Annual Wedding Photographers Contest

MyWed Award 2020

  • Entry submission

    Deadline

    20 October 2020 — 1 January 2021
    1 January
  • Short list

    1 — 31 January
  • Judging

    1 — 15 February
  • Announcement of the winners

    Results

    20 February

The winner of the "Photographer of the year" nomination will take

Nikon Z7 II camera

complete with Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens

Nikon Z7 II camera

20 nominations with a total prize fund of

6000 USD

The winners of nominations comprising single photos will receive 300 USD

Photographer of the year

The nomination requires a series of photos taken at one wedding.

Photographer of the year

held annually

12 main nominations

Winner Andreu Doz
Engagement

Magical memories of the couple's love before the wedding

10 finalists
Winner Alberto Cosenza
Getting ready

Special moments of the wedding day preparations

10 finalists
Winner Gianmarco Vetrano
Details

The wedding day details secretly "peeped" by a photographer

10 finalists
Winner Matteo Carta
Wedding guests

The newlyweds' friends, siblings, parents and close people

10 finalists
Winner Dasha Tebenikhina
Ceremony

Groom's reaction to the bride walking down the aisle and other special moments from the wedding ceremony

10 finalists
Winner Alfredo Nicoli
Moment

You won't have a second chance to shoot something like that

10 finalists
Winner Harsheen Jammu
Group portrait

Photos of all wedding guests together

10 finalists
Winner Orlando Suarez
Heroes of the day

A portrait of both the bride and the groom

10 finalists
Winner Barbara Torres
Wedding party

Highlights of the wedding party in a restaurant, everything that happens there

10 finalists
Winner Andrés Mondragón
First dance

The centrepiece of the reception, with the newlyweds dancing for the first time with all eyes on them

10 finalists
Winner Isabelle Bazin
The bouquet toss

Catching the bouquet will bring good luck in love

10 finalists
Winner Slava Semenov
Cake cutting

The first task that the newlyweds have to carry out together

10 finalists

change every year

8 additional nominations

Winner Slava Semenov
Zentality

Elegant, calm photos with perfect color and composition balance

10 finalists
Winner Steven Herrschaft
Not So Simple

Shots made using tricky photographic and compositional techniques

10 finalists
Winner Dan Morris
In The Raw

True report free of sobby sentiments

10 finalists
Winner Cornel Spoiala
Nothing But Contrasts

Photos with visual or semantic contrasts

10 finalists
Winner Rafael Minnebaev
Black & White

Photos that look better in black & white than in color

10 finalists
Winner Tim Demski
Spot-on!

The object of shooting is right in the center of the image

10 finalists
Winner Jorge Sastre
Customs And Folkways

National wedding hallmarks

10 finalists
Winner Valter Antunes
F*ck Off COVID-19

Love during the lockdown

10 finalists
Fantastic judges

Christian Macias

@christianmacias

The "Photographer of the Year" of the MyWed Award 2019, the winner in the "Heroes of the Day" nomination and finalist in the "Getting Ready" nomination, Top 10 ISPWP in 2 nominations. Christian focused on the contrasts of life, unforgettable moments and irreversible spontaneous situations that made him perceive his true love for photography.

Patrick Lombaert

@patrick22

Patrick is a talented photographer originated from Brittany, a French region. After the 10-year experience in photography, he is named Top 100 Fearless Photographers, This is Reportage and Top 20 Wedding Photography Select in 2019. Patrick thinks wedding photographers are "junkies": psychologically and physically drained by the end of a season with all the investment they give to work, they always strive for a new season to start.

Matthew Sowa

matthewsowaphotography.com

Matthew Sowa is an internationally renowned, award-winning New York City wedding photographer. The "Photographer of the Year" 2019 by Master Photographers of North America, Top 10 Fearless Photographers 2018. His energy, creativity and a combination of photographic artistry and journalistic approach define his style.

Elena Haralabaki

@elenaharalabaki

Elena is recognized by the most important wedding photography associations: Top 10 Fearless Photographers and This is Reportage, Top 5 AGWPJA and WPS in 2019. A finalist in 3 single shot nominations and in the "Photographer of the Year" nomination of the MyWed Award 2019. Elena is a speaker at international conferences, a teacher, a mentor and an unrivaled wedding photographer from Greece whose photos are distinctively vivid and emotionally charged.

