Observer Food Monthly photo competition open to all

teaonthetrainThe newly-launched Guardian Witness website is running a food photography contest. The assignment says:

This year the OFM Awards have a category for best food photography – which you could win. So if you’re into snapping street food or beautiful produce, home-cooked meals or fantastic creations in local restaurants – we’d like to see your images. The best will be published on the Guardian site and the winning picture will be printed in the magazine

So far there’s a wide mixture of pictures – everything from a plate of chips to a fruit market in Spain – like most food bloggers I’ve, not unsurprisingly, got heaps of food snaps which might fit the bill but in the end I decided to restrict myself and submitted my favourite picture from last week’s TeaonTheTrain event.

Ready for the first International Food Photography Day? #foodphotoday2012

Snapping that plate of food! Well, we all love doing it don’t we? Well I do, much to occasional embarrassment of family and friends. Whether it’s for the flickr group, blogging, foodpspotting, Instagram or Twitter, almost seems rude not to these days.

So whoever came up with the world’s first International Food Photography Day challenge for tomorrow would seem to be onto a winner – they want everyone to snap a meal and tweet it with the hashtag #FoodPhotoDay2012.

In Leeds there’s even a launch event going on to mark the occasion for invited guests ‘to celebrate food photography in all its tasty and delicious glory’.

The organisers explain:

“We are encouraging everyone to celebrate the art of food photography by taking a snap of their mid morning apple, a sandwich from their lunchbox, a takeaway curry or supper at a friend’s house.

“Everyone who takes part on Twitter using the hashtag #FoodPhotoDay2012 on Wednesday 14 November will automatically be entered into a draw to win the newly launched Canon EOS M. This compact system camera has been designed for people who use photography to share their everyday passions and combines the image quality of a DSLR in a compact and easy to use body.

“We hope you will be inspired to snap your crackle and pop at the breakfast table, get zoomy on your halloumi at lunch or simply shoot a winner at dinner – wherever you are with food on Wednesday 14 November, take a picture and create your own food masterpiece.

“Pictures on phones or cameras, whatever comes to hand, make this a day to remember, for an art form that has been around, astonishingly, for more than 150 years, recording and celebrating all aspects of the earth’s bounty.”

International Food Photography Day is conceived by the organisers of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2013 – I shall be adding my own tweet for the day and have also set up a little bot to track all of the tweets worldwide so that it’s easy to browse through them here:

Competition: Win 2 nights in a Manchester apartment, picnic pass and Harvey Nics hamper

ManchesterPicnicSixteen food and drink stalls have signed up for The Manchester Picnic next month and you can enter a prize draw to go along with a free pass and win two nights’ accommodation at Stay Manchester Apartments. The winners will enjoy a family apartment for up to 5 people on Friday 3 August and Saturday 4 August, a Manchester Picnic Pass so they can try a range of treats from the stalls and a luxury hamper from Harvey Nichols.

To enter the competition tweet @piccadillymcr with the hashtag #MCRPicnic or like on Facebook at TheManchesterPicnic by Monday 23 July. For more details about The Manchester Picnic and CityCo’s summer events programme visit

* More information about the event is available on the noticeboard.

Time to vote for the north’s Deli of the Year

If you’ve got a local deli you love – it’s the final public stages of the national Deli of the Year competition and your vote is needed.

So far there’s been 18 delis nominated in the north east and 17 in the north west for the competition which ultimately gets judged by some of the UK’s leading food experts.

Over the coming weeks, customers will be able to vote for their chosen deli on the online pages comments will be shown to a panel of independent judges who gather together in June and choose a short list of regional winners.  A series of mystery visits then take place and the winning deli will be announced in September at the Great Taste Awards dinner in London.

To find out more about Deli of the Year visit

#LLF Twitter food review competition

Visitors to this week’s Leeds Loves Food event are being invited to enter a food writing competition with a difference – the review is submitted by tweet.

Organisers believe its the first Twitter competition of its kind and have set up the hashtag #LLF to track the entries.

Stuart Bruce, managing director at Wolfstar, Marketing Leeds’ social media consultancy, is behind the idea and explains: “Usually restaurant reviews only tell you what it used to be like, but the Twitter reviews will be real time so you’ll be able to see where’s really good to eat right now. Because people can text their reviews to Twitter it means even more people can participate.

“As far as I know Marketing Leeds is the first destination marketing organisation to use Twitter  in this way.”

Diners can tweet meal reviews to be in with the chance to win a weekend break to Amsterdam, Paris or Alicante, courtesy of Jet2. The competition is running across almost 30 restaurants and will run on after the Leeds Loves Food festival  until the end of August.

There are instructions on the tables at the participating restaurants (full list below) to teach new Twitter users how to enter and include #LLF  – see the entries as they happen.

I shall also be tweeting from some of the festival @foodiesarah.

* Full list of participating restaurants: Atlas Bar&Pizzeria, Azucar Tapas Bar, Brewery Wharf, Blackhouse Restaurant and Bar, Brasserie Blanc, Bretts Fish Restaurant, Casa Mia Millennium, Casa Mia Grande, Chilli White, Chino Latino, City Inn Hotel, De Vere Oulton Hall Hotel, The Elbow Room, The Fig, Alea, Clarence Dock, Leeds Latitude Wine and Liquor Merchants, Las Iguanas, The Living Room, Oracle, Brewery Wharf, Sam’s Chop House, Sandinista, Strada, Tiger Tiger, Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, Veuve Bar de Champagne, The Wardrobe, Zizzi.