I love binge watching cooking competitions. One of my favourites is The Great British Bake Off. I love watching contestants battle it out to create the perfect chocolate mud cake or custard tart. The best part about the show is that all the contestants are given the same ingredients to work with and their final creations are judged on technique and presentation.
I’m amazed at how many different variations of custard tarts can be created using the exact same ingredients. A few extra minutes whisking or a few moments longer in the oven can be the difference between success and failure.
I would love to see a photography version of Bake Off called “Snap Off”, where enthusiast photographers from around the world compete against each other to create the perfect image.
The format would be similar to Bake Off, there would be timed challenges and each photographer would be given the same camera, lens, lighting conditions and subject to photograph.
Just like Bake Off, each contestant would compete on a level playing field. The skill, the thing that sets the great photographers apart from the average ones, is knowing how to combine all the ingredients for maximum impact.
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