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1st place in Details

California, United States

David Crane

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Wedding photographer David Crane, was awarded 1st place for photo 53251 in the Details category for the WPJA's 2006 Fall.

The WPJA contest judges presented David Crane, a California, United States wedding photographer, with this Master Piece Award as recognition for top wedding photojournalism in the industry.

The leading documentary wedding photographers in the world enter their best photos to the Wedding Photojournalist Association's photography competitions. They want their wedding reportage photographs to be evaluated and selected by some of the most notable and respected working picture editors and photojournalists in the news industry (these are not wedding photographers or other WPJA members judging their work). Winning these competitions is a true accomplishment for a wedding photographer.

2006 Fall Judges


  • The shallow depth of field and the saturated orange color make this detail shot stand above the others. If you're trying to show the ring, or rings, but it's in the context of another element like a butterfly landing on the bride's finger, you're in luck. It also helped that the lens used to isolate the insect made a mesh out of the background color which matched the monarch. That's seeing, skill, and luck.

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