Food Photography Book Giveaway

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In celebration of my book being released and on the shelves, I’m going to be giving away four copies!

Here’s what you need to know to enter (with more specific rules below):

Create a food photograph that follows the theme “Sweet” between now and the cut-off date/time of the contest, and then post a link with a story/description about the photo in the comments below. It’s not a “photo” contest, but more of a story-telling contest … but you do need to create a photo in order to have a valid entry. I’ll be selecting one random winner here, and one random winner over on a similar contest on Google+, and then will choose two more winners (my favorite photos/stories) from each site. You can enter both contests on both sites, but can only enter once per site (blog & Google+). Image quality is not as important as creativity, so be sure to keep that in mind. :)

Also, if you don’t yet have a Google+ account, now’s a good time to start! I have some invites to give away (click here) if you need one.

Here are the rules:

  1. The theme for the giveaway on this blog is “Sweet”.
  2. The photo needs to be new … in other words, it needs to be photographed and uploaded any time between the date/time of this blog post and the cut-off time (listed below).
  3. Only one entry on each site per person is allowed. (Click here to access the contest on Google+)
  4. Upload the image to the photo hosting site of your choice (Flickr, G+, your blog, etc.). Then, post a link to your photo along with a description/story about the photograph in the comments below.
  5. Two books will be given away randomly (one here, one on G+), and two additional books will be given away which I will personally select (one here, one on G+). For the winners I select, creativity is key … image quality is not nearly as important as the story behind the food.
  6. The cut-off time for posting your entry for this giveaway is Saturday, September 3rd at 11:59 PM MST.

Good luck!

BTW, the giveaway is open to anyone from any country. :)

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. jerry August 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    sorry I dont have blog here is facebook below

  2. Mark E. Dixon August 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Chefmedsaid….Cooking With A Sizzle, It’s Hot ! Here is my Sweet Twitter Treat to win your book !

    Nicolesy I am just a aspiring ameature Food Photographer trying to learn all I can and I made my first “Cream Puff”

    As a chef of 35 yrs experience I don’t bake and this was my fisrt ever attempt at realy baking any thing significant> I love Chocolate Eclairs and never made one but, my dad bought me this Cream Puff one day and I forgot about Chocolate Eclairs….some what anyway, so this is my story.

    I replied to you on Twitter with a photo and you may go to my ameature website and see more of my Food Photography Video and photo’s….

    P.S. If I don’t win your contest :-( I will still buy your Book.

    Mark E.Dixon
    ChefMed…Said “Cooking with A Sizzle, It Hot !

  3. Rebecca Weaver August 24, 2011 at 9:58 am

    My ‘sweet’ entry:
    I got the inspiration for this way-too-rich and fancy looking dessert from Ree Drummond (link in the picture description). I felt like chocolate, not fruit, and couldn’t find crepes or mint leaves… So I made chocolate leaves, used phyllo pastry dough, and put a chocolate candy inside instead of the peaches. They’re small – but you’ll only want one. Had lots of fun making and eating them. I’d like to try it with crepes sometime still, as the phyllo dough is hard to work with.

  4. Claudia August 24, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Alas, I already bought the book and read it cover to cover yesterday. You’re a good teacher; you confirmed that many of my instincts are right on which is comforting and I learned a lot too. Many thanks, I hope our food photos on Open-Window get better and better, thanks to you.

  5. Jovana Zlicaric August 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Nicole,
    I am a huge fan of yours and I am so glad you are moving to Seattle.

    Here is a link to my photo. This is a blackberry cake, very easy to make. I love the simplicity of this cake and especially the taste. It is also very economic since blackberries are in season and they are everywhere. I picked some up at my train station to work and knew exactly then that I would be using them for this contest. I garnished it with some more blackberries and some powdered sugar. I hope you like it.

    By the way, I already own one of your other books, Canon 60D which is that I shoot with and I am so thankful for that book.


  6. Christina Dey August 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Your book came to my attention via a friend who is a photographer and I would love to own a copy of Food Photography. I have a Canon Rebel XS but I need to learn how to take advantage of the manual settings. My sweet is a peach pie that I grew up baking with my mother, who is a fantastic baker. She taught me so much about baking and about life. This blog post is a tribute to her and our relationship.

