Canon BP WPOY 2016 -17: Top 50 in Bride and Groom Portraiture Category


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 at some of the best entries in the Bride and Groom Portraiture category.

A couple’s wedding portrait is an undying symbol of their love and union, one that will be cherished forever. It will grace the walls of their home, for everyone to see and appreciate. It will be a photograph that will be passed down through generations, a testimony to the wonderful day. No other photograph from the wedding is as important as that of the bride and groom. The wedding photographer therefore, has the onus to imbibe all of the above qualities, to make the picture truly a memorable one.

Through the years, the Wedding Photographer of the Year contest has revealed a wide spectrum of the variety of ways in which photographers have wonderfully interpreted the wedding portrait. We’ve seen everything… from the traditional bride and groom portrait, to having them pose against extraordinary backdrops, and sometimes, even making creative use of photography techniques to add pizzazz to the picture.

“The judging process was interesting for me as I found so many new things that photographers are doing today. There was far more experimentation and photographers have been bringing a fine art quality to their images. It was very interesting.”

—Dr. Deepak Jon Matthew, Head of Photography Design, National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Judge for Canon Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2016-17

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

Rishika Das Anbujawahar RA
Shammiulla Sayyed Vinod Kumar
Chetna Sarin Sheril Mathew
Udit Chetal Monojit Bhattacharya
Ram Bherwani Nilarun Basu
Nigel Dias Navjyot Vyas
Sumanta Dey Radhika Pandit
Aniruddha Das Gowtham Siva SSK
Gaurav Madan Abhay Rai
Koushik Mitra Edric George
Alok Pradhan Virag Mehta
Naveen Bosco Rupak Chatterjee
Sri Mutnuri Sourabh Bandyopadhyay
Shantanu Bedarkar Nitin Dangwal
Kaviraj Dabade Ashish Parmar
Avinash Roche Harikiran Agnur
Sougata Gupta Bakshi Sudha Mukesh
Neelesh EK Pritam Mitra
Raghavendra Kodangala Debarghya Sengupta
Subhasis Saha Darshan Sethi
Kinjal Majithia Sandipa Malakar
Chenthil Mohan Sombit Dey
Rishabh Sood Pravin XP
Nihar Pareek Niklesh Malkani

Special Mention: Two photographs by Nigel Dias and Debarghya Sengupta were selected in the top 50.

Here’s a look at some of the best photographs from the category…


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

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