Fabio Mirulla from Italy out-ranked more than 1,500 images submitted across nine categories, by 415 wedding photographers from 58 countries, to earn the title of the 2021 International Wedding Photographer of the Year.
The cleverly composed, light-hearted image (above) was entered into the Black & White Category, delivering just the right balance of creativity and storytelling for our panel of international judges.
The winner of the grand prize last year and one of the six judges of the 2021 awards, James Simmons, described the winning piece as “Such a unique image that works on so many levels. The photographer has taken the “earring moment” in your average setting and elevated it with the use of composition, timing, and humour to be a masterful piece of visual communication. The design, content and story are on point, which allows the viewer to extract an interesting narrative from the scene.”
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As the winner of The 2021 International Wedding Photographer of the Year, Fabio will receive a prize pool including an EOS R5 camera and an imagePROGRAF PRO-300 from major award partner Canon Australia valued at US$5,800 and share in US$3,000 cash & products from other leading brand sponsors Atkins Lab, Pic-Time, Pixellu, Narrative Select, Raw Digital Lab and Holdfast Gear.
The Runner-Up was Canadian duo Andrew & Bec of Willow & Wolf, with this incredible image, entered in the Epic Location Category. A true testament to the importance of framing and timing, as well as to the bravery of this thrill-seeking couple who hiked through the dark of night to reach this heavenly mountain top for the sun-rise, before celebrating their marriage lake-side with their nearest and dearest that same afternoon.
International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards Curator, Luke Simon, said: “The awards are continuing to provide a unique platform for wedding photographers to have their best images reviewed and judged by our team of highly awarded and experienced educators and photographers.”
All of the category winners and the Top 15 placing finalist images within each category can be found here.