  7. Tara Mayberry August 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I was so glad to find your blog and this contest — your new book has been in my Amazon wishlist since before it was published, so thanks! Here is a link to my photo and story:

    A short summary: Once a month, our group of friends gets together for a wine tasting party. At least that’s how it started. After two years of blind tasting everything from a Chenin Blanc to a Ruby Port, things got repetitive, so this August we decided to try another juice: one from the Agave plant, thus tequila tasting commenced! I wanted a sweet treat to serve to accompany the tequila, and these little cookies are a one-bite surprise of bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon, and ancho chile.

  8. Tina Swain August 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Blueberry Pancakes

    The Pancake Circus is one of those rusty ol’ joints in town that everyone loves, or loves to hate. You’ll find mix reviews on Yelp with every kind of remark possible ranging from the acid trip induced circus clown decor to the bathrooms’ resemblance of those which you’d find in a dive bar. Amidst a number of unfavorable reviews, mostly commenting on their paper-thin bacon, mediocre coffee, and crappy service, what at you’ll fail to find is any sort of inferiority towards their pancakes and this for a reason.

    I sat at the counter this past Sunday morning and ordered the blueberry pancakes. While I waited I sipped my coffee and read bits and pieces of the local paper. Then, out came my breakfast and as the waitress placed the dish in front of me, the sweet aroma of blueberries flooded my senses. The pancakes were perfection with their golden tones and fluffiness. As I took my first bite, I was reminded of the reasons why I love their breakfast: The delectable combination of sweet blueberry topping poured over the warm pancakes and lightly topped with confectioner’s sugar.

    It’s the type of place where the life stories of the waitresses are written on their faces and in the creases of their skin. It’s true; most of the food is mediocre at best. Sure, the bathrooms are questionable and the circus clown decor makes you really wonder about the place sometimes. But the pancakes are phenomenal! And to be honest, I kind of enjoy the the offbeat impression of the Pancake Circus.

  9. Erica Johnson August 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Icing my first Red Velvet cake attempt…

  10. Carol August 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    There is simply nothing sweeter than a peach from Niagara, Ontario. That once a year sublime taste that even a pie cannot improve on. I left the fuzz on for the photo. This is almost the end of summer fruits – next up is apples and pears. I always feel a little sad, because there is such a long wait between now and strawberry season in the spring. Canada might be harsh but we know how to appreciate our produce when we can.

  11. Michel September 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    After the wettest and coldest summer in hundred years, the temperature hit 25C (77F) today. My wife rang me at work and asked me to pass the local market to buy some fruit. I came home with many shopping bags – the cherries (the very last of the Dutch) were $10 a pound and the plums (more abundantly) $1 a pound.

    Photographing food is fun – thanks for suggesting this


  12. Jeff Brogden September 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Our family loves 100 Grand bars. My wife found a local store that had them on close out for $0.25 a piece. She bought all they had – 12 bars. I call it getting $1.2 Million for $3.

  13. Melli September 3, 2011 at 6:23 am
  14. Christine September 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Hi Nicole,

    I’m a new fan of yours thanks to this giveaway. It linked me to your blog and now I’m enjoying your ‘Two Minute Tip’ videos and am absorbing your advices and shared wisdom about photography. I’m just sad that I didn’t find your blog any sooner :)

    So here we go:

    What you see is a fresh egg liqueur buntd cake baked to surprise a special person in my live on her birthday, my mom. I have to admit, I usually rush out of the house the day before her big day to get her a bouquet of her favorite flowers gerbera. This time I did something different. When I stumbled over your gallery with your ambrosial and tasty looking food photographs, a desire to prepare some food myself arouse. Also mom’s enthusing words came to my mind when she mentioned casually some months ago that a co-worker had brought that delicous cake made with egg liqueur. I figured that this would make a perfect, special present. I found a five star rated recipe and got my hands on it. With mom’s big smile on her face along with my little brother’s words ‘It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die’ (he’s totally into Despicable Me) I guess the cake was a success and gave mom great pleasure. Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Petra September 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Dear Nicole,
    here’s my entry:

    This picture combines two recent events that I will always remember with pleasure: my niece’s wedding day and the taste of her wedding cake which created a firework for my taste buds. Normally I’m not a big fan of rich and sweet cakes but when the bride handed me over a nice piece of this tasty malakov cake I couln’t resist. I totally have to stop by the confectioner and praise her for her delicious artwork, maybe she’ll then hand me over the recipe.

  16. kc carlson September 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Nicole, Here’s my entry on Sweet. It’s not the dessert I prefer, I actually hate strawberries. However my wife loves them, and a little bit of sweetness for her goes a long way, like allowing me to take off and go to PSW. So a challenge like this I don’t think twice in what I would shoot, and she will have a few days to eat them.

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