5th place in Toasting/Speeches

A man in uniform uses a sword to uncork a bottle of champagne in this photo by a Zuid-Holland, Netherlands wedding photographer.
Zuid Holland, Netherlands

Christiaan de Groot

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Wedding photographer Christiaan de Groot, was awarded 5th place for photo 1953241 in the Toasting/Speeches category for the WPJA's 2016 Q4 Photography Competition.

The WPJA contest judges presented Christiaan de Groot, a Zuid Holland, Netherlands 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


  • Iʼve always heard that a champagne bottle could be opened like this. And here it is with dramatic swoosh of the sword and small splash of bubbly springing forth. The cork, presumably, never had a chance to perform itʼs traditional pop and but leaves the scene with a new fanfare.

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