Eddy Awards Cover Contest Winner! | Northwest Arkansas Commercial Photographer

Edible Communities Eddy Awards

One of my images that I did for last summer’s issue of Edible Ozarkansas has won some awards!

Edible Communities, which is the parent company for the Edible publications, recently had its annual Eddy Awards, in which there are critic selections and popular votes for the best covers, recipes, images, special issues, features, stories, etc. It just so happens that my image won BOTH the Critic’s Choice AND the Reader’s Choice for Best Cover!

Out of 17 critically acclaimed choices for best covers, mine received 32% of the popular vote and won by a slim margin, but was a winner nonetheless. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it also received the Critic’s Choice award as well. Not bad!



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Here is the original winning image and the cover it was used in. The idea for the image was simple: I wanted a photo of grape stomping from the side-view. Every single image I found when I googled variants of “grape stomping” led to nothing more than shots down into a barrel from the top, which I felt was boring. So, I tracked down a whisky barrel, cut the side off of it (more difficult than it seems to keep the wooden slats together when half the barrel is missing!), and dragged it up the 23 stairs to my studio. Lots of grapes later, we came up with this image. Fun!

You can read the full issue, and the cover story on the Tontitown Grape Festival, here. 

Edible Ozarkansas Summer 2014 Cover - Grape Stomping by Stephen Ironside

Edible Ozarkansas Summer 2014 Cover - Grape Stomping by Stephen Ironside

Thanks to Edible Ozarkansas for giving me the chance to create this shot and for putting it on the cover–and to Amanda Cothren, the editor, for donating her valuable foot model time to the cause. :)  (I’m still finding grape juice in the studio, by the way.)

Edible Ozarkansas Summer 2014 Cover - Grape Stomping by Stephen Ironside

I love the motion and movement! Very explosive.

Virginia Willis

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