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Group-Shot Masterpiece

The winner of them all is this carefully composed portrait in sepia of an Orthodox Jewish family sitting at a table during the Passover holidays. Included in the photo are many symbols of the Jewish faith; the menorah, candles, Elijah cup, Kiddish cup, matzoh cover, Seder plate, copies of the Torah as well as a real sheep and chicken! Unrelated to Judaism but particular to the family is a scale model of a ship and a clock in the background of the image. Together they signify the long voyage their ancestors had to endure before settling in America.

In the first round of the Wedding Portrait Photography International competition, the image received a Gold Distinction recognition in the Group category. In other words, the honorable judges assigned a perfect score to the photograph; an A+!

In the second round of considerations, the judges awarded the portrait with the 1st Place prize in its category. To put it in perspective, 3000 photographers from all parts of the world competed that day.

After all of the prizes were given out to first, second, and third places, the Grand Awards were finally announced and granted only to the best photographers in every category. Michael Greenberg, the author of this photograph, received this honorable accolade on the stage of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada (2010).

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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