Food & Photo Contests

Recipe contests and food photography contests can be a really fun way to win cash and prizes, and there are so many contests going on all the time.  Here are a few tips on how to make the best of your entries and win the most prizes:

Enter often

It’s common sense, but the more contests you enter, the better your chances of winning.  But not only will you have more bets on the table so to speak, practice makes perfect.  So enter as many as you can, and you’ll find yourself winning more often.

Be Creative

Whether you’re taking photos or entering recipes, think about ways your entry can stand out.  Use unique ingredients, or common ingredients in a unique way.  Think “outside the box” and try to come up with something others wouldn’t think to make.  If the judges see 100 variations of the same type of recipe you’ve entered, you’re just going to blend into the crowd.  Find something that really sets you apart.

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

If the recipe contest you enter lets you send in a picture, be sure that yours is the best it can be.  If you aren’t much of a photographer, there are several things you can do to give your pictures an immediate boost in quality:

  • Get up close and personal – Try taking your picture as close as your camera will focus.  The more detail you can show in your dish, the better.  We eat with our eyes first, and if you can make your dish look mouth-watering, the judges will be more likely to pick you out of the crowd.
  • Turn the Flash Off – On-camera flashes tend to wash out food and make it look less natural.  The easiest way to take great pictures of food is to take it to a brightly-lit room with natural, indirect sunlight so that your picture will be evenly lit.  Or go outside – a natural backdrop for your photo helps.
  • Keep Your Composure – Think about composition and what is in the frame of your photograph.  What would complement your dish – is there a garnish that would work with it?  Is there a drink you might put in the background that would go with the dish?  Move your camera around and take pictures at different angles to find out how it looks best.
  • Set the Table for Success – The plate your food sits on is important.  Try to find colors to fill out your photo frame that really complement the food you’re photographing.  If it’s a baked good, try something bold like a bright blue or red.  If it’s green, think about a yellow plate or napkin.  Look at the good old color wheel and see what’s opposite to the dominant color of your dish to give it a little extra pop.

Now that you’ve got a handle on how to have more success in recipe and food photo contests, it’s time to get out there and start entering!  Check out the links on the right for ongoing contests, and check out the latest recipe contests and food photography contests to see all the latest going on now.

Good luck!