World’s most breathtaking wedding photos

GRAND WINNER: Photographer Erika Mann of Canada

THE most breathtaking wedding photos from around the world have been recognised, with the winning snaps showing unbelievable backdrops, exposing close-ups and magical dance floor moments.
Winners were selected among eight categories as part of the prestigious International Wedding Photographer of the Year competition for 2017, which celebrates incredible imagery from professionals across the globe.
The big winner overall was shot by Canadian wedding photographer Erika Mann, who captured a stunning still of a bride in the distance walking under a double rainbow, toward a rocky peak, along a creek in Canada.
“Paige and Daniel had a super low key wedding, with the reception taking place in their parent’s backyard,” Erika says.
“After a short and unpredictable storm we were treated to the most amazing double rainbow.
“(We) got low into the creek bed so we could remove houses and simplify the frame to the rainbow, mountain and Paige, with her dress billowing in the wind.”

OVERALL RUNNER UP & WINNER OF SINGLE CAPTURE: Photographer Paul Woo of United States

Australian photographer Adam Browne was listed in the top 10 single capture category for his photo of newlyweds popping champagne on a boat.

SINGLE CAPTURE: Photographer Adam Browne of Australia

SINGLE CAPTURE: Photographer Benjamin Wheeler of the United Kingdom

The winner of the dance floor category also proved a crowd pleaser, showing a couple dancing in a field beneath lightly snowed mountains, surrounded by family and friends clapping and taking photos.

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Mike Vallely of Canada

 

 

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Erika Mann of Canada.

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Paul Santos, United Kingdom

DANCE FLOOR: Photographer Mike Vallely of Canada

FROM ABOVE WINNER: Photographer Adrian O’Neill of Ireland

FROM ABOVE: Photographer Krzysztof Krawczyk of Poland

FROM ABOVE: Photographer Donatas Ufo of Lithuania

FROM ABOVE: Photographer Ye Htut Lwin of Myanmar

Other favourites among the categories, which included black and white, photo journalism and epic destination, was a stylish shot taken by Irish photographer Adrian O’Neill, who snapped a picture from above of a newly married couple kissing as they drove down a dead end road.

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Lanny Mann of Canada

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Gustavo Franco of France

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Ho Yee Ching of Malaysia

EPIC LOCATION: Photographer Sara Rogers of Canada

The touching moment a little boy bursts into tears when he sees his mum walking down the aisle tugged on the heart strings of judges, and the bridal party category was taken out by a group staring blankly at the camera as thick fog and snow builds around them.

Competition director Luke Simon said of the winners: “we live in an exciting time with technology that is allowing photographers of all genres greater scope, flexibility and expression of concepts and emotions, and none more so than wedding photography.”

SOLO PORTRAIT: Photographer Mike Vallely of Canada

SOLO PORTRAIT: Photographer Donatas Ufo of Lithuania

BLACK AND WHITE WINNER: Photographer Bruno Sauma of United States

For the full gallery visit iwpoty.com