By Jack Williams
This stunning set of wedding images have now been pronounced the best in the world.
Each year Junebug Weddings selects the top 50 wedding photographs from around the world – and this year there were around 10,000 entries to choose from.
The stunning final selection includes aerial shots in snow-covered woodland, silhouetted couples in front of a setting sun and the Milky Way, a maze – and plenty of happy tears.
Junebug Weddings has been running the contest for 11 years, and the judging for the final selection requires multiple rounds.
First, all images are anonymised and the judges review them individually.
Then, the images are cut again and again, before a Top 100 list is set to be narrowed down to the final 50.
Carrie Schwab, editor-in-chief at Junebug Weddings, said: “We have to be mindful that one photographer does not win more than once, that different cultures, love, and photography styles are represented, and that the final collection has a good mix of the different elements of a wedding day: getting ready, the ceremony, the tears, the celebration, and so on.
“A great wedding photo attracts us with composition, use of light, and technical prowess, but it’s the emotions behind the moment captured that really connect us to an image.”
Junebug hosts numerous wedding photography contests every year, including the best engagement shots, and best destination shot.