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ISPWP Wedding Photography Contest Winners | Summer 2009

Top 20 Finishers

Congratulations to Vinicius Matos of La Foto who wins the Photographer of the Quarter award! This is the first time a Brazil photographer has claimed this award and will probably not be the last!

Photographers, if you missed this one, the next contest will be accepting submissions in early September.

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Here are the Top 20 Overall Winners. Click on the button to start viewing the gallery, or scroll down to see direct links to each category.

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1st Place:

Vinicius Matos, La Foto – Brazil | Photographer of the Quarter

2nd Place:

Benjamin Young III, Benjamin Young III Photography – Philippines

3rd Place:

Emin Kuliyev, Emin Wedding Photography – New York

4th Place:

Carl Bower, Carl Bower Photographs – Washington D.C.

5th Place:

Sergio, Sergio Photographer – Arizona

6th Place:

Virgil Bunao, CVI Photography & Co. – South Carolina

7th Place:

William Goh, Fotomalaysia / My Wedding Photographer – Malaysia

8th Place:

Richard Esposito, RE Photo Design – Connecticut

9th Place:

Roland Michels, Roland Michels – Germany

10th Place:

David Jackson, DAVIDEJACKSON|STUDIOS – Wisconsin

11th Place:

Marcel Siegle, Marcel & Meher Siegle Photography – California

12th Place:

Matt McGraw, Matt McGraw Photography – North Carolina

13th Place:

Kevin Jairaj, KJ Images Photography – Texas

14th Place:

Omar Olvera, San Jose Photography – Mexico

15th Place:

Ken Cravillion, Ken Cravillion Photography – Wisconsin

16th Place:

Christobal Perez, Azul Photography – North Carolina

17th Place:

Bill Holland, Holland Photo Arts – Virginia

18th Place:

David Wittig, Beale & Wittig – Illinois

19th Place:

Shane Snider, Shane Snider Photographs – North Carolina

20th Place:

Michèle Waite, Michèle M. WaitePhotography – Washington

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

Standings are based on highest cumulative ranking points earned.

Place in Contest Cash Prize Product Prize
Photographer of the Quarter $500
  • 1st pick of product prizes
  • Think Tank Digital Holster 30
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
2nd Place $300
  • 2nd pick of product prizes
  • Think Tank Digital Holster 30
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
3rd Place $200
  • 3rd pick of product prizes
  • Think Tank Digital Holster 30
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
4th Place $150
  • 4th pick of product prizes
  • Think Tank Digital Holster 30
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
5th Place $100
  • 5th pick of product prizes
  • Think Tank Digital Holster 30
  • 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
  • 9th pick of product prizes
  • Link on ISPWP homepage
  • Image in rotating header on all ISPWP pages
10th Place
  • 10th pick of product prizes
  • 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
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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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 Outdoor Actions Set – $125 value

“From the moment I first used KJ’s Outdoor Action Set I found them extremely useful in not only my wedding photos but also my high school senior portraits.”
– Mike Fulton (Elite International Wedding Photographer and National PPA headline Speaker)

“KJ’s outdoor actions have dramatically improved my workflow for outdoor sessions! A must have for any outdoor shooter!”
– Alycia Alvarez (WPPI’s March 2007 Member of the Month and Two-Time TAPPA Best of Show winner)

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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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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 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)
John and Joseph Photography John Hong, John and Joseph Photography, Seattle, Washington

John runs his photography business with his brother Joseph in Seattle, Washington. John and Joseph were born and raised in Korea. One of their biggest professional influences has been their father, who was a photojournalist in Korea as well as the owner of a fine-art gallery. Both John and Joseph initially pursued careers in medicine, but realizing soon after that photography is where their true passion existed. They then resolved to redirect their focus and energy towards wedding and fashion photography.

Mark Gardner Photography Mark Gardner Photography, Wilmington, Delaware

Mark is a Documentary Wedding Photographer based out of Philadelphia PA. His background in photography began over 22 years ago as a hobby while traveling the world in the US Army. Fascinated with the images he was making (and the mistakes he’d made), his desire to learn and excel in the craft led him to finally start shooting professionally in 2001. Mark now runs a very successful photography studio, specializing in weddings, but also shooting High School Seniors, Babies, and Boudoir.

IQphoto Studio Joseph Kohn, IQPhoto Studio, San Francisco, California

Joseph Kohn is a wedding photographer based in San Francisco. He began wedding photography in 2002 and since then has photographed hundreds of weddings. Most in San Francisco Bay Area and some around the world: Europe, the UK, Israel, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, to name a few international destinations. His work has been published in numerous American and International magazines including publications in Japan, the UK, Israel, and Canada. He has placed in major competitions. His approach is artistic, individualistic. His goal is to find unique shots for every wedding he photographs. Over the years he has refined his ability to create a close and fluid working relationship with his clients. The comfort and ease he creates makes for a fun shoot as well as gripping, award-winning photographs.

Scott and Tem Photography Scott and Tem Juarez, Scott and Tem Photography, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Scott and Tem are a husband and wife team based out of North Texas who capture real weddings for real people around the world. Their approach is self described as: “A little goofy, a lot NERDY, and totally COMMITTED to capturing real life…real moments… real people with our photography.” Their photography has won numerous awards and has been published in The Knot and D Weddings magazines. They were also recently voted one of The Best of 2009 vendors by their brides in The Knot magazine.

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