At TasteStopping, we run things a little differently than other curated food photography sites.  Our moderation process is simple:  if your photo of food or a food-related subject has been rejected, declined or otherwise spurned by one of the myriad “elite” sites out there (ahem..TasteSpotting, FoodGawker, PhotoGrazing…ahem), send it to us.  We’ll publish it with any link you want!  So, as you can see, there’s really nothing to it. 

Just in case, though, here are our formal guidelines.

  1. Submit your food photo to TasteSpotting, FoodGawker or PhotoGrazing and the like.  These are wonderful, beautifully curated sites; if your photo is accepted, it will dramatically increase traffic to your site.  Isn’t that what this is all about?  Well done!
  2. If the good folks at those sites fail to appreciate the inherent beauty of your submission, send the photo to us as an attachment in an email (see below for address). 
  3. The photo must belong to you!
  4. Provide only food or food-related content.  Though we will not be curating this collection in a formal sense, we will weed out any photos we deem to be inappropriate, hurtful, etc.
  5. BONUS!  To make it even more fun for your fellow viewers, foodies and amateur stylists, include the remarks given in your rejection from the other sites.  Let others know and find solace in the fact that your crisp and eye-catching photo of freshly washed berries was turned down by the others because A) not seasonal B) unflattering composition C) cut off crop.  We’ve all seen amazing photos that have been turned down; sometimes it’s nice to know we’re not alone.
  6. Also, please include the exact URL for the post that contains the photo.  This will help my visitors find your recipes and drive traffic to your site!

And what about all those photos that aren’t so amazing?  The badly lit, blurry or off-center.  We’re happy to publish them and let our visitors decide which are worthy of a click and which aren’t.  We simply ask that you only bring us photos that have been rejected at another site and be willing to share your rejection commentary with others. is currently being designed, so our Beta version is hosted at  When is up and running, we will transfer all of our images. 

Please send your submissions to: info(at)tastestopping(dot)com




  1. Why should I submit to TasteStopping instead of TasteSpotting, Food Gawker or Photo Grazing? 
    You shouldn’t!  Go to the big guys first.  Then, bring your rejected photos here, rest your wounded ego and enjoy a little group therapy.  Maybe you won’t even need TasteStopping!
  2. Why should I submit to TasteStopping at all? 
    We believe that there is a place for everyone on the Internet.  Just because you are not a professional photographer or food stylist, you should still have a forum to show your work.  TasteStopping is that forum!
  3.  What is the “DR”?      
    The DR stands for “Declined Rewind.”  This is a special feature that allows TasteStopping to offer a thematic sampler of recent submissions.  For instance there’s the Weekend Edition, Holiday Edition and also DR centered around current events like the Olympics or a Presidential Election, just to name a few.
  4. How long will it take for my submitted photos to go live?      
    The good news is that we are receiving a lot of submissions.  The downside is that currently it can take up to 7 days for your photos to be posted once we receive them.  (During the weekends we feature the DR, so be sure to factor that in when anticipating a publish date.)  You will receive an email notifying you that your photo is up. (Update: Due to the large volume of submissions, we are currently unable to send an email on the status of your photos.  They will be published, so keep checking back!)   If you need more information, just drop us an email
  5. Can I submit more than one photo?
    Of course!  Send in as many photos as you want.  Just make sure to include the site (or sites) that rejected it, the rejection commentary, and the link to the post containing it.   Also note that with multiple submissions, we will spread out the publication of your photos, to ensure more exposure for you.
  6. What’s with the titles of the posts?      
    The titles for each post are intended to be reminders to take life, and art, a little less seriously.  After all, TasetStopping is all about airing our dirty photographic laundry, so the titles are meant to poke some fun at the whole process. 
  7. When will the “real” site go up?      
    Soon.  So, sit back, grab a cup of whatever gets you through the day and enjoy all that TasteStopping has to offer.  Remember, TasteStopping is the only place to see what the others won’t show you.  Oh, and tell your friends, Tweet about us, blog about us and for the love of Pete, send in your photos!  You know you want to.
  8. Do you accept advertising?
    Not in the beta version.  Once we get things going at, we will have a few, select advertisers.  Interested in getting on board early (and for a song)?  Contact us at:  info (at) tastestopping (dot) com

If you have any questions, send them to the email listed above for submissions, and we’ll try to get an answer to you quickly.  Or we’ll post your answer here.


13 Responses to “Submission Guidelines/FAQ”

  1. David Says:

    Grilled Beef Heart

    FoodGawker: Accepted; TasteSpotting: unflattering composition. not sharp.

  2. flfarmgirl Says:

    4392 JPEG

    Helluva Good Ribs
    The ribs are fall off the bone tender and so flavorful and juicy you won’t believe how easy they are to make
    Foodgawker: Lighting issues – dull/unsharp
    Tastespotting: pending

  3. flfarmgirl Says:

    Foodgawker: reject: Okra, Corn and Tomato Stew:Reason- Photo/food composition

  4. flfarmgirl Says:

    Foodgawker rejected: Banana Nut Muffins Dull/unsharp image
    Tastespotting: accepted

  5. Janet Says:

    apparently some people can’t read/follow directions.

  6. justopia Says:

    Brilliant! I am going to submit here for sure. Thank you for putting up this site to help console the rejected. 🙂

  7. Rochelle Says:

    Glad to know that I’m not the only one that has great photos that have been rejected at tastespotting and foodgawker 🙂 will HAVE to submit here now too 🙂

  8. ladyhomechef Says:

    Haha…. so funny! This is so fun, I like the idea of collecting rejected photos in a website for whatever purposes, at least now I know that I am not the only one that have been rejected a few times! 🙂

  9. i love your idea. very, very funny. oh yeah, i have a lot of pictures rejected by foodgawker. LOL!!!

  10. hapabento Says:

    Oh good. I have many rejects to submit. Thanks. Your site is brilliant.

  11. Cassie Says:

    Why don’t all the images link to the actual posts/recipes? I’ve been clicking some of the pictures hoping to find a recipe and I’ve been taken to the main site, which is usually confusing and not always well-organized. Is there a reason for this or am I missing the link or something? Also, this site is fantastic – I really love it.

  12. Yudith Says:

    I will send you a few!! 😉 Thanks for stopping by, I needed the group therapy!

  13. Janice Says:

    Thanks for the site! was beginning to get a complex!

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