1st place in Reception

The bride shoves a plate of cake into the groom's face while a guest holds him in this wedding image composed by a Santa Fe, Argentina photographer.

Wedding photographer Max Pell, was awarded 1st place for photo 1869906 in the Reception category for the WPJA's 2016 Q2 Photography Contest .

The WPJA contest judges presented Max Pell, a Argentina 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.

2016 Q2 Photography Contest Judges


  • Awesome energy and color in this photo. Another image that quickly rose to the top in its uniqueness.
  • Interestingly (to me at least) is how the very finest images are worthy of a comment that could easily become a novel - chapters and chapters of praise in prose. Yet. at the same time, they are the images that leave us dumbfounded with adequate words to describe it. An image such as this exists in its own brightness. It needs little if any comment from me or anyone else other than perhaps a capitalized, “WOW!” And, we must not forget that very purposeful exclamation point! Nonetheless, I can honestly say that the photographer has set a new bar, a record that I suspect will last through the ages, for the traditional “cake cutting” event at a wedding. It’s an image that casts a long shadow across all others I have seen. Wow. Kudos. !

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