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ISPWP Wedding Photography Contest Winners | Fall 2009

Top 20 Finishers

Congratulations to Shane Snider who wins the ISPWP Photographer of the Quarter award! Shane has consistently performed well in previous ISPWP contests so it was just a matter of time before he won a quarterly contest. Well done Shane!

Here are the Top 20 overall winners from the ISPWP Fall 2009 Wedding Photography Contest. Click on the button to view the gallery, or scroll down to see direct links to each category.

New! Vote for your favorite image! Leave a comment at the bottom of the galleries to vote for your favorite image for the “ISPWP People’s Choice Award.” Simply leave a comment in the format of “VOTE: 3rd PLACE – GROOM’S PORTRAIT” to vote. The image with the most votes by December 7 earns the photographer one year of free ISPWP Membership! Please only vote for ONE IMAGE for the whole contest!

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Shane Snider - ISPWP Photographer of the Quarter - Fall 2009

Shane Snider – ISPWP Photographer of the Quarter Fall 2009
Shane Snider Photography
Raleigh, North Carolina

2nd Place:

Melia Sorenson, Lucida Photography – Vancouver, Canada

3rd Place:

Tomas Flint, Tomas Flint Photographers – Rochester, New York

4th Place:

Justin Graddy, Graddy Photography – Minneapolis, Minnesota

5th Place:

R. J. Kern, Kern-Photo – Denver, Colorado

6th Place:

Emin Kuliyev, Emin Wedding Photography – New York, New York

7th Place:

Ken Cravillion , Ken Cravillion Photography – Oshkosh, Wisconsin

8th Place:

David Murray, David Murray Weddings – Atlanta, Georgia

9th Place:

Benjamin Young III, Benjamin Young III Photography – Davao, Philippines

10th Place:

Edoardo Agresti, Edoardo Agresti Photographer[s] – Florence, Italy

11th Place:

Liliya Gorlanova, Liliya Gorlanova Photography – Moscow, Russia

12th Place:

J.R. Clubb, Barefeet Projects – Sarnia, Ontario

13th Place:

Matt McGraw, Matt McGraw Photography – Wilmington, North Carolina

14th Place:

Verna Pitts, Verna Pitts Photography – Minneapolis, Minnesota

15th Place:

Kimberley Anderson, KB Image Photography – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

16th Place:

Erwin Darmali , Apertura – Los Angeles, California

17th Place:

Cory Parris, Cory Parris Photography – Seattle, Washington

18th Place:

Mark Ridout, Ridout Photography – Toronto, Ontario

19th Place:

David Wittig, Beale & Wittig – Chicago, Illinois

20th Place:

Christobal Perez, Azul Photography – Raleigh, North Carolina

Contest Image Galleries

Use these links to jump directly to specific contest categories.

Getting Ready

Family Love

Framing the Subject


The Decisive Moment

Movement and Motion

First Dance

Bride Portrait

All About Light


Bride and Groom Portrait

Wedding Details

Emotional Impact

Bridal Party Portrait

The Wedding Dress


Engagement Portrait

Pure Art

Kids Will Be Kids

Venue or Location

Product Prize Descriptions
Pro DPI ProDPI Photo Lab Gift Certificates – $200, $100, $50 value

ProDPI is happy to provide three print certificates in the amounts of $200, $100, and $50 for the ISPWP Photo Contest. Winners can redeem their certificates for any ProDPI product!

ProDPI continuously strives to provide innovative products, the highest quality, and an unparalleled customer experience with an environmentally conscious, forward thinking attitude. Your clients deserve the best, let us provide you with the tools, products and support that you deserve! We proudly use Fuji Crystal Archive Super Type PD Luster finish professional paper as well as Fuji’s NEW Pearl paper. The Nation’s Premiere Photo and Press printing lab.

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Bebb Studios Fusion is Now DVD

Bebb Studios – Fusion is Now DVD – $250 value

FUSION: the process of joining two or more things together to form a single entity.
Stephen and Jennifer Bebb, the first wedding photographers in the world to review the Canon 5D MkII, take you on a step-by-step journey to FUSION.
The DVD, Fusion is Now, covers the following:

  • adding Fusion to your coverage now
  • simple, basic and advanced Fusion techniques
  • working with audio on the wedding day and after the fact
  • non-HDSLR solutions
  • tips and tricks

Plus a Bonus 45 minute DVD that focusses solely on editing your fusion projects.

