Lito Genilo Wins Two Accolades of Excellence in the WPPI 2009

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Lito Genilo of Smart Shot Studio has once again proven his mastery with the lens as he received two Accolades of Excellence in the 2009 Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition held last February 14 – 15, 2009 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.


“Getting Ready” received an Accolade
of Excellence in the Bridal party category.
Photo courtesy of Smart Shot Studio

Mr. Genilo’s entry, “Couple in the Shadow”, received an Accolade of Excellence in the Bride and Groom Together category while “Getting Ready” received an Accolade of Excellence in the Bridal party category. Mr. Genilo competed against an international field of photographers to win such honor.

“Getting Ready” received an Accolade of Excellence in the Bridal party category. Photo courtesy of Smart Shot Studio

The Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition awards are presented each year at the WPPI Convention, the largest trade show, educational platform and convention in the United States for professional photographers. The 2009 competition included 2,717 prints in 19 different categories
submitted by photographers from all over the world.


“Couple in the Shadow” received an Accolade
of Excellence in the Bride and Groom Together
category. Photo courtesy of Smart Shot Studio

“Couple in the Shadow” received an Accolade of Excellence in the Bride and Groom Together category. Photo courtesy of Smart Shot Studio

In an interview with Kasal.com, Mr. Genilo shared that this year’s competition was more challenging than last year as the judges raised the bar higher to extract the best from all participants. “What judges would like to see more is the emotional and physical connection between the bride and the groom”, he adds. For the upcoming WPPI competition due in the second half of 2009, Mr. Genilo aims to further improve his techniques and capture photographs that will stir both the visual and emotional side of the spectators and judges.

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