Reader Awards 2020 in pictures

Posted 18 February, 2020


Last week I was covering the food #ReaderAwards 2020 at Darts Farm, Devon.

The annual event celebrates the finest regional chefs, restaurants, hotels, food suppliers and foodie hot spots across the South West. This year’s theme was ‘a rustic style feast’ which fitted perfectly with the Dart’s Farm earthy ethos, which champions locally grown, outdoor reared foods.

My brief was to capture the winners (announced in between each course), each dish as it came out the kitchen (backdrops and surrounds I had sourced from Dart’s Farm earlier in the day), the guests enjoying the food and mingling beforehand and if time permitted – myself sitting down at each course.

From charcuterie to Lyme Bay Crab starter to Sirloin with seasonal veg to apple crumble dessert…it was amazing…..and all paired up with some amazing gin, ciders, beers and wines!!!

I love these events where there is a lot going on a once, takes me back to my news days, always looking everywhere and being everywhere at once. Using a few different cameras really helped me with this event and the ability to have several flash setups on different remotes I found invaluable.

Nikons (for the awards) and medium format (for the food) was the order of the day but most interestingly I loved the low light capabilities of the Leica Summilux 28mm (using the available light in a dark room).

This little bad boy was my low light demon,  1.7 maximum aperture, small, light and very unobtrusive. I shot all my people candid shots on this one this year and loved every minute!!

Here are a few from the shoot, all taken on Leica apart from food dish images.