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Monday, August 28, 2006
Mirror mirror on the wall ... who is the winner of them all?

Seventy-two contestants! Hours of work! But gosh, this was worth the effort. Not only I discovered talented foodbloggers I didn't know before but I'm also cheerful to have participated to such an event involving the whole foodblogging community, which I'm proud to be part of.
So thank you everybody for participating, 'de près ou de loin'.
You'll notice the judges and myself have decided to add a couple (OK, a little more than that) of categories because some pictures really stood out and we wanted to congratulate the brilliant photographers (which is, in my opinion, the aim of Does my blog look good in this? -- Andrew, I hope you won't mind :*)

I can't make you wait any longer. Here are the results. Roulement de tambour...

It may be due to the heat or to the icy-licious pictures, but ice-cream is certainly THE big winner of this month challenge. Either in sandwich, in handmade buckets or in lovely cones... We are all melting for these beautiful iced delights.
Haalo from Melbourne gratifies us with a gorgeous blackberry semifreddo sandwhich.
We really liked the vitality of the bright pink and the cute heart details.
eatability – 9/10
originality – 9,75/10
aesthetics – 8,5/10
total – 27,25/30

This beautiful blueberry ice-cream picture hit us because of the wonderful composition and styling (Mae painted the buckets herself!) but also because of its quality.
eatability – 9,03/10
originality – 8,35/10
aesthetics – 9,83/10
total – 27,20

This sexy picture comes from Aun/S. We loved its sensuality – two ice-cream cones, a bottle of wine (is it wine/champagne Aun?)... Lighting and focus are also excellent making this picture a professional look-a-like.
eatability – 8,85/10
originality – 8,55/10
aesthetics – 9,60/10
total – 27/30

What is yummier than pancakes drenched in a melted-golden-like maple syrup? Nothing.
Kit proves us that simpler is better. A stack of fat pancakes and a drizzle of maple syrup and our judges are in heaven.
eatability – 8,85/10

Aesthetics is one of the main factors in food photography. With good lighting, sharpness and great composition you can make almost everything look luscious.
Lara's picture – aesthetically perfect exudes her love for good and fresh food and you can't deny she's one of the most talented photographs out there.
aesthetics – 8,65/10

Frozen yogurt is already original. But star-shaped frozen yoghurt is even more unusual.
This creation, by Nemisbéka, nicely astonished us by its ingenuity and its great focus, colour and perfect exposure.
originality – 8,73/10

A food picture always benefits from a sharp focus and thus from a great depth of field.
This picture taken by Andrew is a good example of terrific use of depth of field which results in a yummy yet stylish photo.

Although we tend to think that best food pictures are taken under natural light we really liked this one, taken by Bron.
The light might be slightly too bright but its use seems under control – we love the way the beam reflects on the tomatoes creating a great sparkling effect and revealing the top-freshness of the tomatoes.

Ribbons, placemats, napkins... are to food photography what hats, scarves and bags are to fashion – fundamental accessories.
Bea proves that a simple ribbon bow can have a great impact. Again simplicity is the key-word as we think that a crowded picture distracts the viewer from the central element (that accessories are supposed to highlight and not to hide): food!

Composition is –at least in my mind- the way the elements of a picture are positioned. In this case we wanted to highlight how a great arrangement could bring to light the food.
This minimal croissant picture by Bonnie is a good model: a stack of two croissants and another one in the background make the things clear – it's all about croissant!

This picture from Nicole has the cute factor that brings everyone into childhood again. The tiny cheesecakes, the glossy cherries... 'Hey, are we in Wonderland?' asks the rabbit.

Congratulations to all the participants and winners.
Here are some lovely badges created by Matt. Winners - feel free to use them on your blog.

And if you're interested in participating to next month's challenge, head over ToastPoint...


23 sweets:
Blogger Andrew said something sweet:

how could I possibly mind - you created a category just for little ol' me!

Congrats to you (and the judges) for hosting and providing such a wonderfully stylish write-up. And well done to everyone for providing such wonderful images.

28 August, 2006 01:08 

Blogger Kalyn Denny said something sweet:

Wow, what an impressive bunch of photos. I love seeing all this talent.

28 August, 2006 04:17 

Blogger Sam said something sweet:

great job fanny - all the pictures look absolutely gorgeous. I want to dive right in to that stack of pancakes!

