March 31, 2009 in DMBLGIT

[I apologize that this was not posted first thing in the morning. One of our 8 dairy goats decided to have kids this morning!]

I want to thank each and every one of the 61 contestants for entering their beautiful photos for this round of DMBLGIT. You people are just amazing! I knew when the images were coming in that it was going to be hard to judge.

As per the rules of DMBLGIT the judging went as follows:

Each image could get anything from a 1 (lowest) to a 10 (highest) score for each category.

The three categories:

  • Aesthetics
  • Edibility
  • Originality

Over-all winners were selected by adding the scores of each category and then the sums from each judge were averaged together.

You will see below that we had ties in various places, all according to the numbers.

After these winners were chosen, they were redacted from the scoring in the next round. Once I did that, I selected the image with the highest score in each category.

As the host (and number cruncher and image collator and general administratix) I got to select an image that wins the host prize.

Just as a reminder, the judges for this month, other than myself, were:

So, without further delay, here are our over-all winners

1st Place – tie between 1001 Recettes & Kedai Hamburg

DMBLGIT (NOT MINE): 1001 Recettes

Location: Switzerland
Blog Name: 1001 Recettes
Photo title: Mandarine cheesecake Photo URL Link
Type of camera used, lens: Nikon D300, Sigma 105mm f2.8

DMBLGIT (NOT MINE): Kedai Hamburg

Location : Germany
Blog Name : Kedai Hamburg
Photo title : Gangan ikan Lele (Fish Soup) Photo URL Link
Type of camera : Canon EOS 450D

2nd PlaceWhat’s For Lunch, Honey?

DMBLGIT (NOT MINE): Whats For Lunch Honey?

Location: Weimar, Germany
Blog Name: What’s For Lunch, Honey?
Photo title: Nutella Day! Photo URL Link
Type of camera used: Nikon D70s

3rd PlaceMy Culina Sanctuarium

DMBLGIT (NOT MINE): My Culina Sanctuarium

Location : Kuwait
Blog Name: My Culina Sanctuarium
Photo title: Milky Almond Chewy Cookies Photo URL Link
Type of camera used, lens : Canon 350 D

The following are the category winners.



Location: Brooklyn, NY
Blog Name: zested
Photo title: Samosa cups with mango cranberry chutney Photo URL Link
Camera type: Canon 10D

Edibility – a tie between Lemon Pi & Sweet Sensation


Location : Sydney, Australia
Blog Name: Lemon Pi
Photo title: Lavender berry teacakes Photo URL Link
Camera : Nikon D40

DMBLGIT (NOT MINE): Sweet Sensation

Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Blog Name: Sweet Sensation
Photo title: Baby beef and button mushroom stew Photo URL Link
Camera used, lens: Pentax K10D, lens FA-50 mm f 1.4


DMBLGIT (NOT MINE): Cherrapeno

Blog Name : Cherrapeno
Photo title: Tossing Pancakes Photo URL Link
Camera: Canon PowerShot A640

Host selected winnerPurplesque’s Vox

As the host, I get to pick a winner from those that did not place. There were MANY that I wanted to pick, I assure you! The one that I ended up scoring highest and which didnt place when all judge’s scores were collated together was:

DMBLGIT (NOT MINE): Purplesques Vox

Blog Name: Purplesque’s Vox
Photo tile: Sourdough Grissini Photo URL Link
Type of camera used: Nikon D40, 18-55mm.

I want to congratulate each of you winners and also thank each entrant for their beautiful submissions. Please keep entering the contest in future months!

The host for the April edition of DMBLGIT (which will judge photos blogged in March) is (drum roll please):

Gine at the Dolcifelici blog!


March 20, 2009 in DMBLGIT, photography


Today is the last day to submit images for the DMBLGIT March 2009 food photography contest! I will accept them until midnight eastern daylight savings time.

You can see all of the latest submissions at this flickr group. You will see that we judges will have our job cut out for us!

Speaking of judges, I would like to present the 5 judges for this month’s contest. I am one of them, obviously!

