Love At First Light, Camera, Action: Best Wedding Photos Of 2016 UNVEILED

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These stunning images got such a great reception they have been unveiled as the BEST wedding photos of 2016.

The impressive photos include couples from around the world on their big day.

One shot shows a bride and groom horse riding, while another captures the newlyweds jetting off for their honeymoon.

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The international society of professional wedding photographers (ISPWP) picked from over 23,000 submissions for the stunning collection.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges who had all previously won ISPWP awards and had experience of shooting at over 50 weddings each.

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A spokesperson for ISPWP, Joe Milton, said: “We believe that it is important for working, experienced wedding photographers to judge our contest because they are aware of the trends in the industry and can recognise photographic technical excellence.”

There are 20 different categories in the contest such as First Dance, Venue and Getting Ready.

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Joe added: “Since we have 20 different categories in our contest, the judges are looking for a variety of photographic skills.

“Depending on the category, they can be looking for excellence in composition, posing, lighting, timing, emotion, and artistic interpretation.

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“We believe having a wide variety of categories allows all of our international members opportunities to showcase their work and to highlight their particular styles and capabilities.”
One winner from each season (Spring 2016, summer 2016, Autumn 2016, winter 2016) was picked from 20 categories:

1.      Getting Ready – Images that depict the preparations before the wedding.
2.      Ceremony Images – Images taken at the ceremony venue.
3.      First Dance – Images of the first dance at the reception.
4.      Reception – Images taken at the reception venue.
5.      Emotional Impact – Images that depict or evoke a strong emotional reaction.
6.      Humor – Images that make you laugh.
7.      Kids Will Be Kids – Images of kids acting like kids at a wedding.
8.      Family Love – Images that show interaction, love, and togetherness of families.
9.      The Decisive Moment – Images where timing is everything. One second before or after would have missed the shot.
10.     Bride Portrait – Must be actual clients in the context of their wedding. No workshop images allowed.
11.     Bride and Groom Portraits – Must be actual clients in the context of their wedding. No workshop images allowed.
12.     Bridal Party Portrait – Must be actual clients in the context of their wedding. No workshop images allowed.
13.     Engagement Portrait – Must be actual clients in the context of their wedding. No workshop images allowed.
14.     Venue/Location – Images showing the environments or buildings used for any part of the wedding day.
15.     Framing The Subject – Images using creative composition or environmental elements to frame the main subject in the photo.
16.     Movement and Motion – Images that convey motion with blur, panning, dragging the shutter or other techniques.
17.     All About Light – Images that feature outstanding or unique lighting.
18.     Wedding Details – Images of the cake, flowers, decorations, rings, etc.
19.     The Wedding Dress – Images of the wedding gown, either hanging up before the wedding or worn by the bride.
20.     Pure Art – Images that showcase the artistic ability of the photographer. Extremely creative Photoshop enhancements and experimental art are encouraged.