'Tasty' Competition Winners

Here are the winners of our 'Tasty' photography competition.

Our food photography classes have proven highly popular with our members, so for this competition we decided to see what members would come up with for the topic of ‘Tasty’. Not necessarily restricted to food photography, we looked forward to seeing the creative submissions sent in. Motivated by the chance to win a broncolor Siros lighting kit, we received hundreds of entries that got our mouths watering.

This competition proved particularly challenging when it came to the judging process, with each member of the team having their own opinions on which images best fitted the topic while still displaying a high quality of photography. But, after, much deliberation and thought, we finally chose our winner!

The winner of the broncolor Siros lighting kit is...

1st Prize

Image by Elena Elizarova
Photography competition prize

1st Place - Elena Elizarova

Elena’s mouthwatering submission, which was a favourite among all the judges, wins her the incredible prize of a broncolor Siros lighting kit. Her attention to each detail, from the side serving of roasted vegetables to the thirst-quenching beer being poured, the bright, clean lighting, and careful styling and composition create an image that truly fits the theme. Well done Elena!

2nd Prize

Image by Davy D’hollander
Photography competition prize

2nd Place - Davy D’hollander

Davy’s image of a young child with a bowl of strawberries clearly stood out among the hundreds of food shots we received. There’s little doubt in the viewer’s mind that the child can’t wait to tuck in! The bright colours and clean lighting result in an eye-catching image well-deserving of a spot in the top three. Davy wins a LEE Filters Super Stopper.

3rd Prize

Image by Guy Davies
Photography competition prize

3rd Place - Guy Davies

Guy’s image of roasted plums wins him third place and a LEE Filters Foundation Kit. The lighting, styling and overall mood and feel of the image result in a very tasty looking image that, photographically, has been very well executed.

Highly Commended

With the final decision being such as tough one, it is worth highlighting a few of the other great entries we received.

Image by Thanat Tippanusawat

Thanat Tippanusawat

There was little doubt among the team that Thanat’s image of cheesecake certainly made them want to try a slice. A close contender for the top three, it was small details in the styling that let the image down. Whilst all the judges felt the image did fit the theme of tasty, it was technical photographic elements that just let the image down.

Image by Matas Astrauskas

Matas Astrauskas

Matas’ iced coffee image shows a clear understanding of the technicalities of lighting, which was highly commended among the team. However, the overall consensus was that the image did not invoke the feeling of ‘tasty’ enough.

Image by Michael Winslett

Michael Winslett

This sublime image by Michael is a fantastic product shot and possibly would have won had the theme been ‘Refreshing’ or ‘Product’. While we cannot fault the technical execution, especially on such a complex subject, it too lacked the element of ‘Tasty’.

Image by Christian Bazzo

Christian Bazzo

A great example of a fine-dining image, the lighting and styling on this shot were highly commendable. An image any client would be happy with, it was let down purely by the ‘Tasty’ element.

Image by Charlie Bard

Charlie Bard

It doesn’t get much more tasty than pizza, but it was small styling details that caused this image to fall short. The open space at the top of the image and the busy plate and background unfortunately counted against this image.

Image by Assaf Ambram

Assaf Ambram

A fantastic image that displays great thought and attention to detail, there are elements of styling that let this image down. The cluster of red in the bottom right draws your attention away from the main element of the dish and the drink in the top left doesn’t look particularly tasty.

Image by Anthony Luthje

Anthony Luthje

A wonderfully detailed image with clear thought and attention to the styling and detail, this image by Anthony was mainly let down by the lighting. The judges felt a slightly more three-dimensional lighting would have really helped make this image stand out.

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Broncolor Siros Lighting Kit

Our Next Competition Closes 28th September 2020

  • First Prize: Karl Taylor Long Exposure Kit (Value $527)
  • Second prize: Lee Lee Filters The Super Stopper (value $127)
  • Third prize: Lee Filters Filter Foundation Kit (Value $78)

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  1. Is Karl on vacation or sick with Covid? C’mon, Really? Really? The past winners are so deserving, I expected more from KTE. The shot I submitted was nothing special at all, I will admit I am Not a food photographer, is not my jam, however, I do follow and watch the genre because I have worked in commercial advertising for nearly 30 years, most that time with food brands. Been in meetings with large global brands developing their food image and this selection is surprising from KTE. Not to say the top pick photo is Bad, just, doesn’t make sense. Is clearly a 3 out of 5 stars, portfolio worthy but is completely forgettable in the genre. I see this hundred times a day on Instagram. When has anyone ever placed a searing hot steak pan on a table? Why are the tomatoes not exploding from the heat? Sprigs of rosemary and couple mini corn cobs would be burning on that high heat pan.
    C’Mon Karl, you bust our ass on a simple wine bottle shot. This selection is sub-par. The 2nd place kid shot, totally staged and gross, a child that age does not know how to hold a steel spoon in that position, strawberries are tart, unless lace the berries with sugar that kid not gonna…just No. The plum shot by Guy Davies, I actually like and I would buy that shot, well executed, however, subject is so over-done in the genre I could probably buy it for less.
    From this offering I would pick Guy Davies as number one.
    From rest of this selection, I would hire to execute Hero shots for my brand: Assaf Ambram, if not available, hire Charlie Bard, if not available, hire Christian Bazzo. Couple tweaks from the Art Direction department be stellar images worthy of catalog front page or front of corporate menu print, or images for my restaurant. Again, not intending be jerk, I simply expected more than ho-hum everyday instagram posts from KTE.

    1. Hi Ken, I might have had Covid and not known but I unfortunately haven’t had time to take a holiday yet this year! Between the team and I these were the images that we felt described the theme ‘tasty’ best. With photography competitions it’s not a brief it is definitely a theme that can be more freely interpreted rather than being absolutely on point. For example I strongly felt that the Pepsi shot was one of the best executed from a photography stand point but the rest of the team (and I) also felt it didn’t encourage us to want to taste or think about the theme as much as the others. Of course in competitions what are open to interpretations there will always be difference of opinion. In the challenges where I set a specific brief then there can be very little room for interpretation because it is a precise brief. The team and I think that this is a good balance in having some part of our platform as open to interpretation and other parts more defined when it comes to submissions. Your point about Christian Bazzo is interesting, we all loved the shot… It’s just no one felt that an Octopus leg looked as tasty as the sizzling steaks and if a competition has a theme then the images need to describe that to the judges.

    2. Hi Ken, I hope you’re in a better mood today in comparison to the day you wrote this comment! I wish you had written your message in a less condescending manner as it comes across a bit harsh.

      You clearly have a good understanding of commercial advertising and I would have enjoyed reading your comment much more had you approached it differently. You were very rude to Karl and it appears like you were bitter towards the people who won the competition and there is no need for it.

      You made some valid points but your approach was way off! Remember, competitions like this are subjective and lots of the subscribers to KTE may not be professionals.

      There is nothing wrong with constructive criticism but there is no need to be rude.



      1. Hey Nathan,

        You are correct and I do extend apologies for being a cranky-pants person. My apologies to Karl and Team, and apologies to the community at large for being grade-A jack-ass. You are correct my approach was terse and insensitive and for that I do apologize. However, my critique remains the same for this image, and I will leave it at that. Should you or anyone in the community wish to converse further, please feel free to connect via direct message. I appreciate your response and your honesty.

        Thank you,

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