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.