Update – due to the looming deadline for my next book I have decided to suspend the photo contest for a couple months. It will be back and I will tell you all when it is. xo, carol
This posting was delayed due to a dilemma of our judge Derek. For the first time since beginning the contest he could not pick a clear first place winner so we have two!
December’s theme was Gluten Free Holidays. To view all the entries click here.
January’s theme is Healthy Starts – so go ahead and hit me with YOUR best shot! Take a photo of a healthy gluten-free recipe and submit to me by January 26th, 2011. Winners will be posted on Sunday, January 30th. For all the info and how to submit – go here.
Overall here is what Derek, our judge, had to say about the entries:
Cranberry Apple Bars from Hallie of Daily Bites
Here’s what Derek had to say about this shot:
This is a very well composed shot with the diagonal dynamic lines creating interest and energy.The depth of focus was just right for the shot, the colors were just right, and the diffused lighting works very well to bring out the subtleties of the squares.
Second Place winner is
Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies from Lexie at Lexie’s Kitchen
And Derek says this:
Gluten-Free Oreos from Laurie of Cakes ‘N’ Bakes
Spiced Maple Pecans from Hallie of Daily Bites
Derek says this:
A good camera with a good lens will give you a very shallow depth of focus which is very interesting, but don’t overdo it. You don’t want the background so blurry that one can’t tell what it is.
There were a several shots that the depth of focus kept them out of the top runners but were well thought out,and well composed.
Study the winners for the interest, composition, angle, cropping, lighting and realize that this competition has become increasingly challenging to judge. It requires technical perfection and more shooters are getting there.
So go ahead and hit me with YOUR best shot – enter January’s contest and you too may get a professional critique from Derek!