Third Place | General News
There is so much to like in this photograph.The couple is framed beautifully between the swords. The slight smiles on the soldiers' faces exemplify their approval. This is something you never expected to see in a military whose policy of Don'y Ask Don't Tell arguably did more harm than good. Most importantly, this is a photograph illustrating the issues of contemporary times.
It is unfortunate that we could only award this honorable mention in what would have been a first place contender. We feel that the vignetting was unnecessary. It devalues a beautiful moment which easily stands on its own. Photojournalism is the purest form of the photograph. Wedding photography is not.
Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor kiss under an arch of sabers following a blessing of their union at Main Post Chapel on Fort Bragg, Saturday, December 21, 2013. The couple were legally married in August in Washington, D.C., but also wanted a religious ceremony with family and friends. The ceremony is believed to be the first of its kind for a same-sex couple at Fort Bragg.