Beaming happy couples, jaw-dropping locations and stunning party locations are showcased in stunning photos that have scooped a coveted Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards 2021.
International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards 2021 have announced their winners. The stunning collection of marital moments includes everything from intimate wedding preparations to big party celebrations.
Fabio Mirulla of Tuscany was awarded the Grand Prize for his misleading photo showing a woman in a special dress for her wedding day.
The optical illusion black and white image uses a household lamp to save the excited bride’s modesty while twinning as a wedding gown.
Photographer, Dylan Kovacevic from Canberra, snapped this neon-lit wedding scene that perfectly encapsulated the electric love between a young bride and groom in wedded bliss. The International Wedding Photographer Of The Year Awards was established in 2017 and showcases the amazing work of wedding photographers around the world.
While surrounded with friends and family, the newlyweds looked radiantly at one another. The gorgeous moment was captured by Adriana Ortiz from Guayaquil, Ecuador. This competition has nine categories, and all amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate.
Nikolaichik Photo, Canberra-based photographer captured this dramatic seaside wedding. He proved that bad weather does not have to ruin the day. The other wedding photographers are striving to achieve the highest standards in photography.
Lucy Spartalis (from Melbourne) captured this hilarious scene between the bride, her bridal party, and Lucy Spartalis. A stunning look was chosen by the bride, who wore an opaque golden dress with sparkling details.
To capture this dramatic scene of love, the couple bravely climbed up a mountain to photograph it. Captured by Catherine Ekkelboom-White from Patsch, Austria
As she jumped into the arms and embraced her groomsmen, this fun-loving bride was the embodiment of party spirit. Captured by Gaelle Meheut in Vanuatu
These cheeky young boys attending a wedding were snapped by photographer, Peta Laycock, as they stood underneath the bride’s beautiful veil and beamed from ear to ear
Photographer Mic Panic shot this stunning German scene of a doting couple of newlyweds who could be seen standing on a cliff face in the wilderness and accessorised with the bride’s stunning bouquet
Fabio stated that he loves taking photos of everyday objects. These can be great props.
“Just look at them with new eyes. They remind me of children who can’t stop dreaming.
“Great partners allow me to experiment with one of my favorite things about my job, and that is what I consider a great couple.”
“That was what happened during the shoot, thanks to my great friend.
Mic Panic also captured that stunning contrast photograph of an alternative German couple on their special day—both of their casual yet individual styles shone and the bride looked elegant in a simple dress that ended before her ankles
Fabio Mirulla, who was awarded the prize for another one of his wedding photos, also captured this amazing silhouette of a bride-groom sitting under the stars of Italy while they were posing next to the moped that they had escaped from.
Looking dapper boys! These groomsmen were photographed by Emily Raftery in Raglan as they made their way to the ceremony.
Style is the key to success. The scene could have been straight out of a James Bond movie. Photographer Andrew Pavlidis shot this bride and groom in Canada making a getaway on a lake in a luxury speed boat
Ooh la la! A couple of adventurous adventurers took their gear out for an intimate shot in the underground water paradise. Gaelle Meheut photographed the intimate scene between the water lovers at Venuatu
Photographer Bee Two Sweet, took this frenzied shot of a groom with his nearest and dearest having a whale of a time as they picked him up and laughed in Washington DC
The happy shots capture the joy of newlyweds being entertained by beach entertainers who play on fire. Gaelle Meheut caught the essence of love as the groom watched in amazement as his bride laughed in Venuatu.
“This image is part of an extraordinary wedding, which I have loved photographing since the beginning.
Andrew Pavlidis and Bec from Willow and Wolf won the first prize, while their stunning landscape photos took home second place.
They captured an adventurous couple on the summit of a Canadian Rockies mountain.
According to the couple, this image represents their shared love for the mountains and the relationships they’ve built by pursuing adventure.
Marilyn Monroe? This glamour shot could be straight from the 1950s as Anna Tarabrina photographed a Latvian couple who dripped with old Hollywood style
Cyron Sobrevinas captured a behind-the scenes scene in Sydney, which all brides know well… The arranging of her dress. The dress is stunning, featuring small shimmery dots that only become apparent as the wearer turns.
Michael Kouk captured a beautiful scene of love and culture in which a bride was doused with water to take a ritual bath during her Aukland wedding. Haldi is an Indian custom that brings happiness to newlyweds. It involves turmeric.
Rodolfo’s photo of a bride walking into a church as part of her wedding day is enhanced by the beautiful reflection on the tiled floor.
It is the ideal portrayal of motherhood. Steven Stemmler captured an intimate moment between a Canadian mother and her newborn as she sat down to feed her child.
Ken Pak, Washington DC won first prize in the Bridal Party Section for his photo of a circus couple silhouetted on a marquee roof.
“We drove up to the trailhead at midnight, with our headlamps as guides.
“At more than 10,000 feet in elevation, it is the highest point in the area. It would soon become one of our most memorable hiking experiences for an elopement.
“To say we were happy was an understatement.”
More that 1,500 images were submitted by 415 wedding snappers from 58 countries all competing for the £11,000 prize pot.
You are holier than you think! This sweet moment shot by Chris Jallard shows a young boy keen to show off his piety at a wedding ceremony in an endearing photo in Australia
Patrick Lombaert proved that marriages don’t always have to be serious by showing this aerial photo of a French wedding party. It showed the groom and bride flying high in the sky.
Andrew Pavlidis is a master at making the heart beat faster. The incredible photo of the two Canadian brides standing on top of a misty cliff is stunning and leaves one wondering where they are going.
