DMBLGIT December 2010: The Winners

It has been such a pleasure for me to host the DMBLGIT event. Seeing all of the lovely entries has been so inspiring.

First, let me introduce you to the wonderful panel of judges for this month’s event:

Meet the judges


Asha Pagdiwalla, of Fork Spoon Knife, is Indian by birth and now enjoys life in New York. She started her blog in 2008 as a distraction from the impending recession, but it turned into an obsession. There, she shares delicious dishes accompanied by gorgeous photos.

Jennifer Bartoli is a food writer and photographer. She has been running her blog, for 3 years and is an online editor for She absolutely loves anything to do with cooking, food styling and photography.

Emma Gardner, of Poires au Chocolat, is a 21-year-old student who spends most of her free time baking, trying to attain some kind of perfection in the kitchen. She resides in Oxford (England) during term time, where she studies English Literature, and returns home to the Swiss Alps in the holidays. She was taught to cook by her mum and grandma, along with many cookery books.



Prerna, of Indian Simmer, is a learning wife, a learning new mom and a learning cook. She was born in a small town of central India. She met her wonderful husband and moved to the US where she cooks in the tiny kitchen of her small apartment in Charlotte, NC. She started her blog as a way to organize her recipes and make Indian cooking a little more approachable for everyone.

Overall Winners:

The judges scored each of the 39 entries in three categories: aesthetics, originality, and edibility. The overall winners were chosen by combining the scores from the three categories.


First Place: Pomegranate Rubies by Dario Milano of Food Pixels. Taken with a Nikon D700 and Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 lens.

Exposure: ~ ISO: 200 ~ Shutter: 1/200 ~ Aperture: 6.3 ~ No flash used ~


“Love this. So rich and seasonal. Unusual too.”

“Great styling and perfect lighting brought the subject to life.”

Second Place: Spaghetti with Tomato Vodka Sauce by by Xiaolu Hou of 6 BittersweetsTaken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS with EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens.


“Beautiful compositon for a simple classic- especially when it can be difficult to capture the beauty of a plateful of spaghetti.”

“Gorgeous lighting/background tone. Like the styling too, especially the way the pasta is twirled. “

Third Place: corn bread, avocado, summer salad by Cathy x of aficionadoTaken with a Canon 450D with a 24-70mm lens.


“This photo really caught my eye – very unusual. Love the colours. “

Individual Category Winners:

Excluding the overall winners, these are the highest scoring photos for each category.

Aesthetics Category Winner: Candied Orange Peel by Cookie of Cook, Snap, Repeat. Taken with a Canon T1i at 50mm.


“Great composition – I like the choice of landscape. Lovely colours and depth of the white background. “

Originality Winner: Masoor Dhal Ingredients by Ananda Rajashekar of Pinch of LoveTaken with a Canon EOS 450D and an 18-55 Lens.

Edibility Winner: Shrimp with Scallions in Chile Tamari Sauce by Soma of ecurryTaken with a Konica Minolta Dimage A200 at 40.3 mm.

Host’s Award:

As host for the DMBLGIT event, I am allowed to choose one winner that I think deserves a mention, even if it didn’t win in the main categories.

Noodle and Prawn Stir Fried by Asri of Food and Story. Taken with a Nikon D700.

My comments:

This is is very appealing to me. The lighting is very cheery and appetizing. I love the way the noodles and prawn are speared by the fork.


There were so many other wonderful entries not mentioned here. Please check them out here: {link}

Thank you to everyone who entered!


Next month’s edition of DMBLGIT will be hosted by Katharine of A Girl in Madrid

If you would like to host an edition of this event, please mail Andrew.

19 Responses to “DMBLGIT December 2010: The Winners”

  1. congrats to the winners

  2. so inspiring to see the creativity of others!gorgeous…
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  3. Miriam says:

    Certainly well deserved, all of them! Congratulations to all! And Happy New Year!

  4. Congrats to all the winners! I love the noodle and prawn stir fry! The lighting, focus and styling are great!

  5. Asha@FSk says:

    Congrats to all the winners! It was so great reviewing all the fabulous entries and sometime making difficult decisions.. Thanks Erica for hosting and coordinating the event this month!

  6. Thanks to the judges and Erica for being a fabulous host! Congrats to all the winners and participants for the lovely entries. I’m so honored to have received this prize :). Happy New Year, all!

  7. Aparna says:

    Congratulations to the winners and all the participants. The judges have done a great job as usual. And thanks for hosting this edition.

  8. cathy x. says:

    aww.. thank you! :D it’s so nice to receive feedback once in a while as well!

  9. Bharathy says:

    Congrats to the Winners!:)
    The Judges have done a Perfect job in awarding the well deserved shots!

  10. Soma says:

    I am so honored! Thanks to all the judges and of course you Erica for hosting. Congratulations to all the winners and to all those who participated.

    Happy New Year! Have a fab one.

  11. Congrats to all who took part. Thanks Erica for for hosting and the judges…I’m overwhelmed :)

  12. sneige says:

    Congrats to all winners, so well deserved and so inspiring as well!
    Thank you judges and thanks Erica for being such a wonderful host!
    And Happy New Year all!

  13. Congratulations to all the winners! That was one tough decision we had to make and all the winners are very well deserved!
    Thanks Erica for hosting and making us all a part of this wonderful event!

  14. Congratulation to all winners, and thank you for the change I m so honored !
    Thanks Erica and judges.

  15. Congratulations to the winners! I had a lot of fun judging. Thanks for being such a great host Erica.

  16. Wow…some of them are my fave. Congrats to all winners and many thanks to judges.
    For Erica, thanks for being such a wonderful host :)

  17. What a great way to start the New Year!
    Thank you guys, thanks to the judges and to Erica for hosting the comp.
    I am truly honoured to have received such a great award, and will proudly show the DMBLGIT badge on my website!

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    I am sitting with your father Mr. Barid Baran Mukherjee chatting about you….

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