"Oh my goodness! Was this ever a difficult contest to curate! I initially selected 384 photos that I felt were worthy of awards. I had to do two more passes to get that number down to an acceptable amount.
"This was the first time ever i had the honor to participate as a judge in a wedding award competition. So one can guess that I was super excited and I just couldn´t wait to get to see all the submitted images of this round number 21...''
"This photo didn’t instantly stand out to me, which is probably why it stopped me. At first read, it is a lovely close up image of an elderly woman..."
“In my opinion this photograph is masterful balance of color, moment and composition. The vivid colors and the deep bold blacks completely draw you in...''
This image really drew me in for very simple reason. I like the photographer's imagination and surrealistic approach, using a teapot to create an extraordinary portrait of the groom.
"I love looking at images that make me puzzled and make me think twice about what's actually going on. This particular image quickly caught my eye and I am immediately drawn to find out what's going on.
In this photo, I really appreciated the promptness of the photographer in capturing the moment, with a perfect shot. Also, note the looks of the guests following the bride.
''It is really hard to choose only 1 picture amongst all my selection. I received 1452 images, selected 106, and just select one to talk about was even harder...''
''It was an honor for me to judge this collection for the Netherlands Master Of Wedding Photography. The quality of the photos and the skill of the photographers throughout this collection was very high and it was a really difficult task to choose one photo ahead of another...''
''This image hit me the moment I saw it. In this image, I see, or better feel, what it is all about...''
''I'm a sucker for beautiful wide scenic portraits in unique locations. This one has it all..''
While wedding days are filled with love, joy, and happiness, they are often also chaotic and hectic.
I was drawn to it because it was unique and I had never seen anything like it. I also loved how much emotion it creates without really seeing any faces or strong emotional expressions.
"This picture effortlessly caught my attention by bringing up memories of old movies. It certainly made me curious."
''This particular image stopped me in my tracks as I was reviewing all of the entries. It has an inherent simplicity (tidy composition, b&w, nothing in the frame that shouldn’t be there), but yet has much to look at.''
''This was my favourite photo. It really captured me because every single person in the photo is super happy apart from the elderly lady.''
''Not sure if this image is going to win an award. It may look easy, common, or nothing exceptional to a first look. But let me pick this as my favourite one, because it tells something interesting about the photographer and summarises a lot of things I love to see in a photograph:''
Usually we only post award winning images on this blog. But hey, what can we do when Dennis Berti says this was his favourite image of all submissions?
"This image made me say 'wow' when I first looked at it. Its patterns, composition and movement instantly grab you and it stands in a category of its own."
"Picking one image out of thousands to highlight is an impossible task. I love photographs where the camera is present and invisible. True emotion is captured, not created, and love is dominant. These images make us feel something, and the images themselves are memorable because of our connection to them."
"When I go to a wedding, this is the kind of picture what I am looking for! A photo with a powerful emotional impact. More than being busy with the technical side, I look at the expressions of the people; joy, sadness or nervousness.