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5th place in Kids

Wedding Photographer Sam Dean of Virginia, United States
Virginia, United States

Sam Dean

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Wedding photographer Sam Dean, was awarded 5th place for photo 52156 in the Kids category for the WPJA's 2006 Summer.

The WPJA contest judges presented Sam Dean, a Virginia, 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 Summer Judges


  • I like the way this was shot, showing the kid is quietly looking at the groom getting ready. It works not seeing the groom's face and even adds to the mystery of the image.

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