Wedding photographer Ettore Colletto, was awarded 1st place for photo 1971726 in the Mobile Devices category for the WPJA's 2016 Q4 Photography Competition.
- Nice repetition and position of the phones. The color balance was not perfect, but I liked the lighting and the mood of the photo.
- The blue tones from the phones contrast nicely with the room’s incandescent light. I also like the multiple layers created by the phones.
- This image had me thinking about the different missions of photography. The folks with devices are more interested in a “record shot,” a souvenir from the wedding, whereas, the photojournalist is more interested in social interactions. But I couldn't stop looking at the other photos too. Among the five, left to right #2 and #3 focus solely on the cake and use a common down-the-middle composition while #1, #4 and #5 include the glassware in their frame. Shooter #4 and #5 appear to accidentally include #3ʼs device in their images. So, our secondary winner has to be user #1 even though itʼs cropped a bit too tight. But shooter #0 wins it all with his clever image and great composition that kept me entertained for far too long.
The WPJA contest judges presented Ettore Colletto, a Messina, Italy 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.