Explore these 32 captivating award-winning images from the International Wedding Photographer Of The Year 2023. The International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards provides a global platform for photographers to exhibit and submit their work across a diverse range of categories.
One standout image captures a whimsical moment during Mikaela and Mitch’s wedding in the secluded mountaintops of Whistler, Canada. As Mitch began reciting his vows, a cheeky whisky jack bird playfully perched itself on Mikaela’s head, creating a charming disruption to the ceremony. Mikaela’s spontaneous exclamation of ‘I’m Snow White!’ added to the laughter. This delightful scene secured Tara Lilly the prestigious title of 2023 International Wedding Photographer of the Year, as she submitted the photograph in the ‘Single Capture’ category.
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#1. Grand Winner: Tara Lilly, Canada
Romantic imagery meets epic landscapes: Mikaela + Mitch held an intimate mountaintop wedding in Whistler, Canada, on the unceded territory of Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh & L̓il̓wat7úl First Nations. We took 4×4 jeeps up to an alpine meadow, home to a number of animals including whiskey jacks. (If you’ve visited Whistler in the winter, you may have seen these small birds entertain skiers waiting in the lift line by landing on their ski poles held in the air.) Just as Mitch began his vows, a curious whiskey jack swooped in and landed directly on top of Mikaela’s head. Mikaela’s shock, surprise and laughter were not enough to dissuade this bird from his perch. “I’m Snow White!” Mikaela laughed.
#2. Runner Up: Carmelo Ucchino, Italy
An almost surreal place where emotion comes to life through the bride and groom: Such a sweet and in love couple that involved me passionately. The simplicity of a refined wedding in Sicily with many facets, from the very romantic one between the two spouses to the very exuberant one in the post-prom party. In this photo, water actually falls from the roof in an almost surreal context, it is a dance floor where the bride and groom do their first dance together. I remember with amusement the slippery floor after prom. A few slips and lots of laughter to liven up the story of this wedding even more.
#3. Couple Portrait: Aimee Flynn
When you get a little bit of weather and combine it with off the charts stoke, magic can happen. Not 40 minutes before this photo was taken we were all being pelted with rain, sleet, and snow. The nice thing is that in places as wide open as the desert, you can see often see weather approaching… *and* you can see when that weather will clear, making for the prettiest and moodiest sunset ever. There was so much joyful shrieking as this couple scrambled over the rocks, wind whipping their hair and clothes. It was chilly and windy, but these two had the time of their lives embracing their (very epic) wedding day.
#4. Couple Portrait: Kenny Chick
#5. Couple Portrait: Daniela Ebner
#6. Bridal Party: Jeff Tisman
The funny thing about this photo is that I did it once before with another couple at this particular venue. The first time the photo had eight people. This couple wanted the same shot and said Jeff do you think you could fit all 16 of us?
I said there is only one way to find out. “You all get in and we’ll find out”. And in they went!
#7. Bridal Party: Jana Weisbrich
#8. Bridal Party: Ed Steinthal
#9. Black and White: Fabio Mirulla
I remember very well that day, it was a very hot summer day and the couple was walking in Siena (Tuscany), in one of the most interesting streets, with ancient buildings and narrow streets that lead to Piazza del Campo, which is perhaps one of the most beautiful squares in the world. We were talking just right before starting the photo session when I turned around and saw that there was a cone of light projecting this very strong shadow against Palazzo del Rettorato. I immediately took the chance to play with frames to create something different, a strong geometry totally in contrast and discontinuous with the usual aspect of the city which is a purely medieval town with its typical bricks. The success of a photo sometimes is being in the right place at the right time and this was definitely the case.
#10. Black and White: Krishnam Gadasu
#11. Black and White: Lucy McGoldrick
#12. Engagement / Non-Wedding: Julian Zeman
Steph and Matt are both marine biologists’ and got married in the Cook Islands it was only fitting they merge their passion for the ocean and their love for each other with an underwater photoshoot. On the day of the shoot, we were greeted with a bit of wind, which made the waters a tad choppy. Determined to get the perfect shots, we decided to venture further out than usual. My mate John, who owns the fishing boat we went out on, took us to one of the fishing fads – a spot with crystal-clear waters, perfect for our shoot but definitely not a spot for anyone scared of deep water. There’s always a bit of a current and naturally on a windy day we’re dealing with it being choppy but Steph and Matt were incredibly graceful.
#13. Engagement / Non-Wedding: Shari + Mike Vallely
#14. Engagement / Non-Wedding: Van Middleton
#15. Epic Location: Aimee Flynn
Being huge climbers, it was super important for these two to climb in celebration of their elopement. In this moment I was turning around to find a new vantage point for photos when I heard, “Oh, Spiderman style!” from behind me. I looked over my shoulder and saw, well, this, and then frantically started taking photos. It’s wild to think I had very little to do with the set up of this photo and that this was genuinely just the two of them having fun.
#16. Epic Location: Oli & Steph
#17. Epic Location: Kamil Grygo
#18. From Above: Ben Lane
We started our day super early with Marianne and Jeremy to catch the sun rising across Lago Di Braies. Later, they would say their vows to each other, surrounded by the indescribable peaks of the Italian Dolomites. But in between was this moment. We had the jetty to ourselves; the lake was dead calm, the row boats still in their moorings. It was a perfect time for these two to take a moment and just relax with each other.
#19. From Above: Kasey Powell
#20. From Above: Megan Kelly
#21. Single Capture: Cat + Jeff – Apartment Photography
#22. Single Capture: Arjun Kamath
#23. Single Capture: Oli Sansom
#24. Solo Portrait: Shankhesh Jariwala
There is a very interesting story behind this picture.
So while capturing bride solo portrait I saw this painting on the wall which was hanging little higher I instantly created the story in my mind about the painting.
I asked bride if she can stand on the little table with those high heels on and she trusted my vision and agreed to do for her perfect bridal portrait Heads off to her That’s how we captured this beautiful portrait of her.
#25. Solo Portrait: Lene Fossdal
#26. Solo Portrait: Paul Santos
#27. Break The Rules: Traci Edwards
When planning with Gillian + Josh it was clear how much climbing was a part of their relationship. Their first date was on a multi pitch trad route and they got engaged on an epic sport route in Moab. The main things they wanted to be a part of their day: warmth, time to enjoy, climbing, beer and star gazing.
#28. Break The Rules: Fabio Mirulla
#29. Break The Rules: Ruan Redelinghuys
#30. LIT: Van Middleton
I was fortunate for this image in that a lot of things aligned. There was a full moon that was tracing a line right between two beautiful big old trees near the wedding venue, I had a couple that was super excited to be involved in a few outdoors night-time creative photos (while their friends were partying hard inside!) and I was also sharing the day with a videographer James Alexander, who was running with a large LED spotlight that I begged and borrowed. I didn’t think my speed lights would be quite right for this type of shot, because I needed something steady and more controlled that I could also light up the trees a bit with. This shot was taken at Worrowing Estate, an amazing venue with beautiful forests all around, which was another stroke of fortune!