Wine Photo celebrated in style with a Private Dinner catered to its VIP guests By Betty Alvarez

Winners of the 2012 WinePhoto: An International Photo Contest were announced and exhibited at a private VIP dinner and for gallery clients at Etra Fine Art in Miami’s Design District at on September 7, 2012. Since its first edition in 2004, the contest has issued 43 awards and 11 special mentions to professional photographers representing 65 countries.

Invited guests and had an opportunity to meet the WinePhoto sponsor Fabio Balan, co-owner of Balan Wine, Italy and WinePhoto Creative Director, Diego Orlando. Balan wine and Prosecco plus wines distributed by Primosic (Collio, Italy) were served alongside a dinner created by Chef Diego Pasqualicchio – an independent chef and consultant (formerly of Fratelli Lyon, Design District.)

About Balan Wine, Italy – Sponsor of WinePhoto, Miami Edition

Balan’s WineDay takes place every two years at Villa Braida in Mogliano Veneto, Italy. At this past June’s event, 80 producers were present and 250 wines and 20 spirits were presented. Balan was established in 1962 by Sergio Balan. His sons, Fabio and Daniele have since transformed the winery into one of the main Italian wine wholesalers.

About the WinePhoto Contest and Creative Director, Diego Orlando

WinePhoto was originally conceived as a means to express how photography relates to wine in both conventional and unconventional ways. Over the years, the contest has evolved and is now a collection of stories about the contemporary world. Each year, a theme aims to project a different point of view through artistic expression. The exhibit is curated by WinePhoto Creative Director, Diego Orlando, a professional photographer from Venice, Italy and Photo Editor & Special Projects for Burn Magazine.