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1st place in Touch

Black and white photo of the bride kissing a woman's hand as she lays in bed by a San Francisco, CA wedding photographer.
California, United States

Heidi Sandoval

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Wedding photographer Heidi Sandoval, was awarded 1st place for photo 1894366 in the Touch category for the WPJA's 2016 Q3 Photography Contest .

The WPJA contest judges presented Heidi Sandoval, a California, 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.

2016 Q3 Photography Contest Judges


  • This image truly stuck out as the leader to me; the emotional connection in this photo is very powerful. It stood out because it is a true story and a real-life moment. I was impressed with the photographer willing to take such an intimate photo. Beautiful.
  • This image is both heartbreaking and beautiful. The bride visits her ailing mother (presumably), holds her hand as she gives her a kiss. The photographer, recognizing this intimate situation, wisely chose a mid-range lens and waited quietly for the moment.

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