Champagne Consultant and Fine Art Photographer, Victor Pugatschew, was announced as the winner of the Errázuriz Wine Photographer of the Year award at the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2015 awards reception in London last night.
He won £1000 for his winning image ‘Pinot Noir being pressed’, which was presented by Jonathan Stevens, Regional Director of Viña Errázuriz, Chile’s leading family winery and sponsor of the category. He will also receive a year’s supply of Errázuriz wine.
Jonathan Stevens, Viña Errázuriz Regional Director comments, “The competition this year was fierce, with 360 images entered into the wine category. Victor’s image stood out from the rest in this category for its stunning and original composition, which tells a great story about the production of wine.”
Victor Pugatschew comments, ‘To win is a pleasant surprise. I always look at the quirky non-standard interpretation of my subjects. And it is delightful to realise that the judges also look at images as artistic interpretations. I am chuffed !!’
Jay Rayner, food critic and chairman of the judges, says, ‘These drops of liquid are from red grapes being pressed above. Rayner says the judges liked this because it broke away from the usual clichés of wine photography - "bottles and geometric shapes".
The Errázuriz Wine Photographer category was judged by Eduardo Chadwick, President and owner of Viña Errázuriz; 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. The category consists of images relating only to wine and is divided into three sub-categories: Produce, People and Places. Victor’s winning shot had scooped the Produce section, while Matt Wilson (Chile) won the People section with Jacques Lardière and Robert Holmes (USA) took top place with Maryhill Winery, Washington, in the Places section.
More than 400 guests and finalists from across the world attended the awards ceremony, compered by chairman of the judges, journalist and food critic Jay Rayner.
Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is an international celebration of the art of food photography. The top prize of £5,000 and the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2015 title was won by David Griffen for his image ‘Smoked Wings’.
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