The winners of the International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2020

When celebrations were carefree: Stunning winners of the International Wedding Photographer of the Year hark back to happier times with hugging guests and crowded dancefloors

  • Overall winner was James Simmons, from Perth, Western Australia, with his black and white photograph
  • Runner-up was Antonio Crutchley, from Miami, who captured a couple sitting inside a car, reading the paper 
  • Other award categories included From Above, Epic Location, Solo Portrait, Dance Floor, and Bridal Party

Picking a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions a couple will make ahead of their big day – and these newlyweds certainly hired the right person for the job, with their memories captured in award-winning style.

From intimate portraits to breathtaking landscapes, these stunning images represent the very best in wedding photography from around the world and it appears most the images were taken before the coronavirus outbreak.

The spectacular shots are all winners of the 2020 International Wedding Photographer Of The Year Awards, which this year, had 10 categories in the competition, with an overall grand winner and a runner-up.

The highest accolade went to James Simmons, from Perth, Western Australia, for his dramatic black and white photograph, taken of newlyweds Lisa and James.

It was captured before their reception at a bar and was initially a portrait of Lisa standing against the dark side of a column to really show off her stunningly-detailed dress and backlight her veil. 

The runner-up in the awards was Antonio Crutchley, from Miami, who captured a couple sitting inside a car while pretending to read something exciting in a newspaper. 

GRAND WINNER

The highest accolade this year went to James Simmons, from Perth, Western Australia, for his dramatic black and white photograph, taken of newlyweds Lisa and James. It was captured before their reception at a bar and was initially a portrait of Lisa standing against the dark side of a column to really show off her stunningly-detailed dress and backlight her veil. James said: ‘The Yin Yang symbol instantly came to mind and later as I refined the image. The King and Queen chess board design was also an influence that worked well visually.’

OVERALL RUNNER-UP

Getting creative! The overall runner-up in the awards was Antonio Crutchley, from Miami, who captured a couple sitting inside a car while pretending to read something exciting in a newspaper. The image was taken to celebrate their engagement and won the Non Wedding Day prize

SOLO PORTRAIT WINNER

Eye-catching: This photograph was captured by Midhat Mulabdić,a wedding photographer based in Croatia, on a wedding in Lausanne, Switzerland and it’s mostly based on the conventional love between ladies and shoes

FROM ABOVE WINNER

Husband and wife photographers Shari and Mike Vallely, from Canada, were awarded the winner of the ‘From Above’ category this year. They said: ‘I knew I had to get this image! It was a unique perspective of [the newlyweds’] guests having an awesome time.’ Guests can be seen taking a shot together while others enjoy a soup

EPIC LOCATION WINNER

Virginia Strobel and Evan Cikaluk, from Canada, took this spectacular shot at the Canadian Rockies. ‘We took a helicopter to the location and spent the entire weekend hiking together before finding the perfect spot for the couple,’ the wedding photographers explained during the competition 

COUPLE PORTRAIT WINNER

Patrick Lombaert, based in France, captured this image of Isa and Arnaud between the getting ready part of their big day and the religious ceremony. The photographer credits the groom’s elegance for gaining him the award

RISING NINJA STAR  

This year saw the addition of the Rising Ninja Star Award. Chosen from the Top 150 entries by awards sponsor Studio Ninja the winner was Croatian photographer Midhat Mulabdić with the above stunning image, showing a loved-up couple sharing a sweet kiss in the middle of a lavish hall

DANCE FLOOR

This stunning image was taken by Brittany Diliberto in America. She said she wanted to capture all the emotion in the room, a ‘snapshot in time showing every guest engaged and enthralled’. The wedding photographer snapped the picture at Ryan and Eric’s marriage celebrations

BRIDAL PARTY

Coralee Johnstone, from New Zealand, was the photographer behind this sassy image. The women are all dressed the part in similar daring outfits as they enjoy a glass of bubbly. The image was inspired by the Kardashians and even the mother of the bride was included. The fun shot won the Bridal Party prize

SINGLE CAPTURE

Taken by Keegan Cronin, from Australia, this snap was awarded top slot in the Single Capture category but the photographer said it was all about being in the right place at the right time. The married couple were keen to take a picture at the Newcastle ocean baths

MORE TOP SCORING IMAGES 

A recently married couple stand in the middle of the dancefloor as their loved ones cheer and applaud their first dance. The groom is seen sweeping his bride off her feet during their romantic routine. The picture was taken by Carolina Mosquera in Belgium and made it into the top images for the Dance Floor category 

A smartly dressed groom is thrown into the air by his beaming friends as they all rush to catch him when he falls back towards the ground. The incredible photograph was snapped by Candice Anderson in Canada for the Single Capture category and was selected by judges as one of the top images in that group

Get it out of here! A pigeon flies into a wedding reception and causes mayhem, with guests freaking out as the bird passes them, in this amusing photograph, taken by Paul Gapper in the UK. The surprising moment was sent into the competition for the Bridal Party award


