A little note about a site called “Food Gawker”

Here’s the comment from the fabulous Food Gawker site about the picture of the figs that is featured on my last post..

Hi camerahols,

Thank you for your recent submission to foodgawker. Unfortunately, your post titled
“Figs with cinnamon cream” was not accepted.

Primary reason: Lighting issues – dull/unsharp

We hope you continue to submit your photos.  To see a list of your posts,
visit http://foodgawker.com/submissions.

They sound like they have some very smart photographers judging the images.


About Food,Photography & France

Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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8 Responses to A little note about a site called “Food Gawker”

  1. ambrosiana says:

    You made my day!! This is hilarious!!!! Come on!!!

  2. Karen says:

    Roger, I can’t believe that was turned down. I showed the photo to my husband and he kept saying how wonderful, perfect, etc., etc. Unbelievable!

  3. Sounds like a computer algorithm!

  4. joshuafagans says:

    I have definitely had something like that happen with tastespotting. Don’t know how decisions are made but rest assured they don’t know what they are talking about. The important people know about your blog anyway ;)!

  5. Foodgawker decisions lack credibility. After they refused over 100 of my submissions, one of which was featured on food porn daily, I wrote to them in high dudgeon requesting an explanation. They told me that they had clear guidelines on what was acceptable. This made me think of little gawker trainees, sort of like Cheesecake Factory, but not.

    dull/not sharp is a knee-jerk response that means either “I hate figs”(I know they hate les abats) or “I have absolutely no taste and am clueless about what photography should be, so it’s safer to refuse.”

    Tastespotting is the number one food photo site. Maybe foodgawker is trying to be more exclusive by it’s indiscriminate refusal of submissions. Who knows?

    In anycase, ignore the comments and keep submitting.

  6. I was led to your blog by Rufus’…I too am surprised by the “reasons” given on FoodGawker and Tastespotting as to refusal of my photos. My husband is a professional commercial photographer for 30 years. That being said, I’ve decided if he says my photo is acceptable or fantastic and my readers compliment me I can’t worry about what those sites say. My question is “who” is looking at our photos? Clearly they don’t have an eye! Will be checking back on your site – upon first glance you’ve got a great thing going! I like it.

  7. Wow. Now I feel bad for suggesting foodgawker. I was under the impression that all of your submissions would pass with ease. I guess foodgawker has pretty terrible taste in what’s aesthetically pleasing. I thought it was an amazing photo.

  8. Please don’t stop posting photos with ‘lighting issues – dull/unsharp’ because I love them and find them inspiring….this brings to mind the nineteenth-century French artists’ Salon des Refusés.

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