Food Photo Affair 2020 Launches Professional Development Conference and Photo Contest for Food Photographers Stylists and Bloggers
CINCINNATI, Dec. 20, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Photographers, stylists and bloggers who live and breathe food photography, take note: Food Photo Affair is back. And this year, the food photography exhibition—the first and only contest created, run and juried exclusively by food photographers, food stylists and other food photography pros—has added a three-day professional development conference to the mix. Registration is now open for the 2020 event, which will take place Nov. 5-8 in Napa, Calif. Visit FoodPhotoAffair.com to register for the conference and enter the photo competition.
Food Photo Affair offers professional development, educational resources and recognition for best-in-class food photographers, food stylists, food bloggers and other food industry professionals.
The newly added professional development conference provides nearly 60 interactive workshops and demonstrations, lively food photography discussions, engaging speaker panels and a host of networking opportunities with some of the most respected names in the industry. Keynote speakers include:
Like the 2019 competition, the exhibition allows food photographers and stylists a chance to showcase and gain accolades for their work from an esteemed panel of 14 internationally acclaimed judges. Among the judges: James Beard Award-nominated Jeff Kauck, James Beard Award finalist Victoria Granof, and food packaging and design expert Chris Chong, CEO of New Zealand's Redcactus Design Limited.
With 15 categories—ranging from "Food in the Field" to "Splishes and Splashes"—and up to $13,000 in cash prizes, the exhibition and contest will be the culmination of the three-day affair.
Food Photo Affair will also do its part for the non-profit community. Inspired by its mission to eradicate global huger, Food Photo Affair has selected The Hunger Project as its 2020 charitable partner. In addition to a $14,000 contribution, the event will donate all proceeds from a weekend-long silent auction that features items such as dinner for two at the French Laundry, a food stylist kit full of useful tools and must-have supplies and a CIA bootcamp of the winner's choice.
"The problem of poverty and hunger cannot be solved through just food, clothing or shelter," said Jeffrey Martin, professional food stylist and Food Photo Affair founder. "Instead, we know that people are the solution, and we believe in The Hunger Project's principles of transformative leadership, gender equality, sustainability and empowered social transformation to combat these global challenges."
Food Photo Affair is made possible through the generosity of sponsors: Ferrari-Carano, Lodge Cast Iron, and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia.
Hosted at the Meritage Resort and Spa, the weekend-long Food Photo Affair begins with optional excursions around the Napa Valley on Thursday, Nov. 5 and opening ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 6. The conference continues with keynotes, workshops, demonstrations and networking through Sunday, Nov. 8, when it concludes with a grand awards ceremony.
Early bird registrants who purchase their three-day conference pass before Jan. 10 will pay just $750, with the first 150 attendees receiving access to a complimentary three-course wine dinner in the resort's Estate Wine Cave. Photography exhibition entries range from $20 for one entry to $25 for five entries. (Yes, you read that right: $25 for five entries.)
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Food Photo Affair offers professional development and recognition for best-in-class food photographers, food stylists, food bloggers and other food industry professionals. The three-day conference provides professional development workshops, lively food photography discussions, engaging speaker panels, and an informal environment for professional networking. The exhibition offers attendees and others a chance to show their work and gain worldwide recognition among an audience of peers and pros. Learn more at FoodPhotoAffair.com.
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