The winner of Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2015, a category of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2015, was announced at a packed reception at the Mall Galleries, London, in May. The winner was Victor Pugatschew (Australia) for his stunning image, Pinot Noir being pressed.
He won £1000 presented by Jonathan Stevens, Regional Director of Errazuriz, Chile’s leading family winery and sponsor of the category. Judges were Eduardo Chadwick, President and owner of Errazuriz Winery, Joanna Simon, Wine & Food Editor, House & Garden, Abby Hocking, Photo Editor, Food&Wine, Time Inc, Sarah Kemp, Publisher of Decanter, and Yasia Willams, Art Director, Octopus Publishing Group.
Victor’s winning shot had scooped the Produce section, while Matt Wilson (Chile) won the People section with Jacques Lardier and Robert Holmes (USA) took top place with Maryhill Winery, Washington, in the Places section. Victor also receives a year’s supply of Errazuriz wine.
“The competition was intensely fierce,” says Stevens, “there were over 6500 images entered into the awards internationally and the standard was phenomenal. Victor’s image stood out from the rest in this category, however, for its stunning and original composition, which tells a great story about the production of wine.”
The evening was compered by chair of the judges, journalist and food critic, Jay Rayner, and took place in front of more than 400 people at the Champagne Taittinger reception, many of whom had flown in from across the world for the occasion, from Italy, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Holland, Australia and more.
Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film. In its fourth year, more than 20,000 entries have been submitted since its inception.
This year’s awards had several exciting new categories. They included the Food for the Family for images showing families eating together, won by Chris Terry (UK) for Family Meal, Chad, shot for the World Food Programme, and People’s Choice for unearthed® Food in Film for film shorts, won by Barbara Zonzin (Italy/Netherlands) for Choco Thriller.
Judges include: David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer, Michel Roux Jnr, chef patron, Sanjeev Kapoor, India’s culinary superstar, Emily Luchetti, Chair, James Beard Foundation, NYC, Nik Powell, Director, National Film & Television School.
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year is sponsored by Errazuriz, the premier family wine estate of Chile. Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100km north of Santiago.