This has been a short short month for me. I had to go on a couple of short yet intensive work trips and an assortment of social events and a holiday party that has left me drained and dreading my hair iron. I am sorry for the delay in posting the results of the November 2011 DMBLGiT photo contest. The judges did a great job and for the most part we were pretty consistent in our scoring. So much so that a couple of categories actually tied up and I had to do a quick round 2 to make the final decision.
Enough of my yada-yada. Here are the winners!
First place: Soma of eCurry with her Strawberry Basil Ice-Cream. She is way ahead of everyone else in terms of her scores and also scored high for originality.
Second place: Chang Pick Yin of PickYin’s Place with her Chicken with Rice and Mushrooms.
Third place: there’s a tie!
Pamela of Unodedos with her Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella, and Zucchini Pie
and Vidya of Kurry Leaves with her Prawns and Drumstick Curry
We also picked one winner from each of the individual categories used for judging – Edibility, Originality, and Aesthetics. The winners in this category are chosen outside of the overall winners above.
Winner of Edibility Category
Jasenka of Sweet Corner with her Pumpkin Cheesecake
Winner of Originality Category
Claude-Olivier of 1001 Recettes with her image titled “Autumn is coming…”
Winner of Aesthetics Category
Karen of Citrus and Candy with her Vietnamese Chicken Salad
If you want to take a peek at all the entries, here’s the Picasa Gallery. Huge thanks to the judges once again, and also to Andrew for giving me the opportunity to host DMBLGiT this month. It was fun and totally worth all the spreadsheet and excel-crunching I had to do! If you are interesting in being a host of a future edition of DMBLGiT, find details here on how to go about it.
DMBLGiT December 2011 Edition will be hosted by Arundhuti of My Saffron Kitchen.
great pix ! and wonderful posts by each of the contestants. Kudos to both the winners and judges:-) A virtual gastronomical delight, for sure !
Kudos sis for doing the Lovely and Great job of hosting the prestigious event!
I am a bit late here to know about the results!
Congrats to all the winners! The pictures simply rock!
Went about the anonymous comments too!It's def not a good idea to pull down the winning one!
As Aparna says, a picture dfferently created or presented (along with the other parametres pertaining photography)would definitely score higher than the rest!
I love the icecream ,chicken and the pumpkin pie the best!
I posted a comment earlier and I found an update on FB about rude comments… So I came back as I thought I might have been rude… But reading a few other comments before me I'm guessing I'm not the rude one mentioned.
After reading all comments especially Soma's… I will dare to think different while taking pictures. I can now see why it got the first prize. 🙂
Anisha you absolutely have a right to your opinion and thank you for putting it across well and politely 🙂
Congrats to all the winners…Love every single pic here ! great job hosting this Nags !
pickyin @ LifeIsGreat
Hi all, this is Pick Yin from Life is Great, owner of the chicken and rice shot.
First off, thank you to Nags and all the judges this round for another edition of this contest. It's a privilege to be considered among so many good photos and just perusing them in the galleries every month brings to me new knowledge to the world of food photography.
Normally I would stop here but since this month's selection had generated several different point of views of food photography, plus the fact that Soma and I are constantly sharing thoughts of food and food photography on Twitter (howdy there Soma!), I feel compelled to share some thoughts of my own, which applies to all the photos selected here. (In fact, I gave her my opinion of this photo on her blog way before we made it into this month's contest.)
Food photography, like photography in general, is an art form, which means the appreciation of it is subjective. In a competition where only a panel of select judges decides the outcome, the public view may differ – which I personally appreciate. Also, the judges, being food bloggers and/or photographers themselves, would consider each food photo with many factors running in their heads – at times perhaps influenced by their personal style/philosophy/approach.
Food photography, as Soma put it, is not an easy endeavor. Anyone who has ever shot a scoop of ice cream when it's 30 degrees C out would know how crazy we drive ourselves just to put up photos which would (hopefully) drive our audiences to try making the stuffs we go on and on about week after week. In the scale of difficulty of subjects to photograph pertaining to the selected winners this month, I would say Soma's ice cream is the hardest, the salad, curry and pie following that and my chicken/rice/side salad the easiest. I don't consider "Autumn is coming…" in this comparison because ingredient/produce photography is widely flexible and can go many ways.
To say more would probably take 10 blog post (Soma would understand this statement) so I would like to conclude with this:
The day we stop learning from others is the day we stop living.
Here's to more beautiful sessions of DMBLGIT to come!
Wow, I looked at all the pics. What a task to choose from all those wonderful pics. Judges, you are the experts and you picked what you considered to be best. My hat is off to you. They are all winners.