Looking at wedding photos all day is practically our job here at BRIDES, so when Junebug Weddings released its 'Best of the Best Wedding Photography' collection, we knew we had to take a peek. And by "peek," we mean become so entranced in the stunning photos that time and space become obsolete. No, seriously!
The top 50 images, which were chosen from a massive pool of 9,000 submissions sent in from 50 different countries, are truly breathtaking pieces of art. They not only feature deeply emotional moments between a bride and groom, but wondrous shots of mountaintops, confetti drops, and the simple joy of a wedding celebrated with friends and family.
The competition has attracted a huge number of photographers ever since it debuted in 2008, and it often has the potential to catapult a photographer's career to star status. It's just about one of the highest awards a wedding photographer can receive in their lifetime. But they have other chances to submit their work throughout the year, including the popular "Best Engagement Photographs of the Year" contest, which opens for submissions in March.
“What makes me so proud of this year’s collection is that you can feel the emotions of a wedding day through these 50 images. It’s a powerfully emotive experience," Carrie Schwab, the general manager and editor-in-chief of Junebug Weddings, said in a press release. To help pick out the finalists, five world-renowned wedding photographers judged this year’s contest: Mike and Shari Vallely of Shari + Mike, Benj Haisch, and Ben and Erin Chrisman of Chrisman Studios.
"In 2008, the Best of Wedding photo contest attracted mostly US photographers, but over the years, the interest from international photographers has grown exponentially," Schwab said. "Today, more than half of the submissions we receive are from photographers outside of the U.S." So what does this mean for the contest itself? Not only does it mean more diversity, but it also means a plethora of beautiful, exotic locations to use as a backdrop rule the most stunning photos of 2016.
Now go ahead and swoon over the photos yourself!
You can find all of the winning photos here.