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!

Food Photography Fame, Fortune, Free Olympus Camera!

January 2, 2009 in contest, Food Photo 101, Food Porn, photography


What better way to start off the New Year than to strut your food photography stuff for Lou Manna!

Lou is running a fantastic contest he is calling the “Best Looking Food of 2009 contest” that offers the winning entry the following most fantastic swag!

  • Olympus E-520 camera kit
  • Kingston memory cards
  • Calumet lighting kit
  • complimentary admission to a Digital Food Photography for Food Bloggers Workshop held by Lou
  • dinner for two at a restaurant courtesy of Citysearch
  • exclusive opportunity to attend the photo shoot with Lou Manna at his studio in NYC to watch his vision for the cover of More Digital Food Photography be created

Follow this link for more particular details and to submit!

Enter to win!

You can see a message from Lou in his latest YouTube video below

He says in the “liner notes” to this video that

“the winning dish will be used as the subject for the cover of his forthcoming second book, More Digital Food Photography (to be published in the fall of 2009).

In conjunction with Citysearch, Olympus, Kingston, and Calumet, the search begins on January 1st and ends on February 16th, with the winner announced on February 23rd.”

If your into food photography and had been wanting to take your art to the next level I don’t have to tell you how amazing this opportunity is.

We win from the moment we enter (even if not everyone can win first place) because we get to have Lou consider our work!

Needless to say, the Olympus E-520 camera is an amazing addition to your growing camera collection. Olympus cameras are MUCH lighter than the Canon 30D that I use and the quality is out of this world. The Olympus E-520 has 4:3 sensor with 10 megapixels, a 2.7 inch LCD display, more tech details here. As this is the kit, a kit lens will be included. I am not certain which one it is as of this writing though.

Please see below for contest rules and details:

Submission Criteria: The winner will be based on the best looking food concept, innovation of presentation and not the quality of the photograph. Cellphone photos are acceptable. The subject can be a dish that you were served at a restaurant (please provide the restaurant name, chef name and description) or something that you’ve created in your very own kitchen (please provide a recipe and description). The image must be submitted in jpeg format, with dimensions of approximately 6” x 8” at a resolution of 72 dpi.

Cost: There will be a $10 processing fee for each submission.

Upon receipt of payment you will be sent instructions on how to sign into the contest page on where contestants can submit their photos for consideration and see the other entries.

Follow this link to contest page and submission buttons at bottom of the page

Judges: A panel of industry professionals ranging from food photographers, chefs, photo editors, restaurant reviewers, and food stylists will judge all submissions. Slated so far are Clark Wolf, Delores Custer, Chef Momo Attoui, as well as associates from the New York Times and the Culinary Institute of America.