Canon BP WPOY 2016 -17: Top 50 -Behind the Scenes or Offbeat


With the judging complete of the Canon Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2016-17 contest, we will be revealing the top 50 photographs that made it to each of the six categories—Bride and Groom Portraiture, Family and Friends, Emotions, Behind the Scenes or Offbeat, Finer Wedding Details or Still Life and Photoseries on a single Wedding. Let’s look first at the Behind the Scenes or Offbeat category.

Everybody looks forward to beautiful pictures of the perfect moments from their wedding, but what really goes on when the cameras are off? A tired groom, an ecstatic parent, a nervous bride… it’s these unguarded moments that make this category so special. In the Behind the Scenes or Offbeat category, contestants have put forward the little, unseen moments that also come with a wedding, that often go unnoticed.

“I found the judging process to be brilliant.  While I feel that last year’s entries were more experimental, I found the Photoseries on a Single Wedding category to be unique… a breath of freshness, something we are all looking for when judging a competition such as this. Photographers need to push the boundaries considering this is a democratic medium. However, this is easier said and done. WPOY actually forces people to go beyond their comfort zone.”

Prashant Godbole, Founder & Creative Director, Ideas@Work, Judge for Canon Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2016-17. 

Here are the contestants who made it to our Top 50 list:

Abhimanyu Sharma Nikhil Ghai
Abhishek Scariya Nikhil Kumar
Alok Pradhan Nilarun Basu
Anuj Patel Niraj Kedar
Anupam Maurya Nitin Dangwal
Anush Bhat Pramod Mitta
Atul Raval Pulkesin K Tiwary
Bharat Agrawal Radhika Pandit
Bharath S Rajshekar Reddy
Bindi Sheth Rohan Mishra
Chenthil Mohan Ruhan PS
Chetna Sarin Saketesh Mohapatra
Debarghya Sengupta Satya Poojary
Deven Kulkarni Saurabh Chhabra
Divyam Mehrotra Shanthan Reddy
Edric George Sharan Ranjit
Hemant Assotikar Sheril Mathew
India Gujrat Shraddha Rathi
Jeno Johnson Tarun Jha
Kartik Jasti Thurga Rajasekar
Kaustav Sarkar Vinayak Dalvi
Lucky Malhotra Virag Mehta

Special Mention: Three images by Abhishek Scariya and Nitin Dangwal and two images by Kaustav Sarkar and Nilarun Basu were selected in the top 50.

A look at some of the best photographs in the category…

The top 6 from each category will be revealed in the January 2017 issue of Better Photography!

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