The Winners of DMBLGiT – June 2012


It was such a pleasure to be a part of this food photography challenge which started way back in 2005 and is still running strong after so many years. No such event can ever be successful without enthusiastic participants. So, a big big Thank You to all the 65 bloggers for taking time out to send in your beautiful entries. Also, a huge Thank You to my lovely talented Judges who took time out of their busy schedules to help me decide the winners. It was not easy taks to choose just 6 winners out of so many beautiful food photos.

Before I announce the winners, let’s learn these tips shared by the amazing judges. I am a huge fan of their work and their blog clearly shows the knowledge they have when it comes to food photography.

1. Learn to look at the light. What does it do, when is the light at its best and how can you bend the light to work for you? Try and take a dish and make the light shine on it from all angles so you can see what would work best. I find that light from the front is hardly ever a good lighting.

2. Do not shoot in direct sunlight unless it is at the end of the day and the light is not so harsh anymore.

3. Look at food photos and try to understand where the light is coming from. You learn a lot from looking at the beautiful photos you see around you.

4. Make use of reflectors; bouncing the light back onto your subject can – in a lot of cases – dramatically improve your photos, reducing dark shadows in areas you don’t want to have them. Always make sure that your reflector is neutral in color. So white or silver. I hardly find gold working for food photos. Reflectors can be expensive but they can also be really cheap. If you use foam board, a piece of white paper of even a white napkin might do the trick. One of the advantages of working with daylight is that you immediately see what you’re doing!

5. Shoot in raw. If you can and your camera has the ability; learn to use raw. It does work!

6. At the core of all photography lies subject, composition and lighting. If those three things are poor, no amount of post-processing work will fix it. It won’t matter what your aperture, f/stop or ISO is if you don’t have an interesting subject, good composition, and great lighting. Without these, a photo will lack impact.

7. Photographing food need your honesty. If you are honest, the styling and creativity that you are trying to frame would truly show your heart and art.

8. Try to run a bit loose in styling to make the picture look natural or not overly organized.

Whenever we participate in any challenge, we wish to be recognized and we wish to win. But we should never give up hope, we should keep trying and keep getting better. Thank you all once again for participating in this event.

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.”
– Jason Mraz

Overall First Winner :
 The Winners of DMBLGiT - June 2012 1

Pamela Rodríguez  – Uno De Dos  – Cheese flan

Camera and Lens: EOS 350D , 50 mm
Overall Second Winner:
The Winners of DMBLGiT - June 2012 2

Egle – zaidimu aikstele – Dark Chocolate Brownie Cake with Raspberry Goat Cheese Swirl

Camera and Lens: Nikon D80, 50mm f/1.4
Overall Third Winner:
The Winners of DMBLGiT - June 2012 3

Tanvi Srivastava  – Sinfully Spicy – Indian Black Pepper Chicken

Camera and Lens: Canon 7D with 50mm
Edibility Winner:
The Winners of DMBLGiT - June 2012 4

Prerna Singh – Indian Simmer –   Spring Onions

Camera and lens: Canon 5D, Lens- 50mm f/1.4
Originality Winner:
The Winners of DMBLGiT - June 2012 5

Vidya – KurryleavesSpicy Chicken Curry with Rice Dumpling (Kozhi Pidi)

Camera and Lens: Nikon D 3100, Lens 18-55
Aesthetics Winner:
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Host’s Award:
As a host, I had the privilege to pick a photo that stood out but was not a winner in any of the categories. I loved the styling in this photo — the juicy papaya on the green leaf with the flowers at the back, gives a beautiful casual summer-y feeling.

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Tika Hapsari Nilmada – Cemplang CemplungPapaya with squeezed lemon juice

Camera : Canon Rebel XS

Congrats to all the winners and many Thanks to Andrew of Spittoon Extra for letting me become a part of this event.

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  • Archana
    July 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Wow..Congratulations to all the winners. All the photos looks really nice. I am sure it was a real tough job to select the winners. Congrats once again to all.

  • Nisha
    July 2, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    citrus salad is my fav pic among these.
    great job, everyone, congrats!

