Tiny People Portrait: Bride & Groom Downtown
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Tiny People Portrait: Bride & Groom Downtown

Award Winner

This entry in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) 16x20 Print, Album, and Filmmaking Annual Competition is one of three similar photos that entered into the competition that year.

This image received a Silver award.

Let me start by suggesting that it's never a very good idea to enter similar photos into competition. Judges who recognize similarities between images will typically judge subsequent similar images more harshly.

I submitted three similar photographs featuring different subjects into two different categories—two for weddings and one for engagements. I wanted to test a personal theory I had about inconsistencies in judging.

This image was the first to appear in a judging room and it received a respectable score of 81 which indicates "good standard of professional skill, creativity and technique."

A similar image appearing in the judging room later in the day scored a 77 indicating an "average professional skill and technique."

Judges reward the photographer who does it first—not always the photographer who does it best.