Editorial Shoot Competition


2021 AWP Editorial Shoot Competition Prospectus


The Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC (AWP) will host its 3rd annual collaborative styled editorial shoot competition.  This experience will allow AWP to broaden its reach as a business network for wedding professionals in the Washington, DC area; and allow members to network with other AWP professionals to achieve excellence within their respective fields. 


AWP invites wedding professionals to collaborate in teams to design, execute, and photograph a styled editorial shoot for a couple in the Greater Washington, DC area with the budget profile of their choice. 



Participation Guidelines:

Team Initiation

Competition teams must be initiated by a current AWP member to participate.  Non-members who are interested in participating should contact a current AWP member to form a competition team.  A list of current AWP members may be found here


Team Captain

A team captain is to be designated by your respective group.  Team captains must be AWP members.  Team captains are responsible for forming your styled shoot team.  AWP will not assist, nor be responsible in helping groups to secure participants. 


The team captain will be the main point of contact between your respective team and AWP for competition follow-up actions.  Team captains will also be responsible for ensuring the completion of all required participation forms on behalf of their team.


Intent to Participate Form

The “Intent to Participate” form must be submitted before commencing work on your team’s styled shoot.  Completion of this form is your initial step to participate in the AWP competition.  As planning a shoot takes more time on the front end to coordinate, this form will be your team’s way to tell AWP you would like to participate, but aren’t quite there yet with fleshing out who is all on your team or what your concept will be.  There is no financial requirement to complete this form—only your declaration that you intend to participate!


This form must be submitted by the team captain/team initiator no later than 11:59 pm EST on Friday, August 27, 2021.  Please find the form here.


Team Structure

A minimum of five (5) group members will be permitted on each team.  Each team must include at least one (1) professional photographer and the use of at least one (1) model of any gender to qualify.  Models do not have to be professionals. 


Competition participants can participate on more than one (1), but no more than three (3) teams.  It is up to each respective team to discuss confidentiality guidelines and procedures.  Participating vendors must be located within the following service areas:  Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia.


Teams should represent a minimum of five (5) membership categories; however, more categories may be represented if desired.  Membership categories may be found here


Official Entry Form

To be successfully judged, participating teams must submit the competition entry form which includes the following:

  • a collection of a minimum of twenty-five (25) or more photographs of their styled shoot event housed in one easily downloadable link;

  • a listing of all participating members (inclusive of their contact information, websites, and social media handles);

  • their inspiration/mood board;

  • a finalized written shoot description of your shoot concept;

  • individual images for contest category judging; and

  • the contest participation fee of $75 per team.

    • * We suggest each team divide the entry fee by the number of overall group participants once the team has been finalized.It is up to each respective team on how fee dues are collected.


This form must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on Friday, October 29, 2021.  Please submit your official competition entry form here.



Competition Scoring Guidelines and Criteria:

Please click here to review the full list of competition scoring guidelines.


Competition Judging:

A team of three (3) or four (4) independent, non-AWP member industry professionals will preside over the judging.  Each judge will individually award points for each category based upon the criteria and rules set forth by AWP. 


Final points will be awarded by calculating the average of each category based on the judge’s scores.  Judges will be allowed to provide written feedback and constructive criticism to the teams to contribute positive reinforcement and guidance to participants. 


Team images will be featured on the AWP website and social media platforms at the conclusion of the AWP Awards Gala on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.




The competition will be promoted online and via social media until the “Intent to Participate” form deadline (Friday, August 27, 2021).  Participating teams will be featured on the AWP website and social media channels upon completion of the awards ceremony.  Teams will not be permitted to share any photographs of their styled shoot until judging is complete.  However, it is encouraged that teams post behind-the-scenes candid shots of their styled shoot—but we ask that you do not show any “wow” factor images until the completion of the competition.


With that said, these styled shoots are not exclusive to AWP!  Teams are permitted to submit shoots for publishing—but only after the shoot has been submitted for competition judging.



AWP Awards Show Gala:

AWP invites the participants of each team to attend our annual gala on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 to cheer on your team during the awards portion of the event!  All attendees (no matter your membership status) will have to register to attend the event. 


Award categories will feature team awards and stand-alone awards for excellence within individual vendor categories (for example:  Best Cake Design, Best Photography, Best Hair and Makeup, etc.).


Contestants will be notified of their individual and group award standings the night of the event!



Deadlines & Form Links:

Intent to Participate Form

11:59 pm EST on Friday, August 27, 2021


Photo Submission Entry Form (with $75 entry fee)

11:59 pm EST on Friday, October 29, 2021


AWP Awards Gala

Tuesday, December 7, 2021