Competitions

WPPI First Half

First Half

One of WPPI’s two exclusive, members-only competitions in which each image receives personal feedback from one of our world-renowned judges. Entering the First Half competition is the first step towards entering the Annual 16×20 and earning points towards the Honors of Excellence.

View the 2017 Winners' Gallery »

Previous Winners:
2016 2015 2014 2013


Enter WPPI’s The Annual Wedding & Portrait Photography Contest

WPPI’s wedding and portrait photography competitions are among the most prestigious in the world, and are essential for photographers looking to grow as artists.

The Annual 16×20 Honors of Excellence Print Competition features multiple categories, including:

  • Wedding Photojournalism
  • Wedding Couple Together
  • Bride Alone, Groom Alone
  • Wedding Day & Details
  • Bridal Party
  • Children’s Portraiture
  • Group Portraits
  • Family Portraiture

The competition culminates with live judging at WPPI’s yearly conference and a gallery exhibition at the expo taking place in Las Vegas. Prizes include the Grand Awards, crystal trophies, and cash.

WPPI’s Members Only First & Second Half Online Photography Competitions & Galleries

Twice a year, WPPI hosts the online Members Only First and Second Half wedding photography contests. The winners of the First Half competition square off against the Second Half winners for the honor of taking home the International Print of the Year.

This is awarded in four different divisions: Wedding, Portrait, Commercial, and Photojournalism. Sub-divisions include Senior Portraits, Illustrative, and Commercial Photography, among others.

Register to become a PhotoPlus member for essential benefits and to earn points towards your Honors of Excellence standing. Need more reasons to sign up? Every submitted image receives constructive feedback from a jury of your peers and top professionals from the photo industry. Plus, all winning images are featured in a gallery spread in Rangefinder magazine.

Get inspired by exploring all of the past contest winners in our extensive online galleries, which feature many fine examples of the latest techniques in wedding and portrait photography.