1st place in Toasting/Speeches

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Wedding photographer Joseph Gidjunis, was awarded 1st place for photo 1766281 in the Toasting/Speeches category for the WPJA's 2015 Q4 Photography Contest.

The WPJA contest judges presented Joseph Gidjunis, a Pennsylvania, 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.

2015 Q4 Photography Contest Judges


  • Love the emotion. The faces have incredible power. Such feeling.
  • There’s a lot of feeling in this image. I always enjoy seeing how the camera can transform the subtle to an extreme - a whisper into a yell. Yet, it’s always done the same way, through good light, composition, lens choice and the anticipation and sensitivity to know when to press the shutter.
  • A tender exchange between the pair captures the sincerity of the moment in this scene.

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