5th place in Symmetry

Shanghai wedding photographer captured this black and white image of the church doors opening and revealing the first glimpse of the bride before she walks down the aisle

Wedding photographer Hongzi Chen, was awarded 5th place for photo 1930491 in the Symmetry category for the WPJA's 2016 Q4 Photography Competition.

The WPJA contest judges presented Hongzi Chen, a China 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 Q4 Photography Competition Judges


  • We have seen this moment many times before, but it is always enjoyable to view when done right … and this one is done right.
  • Such a beautiful image. It has stature. It has the feeling of something more. Itʼs a difficult photo to describe. The obvious elements of light, composition, lens choice and a moment are all there. But it almost seems to have less and thatʼs possibly how it stands alone as a fantastic image. It leaves us with a sense of satisfaction where seeing more would be less. And the symmetrical aspects of the image are practically invisible, yet they add greatly to the image.

The best and top wedding photographs from this category

Wedding Photographer Joshua Dhondt of Antwerpen, Belgium
Wedding Photographer Jenna Shouldice of British Columbia, Canada
Wedding Photographer Kristian Leven of London, United Kingdom
Wedding Photographer Luca Panvini of Roma, Italy
Wedding Photographer Matt Theilen of California, United States
Wedding Photographer Adam Riley of Cheshire, United Kingdom
Wedding Photographer Morgan Lynn Razi of Texas, United States
Wedding Photographer Alessandro Iasevoli of Roma, Italy
Wedding Photographer Julian Kanz of , Italy
Wedding Photographer Raffaella Arena of Cosenza, Italy
Wedding Photographer Jon Sun of California, United States
Wedding Photographer Jacob Hannah of Vermont, United States
Wedding Photographer Danette Pascarella of New Jersey, United States
Wedding Photographer Philip Thomas of Texas, United States
Wedding Photographer Andrea Corsi of Arezzo, Italy
Wedding Photographer Alan Rogers of Victoria, Australia
Wedding Photographer Janine Cooper of Nebraska, United States