AG|WPJA The Artistic Guild of the WPJA

Photographer of the Year


AG|WPJA Photographer of the Year

The AG|WPJA proudly recognizes the Photographer of the Year (POY), that member holding the most contest points (except those awarded from categories designated for portraits and/or details) at the end of each year.

2016 AG|WPJA Photographer of the Year
Matteo Originale, Italy

Matteo Originale’s photography speaks to the importance of the day. Highlighting the wedding couple embracing or rice captured as if frozen above the crowd, Originale’s work reveals textures so rich and details magnified. The results are moments that feel they could never be reproduced. They are of a certain time, a feeling, a story that is unique to each couple.

While he captures those very singular moments in time, the emotions in the 2016 Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (AG|WPJA) Photographer of the Year's (POY) work come through at full force. Unleashed, shared and celebrated, his subjects—whether in focus or not—convey an emotional response that fills each frame. Trained in his early years in the darkroom, Originale notes that in post production he has always looked for beautiful emotions. He looks for passion and love in each moment he captures. He recalls, “When I saw my first photos in the darkroom, I had a succession of emotions. I still remember the sensations of the smell inside the room and the red light that had a unique atmosphere. These moments are in my heart and they'll be with me forever.”