Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 Video – SEO Q&A

Hi. Remember us?

It’s been a long time coming but here is the first video in our series from the Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 Food Bloggers Conference; a Quick Q&A on SEO with Michael Gall from My Aching Head.

There will be more videos to come so make sure to keep an eye on the blog or on the Twitter feed @eatdrinkblogau.

Thanks to Vicki from onceuponafoodie for providing the video.

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2011 Photo Comp Winners

The 2011 Eat. Drink. Blog. Photography Competition has been a wonderful showcase of some of the best food photography from the Australian food blogging community over the past year. From a large pool of entrants, our judging panel of food photography/industry professionals whittled the submissions down to a selection of 15 finalists, as shown above.

There are two sets of prizes awarded to the best images out of the group of finalists. An IMPACT Award, for the best image as selected by our judging panel. There are also winner and runner-up prizes for the Community Award, as voted by the food blogging community, readers and the general public.

Without further ado, the winners of the 2011 Eat. Drink. Blog. Photography Competition are…

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Photography Competition Finalists (2011)

It is my pleasure to announce the judging panel’s selection of the finalists for the Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 Photography Competition.

This year’s finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Congratulations to the finalists, and a thanks to everyone that participated in the competition thus far, including our panel of esteemed judges – Quentin Jones, Natalie Boog & Julie Lee.

While the winner of Judge’s Award has been finalised, the Community Award prize is still very much up for grabs.

Vote for your favourite finalists by going to the Eat. Drink. Blog. Media Hub and clicking on the Like button of their image(s). The entry with the most Likes will win the coveted KitchenAid stand mixer.

But wait, there’s more…

With thanks to our competition partner IMPACT Communications Australia, there is now a runner’s up prize for the entry with the second highest number of Likes.

The runner’s up prize pack courtesy of World Kitchen, with a total retail value of around $100, consists of:

  • Baker’s Secret Whoopie Pan
  • Baker’s Secret Loose Base Square Tart Pan
  • Baker’s Secret 4 Piece Magentic Measuring Cup Set
  • Baker’s Secret 5 Piece Magnetic Measuring Spoon Set
  • Pyrex 2 Cup Measuring Jug

Voting closes Sunday 18 December 2011, with the winners of the Judge’s Award and the Community Award prizes to be announced on Monday 19 December 2011.

Good luck with the competition.


Photos from Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011

The official photos for Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 are now available on the Media Hub.

The images in the gallery are a visual diary chronicling the day’s events from the setup of the conference at Electrolux through to dinner at Kingsleys Steak & Crab.

A big thanks to Christina Thai and Peggy Wong for volunteering their time to shoot some wonderful images.

If you would like to get a copy of any of the images from the day, please send an email to eatdrinkblogau@gmail.com and let us know which ones you’re after.

For anyone looking to use these images for promotion, advertising or marketing purposes, let us know in the email and we’ll get you in touch with the photographers to discuss usage rights.


Photography Competition Closes Today

Just a quick reminder that the Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 photography competition closes tonight at midnight.

There are a few photos that have been submitted without any info (possibly due to some error). If these are your images, please resubmit your application to ensure that you’re in the running for the competition.

When submitting your images, if you are not redirected to a page indicating your submission was successful, there was likely a problem with your submission e.g. image issue above.

One sure fire way of guaranteeing a failed submission is by not reading the submission guidelines carefully. Please be especially mindful that the images submitted are around or less than 500Kb in size.

To avoid any disappointment, if you are uncertain that submission was successful, please send an email to eatdrinkblogau@gmail.com to follow up on the matter. So long as this email is sent prior to the close of the competition, your submission, even if unsuccessful, will still be considered in the running for the comp.

Lastly, follow the official #eatdrinkblog2011 hashtag and/or @eatdrinkblogau to keep up to date on info regarding the competition. To those that have entered or are about the enter the competition, good luck with your submissions.


Conferene Posts, Images & Link Love

Hi!

You’ll soon receive a more formal thank you, along with a media kit of a lot of supplementary information regarding the conference for your blog posts, including Michael Gall’s SEO presentation slides (sorry!). However, I thought I’d take this opportunity now to quickly offer my personal thanks to all the attendees, presenters, sponsors, followers on Twitter, and especially the staff, for making the Eat. Drink. Blog. Conference 2011 such a success.

For those of you who have or will publish a post on your experiences at the conference, we’ll be setting up a sidebar widget on this blog giving some linkage love to your blog post. It’ll also make it easier for those interested to read and view the experiences of the attendees.

Please send us an email to eatdrinkblogau@gmail.com with your blog post link, and we’ll look to add it to this blog.

Also, if you have some images that you wish to share of the day’s events, please feel free to send the images with attachments to the same email address eatdrinkblogau@gmail.com. We’ll look to setup a separate gallery on the Eat. Drink. Blog. Media Hub, as well as give you credit and some linkage love to your blog there too. As always, you will retain full copyright of any images you send us.

We look forward to seeing all your accounts of the days events!


KitchenAid Prize

We’ve happy to announce that we’ve finalised details regarding the KitchenAid prize for the Community Award for the Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 Photography Competition.

As indicated by the above image, the KitchenAid prize is indeed their latest model which was released only a short while ago. It comes with the standard attachments i.e. beater, whisk & dough hook; a new flexi-beater, as well as a clear glass bowl so you can see your cherished prize beating together a cookie dough, whisking up a batch of marshmallows, kneading brioche dough on the dough hook or flexi-beating whatever… ah… requires flexi-beating.

As for colours, the winner of this prize is free to choose whichever colour they desire. Colours include Candy Apple (red), Raspberry Ice (hot pink), Medallion Silver (mid grey), Black Storm, Electric Blue, Sugar Pearl Silver (light grey), Café Latte (white) and Antique Copper, as pictured above.

If you haven’t already done so, feel free to enter the competition for a chance to win this fabulous prize, or the major prize of a $1000 VISA gift card to spend on new camera, lens, lighting gear or whatever else the heart desires. However, be quick as entries for the competitions close next Friday 11th November.

Check out the current entries at the Eat. Drink. Blog. Media Hub.

I look forward to seeing all your mouth-watering entries!

Edit: Sorry, one last thing I’d forgotten to mention. For anyone interested to know, the retail value of this prize is $799.00.