9th place in Getting Ready

Georgia, United States

Shawna Herring

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Wedding photographer Shawna Herring, was awarded 9th place for photo 66241 in the Getting Ready category for the WPJA's 2008 Q4.

The WPJA contest judges presented Shawna Herring, a Georgia, 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.

Photographer's Comment

The atmosphere in the room where the bride is getting ready varies from pure excitement/anticipation to somber stillness and meditation. The brides father simply sat down to observe and take in the last moments before walking her down the aisle.


  • I loved the timelessness of this picture. A real interesting quiet moment out of the chaos.

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