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Kubota Image Tools

Kubota Image Tools – $179 Kubota Bucks

Kutoba Image Tools is providing a $179 Kubota Bucks Certificate which can be applied towards the purchase of any Kubota Image Tools product.

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Totally Rad Actions

Totally Rad Actions 2 – The Revenge – Version 1.2 – $159 value

TRA2 – The Revenge is the cutting-edge new action set from the creators of the beloved Totally Rad Action Mix. TRA2 is a completely new set of actions for Adobe Photoshop that work together as a system, giving you an unprecedented blend of convenience and flexibility. This action set will unlock countless possibilities for making your photos shine, from dramatic black and whites, to vintage color effects, to everyday utilities to enhance your images. TRA2 is also the perfect compliment to the original Totally Rad Action Mix, adding powerful tools to your arsenal, while working seamlessly with the tools you already know and love.

TRA2 also improves on the things that made the Totally Rad Action Mix great. By keeping even more of the actions steps in separate layers, control freaks can now tweak the look of their images even further. And the experience and feedback we’ve received on the first set has been put to good use, creating actions that are more intelligent, and that work well across an even broader range of images.

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Think Tank Photo

Think Tank

Think Tank Urban Disguise 30 – $130 value

This is the perfect size for many photographers who actively shooting, since it holds a 70-200 f2.8 inside, with the hood reversed, a wide angle with the hood, and a pro-size SLR in the front expandable pocket (without a lens attached). A DSLR without a bottom battery grip can be put inside with a lens attached straight down into the bag. The bag also can be attached to a roller.

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Proofmaker – $75 value

Proofmaker is a Photoshop CS2/CS3 script that will generate bordered proof images with the image name, or copyright information — or both (or neither) — into your photos, in one easy step. Easily turn your photos into bordered, labeled proofs!

More information…

Neil van Niekerk book

On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography by Neil van Niekerk – $35 value (unsigned), priceless (signed)

Photographers are always looking for perfect light, but lighting situations are rarely perfect – especially if you photograph weddings or environmental portraits. In this book, acclaimed photographer and instructor, Neil van Niekerk, shows you how adding on-camera flash can quickly and seamlessly enhance the existing light. With these techniques you’ll be able to work more quickly and minimize post-production corrections by getting better results from your camera.

This is a signed copy of the book from ISPWP member Neil van Niekerk.

More information…read the Amazon reviews

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Standings are based on highest cumulative ranking points earned.

Place in Contest Cash Prize Product Prize
Photographer of the Quarter $750
  • 1st pick of product prizes
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
2nd Place $500
  • 2nd pick of product prizes
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
3rd Place $250
  • 3rd pick of product prizes
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
4th Place $100
  • 4th pick of product prizes
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
5th Place $100
  • 5th pick of product prizes
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
6th Place
  • 6th pick of product prizes
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
7th Place
  • 7th pick of product prizes
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
8th Place
  • 8th pick of product prizes
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
9th Place
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
10th Place
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
11th Place
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
12th Place
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
13th Place
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
14th Place
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
15th Place
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
Category Ranking Awards
High scoring images in each category will earn the photographer ranking points to place their website listing higher on their ISPWP Listing Page.

Place in Category Ranking point award
1st place in category 10 ranking points
2nd place in category 7 ranking points
3rd place in category 5 ranking points
4th place in category 3 ranking points
5th place in category 2 ranking points
6th place in category 1 ranking point
7th place in category 1 ranking point
8th place in category 1 ranking point
9th place in category 1 ranking point
10th place in category 1 ranking point
Each image entry .1 ranking point (ex. 1 full point for 10 entries)
Judging Process
  • Judges receive private link to image galleries. Each image file name is anonymous.
  • Judges rank images on a score of 70-100

96-100: Exemplary. World class. Reserved for the finest in the world
91-95: Outstanding. Shows mastery of craft
86-90: Excellent. Everything done right, a wonderful photo
81-85: Good. Shows talent, but needs refinement
76-80: Acceptable. Meets basic requirements for adequate photography
70-75: Snapshot

