7th place in First Dance

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Wedding Photographer Steve Matteo of Illinois, United States
Illinois, United States

Steve Matteo

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Wedding photographer Steve Matteo, was awarded 7th place for photo 1258931 in the First Dance category for the WPJA's 2013 Q3 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.


  • I like the perfect symmetry in this image and the contrast between the lights and the situated couple.
  • The photographer made a tough lighting situation into a nice graphic frame that showed off the decorations and showed the bride and groom