WPPI 16×20 International Print Competition

Every year WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographer International) holds a print competition at their convention in Las Vegas. It is the biggest event for folks in this industry and this year it did not disappoint. After observing last year’s print competition and seeing how exciting it was to see your work get critiqued by panel of well-qualified judges, I finally conjured up some courage and decided to enter some of my prints this year.

All of my images were entered into the Premiere category – reserved for people entering the contest for their first time. Over 3300 prints were submitted from all over the world and I am pleased to announce that 5 out of 6 that I submitted received an Accolade of Excellence in that category. It is one thing to have your friends and family members tell you that your images are great. But to have international qualified judges recognize your work is definitely humbling and a honor. I learned so much from sitting in on the competition and look forward to submitting more images next year.

If you have not entered anything before, I highly encourage you to do so. Also here’s a secret. So much information and knowledge can be attained about photography just by sitting in on those critique sessions. I walked away with some great tips which I will apply this year. The best part is that these advice are all free! 🙂

They even wrote a press release for me – it makes it sound so official! Thank you WPPI for this award and opportunity! Here is the official press release and the images that won.

Official WPPI Press Release

Official WPPI Press Release



A Rainy Day in Detroit

Accolade of Excellence: A Rainy Day in Detroit



Wall of Promise

Accolade of Excellence: Wall of Promise



Italian Lovers

Accolade of Excellence: Italian Lovers



Forbidden Kiss

Accolade of Excellence: Forbidden Kiss



Accolade of Excellence: Stairway to Heaven

Accolade of Excellence: Stairway to Heaven

And finally, this is my sixth submission that did not win anything – yes this is probably my most favorite one out of the ones I submitted. I know the judges did not like the dark black area surrounding the image, this shot took much patience, planning and positioning to capture it. So I want to share this with you any ways. The final image is:

The Unveiling Moment

The Unveiling Moment

All in all it was a great experience and I look forward to participating it again next year. Thank you WPPI for the recognition and for putting on such a great competition.

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14 Responses to “WPPI 16×20 International Print Competition”

  1. Krissy says:

    These are great Kenny! Maybe next year I will have the courage to enter…

  2. John Gaughan says:

    Great job and congratulations. Forbidden kiss seems a little noisy. Is that intentional texture? I like it.

  3. Mark says:

    Very cool! Big congrats. I so agree with you about sitting in on the judging. It was very informative. What I also learned from it was what they were looking for. I might just enter next year like you suggested 😉

  4. Great images and congrats… well earned.

  5. Austin says:

    Thanks for sharing these!

  6. Alex Palma says:

    I cannot believe the last one did not win some sort of award, it is a beautiful intimate moment but nevertheless it is perhaps easier to appreciate your image because you took it and you know all the work you put into it, then the judges who have a set criteria.
    My heartfelt congratulations to you, keep up your fantastic work!

  7. donna says:

    Wow! I am so excited for you. You deserve all the good things that come your way.

  8. Katya Nova says:

    Congratulations… I love the Italian Lovers one… love.

  9. Vanessa Joy says:

    amazing Kenny…really.

  10. Christy says:

    Congratulations! The “Forbidden Kiss” is from one of my all time favorite sessions. Even though you keep putting out fantastic images, this one is forever burned in my mind.

  11. Harry Parker says:

    Wow Kenny! Congrats! on nice work being well received by the community. Very inspiring.

  12. Stephen Vosloo says:

    that’s awesome dude, congratulations!

  13. Marla-Dee says:

    I really love the Stairway to Heaven and Unveiling Moment pics, they are my favorite ones! Nice job 🙂 Congrats to you!

  14. The Unveiling Moment… Wow… That one kicked my butt. Like you said.. the planning to get the shot. I can totally see it. Love it.

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