wedding goals

By Jack Williams

The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers have released the latest winning snaps from their quarterly competition.

PIC BY MIKE SHPENYK / ISPWP / CATERS – Pure Art – Honolulu, Hawaii.

This stunning collection of photographs celebrates the world’s best wedding snappers, showcasing the incredibly inventive ways they find to capture a couple’s special day.

PIC BY MONIKA ZALDO / ISPWP / CATERS – Getting Ready – San Sebastian, Spain.

They are part of the Winter 2017 competition, which categorises shots into areas such as ‘Emotional Impact’ and ‘Humour’ as well as key moments throughout the day including ‘Getting Ready’ and ‘First Dance.’

PIC BY JACQUES MATEOS / ISPWP / CATERS – First Dance – Paris, France.

The latest winners include breath-taking shots of crying family members, flowing gowns, and even a bride bathing in the blue waters of Bora Bora in French Polynesia.

PIC BY MATTEO ORIGINALE / ISPWP / CATERS – Emotional Impact – Portofino, Italy.

Most of the images were taken through 2016 and the early part of 2017, and because of the society’s strict requirements, only the best wedding photographers are allowed to enter its competitions.

PIC BY HELENE HAVARD / ISPWP / CATERS – Bride Portrait – Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

All members of the society must have photographed at least 50 weddings, and in order to be admitted they are required submit a portfolio for review and voting by other ISPWP members.

PIC BY DUSTIN GLEASON / ISPWP / CATERS –  Humor – Lincoln, Nebraska.

Society members were informed of the winners of the most recent contest in March, and fall, summer and spring competitions will follow later this year.

PIC BY CRISTIANO OSTINELLI / ISPWP / CATERS –  Movement and Motion – Lake Como, Italy.

Joe Milton, the executive director of the ISPWP, said: “A good wedding photograph has many of the same attributes as any good photograph – they are well exposed, well composed and good focus.

PIC BY JOHNNY GARCIA / ISPWP / CATERS – Ceremony – Caceres, Spain.

“However an excellent wedding photograph also shows a high degree of creativity, timing, uniqueness, surprise and sometimes a little luck.

“But luck favours the prepared and a truly experienced professional is always looking for those unique special moments and is ready for them.

PIC BY FRANCK BOUTONNET / ISPWP / CATERS – Engagement Portrait – Paris, France.

“I love all of the categories, but lately, I have been gravitating towards the Emotional Impact, Family Love, and Humour categories because they are typically unscripted and spontaneous images.

PIC BY MARIENNA GARCIA-GALLO / ISPWP / CATERS – Emotion and Motion – Madrid, Spain.

“I can certainly appreciate the creativity and artistry of many of the other categories, but I love images that show true human feelings and reactions because they are just so real.”