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Announcing WeddingSutra Photography Awards 2020

We are excited to announce the extremely talented jury for WeddingSutra Photography Awards 2020, one of the world’s leading wedding photography competitions. The submissions open on February 10, 2020, at www.wsengage.com/wpa

WeddingSutra Photography Awards 2020

WeddingSutra.com, India’s No. 1 Bridal Media Brand launched WeddingSutra Photography Awards in 2017 to inspire and honor the best in wedding photography and filmmaking across the globe. WeddingSutra.com has been shaping the wedding industry for over 20 years and has shined the spotlight on wedding photography for decades making it a covetable profession. The award gives vast exposure, visibility, and opportunity to wedding photographers and filmmakers across the country.

Wedding Photographers can submit their entries in the following categories:

1. Wedding Filmmaker of the year The nomination includes a short film no longer than 10 minutes taken at one wedding.
2. Wedding Photographer of the year The nomination includes a series of up to 15 photos taken at one wedding.
3. Pre-wedding Photography This category includes images from engagements and pre-wedding shoots done not on the day of the wedding.
4. Pre-wedding Films The nomination includes a short film no longer than 10 minutes shot after the engagement to tell the story of the couple’s love.
5. Bride Solo Portraits and candid photos of the bride.
6. Groom Solo Portraits and candid photos of the groom.
7. Couple Portraits/Candids Portraits and candid photos of the bride and groom together.
8. Friends and Family Portraits and candid photos of the bridal party i.e., bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, siblings and other family members.
9. Getting Ready Portraits and candid photos as the bride and groom get ready for the ceremony.
10. On the Dance Floor All about the moments captured on the dance floor at sangeet, mehendi, baraat or any other groovy moments from the celebration.
11. Wedding Ceremony Creative shots from various wedding ceremonies.
12. Wedding Details From the rings and mehndi to décor, mandap, cake, and table settings there are endless elements of a wedding in detail.
13. Wow Location Photos that showcase the awe-inspiring location/ venue/ destination of the wedding.
14. Editorial/Commercial Wedding Photography Photos from editorial shoots for catalog/ magazines/ campaigns.
15. Black and White Wedding photos that play with the dynamic relationship between light, dark and all the tones in between.
16. Aerial Aerial wedding/ pre-wedding photos taken using drones, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, balloons, blimps, rockets, rooftops, ladders, and parachutes.
17. Kids The smallest wedding guests can make for endearing wedding images.

Visual and Emotional impact, composition, image design, and technical ability are the key parameters for judging across all categories of the Awards. Experts with a background in photography, design, and filmmaking will come together to decide the best images and films entered into the WeddingSutra Photography Awards.

WeddingSutra Photography Awards - Jury

Brandi Potter

Award-Winning photographer from Los Angeles who has been recognized in 2018 Rangefinder 30 Rising Star, 2018 Best of Wedding- Junebug, 2018 Best of Engagement- Junebug.
Brandi believes that weddings are landmarks in people’s lives and they deserve to be photographed beautifully by someone who actually cares. For Potter it isn’t just a job, she is creating heirlooms for her clients. Her work is a mix of earthy and moody and she loves capturing candid and interactive moments from weddings.

Charmi Pena

Having double majors in economics and IT at Rutgers University, Charmi loves what she does not because she loves the camera, but because of the people who she gets to know through those lenses.

Her documentary approach, coupled with a tendency to break the rules and push the boundaries, has not only lead to top industry awards, but also to a decade of happy clients and recognition in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Maharani Weddings, South Asian Bride and Moment Junkie.

Dabboo Ratnani
Dabboo Ratnani

Dabboo Ratnani is a leading portrait and celebrity photographer who was one of the first to shoot annual portraits of the country’s top actors and actresses, and since its inception in 1999, the calendar remains one of the more exhaustive exercises in celebrity photoshoots in India.

Dabboo is well known for his fashion & beauty photography- both editorial and commercial work- as well as his celebrity portraiture. He has shot for several magazines like Elle, Hi Blitz, OK India, Filmfare, Cosmopolitan and worked with popular stars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Errikos Andreou

Before venturing into photography, Errikos Andreou studied fashion, worked as a designer, stylist and makeup artist, which has shaped his creative perspective differently from his contemporaries. The Greek photographer who is famous for capturing celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor Khan for covers of magazines like Vogue, Elle and GQ has a penchant for creating an escape from reality through his work.