Works of art: One photograph captured by Wu Yuhung, shows a bride (pictured left), dressed in an elegant white gown, resting on a wooden pier in Taiwan, while another (pictured right) showcases a wedding party standing on different balconies in America. The image was snapped by Eric West

Not a clue! Peter Van Der Lingen in the Netherlands captures this little boy waiting for the wedding to start. Dressed in an adorable suit while holding a lunchbox with a camera on the front, the youngster looks directly at the camera. The photograph was one of the top images in the Solo portraits prize

Let’s get the party started! This energetic photograph was captured by Krzysztof Krawczyk in Poland and shows a bride pouring a drink down her groom’s throat as he sits in the middle of the dance floor. Photographers from more than 60 countries entered the 2020 Awards

Wedding photographer Stephanie Kindermann, from Australia, created this incredible piece showing a couple holding hands in a vibrant blue corridor, while wearing matching dapper outfits. The image was submitted for the Couple Portraits category and selected by the judges as one of the top images

Atmosphere: Wedding photographers Shari and Mike Vallely snapped this emotional shot of a couple dancing in front of a waterfall in Canada

Family affair! Johnny Shryock, from America, snapped this family as they were getting ready for a loved one’s wedding. The adult guests are all smiling, while the youngsters look less than impressed. The image was submitted for the Bridal Party award

Partying in style! Margo Ermolaeva captured these men having a great time while in Russia, with the groom drinking from a can as his friends pour more booze on him, while they all stand in a picturesque swimming pool

Wedding photographer Damien Milan in Australia, shot this magnificent picture showing a loved-up couple standing on rooftop while other stunning buildings line up the sky. It was submitted for the Epic Locations prize

Taking flight! This daring couple decided to have a wedding photo while lying on the wing of an aeroplane in Poland. The stunning image was captured by wedding photographer Krzysztof Krawczyk and was sent in to the competition for the From Above category

Keeping it cool: Newlyweds in Spain stand next to each other while outside a fruit and vegetable shop. The groom, looking smart, is seen in a black suit with a white shirt as he drinks from a Coca Cola can, while the bride stands with her back towards the camera. The image was taken by Carlos Alberto Peixoto Ferreira for the Couple Portraits award

A glamorous couple in Germany lie next to one another while on a wooden pier in their wedding dresses. The moving photograph was taken by Dirk Spoerer and made it to the top ten images in the From Above category


Romance is in the air! One photograph, taken by Stephanie Kindermann in Australia, shows a couple during their first dance as fireworks light up the night sky above them, pictured left, while another captures a couple affectionately holding one another when in Germany, pictured right. The image was snapped by Kevin Kurek

Having all the fun! Wedding photographer Brittany Diliberto, from America, captured a bride, groom and their loved ones all partying in a swimming pool. The beaming bride even appears to still be wearing her glamorous wedding dress

A couple are seen standing still while in the crowded Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, New York, in this impressive photograph. The image was taken by American wedding photographer Sergey Lapkovsky


Letting all his emotions out! A youngster is seen making wild faces while standing topless at a wedding reception in an image taken by Scott Horsburgh in Australia, pictured left, while a couple stand under the stars in a romantic snap, captured by David Lichtag in Czech Republic, seen right

In love: Ronnie Hill, from Canada, captured this wedding party snap, showcasing a groom standing in front of his loved ones as they make a heart shape with their hands around him

Talk about vibrant! This colourful snap was taken in India by wedding photographer Divyam Mehrotra and shows the groom, bridie and their guests all lying on the floor while being covered in paint

Sealed with a kiss! Brittany Diliberto in America, snaps a couple sharing a sweet kiss on the dance floor while guests cheer and applaud them. The picture was submitted for the Dance Floor category and was selected by judges as one of the top images for that prize

Magical: Wedding photographer Gautam Agarwal, based in India, captured a couple embracing one another before their nuptials underneath the night sky. The picture was in the top images for the Engagement award

Loving it! Guests in Sweden form a heart, with the bride and groom standing at the top. The picture was taken in a beautiful garden and sent into the competition for From Above award

Daring! This adventure-loving couple decided to celebrate their wedding by skiing down a mountain in Austria. Catherine Ekkelboom-White captured the above shot and it was submitted for the Epic Locations prize

Risky! Daring newlyweds, dressed in all their finery, hold one another while standing on top of a mountain in Croatia. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards is open to photographers from across the world

Looking good: A coupe lie next to one another in a car park while dressed in their glamorous wedding outfits. The interesting snap was taken by Eric Ronald in Australia, and was one of the top images in the From Above category

Wedding photographer Pervez Taufiq, from America, captured this impressive picture of a couple standing in the middle of a cave, underneath the sunlight while surrounded by water. It was submitted for the Epic Locations award

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