Curt, at the Bucky’s BBQ and Bread blog, has been my co-conspirator in the Food Photo 101 series. Curt is a fantastic photographer who is passionate about learning food photography (and very methodical). I feel very fortunate to have his eye for this contest.

Bee, at the jugalbandi blog, is one half of a team who are prolific writers and photographers that span 6 different broad topics (Jai is the other half). I got to know them when they invited me to help judge one of their photography contests – Click.

Vera at the Baking Obsession blog is the very deserving winner from DMBLGIT February! I am glad to have her participate.

Ilva, at the Lucullian Delights blog, is a dear friend and a fantastic professional photographer who lives a charmed and beautiful life as a Swede in dreamy Italy! Her food has the luminous quality that comes from her context, in a land where the light is divine.

Once the deadline arrives tonight at midnight the judges will begin to deliberate. Their deadline will be towards the end of the month.

Winners will be announced on the last day of this month, Tuesday March 31st!

Delicious DMBLGIT submissions!

March 16, 2009 in DMBLGIT, Food Porn, photography


Just a reminder, the submission deadline for DMBLGIT March 2009 is this Friday, March 20th. Submissions have been coming like gangbusters.

If you have not submitted yours yet, don’t delay! Read the details on the contest at this post.

And just let me say – Wow, you people are simply amazing photographers! You can see the images you have sent me in the slideshow above!

The judging for this contest is going to be VERY hard and it will require frequent breaks for snacks!

Tomorrow I will post a listing of our distinguished panel of judges.

Today I am rushing off to spend the day at the International Boston Seafood Show where I will be watching Iron Chef Morimoto give the keynote address (and will I get to meet him? Who knows! Stay tuned)

DMBLGIT March 2009

March 5, 2009 in DMBLGIT, photography


Its that time again for me to participate in the Does My Blog Look Good In This (DMBLGIT) contest!

The last time I ran it, wow, the world was a simpler place: we all walked 10 miles to and from school, up hill both ways, through 5 feet of snow, there was world peace, and the atom had not been split yet.

Ok, well, it feels that way at least.

What is this DMBLGIT contest, you may be asking. Good question! I will let Andrew Barrow, meta-adminitrator of this contest, explain in his own words:

Does My Blog Look Good In This (DMBLGIT) is a monthly food photography event, called by some as “the grandest foodporn event available” on the web. It is open to all bloggers who have posted a photograph with a food or drink connection. Each monthly round is hosted by a different blogger. Food bloggers submit their best photos from posts they completed during the previous month which are then judged and scored. Winners are made covering three categories (edibility, aesthetics, and originality) plus three overall winners.

Each month, a new contest starts, hosted on a different food blogger’s site.

The delicious image you see below is the winner for the February edition of DMBLGIT! Doesn’t it look simply fantastic?! You can read all about it at Sefa’s “Food is Love” blog where she announces the winners in the three categories.

I will announce thee judges a bit later this month.

Da Rulz

The Rules to participate the contest:
1. Send a photo that has appeared on your blog during February 2009. The photo should be food and/or drink related. No diptychs allowed.
2. Only one entry per person.
3. The photograph must have been taken by you and must be text free (copyright is allowed).
4. Deadline for submissions : March 20, 2009.

Send your entry to nika dot boyce at gmail dot com with DMBLGIT in the subject line with the following details:
– Your name.
– Your location.
– Your blog’s name and URL.
– The photograph that you wish to enter, of no more than 500 pixels wide.
– Your photograph’s title.
– URL of the post containing the photograph.
– Type of camera used, lens if you wish.

By submitting a photo, you agree to your picture being redisplayed and altered in size on the host’s page and on DMBLGIT page.

The judges will review your entries on the basis of:
– Aesthetics: composition, food styling, lighting, focus, etc.
– Edibility: “Does the photo make us want to dive in and eat the food?”
– Originality: the photograph that catches our attention and makes us want to say wow!, displaying something we might not have seen before.

From these categories, the judges will come up with:
– Overall Winner: top overall scores in all three categories combined.
– There are three overall winners for photographs with the highest point totals in all three categories combined, and one winner in each of the three individual categories.

All submissions can be viewed in this flickr gallery that will be updated as I receive the entries.

I look forward to seeing your images!