Your competition directors are:
Widely regarded as one of the best wedding photographers in the world, JERRY GHIONIS
and his wife MELISSA
are based in Beverly Hills, CA and Melbourne, Australia and together they travel frequently on international photography assignments and speaking engagements. Married early in 2011, Jerry and Melissa work as a team and have developed a powerful creative and business force.
A United States Nikon Ambassador, Jerry Ghionis has been involved as an entrant, judge and judge chairperson at WPPI for over a decade. As the most awarded photographer of WPPI, Grandmaster of WPPI, Jerry Ghionis and his wife Melissa are the competition directors of the annual competition.
Jerry won the WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) Wedding Album of the Year for eight times among his long list of accolades and WPPI included Jerry in their Top Five Wedding Photographers in the World. Jerry was named in the first ever list of Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo magazine. He was also named as the 2011 Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year by the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography). In 2009 Jerry won the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) Photographer of the Year among 10 major awards in the United kingdom. In 2011 Jerry was named by PDN magazine as one of the top photography workshop instructors in the world.
Jerry is the creator of the Ice Society (www.icesociety.com
), a photography training site and inventor of the Ice Light (www.theicelight.com
), a revolutionary LED continuous light. One of Jerry's passions is the creation of his non-profit charity, the Soul Society (www.thesoulsociety.org
) which he co-founded with his wife, Melissa. Their charity was created with the specific purpose of caring for poor, homeless and orphaned children in third world countries, one soul at a time.
Together with the team at WPPI, Jerry and Melissa's role for the annual competition is to make sure that everyone understands and follows the rules. They will ensure that the competition itself runs smoothly with respect, fairness, integrity and professionalism.
"My sincere belief is that competitions are about education and challenging oneself and others to share their work with their peers for mutually beneficial inspiration and learning. I've always respected the WPPI competition because it celebrates several photographic genres whilst staying true to its name by being primarily wedding and portrait focused. At the best of times the rules of competitions will always raise a debate as to what is allowed and not allowed. I believe the 2014 WPPI competition is a perfect balance of respecting traditional methods of photography and printing while celebrating the advancement of digital technology.
I certainly wouldn't be where I am today without the WPPI competition. Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned veteran, there is truly something in the competition for everyone. There is no excuse not to enter the competition anymore! The 2014 annual competition will mark a new line drawn in the sand for all entrants to be on a level and fair playing field with categories that encourage and respect all disciplines. If you are new to the industry, jump in and share you work. Your work will improve with repetition, experience and practice. If you are seasoned professional, it is your responsibility to share your work, inspire and educate the next generation! Please attend the judging of the competition on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, 2014. It is an invaluable experience that will provide you with infinite growth. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your entries. Good luck and we will see you at the judging in Las Vegas!"