Errikos is an amazing story-teller who loves weaving strong emotions in his images. He is a photographer with a profound interest in people and considers ‘good chemistry’ as an integral part of creating stunning images.

Luigia & Giuseppe, Evergreen Film

Luigia and Giuseppe, founders of Evergreen film, are a married duo based in a cute town in the South of Italy but they travel the world documenting the most beautiful Love Stories.
Giuseppe works have been shown in many international Art galleries and exhibitions like 54∞ International Venice Biennale of Art. Giuseppe is also a writer of theoretical essays that investigate the mechanisms of vision-related to New Media. Luigia photographic works have been selected for art exhibitions and international magazines. Before founding Evergreen Film, Luigia worked in the advertising field taking care of international fashion brands.

Luigia and Giuseppe have solid knowledge and a great passion for Cinema, they are very fascinated by the New American cinema and European avant-garde, experimental forms of Cinema which have greatly influenced their narrative style.

Nirav Patel
www.niravpatelphotography.com, www.niravpatelphoto.com

Nirav Patel is a San Francisco based fine art portrait photographer who is drawn to quiet moments. He thinks his art originated from attempts at self-preservation when he was living in neighborhoods that were…difficult. His work which is featured in some of the top magazines reflects honest storytelling through intentional, artful, & cinematic imagery.

Nisha Ravji

Born in New Zealand, an Indian by heart and parental genes, Nisha specifically enjoys weddings between people from worlds apart. Along with her husband Todd, she has lived between London, Berlin and now Vancouver for the past 5 years and have been chasing their dreams and making new friends along with photography.

Sam Hurd

Washington D.C. based Sam Hurd is a unique photographer with many photographic techniques that shines through his images. In addition to being a wedding photographer, Sam has photographed many notable individuals, such as George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Alec Baldwin, and Michael Phelps.

Sam is not afraid to experiment. His works reflect a sense of experience, skills, and maturity beyond his years yet it still has that freshness in it that is charismatically attractive.

Sara Sganga

Italy based Sara Sganga is a member awards winner of international and national contests by Fearless, ISPWP, MyWed, and ANFM. She was in the ten finalists in the world running for the title of “Photographer of The Year” (MyWed Award 2018)
She was the master of photography at the ProWedding Campus in Naples and a judge of the Romanian photographers’ contest “100 Fotografii de Nunta” in 2018, judge of Fotografii cameramani 2019 and judge of MyWed Award in 2019. She photographs weddings around the world and is constantly looking for shots with a strong emotive and creative impact.

Shivan & Narresh

With travel and holidays being the essence of the brand, Shivan & Narresh cater to the unique & evolving ideology of millennials who perceive luxury in experiences and aim to give them a bold, confident and sophisticated global luxury holiday wear solution rooted in culture but forward in approach & design application. With their keen eye for sophisticated aesthetics and experience with luxury weddings, Shivan and Narresh have also forayed into wedding design and décor.

Sebastian Nandryka, Founder Super Weddings

Sebastian Nandryka is an award-winning destination wedding videographer and photographer. His Fine Art Wedding Films are about the little things. The smiles, the tears, sparkles in the eyes and the lips that anticipate the kiss of the loved one. For him, it’s the people who make the story.

George Kasionis & Stam Tsopanakis, With Heart Films

George Kasionis & Stam Tsopanakis are a filmmaking duo specializing in destination weddings and events, based in Greece. Each with a different background as an artist, yet both awarded filmmakers, after working on a fashion film together, realized that blending their styles and working as a team gave them the opportunity and inspiration to be more creative and to evolve as filmmakers.

They have won multiple awards are and considered one of the best in their field in Europe, filming real love stories and exploring the world to always return to the beautiful blue sea and sun of Greece.

Submissions Open: 10th February 2020
Competition Closes: 15th March 2020
Shortlist announced: 25th April 2020
Winners will be announced at the WeddingSutra Photography Awards Gala in Mumbai.

For all press inquiries, please contact: editor@weddingsutra.com

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