Beaming happy couples, jaw-dropping locations and stunning party locations are showcased in stunning photos that have scooped a coveted Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards 2021.
The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards 2021 has announced its winners and the sensational collection of marital moments include everything from intimate bridal preparations to large party celebrations.
One photo shows an Indian bride being covered with turmeric in Mumbai in a traditional Haldi ceremony whil another depicts a happy and chaotic scene from a rock-lover’s wedding in New York.
Meanwhile, one bride dives from a building in her groomsmen’s arms while some cheeky, good spirited young boys hide under another bride’s veil.
Fabio Mirulla from Tuscany scooped the grand prize for his deceptive photo of a woman dressing for her special day.
The optical illusion black and white image uses a household lamp to save the excited bride’s modesty while twinning as a wedding gown.
Photographer, Dylan Kovacevic from Canberra, snapped this neon-lit wedding scene that perfectly encapsulated the electric love between a young bride and groom in wedded bliss. Founded in 2017, The International Wedding Photographer Of The Year Awards showcase the work of incredible wedding photographers worldwide
This beaming newlywed pair looked lovingly at each other while surrounded by friends and family. The gorgeous moment was captured by Adriana Ortiz from Guayaquil, Ecuador. The competition is broken into nine categories and is open to all photographers both professional and amateur
This dramatic windswept sea wedding was capture by Canberra-based Nikolaichik Photo who proved that stormy weather doesn’t have to be a negative on the big day. He and the other photographers strive to set the highest benchmark for wedding photography
Photographer Lucy Spartalis, from Melbourne, captured a hilarious moment between the bride and her wedding party that could be a scene straight from a musical. Opting for a dazzling look, the bride wore an opaque gold dress with sparkly details
This daredevil couple climbed a mountain peak and stood over a deep gorge to capture a dramatic love scene that is not for the faint hearted. Captured by Catherine Ekkelboom-White from Patsch, Austria
This fun-loving bride showed the epitome of being the life of the party as she dove into the arms of her groomsmen from the roof of her venue. Captured by Gaelle Meheut in Vanuatu
These cheeky young boys attending a wedding were snapped by photographer, Peta Laycock, as they stood underneath the bride’s beautiful veil and beamed from ear to ear
Photographer Mic Panic shot this stunning German scene of a doting couple of newlyweds who could be seen standing on a cliff face in the wilderness and accessorised with the bride’s stunning bouquet
Fabio said: ‘I love shooting creative photos with everyday life objects, that can turn out to be the best props.
‘Just looking at them with different eyes, those of a child that can never get enough of dreaming.
‘Great couples give me the chance to do one of the things that I love about my work, experimenting.
‘That’s what happened during this shoot thanks also to a great friend of mine.
Mic Panic also captured that stunning contrast photograph of an alternative German couple on their special day—both of their casual yet individual styles shone and the bride looked elegant in a simple dress that ended before her ankles
Fabio Mirulla who won the award for another of his wedding snaps, also shot this incredible silhouette of a bride and groom sitting underneath the stars in Italy as they posed next to a moped they had escaped on
Looking dapper boys! Emily Raftery shot these groomsmen in Raglan on their way to the wedding ceremony and perfectly encapsulated their pre-wedding excitement
Jetting off in style. This scene could be straight from a retro James Bond film. Photographer Andrew Pavlidis shot this bride and groom in Canada making a getaway on a lake in a luxury speed boat
Ooh la la! An adventurous couple got their kit of for a naked yet tasteful shot of an underground water paradise. Gaelle Meheut captured the scene of the two water lovers in an intimate moment in Venuatu
Photographer Bee Two Sweet, took this frenzied shot of a groom with his nearest and dearest having a whale of a time as they picked him up and laughed in Washington DC
This happy snaps encapsulates pure joy as some beach performers handling fire entertain some newlyweds. Gaelle Meheut captured the epitome of a loving look as the groom looked on in awe at the brides face as she laughed in Venuatu
‘This photo is part of an amazing wedding that I loved to shoot since the first moment.
Andrew Pavlidis and Bec Kilpatrick from Willow and Wolf were pipped to first prize as their awe-inspiring landscape photo scooped the runner-up gong.
The adventurous pair captured a climbing keen bride and groom on top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
The pair added: ‘This one image sums up the relationship they have built on chasing adventure and their love for each other in the mountains.
