WPPI Wedding PhotojournalismA lot of photographers like to debate whether or not entering print competitions are a waste of time. "Printing is a lost art!" declare some, while others staunchly swear that the only opinions of their work that matters are those of their clients. First of all, I believe that printmaking is an incredible art that is absolutely NOT lost. It’s alive and well and clearly seen at WPPI’s annual 16x20 International Print Competition. Second of all, yes of COURSE it’s most important that our clients love our work. That’s a given. Customer satisfaction always comes first and foremost in my business. That said, it’s absolutely crucial that I keep pushing myself artistically. This is a benefit to myself and also to those clients that I strive to keep happy! If I’m not constantly learning and growing as a photographer I am useless to my clients. Every year I curate my own work and enter the best of the best into this massive, prestigious print competition. This image won Second Place in Photojournalism Division : Wedding Photojournalism in 2011. I love this image because it was fiendishly difficult to capture! I had to wait until the precise second that the bride’s face crossed the reflection in the car window, her eye captured perfectly in the shadow line. I am most proud of my awards in the Photojournalism Division : Wedding Photojournalism category as those images are taken in real time with no posing, prompting, or post-production wizardry. Just good, old-fashioned photojournalism!Keywords: New York City (69), The Plaza Hotel (19), wppi (18). Filename: 2011-2nd-place-wedding-pj.jpg. 1/320; f/4.0; ISO 320; 24.0 mm.