simon.the.photo ranked as one of the top 20 wedding photographers in wpja 09 Q1 contest

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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 ‘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 ‘s why I like this contest a lot. (Having said that, there is nothing wrong using photoshop to enhance your clients’ photos, in fact, I did a lot, but I just like the style of wpja contest)

an extract from wpja contest rules
’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.’

here is the winning image from the wedding of yann and alex. ranked 3rd place in “ceremony” category

the Q1 contest was very special as it only allowed black and white entry. I always find B&W photo difficult to handle – once the color is removed, you ‘re forced to focus on the CONTENT of the photo (people ‘s expression, composition, lines and pattern, contrast .. …) You can see the judges ‘ comment here

34 Comments

  1. Lewis Lau says:

    Congratulations! That’s a remarkable achievement Simon!

  2. Lewis Lau says:

    Congratulations! That’s a remarkable achievement Simon!

  3. Gracy says:

    Congratulations Simon!

  4. Gracy says:

    Congratulations Simon!

  5. Philip says:

    The only one in Asia who gets into the top 20! So proud of you. You are always my idol. Simon, add oil!

  6. Philip says:

    The only one in Asia who gets into the top 20! So proud of you. You are always my idol. Simon, add oil!

  7. Vickie says:

    You are the only Chinese, Congrats

  8. Vickie says:

    You are the only Chinese, Congrats

  9. Elaine says:

    Awesome job! Congratulations, Simon!

  10. Elaine says:

    Awesome job! Congratulations, Simon!

  11. A_Flama says:

    Nice shoots!!!
    Keep the good work 😀

  12. A_Flama says:

    Nice shoots!!!
    Keep the good work 😀

  13. Miranda says:

    Great job Simon! You are the only one from Asia in the Top 20! Really so proud on you!

  14. Miranda says:

    Great job Simon! You are the only one from Asia in the Top 20! Really so proud on you!

  15. Jen says:

    You deserve it Simon!
    I’ve been following your blog for almost 2 years now..and am still overwhelmed with the beautiful photos you take for each couple. I really feel that there is ‘heart’ in your photos 🙂 well done!

  16. Jen says:

    You deserve it Simon!
    I’ve been following your blog for almost 2 years now..and am still overwhelmed with the beautiful photos you take for each couple. I really feel that there is ‘heart’ in your photos 🙂 well done!

  17. Catherine says:

    Congratulations!!! Really love your work! Catherine

  18. Catherine says:

    Congratulations!!! Really love your work! Catherine