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Rules & FAQ

Why should you join PROWEDaward?

Are you a photographer looking to expand your reach? Here at PROWEDaward, our mission is to celebrate the quality and diversity of wedding photographers around the world. Our well-balanced and friendly platform embraces the techniques and personality of each photographer, no matter whether you’re a professional or an amateur just starting out.


Not sure if you should join? We’ve taken a closer look at why you should sign up today:
  • Discover a new audience
    One of the biggest benefits of joining PROWEDaward is that it helps you to maximize your reach. With visitors coming from across the globe, this is your chance to showcase your talents to potential clients; however, we focus on quality over content to ensure only the very best pictures are shown.
  • It’s free
    Joining PROWEDaward is completely free. When you sign up, you can upload 12 of your best pictures straight away and then one more each week until you reach 50 images in your portfolio. If you want to upload more and increase your chances of rating higher, then you can join as a paid member.
  • Get rewarded
    Not only will you be able to showcase your photos to new people, but our photographers are regularly rewarded. Whether it’s being spotlighted as our Photo of the Day, becoming our Photographer of the Week, or featuring in your country’s Top 10 Photographers of the Year, there aer plenty of chances for you to highlight your skills.
  • Win money
    Each year, we also host a unique competition to find the TOP 25 best wedding photographers in the world, with a total prize fund of €1500! If you want to find out more about our annual competition, head over to our dedicated page.
Want to find out more about PROWEDaward?
Still not sure if PROWEDaward is right for you? Head over to the FAQ section or get in touch with our friendly team today.

Who can join our community and how to do it?

Any photographer, professional or amateur, who deals with wedding photography can register. Click on sign up. Fill in your email and set your password. You will receive a confirmation code in the entered email, which you will enter in the next form. Then set your real name and surname, your country, professional status, gender, and social links. After that you must upload at least 12 wedding photos in the section MY PORTFOLIO, otherwise your account will not be verified and listed. Then your profile will be verified by our editor, who will also check your social links. It usually takes up to 24 hours. After your first login you need to upload your face picture and set you others specializations and bussiness information if you want.

You can also participate in a paid annual competition and win financial and material prizes, in which case upload photos to the annual paid contest in the section CONTEST SERVICE (it is voluntary).

Can I register as an agency or studio?

Not! It is not allowed studio or agency name, one account is only for one photographer! Please use your real name and surname for the account. The button on the camera is pushed by a human and not a studio or avatar. We need to know who push the button. You can keep the studio logo as a profile picture if you want, but it is always better for the bride to see the photographer's face and real name. There’s no need to hide behind the studio name or alias. If there are more people in your studio, please have them each open their own account, be fair and collect points for only one person. The name and address of the studio can be used in the bussiness folder.

Is the sign up for free?

Yes, it's completely free. You can upload 12 photos at the start and then 1 photo per week and your total limit for the portfolio is 50 photos. If you would like to upload more photos per week and fight for a better rating, you can purchase a paid membership. More info at your MEMBERSHIP & PRICING

How many photos can I upload per week?

There is a maximal limit of 12 photos per week for SUPERIOR members, 6 photos per week for PREMIUM members and 1 photo per week for free accounts. So don't send all your photos for review, but choose only the best ones and as writen bellow it is not allowed to upload the same photos over and over again.

Freshly submitted photos are reviewed by the editors few times a week (not daily).

Can I upload photos I took at the workshop?

Photos taken at seminars or workshop are not allowed. Only photos taken at a real wedding or pre-wedding (engagement) are allowed.

Can I send the same photo more than once?

Definitely Not! You have to understand the building of your portfolio as a year-round competition and it is not allowed to send the same photos all the time! Please don't upload the same photos over and over again, if the editor recognizes the photo it will not be reviewed again, so unnecessarily you don't overload the editors. Your portfolio will be checked once in a while and if we find two identical photos, the less point duplicate will be deleted and the points for this duplicate will be deducted.

As for the annual paid contest, you can submit a photo that you already have in your portfolio, there is no restriction.

What is the rank system and how does it work?

Our rank system is used to determine the rank and quality of photographers based on the various awards they receive over a given period. The Current rank shows the ranking of the best photographers. For each flag you get some points that are valid for exactly 12 months. After 12 months, the flags lose a point value to ensure a fair rating and everyone had the same chances in a given year. The flags are re-evaluated every month on the 1st day of the month when they points expire (For example January 1, 2022 expire points of each flags older than January 1, 2021).

The first flag you can get is a Picture of the DAY (Editor's choice). The best pictures from the previous week will be flagged as a Picture of the WEEK and the best pictures from the previous month will be flagged as a Picture of the MONTH, Picture of the YEAR will also be announced. Of course, the other badges is continuously received as a Photographer of the week, month and year.

The most active photographer will be awarded as the TOP 25 PHOTOGRAPHER of the YEAR or COUNTRY’s TOP 10 PHOTOGRAPHER of the YEAR, so it doesn't matter how long you are our member. Theoretically, a photographer who registers only 2 months before the end of the year can win if he will submitted amazing photos.

The editors can guarantee review of freshly submitted photos only for paid members, free accounts are checked for photos as often as possible in time. In addition, SUPERIOR accounts are checked repeatedly for freshly uploaded photos and their profiles are checked continuously, the bookmarks are given independently of the time the photo is uploaded. PREMIUM accounts are checked only once for photos that have been freshly submitted.

