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ISPWP Wedding Photography Contest Winners | Spring 2009

Top 20 Finishers

Congratulations to all ISPWP members who entered the Spring 2009 Wedding Photography Contest! The ISPWP gives its heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful members and to our prize sponsors and judges who made it all possible.

Special congratulations are due to Holland Photo Arts who once again wins the Photographer of the Quarter award (they also won the Summer 2008 contest)! They also served as judges for this contest, but just to put any conspiracy theories to rest, none of the judges scored their own photos and all photos were presented to the judges anonymously. A truly amazing accomplishment given the talent in this organization!

If you missed this one, the next contest will be accepting submissions in early June.

Not a member yet but you’d like to participate in the next contest? Learn more about ISPWP membership and sign up today!

Here are the Top 20 Overall Winners. These are the photographers who compiled the most points for the whole contest. Click on the button to start viewing the gallery, or scroll down to see direct links to each category.

View Wedding Photography Contest Gallery

1st Place:

Bill and Anne Holland, Holland Photo Arts – Virginia | Photographer of the Quarter

2nd Place:

Huy Nguyen, f8studio – Texas

3rd Place:

Matt McGraw, Matt McGraw Photography – North Carolina

4th Place:

Apresh Chavda, Apresh Chavda Photography – United Kingdom

5th Place:

Shane Snider, Shane Snider Photography – North Carolina

6th Place:

William Goh, Fotomalaysia – Malaysia

7th Place:

Nicole Wickens, Green Door Photography – Montana

8th Place:

David Barss, David A. Barss Photographer – Oregon

9th Place:

Amy Gaerthofner, Ardent Photography – Wisconsin

10th Place:

Kym Skiles, f8studio – Texas

11th Place:

Sergio, Sergio Photographer – Arizona

12th Place:

Evan Bishop, Evan Bishop Photography – California

13th Place:

Marcel & Meher Siegle, Marcel & Meher Siegle Photography – California

14th Place:

Tomas Flint, Tomas Flint Photographers – New York

15th Place:

Verna Pitts, Verna Pitts Photography – Minnesota

16th Place:

Gulnara Samoilova, Gulnara Studio – New York

17th Place:

Kristin Bednarz, Kristin Bednarz Photography – Texas

18th Place:

Anderson Miranda, Anderson Miranda Creative Photo – Brazil

19th Place:

Randy Kepple, Randy Kepple Photographs – Oregon

20th Place:

Omar Olvera, San Jose Photography – Mexico

Contest Image Galleries

Use these links to jump directly to specific contest categories.

Getting Ready

Kids Will Be Kids

Engagement Portrait


Candid Portrait

Creative Use of Wide Angle

First Dance

Family Love

Venue or Location

Reception-Not Dancing

The Decisive Moment

Cake, Food, and Drink


Bride Portrait

Framing the Subject

Movement and Motion

Groom Portrait

All About Light

Emotional Impact

Bride and Groom Portrait

Details-Not Food or Drink


Bridal Party Portrait

Pure Art

Cash prize amounts will be based on the total amount of entry fees per the table below.

Place in Contest Cash Prize Product Prize
Photographer of the Quarter 10% of Entry Fees
  • Think Tank Digital Holster 30
  • First choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
2nd Place 6% of Entry Fees
  • Think Tank Digital Holster 30
  • Second choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
3rd Place 4% of Entry Fees
  • Think Tank Digital Holster 30
  • Third choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
4th Place 3% of Entry Fees
  • Think Tank Digital Holster 30
  • Fourth choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
5th Place 2% of Entry Fees
  • Think Tank Digital Holster 30
  • Fifth choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
6th Place
  • Sixth choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
7th Place
  • Seventh choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
8th Place
  • Eighth choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
9th Place
  • Ninth choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
10th Place
  • Tenth choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
11th Place
  • Eleventh choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
12th Place
  • Twelfth choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
13th Place
  • Thirteenth choice of lab/DVD/actions/script packages
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
14th Place
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
15th Place
  • Image and link on ISPWP homepage
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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Think Tank Photo

Think Tank

FIVE Think Tank Digital Holster 30 – $69 value

Designed for digital SLRs. This is the only top loading bag for an SLR being sold that can hold a 70-200 2.8 with the hood either in position or ready to shoot. An industry first!

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Make Light Real

Make Light Real – $200 Gift Certificate

To be used for any product on Make Light Real.

Make Light Real – $100 Gift Certificate

To be used for any product on Make Light Real.

