This past week was the annual Wedding & Portrait Photography Intenational Conference and Expo. Amazing photographers from all around the world come together for one week to learn and keep up with all the news in the photography industry. We have attended every year for the last four, except this year. I had an amazing wedding to capture in Merida and could not get back in time to go. However, I entered three images into the 16×20 print competition. I was extremely excited when friends and local photographer colleagues who attended notified me that all three had been selected and were being displayed among other amazing images, and with them two had received Black Excellence awards and the third had an Honorable mention.
Last evening was the last night of the conference and the award ceremony. So while editing I started receiving congratulation messages and calls. I had no idea that one of my three prints had just also been awarded First place in the wedding photojournalism category, I was beyond myself and thought of how blessed I was. A few minutes later my computer and phone exploded. ”You just won!” a text said, then another “Congratulations!” and another “OMG you just won!” and so on, I was humbled to receive such amazing congratulatory words from so many people and started to answer them. What I did not know was that the image that had won first place had also just won The Grand Award of wedding photojournalism, until I got a text that read…”YOU JUST WON THE GRAND AWARD!” All I could do was stare at my phone and log into FaceBook to see what was going on and follow the posts of some of my friends. To my amazement, I already had many more words posted by friends and colleagues. I am still in a little bit of shock, but more than anything I am extemely humbled and Incredibly honored! Here are the images I entered…
Take Me Away: Excellence Award, 1st Place Wedding Photojournalism, Grand Award Wedding Photojournalisim
La Rioja: Excellence Award
Sirenas: Honorable Mention