19th place in Getting Ready

Wedding photographer Harvey Manger-Weil, was awarded 19th place for photo 66016 in the Getting Ready category for the WPJA's 2008 Q4.

The WPJA contest judges presented Harvey Manger-Weil, a 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.


  • This entry makes a great statement about all the time, energy, products, money, angst and paraphernalia that goes into making sure that, on this one day, the bride can look her absolutely most appealing to her potential mate. A great study in humankind and the wedding preparatory ritual. Personally, this can be accentuated and strengthened a bit by cropping. I would come in on the right side to line the edge with the red drapes and keep two thirds or most of the black bag on the floor. I would also come down on the top, just leaving the smoke detector and two wall photos in the background. This shifts the emphasis to the left and accentuates the table covered in the necessary beautifying products, which are an important part of the photo.

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