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7th place in Toasting/Speeches

The best man has the bridal party laughing during his speech in this black and white photo by a Hampshire, England wedding reportage photographer.
Hampshire, United Kingdom

Paul Tansley

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Wedding photographer Paul Tansley, was awarded 7th place for photo 1971541 in the Toasting/Speeches category for the WPJA's 2016 Q4 Photography Competition.

The WPJA contest judges presented Paul Tansley, a Hampshire, United Kingdom 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


  • Wedding toasts often have more than their share of jovial moments but this fella is bringing down the house, The groomʼs expression, as compared to the brideʼs laughter and applause, indicates it must have been something particularly embarrassing or downright juicy about the erstwhile groom who can do little more than play the role of the lackey. Everything about this image is perfect.

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