This picture has very intense emotion that made it easily rise above others. I'd like to know the story behind it; the viewer can really feel their pain. The composition is pretty clean and I like how we can only see one eye of the woman on the left.
There is certainly a lot of emotion in this image. Intense.
Men often emote less than women, so strong pictures of men were less common in this category. This is a beautiful image and the low perspective really helps the figures stand out. The bride's body language adds a lot as well.
The photographer captured a rare intimate moment. This is a behind the scenes moment one rarely sees.
A very touching scene in a rather unusual setting (are they on a train?). The heads touching, arm around shoulders, the young boy reaching over to join hands .... everything comes together to make us feel we're unobtrusively witnessing a very private moment.
A tender moment, which the photographer was privileged to share and then to share with others for decades. Of course, the tears convince me that this situation was just better than the others that were similar in this series. Also the selective focus and close crop helps this particular prizewinner.
A touching moment as groom and bride together wipe away tears. Simple but effective. The hands at the far left of the photo are somewhat distracting; cropping them out would clean up the picture a bit.
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