The Decisive Moment 2010 - 2020

The Contest: The Decisive Moment, 2010 - 2020

Coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, the decisive moment is the split-second a photographer stops time to tell an enduring story. Never posed or staged, these moments are photographed when an artist has the patience to wait and the skill to capture exactly what is in front of them. The 50 documentary photos in this gallery were taken between 2010 and April, 2020 and chosen from almost 3000 entries by our distinguished judges, including world-renowned photographer and film-maker, Joe McNally, four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism, Carol Guzy, and top photography consultant, speaker, author, and owner of WBWP, Blair deLaubenfels. We hope you will enjoy these inspiring photos from the world's best wedding photographers.


Our Judges

Joe McNally

Joe McNally

As one of the most acclaimed photojournalists and film-makers in the world, Joe McNally is a master of lighting and story-telling. Winner of the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalistic Impact along with numerous honors from Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY, The World Press Photo Foundation, Joe has traveled to 70 countries covering stories for major media including Life and National Geographic.

In addition to his many accolades and astonishing work, Joe is a humble, inspiring person, a generous educator, and an expert on what it means to capture The Decisive Moment.

Carol Guzy - photo by Andrea Pritchard

Carol Guzy

For the last 40 years, photographer Carol Guzy has risked her life to pour her passion for photography into bringing us the stories that define the world around us. Recognized the world over for her bravery and brilliance, she has been awarded four Pulitzer Prizes, a feat only five other people in history share. With rare talent and extraordinary skill, Carol changes lives through her photojournalism and we’re honored to have her help us judge the best moments in wedding photography.

Blair deLaubenfels - photo by Sue Bryce

Blair deLaubenfels

For two decades Blair deLaubenfels has focused on the art form of photography. Starting as a successful wedding and portrait photographer in 2000, she went on to co-found Junebug Weddings in 2006 and sell it to investors in 2014. Over the years, Blair has contributed to two books on wedding planning, authored numerous articles for photo blogs and magazines, spoken all over the world at top photography conferences, and curated hundreds of thousands of images for awards and publications. Now, as the owner of World’s Best Wedding Photos, she brings her expertise to every contest we promote along with an illustrious list of judges from the fashion and photography industries.

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Round 2: The Impeccable Portrait, 2010 - 2020