  • jeyashrisuresh
    July 2, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Congrats to all the winners

  • Arch
    July 2, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Those pictures are really a treat ! Absolutely beautiful…Congratulations to all the winners

  • Grishma @Zaikazabard
    Grishma @Zaikazabard
    July 2, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Congratulations to all the winners! Beautiful photography n styling 🙂
    Kankana, I love the last one the most that The Host picked 🙂

  • Vishakha
    July 2, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Well deserved winners. Congratulations to all:)

  • Tika Hapsari Nilmada
    Tika Hapsari Nilmada
    July 2, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Wow….thanks for choosing my photo, Kankana 🙂 It’s great to have my photo up there. Congrats to all winners.
    Thank you for being such a wonderful host and thanks to all judges. Don’t forget to submit your photo on DMBLGiT July, I’ll be the host !

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    July 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Well deserved pics.. Yayy to all the winners…

  • Egle
    July 2, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    WOW!! SO happy to be in such a great company! And whaaaat? An Overall Second Winner?? This is week is just getting better and better. Thank you guys!

  • Rosa
    July 2, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Congrats to the winners! The pictures are amazing.



  • Nandita
    July 2, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Congrats to the winners!!! The pictures are all awesome!! 🙂

  • Paz
    July 3, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Congratulations to all the winners!!!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    July 3, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Congrats to the winners! And thank you so much for all the tips you shared. I’m trying really really hard to learn about lighting right now as well. Hopefully I can join this DMBLGiT one day. 😉

  • Tamara
    July 3, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    congrats to the winners, entries are amazing!

  • Keep Calm and Eat On
    Keep Calm and Eat On
    July 3, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Congratulations to the winners and thank you Kankana and the judges. It goes without saying that this is a beautiful learning process and a wonderful way to discover bloggers who totally rock it!

  • Shri
    July 3, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    Beautiful Kankana!

  • Fahad Khan (@Pharaoh
    Fahad Khan (@Pharaoh
    July 3, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    For one,I love your blog/site ‘s banner!:-) Very pretty!
    Thank you for sharing all the Food Photography tips,it is always nice to learn!As far as I have learnt till now – the subject,the composition don’t require as much work,are not as complex rather,as much as Lighting is.
    The pictures are very beautiful and absolutely professional!I particularly like the second and the fifth ones a lot!:-)

  • IshitaUnblogged
    July 3, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    Wonderful Kankana… and Congratulations to all the winners! I follow Anja’s blog. She’s from Fooderati and I simply loved this particular recipe of hers and the image – the citrus salad with pomegranate and mint.

    Thanks for sharing the tips – it’s a life-save for a self-taught photographer such as me!

  • Vidya
    July 3, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Thanks a lot for choosing my picture..Im so so happy!!!
    Congrats to all the winners!!

  • dassana
    July 3, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    congratulations to all the winners.

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
    [email protected]
    July 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    I woke up to this mail!So glad to be amongst the incredibly gorgeous puctures.Congratulations to all! Thanks for being a lovely host dear!
    P.S. – This will always be special because it’s the first time ever I participated in DMBLGIT & won ..yay!!

  • Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    July 3, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Simply gorgeous pictures and what great tips! This was a really good month K- awesome entries and you did an awesome job as host! Loved meeting the fabulous and incredibly talented judges through you too 🙂

  • Uno de Dos
    Uno de Dos
    July 3, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Wooow!!Thanksss, thanksss, thankssssss!!!!!
    Congratulations to all the winners 🙂

  • mjskit
    July 4, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Congratulations to all of the winners! What beautiful photography!

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    July 4, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Congratulations to all the winners!!! So many wonderfully talented people.

  • Deepa
    July 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Congrats to all the winners….Anja’s and Tika’s pic are so pretty

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    July 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Congratulations to all of the winners! I also took a look at the submissions, and they are all fantastic 🙂

  • What Liberty Ate
    What Liberty Ate
    July 9, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Congratulation to all winners and also to the jury for choosing them! They have indeed, produced such beautiful photographs!

  • Radhika@JustHomemade
    [email protected]
    July 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Each one of the winners is Gorgeous gorgeous! Congratulations to all the winners..
    Love the host’s choice, kana..