Is that Marilyn? This glamour shot could be straight from the 1950s as Anna Tarabrina photographed a Latvian couple who dripped with old Hollywood style
Cyron Sobrevinas shot a behind the scenes moment in Sydney that all brides will know all too well… the arranging of the dress. And what a dashing dress it is too, covered in small glittery dots that are only noticeable as she turns
Michael Kouk portrayed a stunning scene full of love and culture as a bride is doused in water for a ritual bath at her wedding in Aukland. The Haldi ceremony involves turmeric and is an Indian tradition for bringing newlyweds happiness
Rodolfo Aguirre’s snap of a bride entering a church on her wedding day is made only more beautiful by the reflection in the gorgeous tiled floor of the venue
The perfect depiction of motherhood and new beginnings. Steven Stemmler shot and intimate moment in Canada between a mother and her baby as the newlywed stepped away for a moment of peace while feeding her child
In the Bridal Party section, Ken Pak from Washington DC picked up first prize for his circus style photo capturing a happy couple’s silhouette on a marquee roof
‘We pulled up to the trailhead just after midnight and set off with our headlamps guiding the way under a brilliant sky of stars.
‘At over 10,000 ft in elevation, this is the highest peak in this area and would soon be one of the biggest hiking adventures we would embark upon for an elopement.
‘To say we were excited was an understatement.’
More that 1,500 images were submitted by 415 wedding snappers from 58 countries all competing for the £11,000 prize pot.
Holier than thou! This sweet moment shot by Chris Jallard shows a young boy keen to show off his piety at a wedding ceremony in an endearing photo in Australia
Patrick Lombaert showed that weddings don’t have to always be serious with this aerial shot of the a French wedding party that appeared to show the bride and groom flying high in the air
Andrew Pavlidis knows how to make the heart skip a beat. This incredible shot of two Canadian brides walking atop a cliff in the mist is breathtaking and makes one wonder where they’re heading
This simple yet stunning wedding held in a mountainous region and captured by Matt Porteous (who is known for his famous shots of Prince William and Kate Middleton) shows that not every ceremony has to be flamboyant to be romantic
A groom waiting to see his bride for the first time is a moment many who marry will cherish forever. And this blushing groom had the moment immortalised by talented photographer, Serafeim Serafeimidis, Greece
If the term fun-loving had a face, this would be it. Isabelle Bazin shot a French bride having the time of her life while surrounded by family and friends as she did the limbo under a neon stick
Fabio Mirulla scooped the grand prize for his deceptive photo of a woman dressing for her special day. The mind-blowing black-and-white image uses a household lamp to save the excited bride’s modesty while twinning as a wedding gown in Italy
Founded in 2017, The International Wedding Photographer Of The Year Awards
showcase the work of incredible wedding photographers worldwide.
They strive to set the highest benchmark for wedding photography.
The competition is broken into nine categories and is open to all photographers both professional and amateur.
Sonal Dalmia captured the moment an Indian bride and groom are covered in Haldi on the morning of their special day. The bride laughed with glee as she saw her husband being jokingly covered in turmeric by a wedding guest in Mumbai
Now that’s what you call relaxing! This summery Italian wedding couple chilled out completely and took a moment to enjoy themselves in the pool while getting snapped by award winning photographer, Fabio Mirulla
She knows how to party! Whoever said the bride shouldn’t drink at her own wedding should take a look at this photo shot by Rodolfo Aguirre, who showed a not-so-blushing bride having the time of her life
A true winter wonderland scene was captured by Taralilly Photography as a couple too wrapped up in their newlywed bliss stopped in the middle of the road to dance and twirl around in Whistler
Generations filled with love! All ages were welcome at this wedding as a grandfather looks up lovingly at his granddaughter whose veil has escaped her in the wind. Shot by Olga Bhana in Auckland
Free bar? These wine-loving wedding guests don’t mind if they do, as they help themselves to large glugs of red wine on the dancefloor. Shot by Stuart Dudleston in Dorset
Canadian photographer Cafa Liu won the Bridal Party category with his unique photo of dancing groomsmen in Toronto, the shot could be straight from a musical in the West End
Canadian photographer Cafa Liu won the Bridal Party category with his unique photo of dancing groomsmen in Toronto.
Cafa said: ‘Photography is much more than a job for me. The camera helps me meet amazing couples around the world.
‘Usually I don’t take group photos, but if my couples ask me to do it anyway, I love to do so, absolutely.’
In the Bridal Party section, Ken Pak from Washington DC picked up first prize for his circus style photo capturing a happy couple’s silhouette on a marquee roof.
Time for a well-deserved nap. This wedding party is serious about their rest-to-play ratios. The aerial shot, captured by Weng Lee in Lincoln showed a beautiful moment between the guests and couple
Is that a Disney princess? This couple are no strangers to the art of being photogenic as the bride is lovingly embraced by her groom next to the thrashing sea. Shot by Brittany Diliberto in Virginia
An adventurous pair of lovers climbed to the top of a Norwegian mountain range for their big day. Christin Eide shot the groom leading the way for the bride
Canadian photographer Cafa Liu won the Bridal Party category with his unique photo of dancing groomsmen in Toronto. Cafa describes photography as much more than a job and says he camera helps him meet amazing couples around the world
Andrew Pavlidis and Bec Kilpatrick from Willow and Wolf were pipped to first prize as their awe-inspiring landscape photo scooped the runner-up gong. The adventurous pair captured a climbing keen bride and groom on top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies
This breathtaking shot is not only in-part mesmerising because of the ancient tree, but also the massive roots tell a story of love for the couple, who have also laid down permanent roots. Snapped by Ky Luu in Adelaide
Say yes to the dress! This light-on-their-feet couple were snapped in Melbourne by Jonathan Ong and chose a less traditional, and brighter aesthetic for celebrating their happy day
American Ken added: ‘After taking a few random photos of the tent with sunset, I sighted the shadow of the poles present in the photo.
