Guy’s food photography whets judges’ appetites

Guy Harrop's picture of Clovelly fish smoker Mike Smylie earned him a runner up spot at the Pink Lady International Food Photographer of the Year awards. Guy Harrop's picture of Clovelly fish smoker Mike Smylie earned him a runner up spot at the Pink Lady International Food Photographer of the Year awards.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:54 AM

Success at major international photography competition for third year in a row for North Devon photographer.

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NORTH Devon food photographer Guy Harrop is celebrating his success at a major international competition for the third year running.

Guy, from Loxhore, scooped four awards at this year’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards.

His picture of fish smoker Mike Smylie, taken at last year’s Clovelly Herring Festival, earned him a runner-up spot in the Stockfood Food Off The Press category.

Another, of a busy Bridgetown fish market, taken while on honeymoon in Barbados, was highly commended in the Food and its Place category, which Guy won last year.

This year’s competition attracted more than 6,000 images from all over the world and judges included Israeli-born chef Yotam Ottolenghi, David Loftus (Jamie Oliver’s photographer) and food critic Jay Rayner. Guy said: “To compete and actually win an award with my food photography on an international level feels amazing.

“I feel very fortunate as this is the third year in a row I have won awards in this competition, which is also in its third year.

“The level of entries was very high and so diverse. Photos entered come from literally every corner of the globe, so it was just great news to win a second place with my picture taken at the annual Clovelly Herring Festival.

“I am also very pleased another entry I took of a fish buyer dressed up to the nines in a busy downtown Barbados fish market in Bridgetown was highly commended in the finals.

“I was on honeymoon at the time, so you can imagine my wife’s thoughts, when I said we should catch a bus and go to a fishmarket at 5am in the morning.

“Luckily she said, ‘let’s go’, and she hates fish!”

Guy, who has been a photographer for more than 20 years, said living on the edge of rural Exmoor and near the sea had a huge part to play in his food photography.

“I am very fortunate to be surrounded by hills and farms. Good quality local farm producers are everywhere and the coast and access to fishing is only 20 minutes from my house.

“I am very passionate about food from the sea. I love every aspect of fishing and spent my childhood near the sea and I also love cooking; I grew up baking cakes in my parent’s hotel in Lynton, Devon, so combining these passions with photography seems only natural.

“A lot of my work now tends to be food orientated regularly working with producers, restaurants and luxury hotels across Devon and Cornwall,” he added.

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