Rather an honour really to be asked to be a photo judge. But I was. Those talented ladies behind the Plate to Page writing/photography workshops in conjunction with Prosecco producer Nino Franco set up a challenge at their last, Ireland-based, workshop.
The brief was simple – provide a photo showcasing a Nino Franco Prosecco to best effect, as well as a title and an artist’s statement of intent. A fantastic opportunity for the workshop participants to flex their skills with a fully commercial angle.
Each of the judges viewed and rated each submission independently. The final decision/ranking was resolved last Monday at Hawksmoor restaurant in the city. Jeanne, who joined me later, suggested a blog post with my comments attached to each photo… so here we are. The final debate over each photo was quite wide-ranging. I’ve put the main points of each photo under each entrant. These are my views only and may differ from the Nino Franco family and Dacotah Renneau (who handles PR for Nino Franco), the other judges.
Having recently received some similar comments against a set of my own photographs I realise how harsh such comments can appear. They are meant to be totally constructive.
For the winning photo (and a generously added) second place winner, head on over to the Plate to Page website.
Nino Franco Prosecco Plate to Page Competition Entries
submission failed to provide a written brief, so disqualified. Label looks ‘dirty’ (whites adjusted in processing?).
A lovely shot with good focusing. The Nino Franco name however is upside down!
Lovely set-up, but, and its a big but, can see the photographer in the reflection. Horizontal bottle slightly clipped to left.
lots of dead space at the top. Love the light and the lavender (whats the connection though?) but bottle badly cut off at the bottom.
poorly focused although not noticeable at small sizes. Nino Franco name could do with a little lightening to stand out. A couple of highlights should have been removed during processing.
Love this photo, great focusing, lovely light and reflections.
A little fussy for my taste. Accompanying text includes mention of mimosa but that isn’t what is in the glass! glass also badly cropped off at the top. white reflection is attention grabbing and needs toning down/removing.
Love the concept here, and could have been a contender. However the bottles are all leaning and more attention needed on their presentation. The front bottle has a badly torn seal that obscures the brand name.
interesting take but fails to highlight the Nino Franco name sufficiently.