This simple yet stunning wedding held in a mountainous region and captured by Matt Porteous (who is known for his famous shots of Prince William and Kate Middleton) shows that not every ceremony has to be flamboyant to be romantic
It is an unforgettable moment that brides will remember forever: a groom who waits for his bride to arrive. And this blushing groom had the moment immortalised by talented photographer, Serafeim Serafeimidis, Greece
The expression fun-loving would have a name. Isabelle Bazin photographed a French bride who was having the best time in her life. She did it under a neon stick and with the support of family.
Fabio Mirulla won the grand prize with his photo of a woman dressed for her wedding. This stunning black-and white image shows a woman wearing a gown as a wedding dress in Italy. It is saved by a household light.
The International Wedding Photographer Of The Year Awards were established in 2017.
Showcase the amazing work of wedding photographers around the world.
Their goal is to establish the highest standard in wedding photography.
This competition has nine categories. It is open to amateur and professional photographers alike.
Sonal Dalmia caught the moment that an Indian groom and bride were covered in Haldi, on their wedding day. As her husband was jokefully covered in turmeric in Mumbai by an invited wedding guest, the bride giggled.
This is what I call relaxation! This summery Italian wedding couple chilled out completely and took a moment to enjoy themselves in the pool while getting snapped by award winning photographer, Fabio Mirulla
She is a party girl! Whoever said the bride shouldn’t drink at her own wedding should take a look at this photo shot by Rodolfo Aguirre, who showed a not-so-blushing bride having the time of her life
A true winter wonderland scene was captured by Taralilly Photography as a couple too wrapped up in their newlywed bliss stopped in the middle of the road to dance and twirl around in Whistler
Love filled generations! As a grandfather gazes lovingly on his granddaughter, whose veil was blown away by the wind, all ages were invited to this wedding. Shot by Olga Bhana in Auckland
No cost bar This group of wine-loving guests to a wedding enjoys a free bar. Shot by Stuart Dudleston in Dorset
Cafa, a Canadian photographer, won the Bridal Party Category with his photograph of Toronto-dancing groomsmen. This shot might have come straight out of a West End musical.
Cafa Liu, a Canadian photographer won the Bridal Partie category for his photo of Toronto’s dancing groomsmen.
Cafa says: “Photography is so much more than a job. I’m able to meet incredible couples all over the globe with my camera.
“I usually don’t like taking group photos but when my partners ask me, I’m happy to oblige.
Ken Pak of Washington DC was awarded first place in the Bridal Party category for his photograph that captured a happy couple silhouetted under a marquee roof.
It’s time for some well-earned rest. The wedding party takes their play-to-rest ratios seriously. The aerial shot, captured by Weng Lee in Lincoln showed a beautiful moment between the guests and couple
Are you a Disney princess or is that just a normal wedding? The couple is no strangers in the art of photogenic. Here, the groom tenderly embraces the bride next to the turbulent sea. Shot by Brittany Diliberto in Virginia
For their big day, a couple who were adventurously in love climbed up a Norwegian mountain peak. Christin Eide captured the groom as Christin Eide led the way for the bride
Cafa Liu, a Canadian photographer won the Bridal Partie category for his photo of Toronto’s dancing groomsmen. Cafa Liu describes photography more than just a job. He says that his camera allows him to meet incredible couples all over the globe.
Andrew Pavlidis and Bec Kilpatrick from Willow and Wolf were pipped to first prize as their awe-inspiring landscape photo scooped the runner-up gong. They captured an adventurous bride and groom climbing to the top of a Canadian Rockies peak.
American Ken commented: “After taking several random photos with the tent and sunset, the shadow of poles was visible in the photograph.
My freestanding speed lights that were on the dance floor at the time, were used to project this message.
“It immediately stimulated me to think about filling the tent with shadows of people, particularly the couple.
“I returned to the dance floor and asked my second photographer to turn off the speed lights.
This is the moment she will remember for her entire life. An anxious and happy bride talks to her bridesmaids before she goes in to wed the man of her dreams. The tender moment that so many will recognise in their own lives was captured by Sergey Lapkovsky in New York
There are many things that go wrong when it comes to weddings. Realistic shots of wedding events showed newly-married couples sharing their first kiss. While a flower girl, a younger one, steals the show and laughs all the way to the end. Captured by Sebastien Clavel in Lyon
A happy groom is seen enjoying being the focal point of the attention at his Aukland wedding as he dives into his loved groomsmen, who are below. The photo, shot by Zahn Trotter, shows the childlike madness of a new husband who’s still high from marrying the love of his life
This Delphi bride looked elated as she receives some traditional jewellery on her wedding day. Nandini Mishra took the beautiful shot while Nandini was surrounded by family and friends.
“Bring it down to the ground and position its light plane so that the tent ceiling is visible. The couple will then be able to move around on the dance floor alone.
“This is the best wedding photo of all, the one that was embraced by both the couple as well as the guests.”
James Simmons was last year’s Grand winner and one of six judges for the 2021 Awards. He commented on Fabio Mirulla’s winning image, saying that it is a truly unique piece of art that can be used on many different levels.
The photographer captured the “earring moment”, in a normal setting, and transformed it using composition, timing, and humor to create a masterful visual communication piece.
The design and content of the scene are all on-point, which makes it easy for the viewer to draw a story from them.
Luke Simon, International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards Curator says:
“The Awards are still providing a unique platform to weddings
Photographers can have their finest images evaluated and judged by an experienced team of educators and photographers.