28 August, 2006 04:58 

Blogger Anne said something sweet:

Very, very well done judges, and all photographers of course!! It was such a great bunch of pictures this month! Lovely!

28 August, 2006 07:29 

Blogger olalazar said something sweet:

absolutely lovely pictures. congratulations to all winners.

28 August, 2006 09:29 

Blogger sooishi said something sweet:

Bravo Fanny pour tout ce travail!
C'est une très belle sélection!
Je suis vraiment ravie d'y avoir participé, merci pour l'invit en tout cas!

28 August, 2006 09:55 

Anonymous Anonymous said something sweet:

Great job Fanny and the rest of the judges! Thanks for all your hard work! I feel so honored to see my photo next to all of the amazing winners of this month's DMBLGIT! Congratulations to all the winners and I must say that I was so impressed by all of the entries! Since I am new to foodblogging, this contest has a been a great introduction to the foodblogging community and I've run across so many great sites! Thanks again :-)

28 August, 2006 10:14 

Blogger Bonnie said something sweet:

What a beautiful array of photos and this is such a great write up! It was stiff competition this month and I'm very proud to be a part of the winner's circle! Congratulations to everyone! Thanks for hosting this month, Fanny!

28 August, 2006 10:48 

Anonymous Anonymous said something sweet:

Congrats to the winners, it was a great event, I was happy to participate. Thank you very much for hosting it, Fanny, you did an excellent job!

28 August, 2006 11:32 

Anonymous Anonymous said something sweet:

Fanny, thank you so much for hosting! Such a great and ever so elegant round-up.

Congratulations to all the winners! I'm so happy to be one of them!!! I've never really won anything before. This is definitely a cause for celebration :)

Thanks again Fanny and the Judges...

28 August, 2006 11:50 

Blogger Alanna Kellogg said something sweet:

These are truly gorgeous! I am so hoping that a food blogger comes out on top of Food & Wine's photography contest!

28 August, 2006 13:04 

Blogger Alanna Kellogg said something sweet:

PS And I especially appreciate the great subheadings, most creative Mz Fanny!

28 August, 2006 13:06 

Blogger Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan) said something sweet:

Ah....these gorgeous shots are making me hungry. Congrats to all the winners!

28 August, 2006 15:40 

Anonymous Anonymous said something sweet:

What a beautiful job you did, Fanny, with your team of judges! So many great entries! Comgrats to all the winners! I am delighted to have received the Best of Food Styling ! Thank you!

28 August, 2006 16:53 

Blogger Chubby Hubby said something sweet:

Hey, thanks so much! Oh, the bottle in the background was the pear liquor used to spike the ice cream.

28 August, 2006 18:26 

Anonymous Anonymous said something sweet:

Thanks Fanny! Wonderful job hosting... and what a tough decision! There were so many beautiful photos this month. You definitely picked great ones... I love those little hearts!

Thanks so much also for picking one of my photos! I am definitely honored!

28 August, 2006 19:10 

Blogger Bron said something sweet:

Thanks Fanny,
there sure were an impressive number of great looking photos again this month!

28 August, 2006 23:37 

Blogger Haalo said something sweet:

Thank you Fanny and the Judges for what must have been a huge job in hosting and judging.
With so many wonderful photos this really comes as a total surprise. Thank you again!

29 August, 2006 00:24 

Blogger Julia said something sweet:

Wow, stunning collection of pictures! Totally mouth-watering!
Well done hosting/judging, fanny! =)
Haha, as well very nice new categories! You’re totally right - with all that talent, how could they be passed?? =)
love the ‘sooo cute’categorie! ...very cute...=)

29 August, 2006 10:51 

Anonymous Anonymous said something sweet:

Congratulations to all the winners -- I am so excited to be one of them! This was my first contest ever, and it was very fun to find so many wonderful new (to me) blogs in the entries.

Is there a banner or button that I can put on my site for this event? I remember one from the June/July contest, and it would be a great way to link back to this event so everyone else can see all the wonderful photos here :-)

29 August, 2006 16:48 

Anonymous Anonymous said something sweet:

these are so inspiring! such talented bloggers :)

30 August, 2006 20:57 

Blogger Thalia said something sweet:

Fantastic pictures. Could we also have a round up of all the participants?

03 September, 2006 22:41 

Anonymous Anonymous said something sweet:


Every single one of them is just so beautiful!

A big giant BRAVO to everyone and to you for gathering them all up in such a gorgeous presentation!

04 September, 2006 15:39 

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