How is the current rating calculated?

The current rating of photographers consists of the rating only of their TOP 60 photos (highlighted) and of the all medals from the last paid contest you had win. The points are updated in the database every day at midnight (CET).

What kind of flags can I get and how many points will I receive for them?

You will receive the following points for the flags:
  • Picture of the DAY (Editor's choice): 2 points
  • Picture of the WEEK: 5 points
  • Picture of the MONTH: 10 points
  • Picture of the YEAR: 20 points
These points for the flags expire after 12 months. (The flags remain visible but their points disappear.)

What kind of medals can I win in the annual paid contest and how many points will I get for them?

You can get the following medals and points for them:
  • Honorable Mention: 10 points
  • BRONZE medal: 20 points
  • SILVER medal: 30 points
  • GOLD medal: 50 points
These points for the medals expire after 12 months. (The medals remain visible but their points disappear.)

How kind of badges receive the best photographers of the given period?

The best photographers can get the following badges:
  • Photographer of the WEEK
  • Photographer of the MONTH
  • Honorable photographer of the YEAR
  • COUNTRY's TOP 10 photographer of the YEAR
  • WORLD's TOP 25 photographer of the YEAR
These badges never expire. (There are no points for them.)

What do you consider cheating the points system?

Any agreements between photographers to artificially raise a rating are considered fraud in the evaluation. If you like photos just to get mutual likes, we also consider it a scam. Message like: 'I have given you several likes, comments, etc. and I will go back in to follow your work. We have to support each other, please give me some likes, thanks.' , we also consider it a scam. In short, if you do anything unfair to get more likes, don't do it! In fact, you don't even have a reason to do this, because currently the editors don't decide based on the number of likes ;)

Do you find it complicated?

Don't worry, our algorithm reliably recalculates and keeps the rating up to day. The points are not credited automatically but they are recalculated every day at midnight (CET), so the rating will not increase immediately after you award get.

Recommendation

Our recommendation for better results:
  • If your photo has already won an award in another contest, add this information at the photo, then it will show a white flag.
  • Add your hashtags and location for your pictures, we can include this information to increase the interaction and impression of the post. It will help you market the social media content more successfully.
  • Fill in your instagram username in your account settings, if we post your photo on instagram, we can tag you in the post.
  • Use your referrer link to invite your friends to join us. You get 15 coins for each new Professional Photographer who will used your referrer link at registration. Loyalty coins can be spent on membership fees. More info at your ACCOUNT/LOYALTY PROGRAM

Picture Upload Guidelines

The same rules also apply to uploading photos to our paid annual contests.
  • Photos taken at seminars or workshop are not allowed. Only photos taken at a real wedding or pre-wedding (engagement) are allowed.
  • Please upload photos with a resolution of at least 1400 pixels at the shorter side, smaller photos are not allowed.
  • Export images as JPEG at a setting of 10 (100%) with sRGB colour space.
  • Layouts, collages, watermarks, copyright, logos, signatures are not allowed.
  • Only bleed photographs without borders.
  • Photos that show images of pornography or have visual content of an offensive, slanderous or extremist nature are not allowed as well.
  • All photographs must be the original work of You and must not violate the rights of any other party and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries.
  • PROWEDaward may use all entries for marketing & promoting the PROWEDaward although there will not be any monetary compensation for the same.
  • The photographs must not have breached any laws.

Who has a chance to be recognized as the WORLD's TOP 25 or COUNTRY's TOP 10 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

Every year you stand a chance to be recognized as the WORLD's TOP 25 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS. This year we will also appreciate the TOP 10 photographers in each COUNTRY! The more points you earn during the year, the more chance you have to aspire to this award.

The first 25 photographers with the biggest current rating will be announcement as the WORLD's TOP 25 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS and the first 10 photographers with the biggest current rating from each country will be announcement as the TOP 10 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS in this COUNTRY.

The current rating includes points for medals you win in the annual paid contest. If two photographers have the same current rating, the number of the Badges (photographer of the week, month, year) collected at all will determine the final order. The announcement of the WORLD's TOP 25 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS and the TOP 10 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS in COUNTRY will be on February 15 after judging the annual paid contest.
The current rating achieved exactly on the day of the announcement on February 15, will be taken into calculation.

How we choose the TOP wedding photographers according to the current rating?

  • WORLD's TOP 25 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS - You only have the chance to get this award title if you will be in the TOP 25 in the WORLD by current rating of your portfolio on the day of the announcement on February 15. You get a title and certificate as WORLD's TOP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, WORLD's TOP 10 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS or WORLD's TOP 25 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS. You can increase your chances by participating in the annual paid contest where you can earn extra points for the medals you win.

  • COUNTRY's TOP 10 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS - You only have the chance to get this award title if you will be in the TOP 10 in your COUNTRY by current rating of your portfolio on the day of the announcement on February 15. You get a title and certificate as TOP 10 PHOTOGRAPHERS in ITALY (for example). Minimum current rating for getting this title is 100 points. You can increase your chances by participating in the annual paid contest where you can earn extra points for the medals you win.



  • More info about the annual paid contest at: prowedaward.com/competition/