1st place in Ceremony
The WPJA contest judges presented Jessica Stout, a Florida, 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.
- This image has very strong emotion.
- We - photographers, photojournalists, visual storytellers or communicators - should remember that our innate and learned skills with our cameras are intended for one purpose - capturing the moment. It takes great skill to recognize those oft-elusive subtleties in their rawest form, where our role is reduced to seeing, embracing and visually marking those grand moments in such a way that they reveal universal truths. In this image, the light, composition and lens choice serve a powerful moment and thus, serve us all.
Wedding photographer Jessica Stout, was awarded 1st place for photo 1676366 in the Ceremony category for the WPJA's 2015 Q3 Photography Contest.