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5th place in Toasting/Speeches

San Francisco wedding photographer captured this photo of the bride and groom toasting before slicing their wedding cake as a light casts and orange glow on the otherwise dark reception
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Deborah Coleman

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Wedding photographer Deborah Coleman, was awarded 5th place for photo 2030251 in the Toasting/Speeches category for the WPJA's 2017 Tri2 Photography Competition.

The WPJA contest judges presented Deborah Coleman, a California, 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 Alessandro Avenali of Roma, Italy captured the wedding guests drinking and having a good time in this color photograph.
    France Reception Wedding Photographer Franck Boutonnet can use great light to make photos like this of a toast speech.
    Wedding Photographer Todd Laffler of New Jersey captured the bride and groom laughing during outdoor reception speeches at this wedding.
    Massachusetts Wedding Photographer Nicole Chan works in some low lighting to create beautiful speech photos at receptions.
    Ohio Wedding Photographer Ken Blaze caught these wonderful expressions on the bride and groom during the reception speeches.
    France Wedding Photographer Franck Petit made this image of a young flowergirl crying during her reception speech at the mic.
    New Jersey Wedding Photographer Todd Laffler makes interesting silhouetted images like this one during the speeches at the wedding.
    California Wedding Photographer Shaun Baker recorded this father of the bride gesturing toward the couple during the wedding reception.
    New York Wedding Photographer Emin Kuliyev creates interesting shots at wedding receptions, like this one of a toast with the guests reflected in a mirror on the wall.
    France Wedding Photographer David Pommier made this black and white image of a bridesmaid crying during her speech.
    Maine Wedding Photographer Kate Crabtree makes creative reception photos during the speeches.
    California Wedding Photographer Jon Sun is prepared to cature the emotions at a wedding reception.
    Award winning WPJA Wedding Photographer Brett Butterstein of California comes well prepared to the reception to make amazing photos like this toasting speech in great lighting.
    Georgia Wedding Photographer Cindy Brown documents the ordinary at a wedding reception but makes it very unique.
    Montana Wedding Photographer David Clumpner can work in low lighting at the reception to capture images like this one of the bride and groom during the speeches.
    Nottinghamshire Wedding Photographer Martin Makowski is prepared to document the speech moments at a reception.
    France Wedding Photographer William Lambelet created this black and white image of the bride and groom kissing while surrouded by toasting glasses.
    France Wedding Photographer Benjamin Brette recorded the bride and groom on the dance floor, bathed in beautiful light, while making their speeches.
    New York Wedding Photographer Tracey Buyce captures the moments at the reception of a military wedding with the bride and groom.