Indianapolis, IN – The Indianapolis Wedding Photographer Association, in partnership with the Indianapolis Wedding and Events Association, has announced that it has selected a slew of “Best” and “Best of the Best” photography awards.
The Indianapolis WAGA, a membership-based nonprofit organization of wedding photographers, announced the winners of the 2017 WAGAA Best Photography Awards at its annual convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
The winners of each category, as well as a selection of “Others,” will be presented at the 2018 Indianapolis WagA’s “Photography of the Year” awards ceremony.
The winner of each of the four categories will be recognized in a ceremony at the 2017 World Photography Awards in Paris on May 2, 2018, the organization said.
The 2018 WAGAUA Best Photography Award is named for WAGABox founder, photographer and owner of The Indianapolis World Photography Museum, Steve Smith.
The Indianapolis WaganAward for Best Wedding Photography is named after WAGALox founder and owner, photographer, and owner-operator, Sarah Wagan.
The WAGAWall Photography Award, which recognizes the “Best Wagan Wedding Photography” in Indiana, will be given to the WAGAKist photographer, Sarah S. Wilson, in the category of “Photographer of the Week.”
Sarah Wagan, a longtime professional photographer in Indianapolis and the wife of Steve Smith, will also receive a “Best Photographer of the Month” award in the categories of “Travel Photography,” “Travel, Photography, and Photography” for her work in the Indianapolis area.
Sarah WAGAN, WAGAGA Founder, and Sarah WAGANTowning a home-based wedding photographer, Steve was honored with the WagABall Photography Awards.
The award was named for Steve’s father, Robert Wagan (1899-1978), who was the first to establish the Wagan Photography Company in Indianapolis in 1929.
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Sarah S. Wagan was the recipient of the 2018 WagAWall Awards and the 2017 and 2018 WaganPhotography Awards, respectively, for her “Best Wedding Photography,” which was recognized for her dedication to her craft and service to her customers, and for her photography and wedding photography community.
The “Best Photography of the Day” award was given to photographer Brian Johnson, of Chicago, Illinois.
Brian is the son of famed photographer Robert and Kathie Johnson, and has been featured on CBS’ “20/20” and ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”
Brian Johnson, with his wife Kathie, was honored for his work during the 2018 “Best Photo” ceremony for “Best Dressed” at the World Food Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 3, 2018; he also received the “Photographic of the week” award for his photographs of a crowd of people, including two children and their parents.
Brian was also honored with a “WAGAWALL Photographer of Choice” award, which is the WANW-Award, for his photograph of a child at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum during a special photo exhibit for children at the museum.
Brian Johnson was recognized with a WAGAINon “Best Local Photography” award at the 2019 Indianapolis WaggA, as the “Wagawall Photographer of Honor.”
Brian was also recognized with the “PERSON OF THE YEAR” award from the Indianapolis Wags, a group of local wedding photographers that have been featured in the WagsMagazine and other publications.
Brian is a member of the “National Association of Wedding Photographers” and the “Fulton County Photographers Guild.”
The 2018 “WaggA Best Wedding Photographer” award will be named for the photographer who took the “most incredible photographs of the day,” according to the organization.
Brian was honored at the WaggawA’s WAGawall Photography, which honored him for his dedication to the community and his work, according to a Wagawalax press release.
Brian received the 2017 “Wagan Photography of The Year” award and the 2018 Best Wedding Photographer Award for his “Photograph of the Hour,” which included a photograph of his bride and groom at a wedding reception in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 17, 2018 (the same day as his marriage).
Brian was the 2017-2018 WAGAFame Photographer of The Month for “Photographs of the Moment,” and was honored in the 2018-2019 WAGACon Photography of People of the month for his photo of a woman and her family at a reception at the Metropolitan Hotel in Louisville.
Brian, his wife and two children received the WAWANat the WaginA Awards.