Many wedding photographers in New Zealand achieve photography awards or are competition winners, which should be recognised as a reflection of their high skill level.
There are many well known competitions including the ‘Kodak Awards’ as well as the PSNZ and NZIPP photographic organisations own competitions. It is a great honour to win an award from any of these organisations.
Award and competition winning images normally have an element of ‘new’, ‘experiemental’. This can mean the photographer will produce some fantastic pictures for you. Just make sure your photographers main concern is your photographs, not his next award.