DMBLGiT May 2011 Winners

Packing, finding a house, working with a mover, throwing stuff you hung on to for years, power connection, internet, water…arghh! Nothing related to a move is pretty. So you can imagine how ugly my life must be right now. We left our old house a week back and have been living with friends until we move into our new place (most likely) today. Its great living here with friends because now there is no cleaning or fixing dinner, rather you get everything served on a platter. But nothing gets better than your own bed, a kitchen where you know what is where and a place you can call home. This is what’s keeping us from having a schedule and me from cooking something that I can share with you. All your emails and tweets are helping me survive all this and assure me that its ok not to post for a little while to take care of other important things is life. Thanks so much for that and trust me I am missing you WAY more than you are!

So today I got an excuse to steal some time from my crazy schedule to come here. Today I have the results from last month’s DMBLGiT event and I know a lot of you were waiting for this post. But before I announce the winners, can I just complain how difficult you made the lives of all five of us judges! All 73 of you. I was amazed at the emails pouring into my inbox with your photo entries. Every entry was gorgeous than the previous one and was it was indeed difficult to pick one in each category. But finally we agreed with each other and picked the following photographs which we loved the most.

Overall Winners:

 First Place: Fork Spoon Knife by Asha Pagdiwala (Nikon D5000, 50mm lens).

Second Place: U Try it by Amy Tong (Nikon D3, 18-200mm)

Third Place: 6 bittersweets by Xiaolu Hou (Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS, EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens)

Individual Category Winners:
These are the photos that scored highest points in the particular individual category:

 Edibility Category Winner: Food and Story by Asri (Nikon D700)

 Originality Category Winner: Just Home Made by Radhika (Nikon D90 / 18-105 mm)

Aesthetics Category Winner: Kathryn Grace Photography by Kathryn (Canon Rebel Xti with 50mm 1.8 lens).

Host’s Award:
As the host of this month’s contest I can choose one photograph that I loved so much but was not a winner in one of the categories. I have to admit there were two photos that made my job difficult. But I ended up picking this photo by Claude-Olivier Marti mostly because just by looking at the photo, I could immediately connect with the subject and knew what the accompanying story will be. Asparagus was the hero in the photo, light was lovely and I liked the depth of field.


1001 recettes by Claude-Olivier Marti (Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG Macro).

Congratulations to all the winners! And thanks so much everyone who sent in their gorgeous entries and helped making this contest a success. If you want to participate in this month’s contest then you might want to visit Charline Cuisine who is the host this month or contact Andrew if you want to learn more about hosting the contest yourself.


  1. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time
    and energy to put this short article together.

    I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and commenting.

    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  2. What gorgeous pictures! Each and every one of them, but especially Asha’s, Xiaolu’s and Claude’s! Unforgettable! All the best with the move Prerna. Can’t get over what a coincidence it is that both of us were moving house the month we were hosting DMBLGIT!

  3. Beautiful pictures! Congratulations everyone!
    Prerna, your family and your sanity come first! We will always be here when you get back to your fabulous cooking 🙂

  4. I can totally understand what you mean. Wishing you to settle down soon in your new home and tease us with your eye candy pics. Loved all the photographs and they are simply gorgeous. Congratulations to the winners.

  5. Good luck with moving, Prerna! I know you’ll get through it and enjoy your lovely new home with your family.

    Thanks to you and all the wonderful judges this month. It’s a true honor to be included with these artists =D

  6. I can totally relate to you about the *moving houses* Prerna. think about moving continents in our case. It has been a month and we are still in a settling phase. every has to be done right from scratch. things are better now and I am sure once you move into your new house, it would the same case with you guys too.

    All the photographs are just gorgeous. Food photography at its best. Congratulations to the winners.


  7. Congrats to all the winners! Definitely a lot of beautiful photos!
    And exciting that you will be moving into the new house, Prerna! I have to say, with all the travel I do for work, nothing beats being in a place I call home and sleeping in my own bed.

  8. I think all the photos are terrific, I was grabbed by the first and last photo! Thanks so much for sharing these, and for the photographers for sharing which gadget they used!!!

  9. Congrats to the winners…my goodness..the images are breathtaking. All of them!

    They should all be SO PROUD!

    Best of luck w/ your move and getting settled!

  10. I hope you get settled in soon and life gets back to normal for you. Congratulations to all the winners, the entries are beautiful. I really love your host’s choice award winner as well, like you said the light and the DOF are great. Take care of yourself and hang in there. You’ve still got the unpacking to do too. 🙁

  11. Congrats to winners!!! These photographs are nothing less than eye candy. Coming to the moving part, I completely empathize with you Prerna. Even I am moving to a new house and it has to be done by this weekend. So it’s kinda crazy out here as well 🙂

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