Another fun Pink Lady Food Photography award ceremony at the MALL Galleries. As the wine and champagne, supplied by Taittinger and Errazuriz, flowed freely, accompanied by delicious pictures and bites of food, a good crowd turned out to enjoy the event.

There are many categories with thousands of entries but the overall winner was David Griffen with his picture of a street hawker cooking smoked chicken wings over some coals in Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur. Read the back story here on David Griffen's site.

 The winner of the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year Award went to winemaker and passionate photographer Victor Pugatschew for his image of pinot noir being pressed.

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There were so many very cool photographs that it was hard to pick out favourites but the judges did do an astounding job. The images are picked with no knowledge of who has taken the picture ensuring true quality really does shine through. Above are a few snaps from the evening (I'll have to get a better camera to enter with next year!!).


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