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2nd place in Ceremony

Guests hug the bride and groom as they exit the ceremony in this black and white image captured by a New South Wales, Australia wedding photographer.
New South Wales, Australia

John Benavente

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Wedding photographer John Benavente, was awarded 2nd place for photo 1618331 in the Ceremony category for the WPJA's 2015 Q2 Photography Contest.

The WPJA contest judges presented John Benavente, a New South Wales, Australia 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.

2015 Q2 Photography Contest Judges


  • This image touched my heart; I love the fact that the bride and groom couldn't let go of each other's hands as they greet family and friends. The image is very well-framed.
  • Nice moment at the recessional. Being pulled apart but remaining together.
  • On both sides of the aisle, traditionally, two families reach out to embrace their child or new in-law. But the grasp between bride and groom never breaks, symbolic of their devotion and commitments made as they start their own family which may cross another aisle one day. This is a great moment of warmth and connection, the quintessential concept of marriage as a joint communal vow of love and support.

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