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As much as I welcome the pure, unadorned technical depth of detail in some cookbooks and recipes (think Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and the like), I do enjoy the seduction of cookbooks, magazines and blogs with their mouth-watering food photography.  Like many of you, I could curl up with a pile of reading paraphernalia, and pour over lip-smacking imagery of food all day and all night.

Over the last 12 months, I have entered a handful of Does My Blog Look Good In This (DMBGLIT) events — a monthly food photography event for food bloggers and food photographers everywhere.

For all the time that past hosts and judges have donated for this event, I am truly appreciative.  (Check out the winners from last month at Susan’s blog The Well Seasoned Cook.)  So as my way of contribution, I am proud to announce I am hosting the April 2010 Edition of DMBLGIT.

Special thanks to Andrew of Spittoon and Spittoon Extra for managing this popular event, as well as allowing me the opportunity to host this month.  (If you are interested in hosting the event, please email Andrew with “DMBLGIT Host” as the subject.)

The judges have been selected (to be announced in a separate post), and the gallery is awaiting your very best food photos posted to your blogs in March 2010.

I look forward to seeing all your images.  Start sending them through!

Judging

Photographs are reviewed by a panel of judges, who score them in three categories: edibility, aesthetics, and originality. The host then compiles the scores to determine the winners. The specific things the judges will be looking for are as follows:

- Aesthetics: composition, food styling, lighting, focus, etc.
- Edibility: “does the photo make us want to dive in and eat the food?”
- Originality: the photograph that catches our attention and makes us want to say “wow!”, displaying something we might not have seen before.
- Overall Winner: top overall scores in all three categories combined.

There are three overall winners for photographs with the highest point totals in all three categories combined, and one winner in each of the three individual categories.

Rules

- Only one entry per person (a single photograph, no diptychs)
- All pictures must be text free
- The photograph must have been taken by you
- The photograph must have appeared on your blog in March 2010
- Entries must be received by April 20, 2010

What do you have to do to join the event?

Send your entry to julia {at} melangerbaking {dot} com with DMBLGIT as the subject. Please include the following:

- Your name
- Your location
- Your blog’s name and URL
- Your photograph’s title
- The URL of the post containing the photograph
- Type of camera used, lens if you wish

Please send photos in an attachment to your email in a jpeg format, of no more than 500 pixels in width.

By submitting a photo, entrants agree to their photo being redisplayed and altered in size on Mélanger and on the Spittoon Extra DMBLGIT? page.

The complete details around Judging, Rules, and Submission Requirements can be found here.

Gallery

All submissions will be posted to the April 2010 DMBLGIT gallery, which will be updated as I receive entries. Please give me a few days to update the gallery with your submission.  And make sure yours is included once I start publishing them.  I look forward to your entries. Good luck!

:: Julia ::