WHAT ARE THE MASTERS?

This is the place where bridal couples can find a good quality wedding photographer in Noth America.
All wedding photographers are ranked on quality. Every quarter new awards are presented by a (varying) renowned international jury to the best, most special and innovative wedding photos. Every wedding photographer can create a profile on our website, but the photographers who win the most awards will be at the top of the list. The Masters of Wedding Photography was founded in 2014 and has since been the most appreciated award in North America among professional wedding photographers and the most reliable place for bridal couples to find a good quality wedding photographer.

The Masters is conceived, developed and widely supported by many wedding photographers in the USA, Canada & Mexico.

Click here to create an account, upload your portfolio and submit for the upcoming competition.

 

WHY JOIN THE MASTERS?

In addition to creating a profile page where your porfolio will be displayed and you can be found directly by brides and grooms in your area, it is also possible to submit your photos every quarter to be judged by the best wedding photographers in the world.

  • It's an independent award for the best wedding photography in North Amrica that runs for a full year.
  • At the end of the year (after 4 rounds), photographers with the most awards will get great promotion and win great prizes, which are made available by our partners and sponsors.
  • You can enter up to 22 photos every round. For the first five photos you pay €10 (around 12 USD) per photo. The next five photos are free of charge. For photo 11-15 you pay €10 each again and photo 16-22 are free again. Most of the revenue will be used for the promotion of the Masters amongst bridal couples in Noth America.
  • After the winning photos have been announced, they will be extensively promoted by our partners in the wedding and photography business.
  • After winning an award, the winning photographer may use the MASTERS logo for communication purposes.
  • Bridal couples can search our website for photographers with the most awards.

 

WHEN ARE THE MASTERS ?

Every 3 months, every season, every year.

 

Round Submit until  
9 26 february  
10 2 june  
11 1 september  
12 1 december  

 

 

WHY AN AWARD FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?

The Masters of Wedding Photography was established in 2014 in the Netherlands because wedding photographers felt there was a need for a local award to appreciate the best wedding photography in the country. Since then, the Masters has expanded to Germany, Italy, the UK and from 2018 also in North America. 

It's an educational experience for the photographers to participate in a competition, because before submitting you have to take a good look at your own work and break down your own images. There are even online groups of photographers who help each other with choosing the right images for a contest, just to learn from each other. After submission, your photos are judged at the highest level. If you win an award, it is a wonderful appreciation for your work, a sign that you are on the right track and a great marketing tool. Photographers can also draw a great deal of inspiration from other winning photos, and learn from them.

For brides & grooms it's important to have a clear distinction in quality between the many wedding photographers. The Masters contest is a wonderful way to make that distinction clear to everyone looking for an exceptionally good wedding photographer.

 

How does this contest work?

THERE'S NO RISK TO ENTER - Winning photos will be presented at the Masters website and it's social media channels.

All photographers retain their copyright.

The Jury panel for this contest is comprised of three international wedding photographers outside of North America (Cananda, USA & Mexico).  Each juror has consistently received accolades for their craft from the international wedding community.  Their experience, dedication to the wedding community and urge to continuously raise the bar across the industry qualifies them to evaluate submissions reliably and without bias. Masters Awards will be awarded to photos that our judges find exceptional. The elements used to assess each submission will include but not be limited to: impact, emotion, atmosphere, creativity, use of light, composition and post-processing techniques. This contest aims to represent all styles of wedding photography.

Individual entries will be assessed anonymously during the evaluation process. In addition to the identity of each contestant not being known to the jury, each juror will be evaluating each submission independently. There will not be a discussion or assessment of the entries as a group. The decision of each juror is also concealed from the other jurors.
A judge has to say YES or NO to an image. When two or three judges have said YES, then that image wins a Masters award. 
If an image wins a Masters Award, it will be added to an online gallery on this website and on social media.
The photographers with the most awards after one year will win some prizes presented by our sponsors.
In the event of a tie for first place, the prizes for first and second place will be equally distributed between the respective contestants.

IMAGE REQUIREMENTS:

A photo will be disqualified for one of the following reasons:
When it contains logos, text, or borders. When it is made at a photography workshop, seminar, gathering or when it is made at a commercial or editorial session. When it contains added content (you are allowed to clone out small things). When the image contains violence, sex, drug use or other things people might find offensive.

Images must be from weddings shot in any year and sized as 960x640, 640x960 or 640x640 in jpeg or jpg format
The photos should be taken of an actual bridal couple, during a love shoot, engagement shoot, after-wedding or trash-the-dress shoot. Also images from guests attending the wedding can be submitted. 

We look forward to receiving your images!

 

How are the photos judged?

  • All entries are assessed anonymously, which means that the photographer’s name is not visible, and the jurors are not discussing photos together.
  • When 2 or 3 jurors vote in favor of a particular photo, then this photo is presented with an award.
  • A juror cannot see which photo has received a vote from another juror.
  • A juror can vote for up to 15% of the entries.
  • There is no minimum with respect to the number of votes per juror, so only the best images will be awarded

 

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