Four times a year, the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographer (or ISPWP) holds a members-only contest to pick out the best wedding photographs of the year. The ISPWP is an organization, created by professional photographers, that brings together the top wedding photographers in the world. It was created to raise the standards of the wedding photography profession. They are a resource for clients who want to make sure that they're hiring a reputable wedding photographer.

The contest has 20 different categories like All About Light, Bridal Party, Framing the Subject, and Pure Art. Over four quarters, or a year, there are a total of 80 First Place prize winners. Out of those 80, we've whittled down the list to our favorite 20. While some were chosen for their artistic value, others were picked because of their emotional impact. It's wonderful to see all the different styles of wedding photography from around the world!

Above: 1st PLACE | ALL ABOUT LIGHT | WINTER 2013
Chris Huang | We-Sweet Photography | Taipei, Taiwan

1st PLACE | BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAIT | WINTER 2013
Matous Duchek | Matous Duchek | Prague, Czech Republic

1st PLACE | CEREMONY | WINTER 2013
Raman El Atiaoui | RAMAN-PHOTOS | Frankfurt, Germany

1st PLACE | FIRST DANCE | WINTER 2013
Chaiyasith Junjuerdee | OAT-CHAIYASITH | Bangkok, Thailand

1st PLACE | FRAMING THE SUBJECT | WINTER 2013
Ruslan Myts | Ruslan Myts | Novorossiysk, Russia

1st PLACE | GETTING READY | WINTER 2013
Mariano Sfiligoy | Mariano Sfiligoy Wedding Photography | Santiago, Chile

1st PLACE | PURE ART | WINTER 2013
Dan Petrovic | Dan photographe | Paris, France

1st PLACE | THE WEDDING DRESS | WINTER 2013
Aries Tao | Clovergraphy | Sydney, Australia

1st PLACE | VENUE OR LOCATION | WINTER 2013
Carey Nash | Carey Nash Photography| Edmonton, Alberta

1st PLACE | ALL ABOUT LIGHT | SPRING 2014
Zhang Ainiu | NIU+ Wedding Photography Studio | Chongqing, Chin

1st PLACE | CEREMONY | SPRING 2014
Nacho Mora | LOOK FOTOGRAFIA | Zaragoza, Spain

1st PLACE | EMOTIONAL IMPACT | SPRING 2014
Tina Wright | Sierra Blanco Photography | Phoenix, Arizona

1st PLACE | PURE ART | SPRING 2014
Nathan Welton | Dreamtime Images | Denver, Colorado

1st PLACE | VENUE OR LOCATION | SPRING 2014
Dennis Jagusiak | Dennis Jagusiak – wedding photography - | Wiesbaden, Germany

1st PLACE | BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAIT | SUMMER 2014
Erik Clausen | Erik Clausen | San Francisco, California

1st PLACE | FRAMING THE SUBJECT | SUMMER 2014
Paula Boto | Paula Boto – Visual PC Studio | Vigo, Spain

1st PLACE | KIDS WILL BE KIDS | SUMMER 2014
Wellington Fugisse | Wellington Fugisse | Silves, Portugal

1st PLACE | PURE ART | SUMMER 2014
Tatyana Chaiko | Tatyana Chaiko | Odessa, Ukraine

1st PLACE | VENUE OR LOCATION | SUMMER 2014
Szymon Nykiel | Lmfoto.pl | Cracow, Poland

1st PLACE | PURE ART | FALL 2014
Emin Kuliyev | Emin Wedding Photography | New York City, New York

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