4th place in Getting Ready

California, United States

Andre Maier

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Wedding photographer Andre Maier, was awarded 4th place for photo 54716 in the Getting Ready category for the WPJA's 2008 Q4.

The WPJA contest judges presented Andre Maier, 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.


  • We spend a great amount of time in our lives waiting for people and events. This photo is a great example of that waiting and how we deal with it. It is almost like five portraits of different individuals playing the waiting game. Great light, great detail, great scene with minimal lens distortion which can make us aware of the presence of the photographer. We have no sense that they are aware of the photographer. The photographer is a fly on the wall.

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