Alexandrina Paduretu’s ‘Tasty Apple’ wins Pink Lady®Food Photographer of the Year 2013!

Alexandrina Paduretu, the Romanian based amateur photographer, was declared Pink Lady®Food Photographer of the Year 2013 at the champagne reception at the Mall Galleries in London last night.

Alexandrina was presented with the Pink Lady®trophy and a 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, sponsors of the award. Alexandrina’s winning entry, Tasty Apple, originally won theAn Apple a Daycategory.

More than 350 guests and finalists had flown in from across the world – from Poland to Pakistan, Namibia to Norway and Belgium to Brazil for the event. The evening was 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. Only in its second year the awards have grown ten-fold, with entries up 70% from last years, with an astonishing 5500 images coming from across the world.

This year’s awards had several new categories, including the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year, for images of wine, producers and all things related to wine. The overall winner was Tim Clinch, with his image ‘Wines Maturing in the Cellars at Dogobo Winery, Tokaj, Hungary.’ Tim received £1000 and a year’s supply of Errazuriz wine.

Other new categories included Food Sn-Apping, for images of food taken on a mobile phone, in support of Action Against Hunger, this category was won by Jonathan Gregson with his image ‘Making Apple Duffle.’

The StockFood Food off the Press category was introduced to celebrate previously published work in books and magazines and the winner was ‘Rib of Beef’ by Diana Miller.

Winners included participants from Germany, France, Hungary, Australia, USA and the UK, withKlaus Einwanger (Germany) as the only photographer to win two awards, one for his ‘Lady with Hat and Dog’ and another for his ‘Oyster Farm’.

udges this year included,Tom Aikens, Michelin-starred chef at Tom’s Terrace and Tom’s Place, Edwin Booth, Chairman & 5thGeneration Retailer, Booth’s Supermarkets, Antonio Carluccio, Italian chef, Restaurateur and Food Expert, Pete A. Eising, CEO, Stockfood, GmbH, Elizabeth Galbraith, Creative Director, BBC Food Group, Olive, Good Food, Easy Cook, Bill Granger, Self-taught Cook, Restaurateur and Food Writer, Prue Leith, Restaurateur, Broadcaster and Cookery Writer, David Loftus, Photographer, Andy Macdonald, Managing Director of Coregeo UK, the Master Licensor of Pink Lady® in the UK, James Martin, Television Chef, Presenter & Author, Astrid Merget, Creative Director, World Photo Organisation, Jay Rayner, Journalist, Writer, Broadcaster and Food Critic, Steve Rowe, Executive Director, Food, Marks and Spencer and Joanna Simon, Wine & Food Editor, House and Garden.

Pink Lady®Food Photographer of the Year 2014 opens for entries in June 2013 –