry compounded by an excellent juxtaposition of both color and texture.” Here is the shot. Earlier this year I finished 2nd in the same category.
I was placed 7th in the latest The AG|WPJA contest. “Judges Comment: The tonal range in this image and it’s lightly warm tint mixes well with the beautiful, if not elaborate moment. It’s a wonderful image that blends strong composition with exacting skill.” The AG|WPJA was created, in part, to provide an avenue for the art of digital image manipulation applied to classic wedding photojournalism. There wasn’t a lot of manipulation in this image. It was a straight forward b&w conversion using one of my own Lightroom presets.