5th place in Ceremony

California, United States

Brett Butterstein

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This photograph, taken by Brett Butterstein, was awarded 5th place in the Ceremony category for the WPJA's 2011 Q1 Contest.

Judges Comments

  • This is a twist in the expected moment with the groom raising his arm in a celebratory "fist pump" instead of the bride. But, even better, is how the raised fist is the primary focus of the image. The photo relies entirely on this single gesture. Well…let's not be too hasty...because in the background we find one small detail that almost vanishes beneath the air thumping. At right is a distant hand clap just in case we, as viewers, were unsure whether to celebrate along with this happy groom.

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