The Best Wedding Photos of the Decade

The past decade has produced millions of wedding photos, thousands of contests, and an art form that has evolved at the speed of light. So which wedding photos stand out above all the rest? We're excited to find out!

To celebrate the astonishing artistic accomplishments made by wedding photographers over the past 10 years, we're enlisting the help of top judges and calling on photographers around the world to participate. Our five-part photo contest series will take place over the next 10 months with categories including The Decisive Moment, Impeccable Portraits, Brilliant Concepts, and Wedding Style, and culminate in the ultimate awards: The 100 Best Wedding Photos of the Decade. Submit now - we can't wait to see your photography!


Round 1 - The Decisive Moment

Contest Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET, April 30th, 2020


Coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, the decisive moment is the split-second a photographer stops time to tell an enduring story. You feel it in your bones when you click your shutter, and you know it when you see your clients, laugh, cry, hold their breath, and fall back into the moment. Only 50 documentary photos taken in the last ten years will be chosen as winners 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. Each winner will automatically be entered in our final contest of this series, The World's Best Wedding Photos of the Decade, and will be awarded exclusive coverage and a $100 gift certificate to spend with any of our participating sponsors. Read our official contest rules here.


Contest Guidelines

Each photographer may submit up to 30 documentary photos in jpeg format that are at least 2000 pixels on the longest side. No posed or digitally altered photos will be accepted for this contest. Please include your studio name in your filenames. The price for all 30 submissions is $30, and you may submit only once. The Decisive Moment Contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30th, 2020, Eastern Standard Time. 

Participating Sponsors



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.

Is This Your Moment?


Intro Photos © Isabelle Hattink - Fotobelle, Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry, JOS Studios, Fer Juaristi, Callaway Gable, Two Mann Studios, Isabelle Hattink - Fotobelle, Ken Pak, Cliff Mauntner
Photo of Carol Guzy © Andrea Pritchard, Photo of Blair deLaubenfels © Sue Bryce