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Three Winning WPJA Photos

I’m SO EXCITED that three of my photos won in the Wedding Photo Journalists Association 2011 Q1 Contest. Thousands of wedding photographers from all over the world submit their photos to this contest, so it’s quite an honor to be selected in three categories! (Especially as second place for ceremony!) :)

Thanks to all my amazing couples for providing such beautiful moments to photograph. I was thrilled that the judges put so much thoughtful commentary and praise in their comments for each photo.

From the WPJA:
Since 2002 the WPJA has been the number one trusted source for the best wedding photojournalists in the world. Recognized for excellence by leading wedding publications including BRIDES magazine, the WPJA is an international network of vigorously vetted professional photographers whose work is regularly judged by award-winning photojournalists (including many Pulitzer Prize-winners) and news photo editors. With ongoing curatorial vision the association identifies emerging talent, keeping our talent pool fresh and cutting edge. The WPJA is dedicated to upholding the highest standards in creative wedding photojournalism while promoting best business practices.

This a lovely email that I received from Luda, the bride in the creative portrait category above:

Dear Shira!

I’m absolutely ecstatic about this award! I want to congratulate you from the bottom of my heart! It is a honor to have our wedding to be captured by the industry leader and award winner!
From myself I want to add that I found your work soul touching from the first moment I saw it online and the WPJA award is an elegant confirmation of that!

It’s really the feedback that gives meaning to all the hard work. It’s one of the biggest rewards for me personally.