These are the world's best wedding photos in 2020

Overall winner, International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2020
(Image credit: James Simmons / International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2020,)

We live in an exciting time with technology that is allowing photographers of all genres greater scope, flexibility and expression of concepts and emotions, and none more so than wedding photography. The International Wedding Photographer Of The Year Awards showcases the work of wedding photographers worldwide and will no doubt be the new benchmark for wedding photography competitions. This year photographers from more than 60 countries entered the 2020 Awards showcasing images in ten different categories plus the addition of the new “Rising Ninja Star” Award.

The top prize came from the black and white category with the contemporary bride and groom portrait by Australian photographer James Simmons. 

"I’m super lucky that I get clients that will just let me do me. 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."

Rising Ninja Star Award winner (Image credit: Midhat Mulabdic / International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2020,)

The “Rising Ninja Star” Award went to Croatian photographer Midhat Mulabdić  chosen jointly by Studio Ninja and Award Curator Luke Simon. Mulabdić was awarded, 1 year Master Plan of Studio Ninja, a tool for professional photographers for managing diary bookings. 

Engagement category winner (Image credit: Antonio Crutchley / International Wedding Photographer of the Year,)

This beautifully vintage styled image comes from the Engagement category, captured by  American photographer Antonio Crutchley. "For this shot, I asked the couple to sit inside the car and pretend they were reading something exciting in the paper. I placed a Canon 600EX-RT with a Mogsphere behind the couple. I then composed and shot the image with a Canon 5D MKIII with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. A Yonguo Speedlite transmitter was used to trigger the flash." 

Other winning entries

Winner of the Couple Portrait category (Image credit: Patrick Lombaert /International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2020)

Winner of the Bridal Party category (Image credit: Coralee Johnstone/International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2020)

Winner of the Epic Location category (Image credit: Virginia Strobel/International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2020)

Winner of the From Above category (Image credit: Mike Vallely /International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2020)

You can see all the winning images here

Read more:
The best camera and kit for wedding photography

Best lenses for wedding and event photography

Best wedding photography tips

Best photo books in 2020

Best photo albums

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Alistair Campbell

Alistair is the Features Editor of Digital Camera magazine, and has worked as a professional photographer and video producer.