on August 2, 2010 by

Recipe Photography Contest!

You can share recipes with your friends using our new sharing tools.

If you have visited the recipe section on our website recently, you may have noticed that we can now include photographs for our recipes. We’ve been begging for this ability for years and were finally given the tools last month. I don’t know about you, but I find a recipe with a photo far more inspiring than one that leaves the final dish to my imagination. In addition to photos, we added some social media sharing tools to make it easier to share a recipe with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers (we included quite a number of other sites, as well). To celebrate these improvements to our site, we’re hosting a photography contest!

What to do to enter:

Pick a recipe from our site or one of your favorite original recipes, prepare it and take a digital photo. Email the photo and recipe used to us at Chelsea (at) for submission (please use the subject header of “Photo Contest”).  If you pick one of our recipes, simply let us know which one. If you use an original recipe, we need a copy to add to our website to be eligible to enter. The key here is don’t pick a recipe that you don’t want to share. Of course you’ll get full credit for the recipe and all photos. Even if you don’t win the contest, we’ll try to use your photo for the recipe you chose. We’re just trying to get as many photos for our recipes as possible. You have until midnight on November 30, 2010 to enter. You can submit up to three photos, however each individual will be eligible for only one spot in the first round of judging (i.e. no one person can win twice).

Your recipes should fall into one of these categories: Breakfast (this includes muffins, granola, etc.), Breads (both yeast-risen and quick), Main Dishes, Soups/Salads/Sides, and Desserts. We’ll select a winner from each category for both conventional and gluten free recipes (10 total). Only digital photos will be accepted.

How we will select winners:

Winners will be selected by a committee of Bob’s Red Mill employees. We will pick two winners from each category- conventional and gluten free- for a total of 10 photos. These photos will be published here on the blog and be open for public voting for one week. The top conventional and gluten free photo will be awarded the grand prize.


The eight runners up will receive a gift box from Bob’s Red Mill valued at $50. Boxes will contain conventional or gluten free Bob’s Red Mill products. The grand prize winners will receive a $100 gift card redeemable at or the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store in Milwaukie, Oregon.


Leave a comment here or email Chelsea (at) with questions.

Helpful Hints:

Here are a couple of websites with great advice for food photography.
Photo Jojo! : The Ten Tastiest Food Photography Tips
101 Cookbooks: Food Photography Tips
10 Photography Tips to Make Food Look Tasty



ELIGIBILITY: The Bob’s Red Mill Recipe Photo Contest is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia and legal Canadian residents.

Employees of Bob’s Red Mill and affiliated entities, and their immediate families (spouse, parents, children, siblings and their spouses) and individuals living in the same household as such employees are ineligible. This contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

HOW TO ENTER: The entry period begins on August 2, 2010 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PST on November 30, 2010 (“Contest Period”).

To enter the Contest and qualify for the prizes:

1. Create and submit a digital photograph for any recipe found on or submit a personal recipe and photograph.

2. Submit recipe and a single photograph of entry to via e-mail.

3. If a Bob’s Red Mill recipe is not chosen, your recipe must be original—not from a cookbook or website.

4. Each individual may submit up to three photographs period (three of the same recipe or three different recipes- but three photographs total) and the recipe should fall into one of these five categories: Breakfast Item (including muffins, bars, etc.), Main Dish, Soup/Salad/Side Dish, Dessert, Bread.

JUDGING: Each eligible entry in the Contest will be judged by selected Bob’s Red Mill employees. Two photographs will be selected for each category- one to represent a gluten free recipe and one to represent a conventional recipe. Ten (10) photographs total will be published on the Bob’s Red Mill Blog for public voting. Two photographs (one conventional and one gluten free) will be selected as Grand Prize winners. All runners up will receive a prize box of Bob’s Red Mill products (valued at $50 USD). Grand Prize winners will receive a gift card valued at $100 for use at or the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store in Milwaukie, Oregon.


An eligible Entry submitted for this Contest is subject to these conditions. Contestant retains all ownership rights of said Entry. However, by submitting an Entry in this Contest, you grant Bob’s Red Mill a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Entry in connection with the Bob’s Red Mill Website and Bob’s Red Mill’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Bob’s Red Mill Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You shall be solely responsible for your own Entry and the consequences of posting or publishing them. In connection with the Entry, you affirm, represent, and warrant that: you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and authorize Bob’s Red Mill to use all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to any and all Entries to enable inclusion and use of the Entry in the manner contemplated by the Terms of Service listed at Bob’s Red ( In connection with the Entry, you further agree that you will not submit material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant Bob’s Red Mill all of the license rights granted herein.


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Fascinating, thank you so much! I spent my childhood in Yorkshire in the UK, and I’ve been trying to find a recipe for this delicious pie I remember eating all the time, but can’t remember what we called it!!! Do you know a famous pie recipe from Yorkshire?

Wow:))) This is a great idea for a contest. I can wait to see the pictures..and also the recipes:D. Yummy-yummy for both.

Pete says:

Ha ha nice contest..:) Though I am not very good at cooking, I love food shooting:)

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