No need to altar these! World’s best wedding photos from 2015 announced

There is no need to ALTAR these stunning snaps – after being included in the ‘Best of the Best Wedding Photography’ 2015 collection.

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

The spectacular images feature couples atop cliffs, surrounded by family and in tight embraces – a complete collection to celebrate the artistry of wedding photography.

They were selected by Junebug Weddings, which each year chooses the 50 unique shots that capture the raw emotion of the special day.

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

This year, the competition – which has been running for the last seven years – received more than 10,000 entries from 45 different countries.

Carrie Crooks, general manager and editor-in-chief of Junebug Weddings, said: “There isn’t an exact recipe for making a great wedding photograph.

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

“But I think a few important factors that help are fantastic composition, raw, authentic emotion and beautiful lighting.

“Judges look at many different factors when evaluating contest entries.

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

“Winning images are more than just beautiful, they have a distinctive personality and demonstrate technical quality – they are images that are compelling.”

This year’s judges were world-renowned wedding photographers Erika and Lanny Mann, of Two Mann Studios, and Roberto Panciatici.

Winning a Junebug contest is one of the highest honours a wedding photographer can receive, often helping to jumpstart careers.

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

Throughout the year, Junebug also hosts a selection of other wedding photography contests – such as celebration of the best engagement photographs, which opens for submissions every April.

Carrie added: “From the jaw-dropping, epic photos to the deeply intimate and emotional moments, these 50 images will make you a firm believer in the pure artistry that is wedding photography.

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

Photograph from Best Wedding Photography Competition 2015

“We would like to send our thanks to all who submitted to our contest, as well as our wild talented judges for helping to make this collection one of the best yet.

“People are always astounded at how beautiful and creative wedding photography can be, which is exactly what we want to hear.”