Every year the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers holds contests in lots of different categories to find the best wedding and engagement photos from around the world. Below are some of the first-place winners from 2014:
1st Place in All About Light, Winter 2013, Taipei, Taiwan
Photo credits: Chris Huang
1st Place in Pure Art, Fall 2014, New York City, New York
Photo credits: Emin Kuliyev
First Place Winner: The Independence Day
Photo and caption by Marko Korosec While on storm chasing expeditions in Tornado Alley in the U.S. I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching a storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on May 28, 2013. The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but it stayed an LP [low precipitation] storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail, and some rain.
Second Place Winner: Mea Shearim, Jerusalem, Israel
Photo and caption by AGNIESZKA TRACZEWSKA Mea Shearim, the ultra-Orthodox district of Jerusalem. Newly married couple Aaron and Rivkeh will be alone together for the first time after their wedding ceremony. Their marriage was arranged by their families. The 18-year-olds met once to confirm the choice; since then they have been prohibited to meet or even talk.
January: The Start of the West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Beginning in Guinea at the end of 2013 but dramatically increasing at the start of 2014, the West African Ebola epidemic quickly spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. The worst outbreak of the disease in history, by November the World Health Organisation estimated that there had been over 16,000 cases, with 7000 deaths. Pictured, a woman throws a handful of soil towards the body of her sister as an Ebola burial team take her for cremation in Monrovia, Liberia. (Photo credit: Daniel Berehulak- Redux Pictures)
February 7: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Amid security fears and a global condemnation of Russia’s anti-gay crackdown, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics open. Despite Vladimir Putin’s assurances the games would be problem-free, the opening ceremony was not without embarrassment when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open in front of a global TV audience. (Photo credit: Barbara Walton – EPA)
Food stylist first cooks the bacon for the burger in the oven. She does a wave pattern because it looks more interesting.
Then finished by deep frying. Notice she’s using tweezers to turn the bacon. Very precise work.