wpja (wedding photojournalist association) just released the result of their 09 Q1 contest. So nice to learn that I am ranked as one of the top 20 wedding photographer. This is highest points and ranking I â€˜ve ever achieved in wpja contest.
to give you some background of the wpja contest, it is a contest that only allows photojournalist style wedding photos to enter and NO IMAGE ALTERNATION (that is photoshop) is allowed. hence, it is a contest of photography technique, rather than photoshop technique. That â€˜s why I like this contest a lot. (Having said that, there is nothing wrong using photoshop to enhance your clientsâ€™ photos, in fact, I did a lot, but I just like the style of wpja contest)
an extract from wpja contest rules
â€™Images submitted to the Contest must not have been altered either in-camera with filters or with digital capture effects, developmentally or electronically.
Images manipulated through the use of toning, increased saturation or desaturation, selective sharpening and/or blurring, dodging and burning, cloning, blemish removal, correcting or reducing distortions, or adding film grain/noise are not eligible for entry. Images in which the focus or perspective have been manipulated by lens effects (ie. tilting, shifting, or swinging) are also not allowed. This includes, though is not limited to, bellow attachments, tilt shift lenses, etc. However, cropping and color to black & white conversions are acceptable as well as slight adjustments to levels/curves.â€™
here is the winning image from the wedding of yann and alex. ranked 3rd place in â€œceremonyâ€ category
the Q1 contest was very special as it only allowed black and white entry. I always find B&W photo difficult to handle â€“ once the color is removed, you â€˜re forced to focus on the CONTENT of the photo (people â€˜s expression, composition, lines and pattern, contrast .. â€¦) You can see the judges â€˜ comment here