Stunning Winners of the International Wedding Photographer of the Year Contest

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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.”

More: International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards  

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

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

Kevin Biberbach, Germany. Couple Portrait Top Scoring Image.

Célestine Aerden, Canada. Bridal Party Winner.

Justine Boulin, Canada. Single Capture Top Scoring Image.

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

James Simmons, Australia. Single Capture Winner.

Steven Stemmler, Canada. From Above Top Scoring Image.

Jeff Chang, Canada. From Above Top Scoring Image.

Justine Boulin, Canada. Single Capture Top Scoring Image.

Chris Glenn, United States. Black and White Winner.

Felix Barra, Mexico. Epic Location Winner.

Madalena Cohen, Canada. Epic Location Top Scoring Image.

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

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

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

Aditya Mahatva Yodha, Indonesia. Solo Portrait Winner.

Divyam Mehrotra, India. Dance Floor Winner.

Alessandro Avenali, Italy. Dance Floor Top Scoring Image.

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

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

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

Célestine Aerden, Canada. Epic Location Top Scoring Image.

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

Linda Lauva, Latvia. Album Winner.

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