Rangefinder Magazine has announced the photographers selected for their 4th annual "30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography." The 30 photographers, who have been shooting for five years or less, were selected from more than 200 portfolios worldwide, including submissions from Croatia, France, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Tahiti, and all over the U.S. The images will be on display at the WPPI Conference in March.
Each year industry leaders such as photo editors, wedding planners, bloggers, and past rising stars are asked to nominate photographers that they believe would make good candidates. The nominees are invited to submit a portfolio of 30 images that represent key moments throughout the wedding day. Some elements that nominators and judges look for in submissions are real emotion from subjects, uniquely interesting composition and perspective, and a fearless sense of experimentation in their work. "For me, I look for images that take my breath away, have what I call a 'gut-punch' impact and are fresh and timeless," says Editor-in-Chief of Rangefinder, Jacqueline Tobin. The panel of judges dedicated three weeks to viewing and discussing over 6,000 images.
This years "30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography" includes some amazing work from some truly talented artists. "Being selected as pat of the 30 gives a sense of validation and acceptance in the industry," explains 2015 Rising Star Chris Sansom. Sansom further explains that "Being a part of this special group is the difference between seeing what we do as a job, and seeing it as our passion that we are prepared to pour our heart and soul into." To view this years work, visit the online gallery and check out this months digital edition of Rangefinder Magazine.