THE FINALS - Image of the Year Contest 2023

Welcome to the Michael Freas Photography Image of the Year Contest! I am thrilled to have you onboard. I have handpicked one standout photograph from each wedding I had the honor of participating in in 2023. Now, you, our incredible audience, can vote for your favorite couple from the selections below. Exciting rewards await our winners!

Asheville NC wedding photographer captures the photo of the year 2012.

Fabulous Prizes

1st Place: Anniversary Session

You heard right! We’re gifting a whole photoshoot to a lucky couple to celebrate their wedding anniversary in style. It’s a chance to revisit the magic, embrace the changes the year brought, and create incredible memories together. It doesn’t even have to be your actual anniversary!

2nd Place: $100 Gift Card for your Gallery

 A $100 Gift Card to Your Print Store. Fancy a 24 × 36 canvas of any image from your gallery? This is your chance to add a touch of personal charm to your abode or gift it to loved ones.

3rd Place: $50 Gift Card for your Gallery

A $50 Gift Card to Your Print Store. Choose your favorite prints from your online wedding gallery!

THE FINALS: Cast Your Vote

Voting for round 3, the Finals, is simple and takes place on Instagram.

Step 1. Head over to our Instagram Page here ->

Step 2. Follow the Page

Step 3. Like the Image that you want to vote for = I vote

Comment on the Image you want to vote for = 2 votes


(replies to comments will not count for anything)

How to Win?

Get sharing! The more people participating in the contest, the better your chances. Share on Facebook, send those emails, and remember to promote it on Instagram. Our most successful couples are those who get their friends involved

The Rules.

  • 3 rounds.
  • Round 2: 12/13/2024 to 12/16/2024, happening on Facebook.
  • After Round 2, we’ll again narrow down the images to the top 5 based on votes for the final Round 3.
  • Round 3: 12/17/2024 to 12/20/2024, taking place on Instagram.
  • Votes will reset after each round.
  • The top three winners will walk away with our fantastic prizes.

Any use of automation, fake accounts, bots, or 3rd party apps will immediately disqualify you.


These are the top 5 photos that are in the FINALS! Cast your vote on Instagram for the images you want to see WIN!

An enchanting Asheville, NC wedding photographer captures a breathtaking moment as a radiant bride and beaming groom share an intimate kiss against the backdrop of a serene lake.
Image #17 Kaitlyn & Zach
An Asheville NC wedding photographer captures a heartwarming moment of a bride and groom kissing in a wheat field.
Image #18 Jessica & Kevin
A black and white photo capturing the joyful laughter of a bride and groom, expertly taken by a North Carolina wedding photographer.
Image #19 Brooke & Chris
Two men, an Asheville NC Wedding Photographer and his assistant, standing on top of a cliff overlooking a valley.
Image #20 Austin & Lee
Asheville NC wedding photographer capturing a group of men joyfully running through confetti at a memorable wedding celebration.
Image #21 Michael & Matthew


Round 1 will end on 12/12/2024

Round 2 will end on 12/16/2024

Round 3 and the entire contest ends on 12/20/2024

Votes will reset after each round

Any use of automation, fake accounts, bots, or 3rd party apps will immediately disqualify you.

Michael Freas Photography nominates all images chosen. No exceptions.

Suppose the couple or anyone in the photograph wants the image removed from the competition. We will immediately remove the entry.

An announcement will be made on the @michaelfreas Instagram at 3:00 pm on 12/21/2024

The grand prize winner MUST schedule a session between 12/21/2024 & 12/20/2025 during regular business hours – or the prize will be forfeited (not available during the last full week of April or October)

The Anniversary Session must be held within 1 hour of Asheville,NC or a travel fee will apply.

Expect 25 images from the session

You must be 21 years or older to enter

The winner is responsible for all transportation costs to and from the shoot location.

No prize may be transferred or substituted for its cash value

This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram or Facebook