8th place in Reception

Wedding Photographer Julie Ambos of Florida, United States
Florida, United States

Julie Ambos

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Wedding photographer Julie Ambos, was awarded 8th place for photo 2008231 in the Reception category for the WPJA's 2017 Tri1 Photography Competition.


  • Yikes, not sure I would want to be at this party. Hard to figure out exactly what is happening but both those faces are great.
  • Oh my! Well, I assume there are worse places to have your face mashed even as this groom's expression and distorted right eye mimic scenes of a heavy-weight boxing match. But what would be a scene like that without the help of friends, one of them, far left, who has apparently already shed his coat shirt and tie. So, perhaps this is a match of the smashed and the mashed. But it's the hapless bridesmaid, caught in the middle, that brings this moment together.

The WPJA contest judges presented Julie Ambos, a Florida, United States 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 Photographer Victoria Sprung captured this happy bridesmaid after catching a bouquet in Illinois.
Bride and Groom laughing during the wedding reception by France wedding photographer Sybil Rondeau
Wedding Photographer Riccardo Bestetti captured this bride and groom toasting their guests at their wedding reception in Lecco, Italy
A shared moment between the bride and groom during their reception toast by Wedding Photographer Ronan Jégaden
The groom and his groomsmen enjoying the Firenze, Italy reception party, by Wedding Photographer Donatella Barbera
A nice look of a little girl when bride and groom kiss during their France wedding ceremony. Photo by Sybil Rondeau.
Wedding Photographer Denis Gostev of New York captured this peak-action moment of a groom stage diving at his reception.
Italian Wedding guests during a reception. Photo by Julian Kanz.
Wedding Photographer Ken Pak of DC made this photo of a brides bouquet flying through the air.
Spain Wedding Photographer Victor Marti of Madrid caught this groom being thrown in the air at a wedding.
Father of the bride reacts as he's lifted in the air during the hora at the Chevy Chase Country Club. Photo by Jason Brown of Illinois.
Wedding guests dancing under lights. Photo by Donatella Barbera of Italy
Wedding kids eating at reception. Photo by Martin Beddall of West Sussex.
Groom gives high five during Wedding Ceremony. Photo by John Benavente of New South Wales.
Elena Bazini Photography, Reception party guests toasting drinks.
Bride and groom celebrate at Wedding reception. Photo by Denis Gostev of New York.
A kid sleeping at a wedding reception. Color photo by Ronan Jégaden of France
 Bride and groom dancing at reception. Color photo by Massimiliano Beccati of Italy
Bride and groom laughing at reception. Color photo by Antonio Trigo of Madrid.