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NZ Wedding Open Photographer of the Year


Photographs that portray aspects of a genuine wedding. Entries must have been photographed at the clients’ actual wedding and may be photojournalistic, candid, posed, directed or staged. There will be an emphasis on reflecting moments, emotions, storytelling and communication alongside creativity, the mastery of craft and attention to detail.
Entries must have been commissioned;
Entries must have been photographed on the day of the clients’ wedding. To accommodate varying cultures, this includes weddings that run over multiple days. Hen/stag parties, engagements and trash the dress, etc can be included in this category;
An entry may be presented as a series, such as diptychs, triptychs, etc;
Any photographers must have the permission of the main wedding photographer to enter the photograph(s);
Except where specified as permitted above, entries must comply with all rules, entry terms & conditions, and the Open – Composite entry criteria;
When naming your entry, use the Category Code – WO.



Permitted post-production techniques:
All forms of post-production
Composite images
Textures and borders (100% photographic)
Use of entrant-created presets and/or third-party presets/plugins, such as, Nik, Luminar, etc.

Permitted camera techniques:
All forms of in-camera techniques including any form of multiple exposure.

Third-party bought or downloaded digital backdrops are not permitted;
Third-party backdrops with identifiable elements created or sold for the purpose of being photographed are not allowed;
Excludes the use of computer generated elements, (eg. where the computer automatically renders an element such as a person, landscape, sky or other item that the camera did not capture).


The Wedding Open Category is proudly sponsored by Canon.


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