Wedding Photography Done Right: The Best Of 2014

Jan 16, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Wedding Photography Done Right: The Best Of 2014

Jan 16, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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It often seems like the general quality of wedding photography has dropped in recent years. I don’t know if it is because DSLR cameras have become so popular or because so many people who have just picked up their first DSLR consider themselves a “pro”. Maybe it is just due to the fact that so many photographers today, no matter their level, have a website or Facebook business page.

This isn’t a rant about the state of professional photography or a debate whether or not new photographers are ruining the industry. This is simply the reason why I now, more than ever, appreciate good wedding photographers.

That’s why I decided to share with you some of the best wedding photographs of 2014, selected by the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers.

The ISPWP set a target to raise the standards of the wedding photography profession.

As part of its ongoing activities the organization holds four photography contests annually, one per season.

Despite being members only, over 20,000 images were submitted to the quarterly 2014 contests. These photos came from 700 photographers located in 50 different countries.

Each contest includes 20 categories so there are a total of 80 winning shots each year. When I hear about an organization that gives out so many awards I usually suspect that they are trying to satisfy as many people as possible and believe that “everybody is a winner”, but I definitely can’t say that about the ISPWP.

Judging by the winning shots, I’d say the ISPWP is doing a great job meeting its goal.

This post is for those who love wedding photography, but mainly for those who have been losing faith in the industry.

I present you my favorite picks of the winning photos that were published in 2014.

1st PLACE | BRIDE PORTRAIT | SUMMER 2014
Gerhard Nel | Gerhard Nel Photography | The Hague, Netherlands

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1st PLACE | BRIDE PORTRAIT | SPRING 2014
Eunice Montenegro | Eunice Montenegro Photography | Columbus, Ohio

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Apresh Chavda | Apresh Chavda Photography | London, United Kingdom

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Galina Nabatnikova | GRANINPHOTO.RU | Moscow, Russia

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1st PLACE | BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAIT | SUMMER 2014
Erika Mann | Two Mann Studios | Canmore, Alberta

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1st PLACE | BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAIT | SPRING 2014
Galina Nabatnikova | GRANINPHOTO.RU | Moscow, Russia

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1st PLACE | CEREMONY | SPRING 2014
Nacho Mora | LOOK FOTOGRAFIA | Zaragoza, Spain

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1st PLACE | CEREMONY | WINTER 2013
Raman El Atiaoui | RAMAN-PHOTOS | Frankfurt, Germany

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1st PLACE | THE DECISIVE MOMENT | SUMMER 2014
Dennis Berti | Dennis Berti | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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1st PLACE | ENGAGEMENT PORTRAIT | SUMMER 2014
Raymond Phang | Raymond Phang Photography | Singapore

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1st PLACE | FAMILY LOVE | FALL 2014
Allen Ko | T-PHOTO STUDIOS Allen.Ko | Canton, China

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1st PLACE | FIRST DANCE | FALL 2014
Peter van der Lingen | Peter van der Lingen Fine Art Weddings | Zwolle, Netherlands

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1st PLACE | FRAMING THE SUBJECT | WINTER 2013
Ruslan Myts | Ruslan Myts | Novorossiysk, Russia

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1st PLACE | GETTING READY | SPRING 2014
Tito Rikardo | THEUPPERMOST PHOTOGRAPHY | Jakarta, Indonesia

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1st PLACE | HUMOR | SPRING 2014
Rich Howman | Elan Images | Bristol, United Kingdom

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1st PLACE | KIDS WILL BE KIDS | SPRING 2014
Nick Chang | Justwedding | Hong Kong

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1st PLACE | KIDS WILL BE KIDS | SUMMER 2014
Wellington Fugisse | Wellington Fugisse | Silves, Portugal

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1st PLACE | PURE ART | WINTER 2013
Dan Petrovic | Dan photographe | Paris, France

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1st PLACE | PURE ART | SUMMER 2014
Tatyana Chaiko | Tatyana Chaiko | Odessa, Ukraine

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1st PLACE | PURE ART | FALL 2014
Emin Kuliyev | Emin Wedding Photography | New York City, New York

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1st PLACE | VENUE OR LOCATION | SUMMER 2014
Szymon Nykiel | Lmfoto.pl | Cracow, Poland

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1st PLACE | VENUE OR LOCATION | WINTER 2013
Carey Nash | Carey Nash Photography | Edmonton, Alberta

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1st PLACE | WEDDING DETAILS | SPRING 2014
Ivo Popov | Ivo Popov Photography | Brussels, Belgium

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1st PLACE | THE WEDDING DRESS | WINTER 2013
Aries Tao | Clovergraphy | Sydney, Australia

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Now that you’ve seen what can be done when the wedding goes as planned, have a look what one bride did when her fiancé left her just before the wedding, or watch this photographer pull ninja moves to get his couple to smile.

Visit the ISPWP’s full list to see all 80 winning shots.

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4 responses to “Wedding Photography Done Right: The Best Of 2014”

  1. Steve Avatar
    Steve

    Can’t say that I am all that impressed with most of the images that “won” from their member only contests… Maybe they should look for more quality instead of those willing to pay to be selected.

    1. JP Danko Avatar
      JP Danko

      Maybe you’re not looking at the same photos that I’m looking at.

  2. JOhn C Avatar
    JOhn C

    There are a few I feel are beautiful wedding photos, and a few I think are beautiful photos, but not as wedding photos. Maybe it’s my eyes but I had to struggle and see the dress in the winning photo. I think the ones with the bride and groom from a long distance don’t read wedding to me and it doesn’t feel like the bride and groom are the focus, it’s more like they happen to be there. I guess we all have our different tastes.

    1. JOhn C Avatar
      JOhn C

      oh, the Apresh Chavda, photo is amazing. I’d rate it #1 from this group.