Igor Bulgak

@bulgakigor

The record holder for participation in the finals in the "Photographer of the Year" nomination of the MyWed Award 2012 — 2016, 2018 and 2019. The first place WPPI 2019 in the "Album Division" category, the "Best Wedding Photographer" by White Awards and Wedding Awards in 2018. Attention to each detail and wow-effect by every image create special aesthetics of Igor’s vision. His works are distinguishable by a special aesthetics, their colors are easily recognizable at first glance.

Daniel Monteiro & Raquel Pratas

meninoconhecemenina.com

Two pairs of eyes, two fingers on the trigger, one only heart! Menino Conhece Menina is a Portugal couple, Daniel Monteiro and Raquel Pratas. Olives and architecture brought them together but photography became their path. They shoot in an emotionally genuine way: goosebumps, chattering eyes, tears of joy and happiness. Top 25 WPJA and Top 30 This is Reportage in 2018.

Kristof Claeys

@KristofClaeys

Kristof is recognized in various photography associations: Top 100 Fearless Photographers, Top 30 This is Reportage and Masters of Wedding Photography. The best Belgian photographer on MyWed and a four-time finalist of the MyWed Award in the "Photographer of the Year" nomination. A jury member of several international contests. Kristof prefers a documentary style in shooting and tries to find beauty in ordinary situations.

Leonel Longa

@leonellonga

One of the best wedding photographers in Venezuela on MyWed. Finalist in the "Bouquet Toss" nomination of the MyWed Award 2019. Outgoing by birth, creative by nature. Passionate about color, symmetry, lights, shadows and good moments of life. Leonel's main goal is to become the best by nourishing himself with all the knowledge he gains in the process of shooting.

David Scholes

davidscholesphotography.co.uk

A dynastic wedding photographer, friendly and chatty guy and a father of two. Shooting for about 10 years he sticks to a documentary approach. Professional and continuously learning he is included in Top 3 Masters of UK Wedding Photography, Top 5 This is Reportage 2020, named on the SLR Lounge UK Top 100 list, and Top 50 Fearless Photographers.

Ufuk Sarışen

@ufuksarisen

Ufuk turned his hobby into a career 14 years ago, and today he is ranked number 1 Turkish photographer on MyWed and finalist of the MyWed Award 2019 in 3 nominations. Ufuk considers wedding photography as a lifetime project. Hundreds of couples from 22 countries keep irreversible emotional or entertaining moments captured by Ufuk who is passionate about aesthetically documenting them.

rules

Who can participate?

Any professional wedding photographer who is 18 years or older.

Sizes and formats

Everyone enjoys looking at beautiful shots in high quality. Please upload photos with a resolution of at least 1200 pixels on the longer side or bigger.
Original size photos are welcome.

Authorship of photographs

It is considered that the author of a photo is the person who held the camera and pressed the shutter button.
By sending a photo to the MyWed Award contest, you confirm that you are its author.
It is permissible to use up to 10 photos from assistants in the "Photographer of the Year" nomination (series of photos).
You also guarantee that there are no third party objections against the participation of your photos in the contest.

How to take part?

You need to be a MyWed member to take part.
Sign Up on MyWed, upload 20 wedding photos and one wedding story (a series of photos taken at one wedding) to your portfolio and wait for the approval.
After being approved, you will be able to send your photos and stories to the contest.
Already a member? Simply choose photos and stories from your portfolio.

Number of series and photos

You can submit one photo for each themed nomination and one series of photos for the "Photographer of the Year" nomination. The series has to contain from 40 to 60 photos.

Participation fee

45 USD for all nominations. Free for MyWed Pro members.

Prizes

The winner of the "Best Wedding Story" nomination will get the title "Photographer of the Year" and the Nikon Z7 II camera with Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens provided by our outstanding sponsor, the Nikon company.
The nominations comprising single photos have a total prize fund of $6000 (each winner of such a nomination will receive $300).

Have a question? Need our help?

Contact us here or email us at hello@mywed.com

What photos should be submitted?

Only wedding photos are accepted (excluding the Engagement nomination).
Note that a series must include photos taken at one wedding.
Submit your 2020 – 2021 photos.

What photos are forbidden?

Do not submit photos with frames, huge watermarks or logos.
Avoid pictures with diptychs, triptychs, multiple exposure, excessive post-production, design elements, etc.
Photos from workshops are not allowed.