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3rd place in Wildcard Portrait

Holland wedding portrait of a bride standing in a field of pink flowers on a sunny day
Zuid Holland, Netherlands

Gerhard Nel

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Wedding photographer Gerhard Nel, was awarded 3rd place for photo 1998126 in the Wildcard Portrait category for the WPJA's 2017 Tri1 Photography Competition.

The WPJA contest judges presented Gerhard Nel, 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.

2017 Tri1 Photography Competition Judges


  • A dramatic moment as the bride is lined up with the rows of flowers. Quite unusual to have her back turned toward the camera, but that also makes it so interesting. The bride almost blends into the pastel colors of the scene. The bride facing forward, away from the camera, makes it appears she’s looking ahead to her future.

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