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1st place in Wildcard Portrait

Montana wedding photographer captured this distance shot of a bride and groom kissing under a cloudy sky while standing next to a palm tree
Montana, United States

David Clumpner

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Wedding photographer David Clumpner, was awarded 1st place for photo 1990141 in the Wildcard Portrait category for the WPJA's 2017 Tri1 Photography Competition.

The WPJA contest judges presented David Clumpner, a Montana, 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.

2017 Tri1 Photography Competition Judges


  • Well-lit portrait, and including the palm tree was a brilliant idea. The time of night was perfect to include the drama of the clouds.
  • Another quiet photo that really resonates. I love that the couple is dwarfed by the giant palm tree. Great color and mood.
  • I could write poetry about this time of day when charcoal blues take favor, the languishing speed of the night rising with an alternative canvas. It's an enchanted time, dusk at night's shore. The couple bathes in a warm glow as the dramatic sweeping nightscape engulfs them in their moment together. The photographer has placed them as two souls joined in a big, mysterious world.

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