By Jamie Drummond

Last Monday night the truly devilish Ivy Knight and The Drake Hotel hosted The Food Photography Awards.

In parallel there was a Popcorn competition… which was so damn tasty…

The competitors in the Popcorn Challenge were:

Jason Bangerter – Luma
Tawfik Shehata – The Ballroom

Alexandra Feswick – Globe Earth
Matt DeMille – Parts and Labour
Jeff Crump & Bettina Schormann – Bread Baread B

And after much munching of popcorn, Matt DeMille of Parts and Labour took the gold with his Foie Gras-dipped kernels of deliciousness.

Matt deMille Picture courtesy of Connie Tsang

The stipulations for the photo competition were as follows:

1. All submitted photos must have been taken in 2010
2. Professional and amateur photographers are eligible to enter
3. Each photo must be submitted by email to JPEG only, 1 MB max. Winning photos need to available at high resolution and able to print at 10×15.
4. Each photo must have a name, even if it is just a description. Please no untitled photos and, even worse, photos titled “untitled” – that will get you immediately disqualified.
5. Photographers may only enter 1 photo per category
6. We will accept submissions until midnight on January 7th, 2011
7. Photographers retain ownership of their copyright. Ivy Knight reserves the right to display photos/images at the Awards event and the right to use winning photos in conjunction with post-promotion and PR of any future Food Photography Awards.

And the judges were:

Kirsten Hanson – Cookbook Editor, HarperCollins Canada

Stephen Bulger – Stephen Bulger Gallery

Jacob Richler – journalist

David Leyes – photographer

Mia Nielsen – curator, Drake Hotel

Jeff Stober – Drake Hotel

Fun Category: "Mr Nibbles" Signe Langford

Food Category - "Mui Ne" Jeff Blackburn

Place Category - "Bon Echo Paella" Andrea Mut

People Category - "Aesop's Cliche" Kyla Eaglesham

Things Category - "Baking Sheet and Parchment" Reena Newman

Drinks Category - "Cold Beer, Warm Heart" Amy Swenson

Ivy's Honourable Mention - "Two Piece with The Works" Rick O'Brien