Wedding photographer Ralf Czogallik, was awarded 4th place for photo 1598911 in the Ceremony category for the WPJA's 2015 Q1 Photography Contest.
The WPJA contest judges presented Ralf Czogallik, a Limburg, Netherlands 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 love the bride's soulful eyes as she looks at her groom. Truthfully, her eyes would have been enough to make this a powerful image. But, when we add that glistening tear crossing her cheek in a silver ribbon of passionate emotion - as her eyes could no longer hold back the floodwaters of endearment - we are left with little more than a reverent whisper, “beautiful.” I have always believed that images are imbued with an internal power, like living organisms, but only a sensitive photographer can spark them to life.