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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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OneLight DVD

OneLight DVD – $250 value

Is off camera flash intimidating? Are you a bit fearful of it? It is my goal to get you to drop all the fear and intimidation and get your flash off camera as God intended it to be used! :) Once the “light bulb” goes off in your head, you’ll see how simple it really can be and you will see your photography grow by leaps and bounds. You’ll have so much more confidence to take on any project that comes your way.

Its about as fun of a DVD set as you can get. I have fallen asleep during many technical presentations and I wanted to make dang sure that this DVD wasn’t going to be a cure for insomnia. You’re getting 2 discs plus a 20 page booklet.

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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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KJImages Unique Textures Set

Kevin Jairaj Unique Textures Set – $125 value

My team and I have traveled all over the world shooting weddings and we are always on the lookout for great textures that we can use to enhance our images! I have put together a collection of 80 plus unique textures from places such as Hawaii, Italy, Africa, and France just to name a few. These textures were hand picked by me because I use them the most in my post-processing. Since I have gathered such a unique collection over the years I thought I would share them all with you now.

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Kubota Image Tools

Kubota Image Tools – $100 Kubota Bucks

Kutoba Image Tools is providing a $100 Kubota Bucks Certificate which can be applied towards the purchase of any Kubota Image Tools product.

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Wed-Pick Package and Pricing Information

Wed-Pick | Package and Pricing Presentation for Photographers – $99 value

Wed-Pick is simply a package and pricing presentation tool designed with the wedding photographer in mind. Whether you choose to sell your products/services as a package or a-la-cart, Wed-Pick will work for you!

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Jeff Ascough Actions

Jeff Ascough Actions II – Photoshop Actions – £60 value (about $90)

In developing this set, I’ve tried to put together actions which get close to the look and feel of film without the usual hassles of plug-ins. These are the actions that I use everyday in my studio. They are a combination of enhancements and shortcuts which help you be more productive and get great results quickly. I like to think of these actions as tools rather than special effects. As such, many have been designed to give you control over each action.

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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!

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Category Ranking Awards
High scoring images in each category will earn the photography 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)
Holland Photo Arts Bill and Anne Holland

Anne and Bill Holland are a husband and wife team based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Anne’s background in communications and educational development, Bill’s in nuclear engineering and web design, along with their far flung travels together have helped mold them into photographers with a keen eye toward capturing the real, unprompted moments at weddings. They treat each wedding to be an extension of a family’s own personal history. They’ve had their work published in Weddings Unveiled, The Knot, Brides, Modern Bride, My Day, Bride & Bloom, Susie Coelho’s Style Your Dream Wedding book, and Photo District News, as well as numerous wedding blogs such as Style Me Pretty and The Bride’s Cafe. Their work has won first place in category in PDN’s Top Knots contest, have had several 1st, and top-three placements in WPJA’s contests, and were most recently awarded ISPWP’s Photographer of the Quarter.

Teresa McKenzie Teresa McKenzie

Teresa is an Ashland Kentucky based wedding photographer. Since her first paid wedding 5 years ago, she has worked hard to establish herself as one of the best wedding photographers in the area. Teresa has placed in several contests that includes Wedcomp, where she earned a 1st place award, ISPWP and PDN’s Top Knots as well as various local competitions. Her work has been published in PDN and various online websites.

Claudia Cebrian Claudia Cebrian

Claudia Cebrian was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been a photographer for more than 10 years. She has received several prizes for her photographs: 1st prize Cokin Filters 1998 in Paris, France, “Best color portrait in Latino America” given by the International Federation of Photographic Art, 1st and 3rd prize in “Los niños y su realidad social” to name a few. Her work was in the Agfa International Gallery in June 2002. She has worked for the UN documenting kids in Argentina. Her pictures were front covers of several magazines: Elle, Para Ti Deco, El Jardin en la Argentina, and Lugares.

Christy Marks Christy Marks

Christy has worked as a professional photographer for 13 years and been in business since 1999. She has a BFA with a specialization in fine art photography from Ball State University. She has 5 years of graphic design work experience as well. She is an active member of PPA and satellite PPA state organizations including Professional Photographers of Indiana (PPI) and the Indianapolis Photographers Guild (IPPG) serving on the board of the latter for two years. She has volunteered at many print competitions for local organizations since 1999/2000. Awards and accomplishments include: various placing in Wedcomp08 and ISPWP 08, 2006 Highest scoring wedding album (IPPG), 2005 Fuji Masterpiece award for wedding album (PPI), PPA showcase album, 2004 Wedding photographer of the year (IPPG) and 2004 Top scoring wedding album (PPI).

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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