1st place in Other Vendors

Wedding Photographer Ackapol Dhuamrearngrom of , Thailand

Wedding photographer Ackapol Dhuamrearngrom, was awarded 1st place for photo 1993461 in the Other Vendors category for the WPJA's 2017 Tri1 Photography Competition.


  • The people working at a wedding are supposed to be unknown, unseen, and blend into the background, and I think this image mimics that idea. The pasta in front of his face makes devoid of any personality, and he is only there to serve. This image reflects that.
  • The alliteration of form…pans and spoon handles, the shape of the tongs lifting pasta from a colander, the highlight striking the top edge of the forearm, and even, what appears to be, vegetables and bread in the background. Adding to the scene are the circular patterns throughout. The down-the-middle composition works perfectly in this circumstance, and I love the mystery of the obscured face.

The WPJA contest judges presented Ackapol Dhuamrearngrom, a Thailand 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.

The best and top wedding photographs from this category

Wedding guests talking to musician. Black and white photo by Andres Preumayr of Argentina.
Venue staff mopping floor. Color photo by Omar Berr of Lima, Peru.
Venue staff serving food. Color photo by Danilo Coluccio of Reggio Calabria, Italy.
A man twirling fire at reception. Black and white photo by Raffaella Arena of Cosenza, Italy.
Wedding DJ at his sound board. Color photo by Shane Snider of North Carolina.
Bride and groom dancing at reception. Black and white photo by Brett Butterstein of California.
Bride pointing at DJ. Black and white photo by Clara Sampaio of Rio de Janeiro.
A singer in mid-air. Color photo by Jon Sun of California.
Wedding henna tattoo artist doing bride's feet. Color photo by Chetana Bhat of India.
A musician's silhouette against sky. Black and white photo by Matteo Reni of Varese, Italy.
Musician at reception. Color photo by Ramone Redondo of Madrid.
Venue staff mopping floor. Color photo by Shaun Baker of California.
Wedding chef at reception.Color photo by Luca Rossini of Roma, Italy.
DJ Timothee Lovelock plays electric violin while wearing an LED lighted suit during a wedding at Moonlight Studios in Chicago.
Christophe Viseux Photography of dancers.
Musician tuning his guitar. Black and white photo by Indra Simon of Netherlands.
Venue staff serving food. Color photo by Ettore Colletto of Italy.
Kid by DJ's stand. Black and white photo by Patrick Engel of Germany.
Musician playing his guitar. Black and white photo by John Benavente of New South Wales.