Food Photography Awards

As part of her 86’d events Monday nights at the Drake, Ivy Knight is running a Food Photography Awards Night tonight.

I submitted 5 of my photos from 2011 for the contest and will be at the Drake tonight to see all the other fantastic images submitted!

Here are the images I entered in the contest:

Submitted to Ivy Knight's Photo Contest

The categories are as follows:

  1. food –  raw, cooked, vegetable, animal, living in a meadow or sliced and on a plate. This category is all about food itself.
    Fiddlehead art. How could I resist?  Fiddleheads are one of my favourite subjects.  Besides with another Kingston Pennisula girl on the judging committee – Laura Calder – how could I resist this nod to my Maritime roots? (We don’t actually know each other, so I don’t feel like I’m being unethical by submitting, but we did both grow up  along the same river in New Brunswick. )
  2. drinks –  coffee, beer, soda water, champagne. This category is all about drinks. 
    I love this study in transparency. Clear glasses, clear viscose liquid, ice and the refracted faces and hands reaching for their drinks. These were served at Terroir 2011 as part of the Origins of Taste session with Joshna Maharaj and Bettina Shorman. Mirella and Joel play the enthusiastic reachers in the background.  (Check Mirella’s site for some other photos I’ve taken of her)
  3. things –  a knife, a cutting board, stockpots, wine glasses. 
    Or in my case a strainer filled with the juicy goodness that makes Matt’s Cucumber & Mint Granitee.
  4. places –  restaurants, barns, gardens, vineyards, fishing boats, home kitchens. This category is all about where food comes from and is cooked and eaten.
    I couldn’t resist entering this shot of smoked ham hocks from Upper Cuts in the St. Lawrence Market.  Not only are they a fascinating study in Dangling Bits, but they make a great base for baked beans!
  5. Phone Shots –  this is where you send in your not so serious food photography, pictures of food that are informal but still beautiful. This category is where all those Instagram shots you took at the Grand Electric can finally get some respect.
    Neither Instagram nor the Grand Electric, this is one of the playful photos I took with my Samsung Galaxy S phone at the Gilead Cafe.  One of my favourite camera filters on that phone was the Cartoon mode. And it is by far the best camera on a smart phone I’ve ever used!!
  6. people –  chefs, farmers, recipe testers, fishermen, winemakers, etc. This category includes any and all people who deal with food.
    I opted out submitting anything for this category.  I had one shot I considered submitting, but I didn’t get approval from the subject until after the deadline. I should get model releases in place for situations like this.

I know many other fantastic photographers who have submitted work, so the show tonight is going to be spectacular since all the submitted images will be filling the space on digital screens.   

Judging will be done by Laura Calder, Jacob Richler, Mia Nielsen, Rob Firing and Jeff Stober.

Good luck everyone!  I can’t wait to see your images!

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

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