This beautiful South African photo is among the best wedding pics in the world

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This isn't your average wedding photographer.
  • The best wedding photographs from 2018 have been revealed in the International Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards.
  • From touching, intimate moments and breathtaking scenes to hilarious snaps of people being caught off-guard, the photos have come in from all over the world.
  • We've rounded up the best of the best.

In the eyes of most people, your wedding should be one of the most special days of your life. And of course, photographs can play a huge role in giving you memories to cherish forever.

Wedding photography is big business, and the International Wedding Photographer of the Year (IWPOTY) Awards celebrate the very best.

Any wedding photographer - whether full-time or part-time, professional or amateur - is eligible to enter each year, and a panel of judges from around the world choose the winners from various categories.

This photo by Johannesburg-based photographer Jessica Notelo was featured in the Black and White category of the competition:

Scroll down to see the winner, runners-up and some of the other stunning wedding photos featured in the awards.

Grand Winner: Couple Portrait: Dan O'Day, Australia

O'Day used coloured smoke bombs to create atmospheric images for bride and groom Jess and Des.

"I managed to stop them from giggling and being in love with that 'just married' vibe on their faces for about .06 of a second so that I could get my 'dramatic tortured artist' fix and guide them through the slice of light," he said.

Runner-Up: Couple Portrait: Dan O'Day, Australia

Runner-Up: Engagement: Jason Tey, Australia

"This image was taken in the Lancelin sand dunes, a beach-side town about 140 kilometres north of Perth," said Tey. "Out there it is so dark you're left in awe at how vast and magnificent the universe is."

Runner-Up: Couple Portrait: Dan O'Day, Australia

Black and White: Jiri Horak, Spain

Bridal Party: Thu Tran, US

Couple Portrait: Abbi Hearne, US

This isn't your average wedding photographer.

Black and White: Chrissa Chaina, Greece

Dance Floor: Camilla Andersen, Norway

Epic Location: Christin Eide, Norway

Black and White: Ireen Lampe, Germany

Single Capture: Sara Rogers, Canada

Bridal Party: Célestine Aerden, Canada

"Natalie and Michael celebrated their day with friends and family from all over the world," photographer Aerden said. "One thing that stood out to me was how close they were to their bridal party.

"These groomsmen were so much fun to photograph. I don't think I've ever had a group of guys that was so excited for photos!"

Single Capture: Meredith Lord, New Zealand

Bridal Party: Dan O'Day, Australia

From Above: Nikki Leadbetter, UK

Bridal Party: Shayben Moussa, Australia

Epic Location: Fredrik Larsson, New Zealand

Dance Floor: Aaron Storry, UK

Single Capture: James Simmons, Australia

"Athena and Cameron's sense of style help this shot a lot as its not often you see a confetti shot on a clean white background," said Simmons.

From Above: Steven Stemmler, Canada

Couple Portrait: Kevin Biberbach, Germany

Bridal Party: Tracey Crown, Canada

Single Capture: Mazharul Rafi, Bangladesh

Couple Portrait: Athena Blanksby, Australia

Dance Floor: Sergey Lapkovsky, US

Solo Portrait: Svetlana Ryajentseva, Greece

Black and White: Chris Glenn, US

"I figure showing only half their faces, two halves, make a solid whole… a new stable, solid future," Glenn said of his shot of grooms John and Zorik.

Single Capture: Ryan Bodrug, Canada

Dance Floor: James Simmons, Australia

Epic Location: Felix Barra, Mexico

Dance Floor: Divyam Mehrotra, India

"Dance floor is my absolute love while shooting Indian weddings, it allows you to experiment over different and crazy angles, and this image was one of them, when friends decided to pour in vodka out of tea glasses all together, I knew this is something which doesn't happen frequently," Mehrotra said.

Epic Location: Andrew Pavlidis, Canada

From Above: Aaron Storry, UK

Solo Portrait: Paul Woo, US

Couple Portrait: Jeff Chang, Canada

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