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Are you ready for the results of our Negative Space Food Photography challenge on Instagram? First of all, I want to thank you all who participated in this challenge. You are incredibly talented, creative and I was blown away from every single entry. Beautiful work!

It was so difficult to choose only 4 finalists. There were 1360 entries in the challenge, huge thanks goes to our judge Roberta for her amazing work of choosing our 4 finalists:

And the winner of the Negative Space Food Photography challenge is…

First place: @myyummyspatula.

Roberta’s feedback: The first one immediately “sold me” whatever drink that is! I love those flowers in the negative space, I love the hard light and especially the movement in the drink. Such a nice touch.

Second place: @veggie_intervention

Roberta’s feedback: The second made me IMMEDIATELY fell in love. I love the mood, the light! You could think negative space is very easy to incorporate in your photos. I mean, it’s not even about incorporating, it’s about leaving something out. Well, when it’s too much, it doesn’t always work. In this second photo, there’s a lot of NS. Despite that, Maja did an amazing job! To me it doesn’t look “too much”, but just perfect.

Third Place: @evelynmpi

Roberta’s feedback: Photo number 3 speaks to my heart. It made me daydream and catapulted to Sicily (I know! The ones in the photo were not from Sicily eheh). Fun fact: I selected two of Evelyn’s photos and just realized it! 🙂


Fourth Place: @shanna_soulkitchen

Roberta’s feedback: Fourth photo. Same thing: NS can be too much sometimes but I loved this photo. It’s really enjoyable to watch at and gives you all the Autumn vibes!!! And I love the usage of colours and composition!!!


Voting was free for everyone, and you could have voted in my stories from Saturday to Sunday evening. I want to thank you all who participated and voted and supported our finalist. Below you can see the final voting results.

Important details of the Negative Space challenge

A message from our judge Roberta

“First of all, I want to say it was a true honour to be the judge of this challenge!
Second, I almost felt lost when I saw so many BEAUTIFUL (SO beautiful) entries so HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to all of you! I’m pretty sure your talent will bring you a lot of satisfaction in the future. Don’t give up! It hurt my heart to leave some of the photos out to just select a few, but that was my (tough) task here, right? Again, huge congratulations to all of you!

To judge the photos, I first relied on “love at first sight”: if I immediately liked it, I saved it to then go back and judge it with “neutral” eyes.
I then judged with these new “neutral” eyes and thought “Does it still catch my attention and does it still speak to my heart?”

Lastly, I tried to think like a brand/magazine “Would I pick this photo to promote/tell something?” (using text on the photo).

The 4 photos I selected answered all these questions. There were more, so I asked myself what else I loved about them (colours?  Composition? Light?) and these 4 were the result.

About the author

Lucia Marecak - a food photographer, founder of Healthy Goodies by Lucia and food photography teacher at HG Members Club, the most interactive learning platform for food photographers. Ex Human Resources Manager, today creating an amazing and inspiring community for food photographers, helping them to take their skills to the next level, be more creative & confident and create an amazing photography business of their dreams.


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