Perth-based wedding photographer, James Simmons, has won the 4 th International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards (IWPOTY) for a black-and-white image.
James said the image reminds him of the Ying Yang symbol, and as he post-processed the image in Photoshop he became inspired by the design of the King & Queen chess board.
‘After Lisa and James’ ceremony, we stopped in at a spot in the Perth CBD for a drink and
chill with their crew before heading out to their reception. While there, we took the opportunity to shoot some portraits. The location is super architectural and minimalist, with big rectangular columns breaking up the space and the light that reflects into the area.
‘This shot was taken on the corner of a column and was initially a portrait of Lisa standing against the dark side to really show off her stunningly-detailed dress and backlight her veil. Her husband James was standing pretty close, giving her something to look at and as I shot and reframed, James’ silhouette started to creep in.’
James, who also won the Black and White category for the image, ain’t no stranger to award wins. He’s bagged the 2017 AIPP Wedding Photographer of the Year, the 2014 AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year, and many other category wins.
The IWPOTY contest received entries from photographers hailing from over 60 countries. Like the Epson Pano Awards and International Landscape Photographer of the Year awards, the IWPOTY is a homegrown photo contest, with local sponsors Canon Australia and Atkins Pro Lab contributing to the US$22K prize pool.
Plenty of Australians scored category placings in the contest.
Here’s a gallery of the category winning images: