I received an Accolade of Excellence from WPPI!

Friday, 4 March 2011


I was ecstatic to receive the news from WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) that one of my favourite pictures received an “Excellent” score at the 16x20 print competition judging, which also won it an Accolade of Excellence in the Wedding Photojournalism category.

“Anticipation” was taken at Candi and Jamey’s wedding a couple of years ago, showing the bride’s mother and nieces observing the outside preparations from the 2nd floor window at the Hart House in Burnaby. It was an unposed, spontaneous moment, and I knew even when I took the picture that the lighting had a special quality to it. If you’ve ever witnessed the judging process at WPPI, the submissions are judged by a panel of judges who consider all aspects of the submission, from the artistic merit of the image to the print quality.

I have to credit London Drugs PhotoLab, who printed the print at my local store within a few hours of my web order, and did an amazing job with the black and white print, delivering great tonal details from the deep shadows to the highlights. Considering that I didn’t identify this as a contest entry or ask for any special treatment on the print, this quality should be reflective of what anybody else can get. It matches perfectly what my monitor displayed and delivered my vision of the print. I’ve written previously about LD’s quality in great detail, so while I knew I was going to get a good print, I was still impressed.

I also have to credit Jerry Ghionis, who encouraged me to enter that specific image into a competition.


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The official news release is as follows:


Martin Chung Wins Accolade of Excellence
in the 2011 Awards of Excellence 16x20 Print Competition

Martin Chung of Richmond, BC, has received special honors in the WEDDING & PORTRAIT
PHOTOGRAPHERS INTERNATIONAL 2011 Awards of Excellence 16x20 Print Competition. Designed
to recognize outstanding photographers, the judging was held in Las Vegas, NV on February 19 and 20,

"Anticipation" received an Accolade of Excellence in the Wedding Photojournalism category.

Chung competed against an international field of photographers to win such honors.

The Awards of Excellence 16x20 Print Competition awards are presented each year at the largest trade
show, educational platform and convention in the United States for professional photographers. The
2011 competition included 2171 prints in 18 different categories submitted by photographers from all
over the world.

For more information please visit www.wppionline.com/competition.aspx

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