Posted September 09, 2018 09:04:49 More than 10,000 Maui photographers participated in the first-ever international Maui wedding photography competition in March, and now, a new report reveals the women who captured the moment.
The New York Times reported that photographer Melissa C. Davis won the National Photographer of the Year Award for her photograph of the wedding of veteran Navy Lt.
Robert S. Leventhal and his wife.
Davis was in her early 30s and her portrait captures the moment of the nuptials and the emotional, sometimes painful, moments of their relationship.
The winning image was taken during a military ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on March 16, 1945.
Davis’ photograph captures the emotional and physical toll of war.
“It’s very emotional,” Davis said of her photograph.
“I don’t think you can say that a photograph of a soldier or a soldier’s son or a Marine, that image has ever captured that level of emotion.”
The image of Leventhals’ son, William Leventhin, and wife, Helen, captures their love for each other.
“I think the images that are most often lost to time are the ones that show a military person and their family in the most loving way possible,” said Davis.
“My intention was to capture the joy and the pain that was there for the people that were there, and then bring that love and compassion and love for their family back to life.”
Davis won the award for the photograph that was taken while she was on assignment at the United States Naval Station in Hawaii, where she was stationed.
She was commissioned as a U.S. Naval Reserve photographer in 1973, and was stationed at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
The award was first presented in 1975 by the Naval War College.
Davis is a member of the National Photography Foundation, and her photo is displayed at the National War Memorial.
“The most important part of my work is to capture people’s lives in their photographs,” Davis told the Times.
“It’s not just a collection of photographs.
It’s a whole person, so the most important thing is the experience.”
Davis is the latest woman to win the National Geographic Society Photographer of The Year Award.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.