‘Projected by my freestanding speed-lights that was still on around the dance floor.
‘And it immediately triggered me with an idea of filling the blank tent canvas with the shadow of people, especially the couple.
‘I then ran back to the dance floor to ask my second photographer to keep only one of the speed-lights on.
This blink-and you’ll miss it ceremony of love is a futuristic take on the traditional wedding. Shot by Sergey Lapkovsky in New York, the happy couple appear frozen in time as the world whizzes on past
The moment before the rest of her life. A nervous and happy bride consults her bridesmaids one last time before going in to marry the love of her life. The tender moment that so many will recognise in their own lives was captured by Sergey Lapkovsky in New York
As kayakers speed down some rapids below, two loved-up people read their vows to each other in the beautifully preserved nature of Whistler. The scene was captured by Emily Serrell
It’s not all sunshine and roses! A realistic shot of the events of a wedding showed a just-married couple sharing a first kiss while a young flower girl steals the show by bawling her eyes out. Captured by Sebastien Clavel in Lyon
Honey, it’s our time! This talented couple performed a carefully choreographed dance routine much to the amusement of their guests who lapped up every moment and videos it on their phones. Captured by Georgia Verrells in Melbourne
This Aukland wedding shows a happy groom lapping up his turn to be the centre of attention as he dives into the arms of his beloved groomsmen who wait below. The photo, shot by Zahn Trotter, shows the childlike madness of a new husband who’s still high from marrying the love of his life
Photographer Matt Porteous showed off his skills as he presented a perfect aerial scene of a couple walking along a sandbank on their wedding day. The crystal blue sea fades off into the sky and creates an heavenly landscape
This Delphi bride looked elated as she receives some traditional jewellery on her wedding day. Nandini Mishra captured the stunning shot as the bride was watched on lovingly by friends and family
‘Bring it down close to the ground level and adjust its light plane aligned to the ceiling of the tent passing through the couple dancing alone on the floor.
‘This photo became one of the most cherished and embraced wedding photos by the couple and those who were and were not at the wedding.’
James Simmons, last year’s Grand Winner and one of six judges of 2021 Awards – commented on Fabio Mirulla’s winning image saying: ‘Such a unique image that works on so many levels.
‘The photographer has taken the ‘earring moment’ in your average setting and elevated it with the use of composition, timing, and humour to be a masterful piece of visual communication.
Gagan Dhiman a photographer who captured this shot in Sacramento, saw the perfect opportunity for capturing contrasts; a man and a woman, a black suit and a white dress, lightness and shadows, all rolled into one beautiful wedding portrait
A perfectly imperfect wedding wouldn’t be complete without a roaring electric guitar in the background played by a dedicated musician while the bride and groomed are squashed by a loving guest. Captured by Dan O’Day in New York
Andrew Pavlidis and Bec Kilpatrick from Willow and Wolf were pipped to first prize as their awe-inspiring landscape photo scooped the runner-up gong. The adventurous pair captured a climbing keen bride and groom on top of a mountain in the Canadian Rockiese
Gaelle Meheut captured this inspiring scene in Vanuatu when a newlywed couple looked lovingly at each other at the edge of a volcano on the island
Luke Fletcher captured this Australian couple in the outback at dusk after getting hitched. The newlyweds looked breathtaking as they posed with the evening dust
This London wedding shows the fun-loving nature of a young bridal party who are out for a good time, Kim Burrows, who captured this piece also captured the smiles of every single person in attendance
This Perth couple knew exactly what they wanted their wedding to be full of: bubbly personalities and bubbly wine, nothing more, nothing less. Captured by Dennis Tan
Avismita Bhattacharyya captured this joyous and vibrant wedding scene in Calcutta where the bride got covered in a turmeric substance among other colourful liquids, in a traditional ceremony
Harsha Maduranga Jayasekara said of this Sri Lankan scene that as soon as he saw the groom’s vehicle he decided it was suitable for a photo. ‘I think this photo was made more attractive because of the flock of pigeons that flew at a moment no one expected
‘The design, content and story are on point, which allows the viewer to extract an interesting narrative from the scene’
Luke Simon, International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards Curator, says:
‘The awards are continuing to provide a unique platform for wedding
photographers to have their best images reviewed and judged by our team of highly awarded and experienced educators and photographers.’