The first Wedding Photographer of the Year (WPOY) award was hosted by Kodak and Better Photography magazine at the Hyatt Regency, Mumbai on 19th March, 2010. At the most awaited event for Wedding Photographers in India, the organisers showcased and announced the the Kodak Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year and the Best Wedding Photographers in six different categories.
Kodak Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year- Ranjan M Zingade
Bridal Portraiture- Jiten M Patel, Ahmedabad
Couple Portraiture- Vivek Sequeira, Mangalore
Family & Friends- Pradip Barrai, Kolkata
Emotions- Ranjan Zingade, Pune
Behind the Scenes- Anill Patil, Nashik
Photo Series- William Chang, New Delhi
Says Madhavan Pillai, Editor, Better Photography, “Wedding photography is an oft misunderstood, oft underestimated profession. This is despite the fact that it more exciting and satisfying than many other genres of photography. So, I am glad WPOY 2010 came to fruition. Wedding photographers now have annual awards on a national level that they can call their own”. The quest for India’s best wedding photographer started five months back through a grand scale pan India hunt. The organisers received thousands of entries and a jury of eminent photographers such as Fawzan Hussain, Ariz Aira, Rooshad Garda, Uzair Kharawala, Seshu Badrinath, Sephi Bergerson and Prakash Tilokani chose the final winners.