UP NEXT – Contest for young wedding photographers


This February, Way Up North and Wooden Banana are partnering to give away over €15,000 worth of swag for young photographers in a contest titled Up Next.

25 tickets for WUN in Rome. 25 albums from Wooden Banana. €500 cash. A ticket for Roadie Workshop. Plus some brainstorming sessions to get the ideas flowing.

It’s a lot to be giving away.

The catch? It’s not a giveaway. It’s an investment.

The future talent that will continue elevating wedding photographers to new heights needs to be supported and nurtured, so WUN and WB are making it happen.

Up For Grabs

There’s a new crop of incredible wedding photographers emerging. Throughout February, Way Up North and Wooden Banana want to showcase the next generation of rising talents.

These young artists are eligible to win:

Top Prize (x1)

Ticket for WUN Rome, seat for a Roadie Workshop, Sample Album from Wooden Banana, online brainstorming session (individual), €500 cash given out at WUN in Rome

Runners-Up (x4)

Ticket for WUN Rome, Sample Album from Wooden Banana, online brainstorming session (group)

Finalists (x20)

Ticket for WUN Rome & Sample Album from Wooden Banana

How It Works

For those 25 years old or younger in 2022 (from anywhere), here’s how it works:

Step One

Send 10 of your best wedding photos. The photos will be evaluated in this step, and the top 25 ranked photographers will be invited to participate in Step Two.

Deadline: February 24th

Judging Criteria: Overall feeling of a signature style

Step Two

Send a video that is 30 seconds or less answering this question: Why weddings?

These videos will be evaluated and this will decide the top-ranking entries overall. 

Deadline: February 28th

Judging Criteria: Level of conviction and passion


The teams behind Way Up North and Wooden Banana.

Fine Print

By participating, entrants acknowledge their entries may be shared on Way Up North and Wooden Banana’s social media accounts. Photos submitted must be from a wedding (not a workshop, styled shoot, etc.). Photographers can be from anywhere in the world. Tickets for Rome may be transferred to a peer if you already have a ticket or are unable to attend. No refunds are available if a winner already has a ticket for WUN in Rome. Roadie Workshop tickets are exclusively for the winner and may not be transferred or resold. €500 given to the top winner in cash at WUN in Rome live on stage. Wooden Banana Album must be ordered within one month of winning (so in March 2022).

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