1st place in Wildcard Portrait

Cartago wedding photographer captured this underwater portrait of the bride and groom as they swim in streaks of sunlight

Wedding photographer Erik Shenko, was awarded 1st place for photo 1665556 in the Wildcard Portrait category for the WPJA's 2015 Q3 Photography Contest.

The WPJA contest judges presented Erik Shenko, a Costa Rica 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 Q3 Photography Contest Judges


  • I know this gets done regularly now, but I thought this was a strong example of the underwater portrait. The lighting and technical execution were very strong. I liked the angle that the photographer chose as well.
  • The apt description for this image would be heavenly...angelic...immortal. It seems transcendent, as if another moment is about to be revealed. So in spite of its “capture” within the camera, this photo refuses to remain captive...it constantly changes.

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Wedding Photographer Barton Glasser of Colorado, United States
Wedding Photographer Brian Hatton of New York, United States
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Wedding Photographer Bai Gang of , China
Wedding Photographer Katherine Birkbeck of Tennessee, United States
Wedding Photographer Shih-Chieh Hsu of , Taiwan
Wedding Photographer Tracey Buyce of New York, United States
Wedding Photographer Julien Scussel of , France
Wedding Photographer Xiao Tan of Shaanxi, China
Wedding Photographer Tomasz Toton of , Poland
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