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3rd place in Bridal Party

Oregon, United States

Craig Volpe

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Wedding photographer Craig Volpe, was awarded 3rd place for photo 122271 in the Bridal Party category for the WPJA's 2009 BRIDES Magazine.

The WPJA contest judges presented Craig Volpe, a Oregon, 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.


  • In a noteworthy use of contrast, the photographer depicts the figures as if they’re floating out of the darkness. The boy in front is the only one looking at the camera and, on a level apart from the other subjects, he becomes that much more engaging. Simplicity is the key element here in this handsome photo of the groom’s group. The gentlemen in the background are the supporting cast to the main player up front, all providing a side story to the day.

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