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1st place in Emotion

Bahia bride having her bridesmaids calm her down before the ceremony - Brazil wedding photo

Wedding photographer Flavio Alvarenga, was awarded 1st place for photo 1841546 in the Emotion category for the WPJA's 2016 Q1 Photography Contest.

The WPJA contest judges presented Flavio Alvarenga, a Bahia, Brazil 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.

2016 Q1 Photography Contest Judges


  • I love the tenderness of touch by the women surrounding this bride to wipe away her tears and hold her hand. The light is perfect, as the bride is illuminated above the other women. Composed so the bride stands out, but enough of the other women is included in the situation.
  • A very classic pre-wedding photo, but great emotion. The hands coming to the bride’s face really made this photo a complete story.
  • All eyes are on the bride. This image is about her tears. All compositional elements lead to her face. Even the grasped hands at the bottom direct your eye back upwards.

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