3rd place in Groom Getting Ready

This photograph, taken by Justyna Ortyl, was awarded 3rd place in the Groom Getting Ready category for the WPJA's 2010 Q3.

Judges Comments

  • This is a touching sweet moment between the groom and groomsmen. Longer lens cleans up the background so that the focus is on the expression of the groom.
  • Photojournalism is the art of capturing real moments. Every time I see an image like this I think of this powerful ad campaign for gold jewelry sometime in the late 70's or early 80's. The pitch was, "Nothing else feels like real gold." It was perfect. You can buy cheap gold-plated jewelry but it will never feel like the real thing. The same thing is true for real moments. No amount of effort by any photographer can replace the real thing - a genuine moment frozen in time for all to enjoy.

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