1st place in Reception

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Illinois, United States

Steve Matteo

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Wedding photographer Steve Matteo, was awarded 1st place for photo 872551 in the Reception category for the WPJA's 2012 Q1 Contest.

The WPJA contest judges presented Steve Matteo, a Illinois, 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.


  • Great framing and isolation of an intimate moment.
  • A clean and simple image framed well by the silhouetted dancers effectively captures the kiss between the bride and groom preserving their private moment without intruding.
  • There's a lot of energy during receptions, if this set of photos is any indication. Most of these photos try to make sense of the chaos. This photographer found a little moment of peace that gives us a glimpse into the lives of the people photographed. Nicely done.