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The International Wedding Photographer of the Year

Engagement or Pre/Post Non-Wedding Day ‘Open’


Engagement Photography or Non-Wedding day shoot of a real client or couple photographed pre or post wedding day or at an Engagement Session (models hired for styled shoots or workshops are not valid).

Category Image taken by 2021 winner Ruan Redelinghuys.



Engagement Photography / Non-Wedding Day Shoot FAQ’s

Can I enter images from Engagement Shoots or post / pre-wedding day shoots in this category ?

Absolutely, you’re in the right place. This category is specifically for these shots. If these images are entered intoanyother category they will not be eligible to win an award.

Does it have to be taken on the day of their Engagement party?

No definitely not. Engagement sessions are commonly an up-sell or inclusion to the couples’ wedding package and these shoots can happens months or weeks out from the actual wedding day and not coincide with the Engagement party celebrations. They may even be a couple who wanted to “try before they buy” and didn’t end up booking you to shoot their wedding day for whatever reason. These sessions are still valid.

Do the couple need to be in their wedding attire, like the bride in her wedding dress?

No, often couples aren’t wearing these things for Engagement shoots preferring an excuse to buy another dress or outfit, right!? We encourage expression of individuals personalities.

Can I enter a photograph from the wedding day in this category anyway?

Good question, we hadn’t thought of that. We’re not sure why you would, but technically there’s nothing stopping you from doing so. It’s not really what the category is created for but there’s no rule against it.

If you have a question we’ve not covered here, check out the main FAQ’shere. (and if there’s no answer there then send us an email or message viaFacebookorInstagram)

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