1st place in Transportation

Phuket wedding photographer captured this image of a groom riding an elephant across a sunny beach while beach goers watch and take photos

Wedding photographer Aht Yomyai, was awarded 1st place for photo 1991516 in the Transportation category for the WPJA's 2017 Tri1 Photography Competition.

The WPJA contest judges presented Aht Yomyai, a Thailand 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


  • This image stood out immediately because it was different and I like the focus on the accidental tourists. I just wish the photo were framed a little cleaner and the couple on the elephant were a bit more prominent.
  • One couldn't be blamed for pulling out a camera or raising a phone to get a photo of this scene. It's not something you see everyday while strolling a beach! Actually, one of the subtler aspects of this image I enjoyed so much is that most folks are simply caught unaware, as though the sight of an elephant bearing a bride simply took too long to register. But, how perfect, of course, that we view this image today by a photographer with the wherewithal to shoot the scene itself as a bigger moment than just the bride's.

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