On Wednesday 6th May 2015 we met Emily Tapp for the first time as we welcomed her to our 2015 awards ceremony held at the Mall Galleries, London. Seen right arriving to meet Caroline Kenyon, Director, Emily didn't know at the time but she was soon to be announced as Young 15 -17 Category Winner for her image, "Spices & Spoons".

Asked how it felt to be a Finalist she said, "I'm overwhelmed by the opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful competition. I'm extremely proud to have got so far!"

So who is Emily Tapp? "I’m a big foodie; passionate about whole foods, nutrition and plant-based eating. I’ve found that eating a diet rich in whole foods means I’m in an ideal frame of mind and healthy – mentally and physically, and combining this passion with my avid love of photography is what led me to start my food blog, Cortado Chronicles. Through my blog and my interaction with other foodies and photographers on Instagram, my freelance work has expanded to photographing product shots for various food companies."

Winning Image - Spices & Spoons - seen below
Emily Tapp, Spices and Spoons
Spices and Spoons

Many of us here can connect with Emily's admission that "I'm a self confessed cookbook hoader" but she explained, "I often refer to the cookbooks for prop, composition and styling inspiration. I do, however, love using social media such as instagram and blogs to keep my foodie and photography mind fresh and creative."

She went on to say that, "Being so young and in school, it's been difficult to travel often, but I enjoy learning about different cultures and the food they enjoy via social media such as instagram, following food photographers from all over the world. In my travels in Italy, I met fishermen, market stall owners and producers of limoncello who were so passionate about the importance of fresh ingredients. My work now places a heavy emphasis on how ingredients lead to a final product or dish."

"I recently spent two weeks as an intern at BBC Good Food Magazine. Alongside developing my photography skills by assisting on photoshoots, I also gained experience in other areas of magazine life that interest me such as designing multiple page layouts for the October issue and writing pieces of text for the issue. I have always been a keen writer and artist/designer, so the internship was an invaluable experience for me.

Having just received my A Level results of AAA grades in English Literature, Psychology and Fine Art, I’m now looking forward to starting the next chapter of my creative life at Falmouth University, to study Fine Art."

Seen below receiving her award from Jay Rayner and David Loftus, we look forward to hearing more about Emily's journey in food photography.




You can find out more about Emily on her website: www.emilytapp.co.uk or follow her on Instagram @emilyoliviatapp

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