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Champagne Taittinger toasts Jean Cazals as he becomes the first Pink Lady&reg Food Photographer of the Year 2012

Champagne Taittinger toasts Jean Cazals as he becomes the first Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2012

ean Cazals, the London-based photographer from France, was thrilled to be declared the first-ever Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2012.

He was presented with the Pink Lady® trophy and his prize of £5000 by Jon Durham, Managing Director of Apple & Pear Australia, the parent company of Coregeo Ltd, the Master Licensor for Pink Lady® in the UK, who are the headline sponsor of the award. His winning entry, Black Pigs (above), originally won the Food in the Field category.

More than 200 guests and finalists had flown in from across the world - from Chile, Italy, America and China - for the event, compered by chairman of the judges, chef and owner of Leon Restaurants, Henry Dimbleby.

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is the first-ever international celebration of the art of food photography. More than 3000 images were entered, from over 60 countries. There were nine categories, including Food in the Field, Food in the Street and the Philip Harben Award for Food in Action.

Caroline Kenyon, Director of the awards, declared: "I have had a love and admiration for great photography all my life and it is really wonderful to view such talent and diversity while sipping on a glass of Taittinger!"

All the shortlisted photographs will be available for the general public to view in an exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London SW1 until Sunday 29th April.

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