  • Results are tallied for each image and each photographer
  • Results posted on ISPWP and awards are distributed
Kim Hayes Photography Kim Hayes Photography, Seattle, Washington

Kim Hayes is an international award winning wedding photographer based out of Seattle WA. After graduating from the Art Institute of Seattle with a commercial photography degree, Kim found working for corporate clients was not the direction she wanted to take. She quickly learned that forming personal relationships with clients and capturing all the emotion wrapped up in a couples wedding day was much more fulfilling. Kim won first place in the Engagement Portrait category of the Fall 2008 ISPWP contest, and has placed in almost every contest since. She was also named one of the “top photographers of 2008” by WPJA. Besides weddings, Kim enjoys documenting her travels and photographing dogs.

Fer Juaristi Fer Juaristi Photography, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Fer Juaristi, wedding photographer, father of a sweet baby girl, married to the love of my life, and an all-time enjoyer of my time and space in this adventure called life. Photography is my passion. I left behind a whole lot to pursue this fantasy and thank God it has started to prosper. In each wedding, my vision is to let things happen by themselves, be a friend for the marrying couple, and enjoy with them their great day. The image should speak for itself -no posing, relaxed style- and above all, each image should transport you to that moment.

Aly Medina Aly Medina, La Luz Photography, Seattle, Washington

Aly and her husband Ben are the owners of La Luz Photography, established in 2005. Aly’s love for photography blossomed when she purchased her first digital camera in 2001, and that passion became the career she’d always dreamt of. Aly and Ben photograph weddings in multiple countries (US, Canada, Mexico) but spend the majority of their time taking photos in the beautiful Seattle area. La Luz Photography was named Best Photographer in Seattle by Citysearch and has been nominated twice as Best Photographer in Western Washington by Evening Magazine. Their work can also be found in nationally distributed magazines, in music CD inserts and on nationwide wedding planning blogs.

David Pullum David Pullum Photography, London, UK

David Pullum is a wedding photographer operating in England, UK. He has been shooting weddings for almost 7 years. David takes a very relaxed approach to his weddings, looking to capture those special moments during the day. He likes simple, clean and elegant images that tell a story. David has been voted in the Top 10 UK wedding photographers list for the past 2 years.

Buffy Goodman Buffy Goodman Photography, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Buffy is a wedding and editorial photographer based in Edmonton, Canada. She’s had a camera in her hand since she was wet behind the ears, and 2010 marks her 10th year shooting weddings. She’s traveled to a whole bunch of neat places, been published internationally several times, and won numerous awards. She thinks her job is indescribably fun, and her clients tell her this shows in the photos she creates. Besides photography, she loves her 2 adopted shelter cats, playing roller derby, road trips, and ice cream.

Charo Donahue Charo Donahue, Charo Photo, Wilmington, North Carolina

Charo started life as a painter and writer, growing up with her artist and urban-gypsy mom on the beautiful island of Maui. She was encouraged from an early age to pursue her love of creating, and her search for the truth, through the arts. Although photography is in her blood (her estranged father was an excellent hobbyist and aspired to go pro), she didn’t pick up a “real” camera until she was well into her 20’s, married, living a fairly suburban life on the coast of North Carolina. “This!” she exclaimed. “This is what I’ve been looking for!” After so many years of writing and painting and sketching, searching for patterns in human behavior through prose and acrylic, it was this simple light-tight box that held her future. Her story quickly became the standard fare; friends and relatives who knew she had an eye bribed her to shoot their weddings. Initially she hated it, but the challenge was too great to let go. It wasn’t long before she was photographing weddings every weekend, traveling long distances to spend weekends with families she’d never met before, and seeing her work published in regional magazines. In 2007, Professional Photographer Magazine ran her story as one of their featured photographers in the annual Weddings issue, an honor that Charo, a self-proclaimed hippie with no aspirations for fame or fortune, found both exhilarating and completely overwhelming. Today, Charo lives in that same coastal Carolina town with her beautiful five-year-old daughter, making endless To Do Lists and shooting weddings from coast to coast.

Limitation of Liability

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers LLC, and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder. Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Sponsors are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading, or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.

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