Members Area

Welcome to the Members’ Area of the Guild of Food Writers website. Here you will find resources that are only available to Guild members, including shortcuts to member benefits such as our discounts and pay survey results.


For more information on the Guild, and to see the full range of our activities and resources, please refer to our new FAQs page.


The directory of members is one of the most important features of the Guild, so please be sure to keep your entry up to date, both with regard to professional activities and contact details. 


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Charlotte Pike


Joan Ransley

Joan Ransley is a highly qualified nutritionist, photographer, food stylist, writer and teacher with a Masters degree and PhD in Human Nutrition. Joan's first degree was in Home Economics where she developed her love of both preparing food and nutrition. Joan began writing about food for the Yorkshire Post while working as a lecturer at Leeds University and then went on to learn how to take compelling photographs of food and environmental portraits of people working in the food industry. She has won several awards for her photography in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year and the International Garden Photographer of the Year competitions. Joan runs highly acclaimed food photography workshops around the UK. Joan's clients include Delicious. magazine, Pavilion Books, Yakult UK (she is an Ambassador for Gut Health Week), John Julian Design, The Guardian, Aspire Photography Training and Ceres PR. Joan is author of Cooking for the Sensitive Gut published by Pavilion Books 2016.

Special subjects

Nutrition (gut health). Food Styling. Recipe development. Photography: still life food, food stories on location and environmental portraits.

Regular work

Delicious. magazine (photography and hotel reviews). Doves Farm (food photography). Ceres PR (recipe development, nutrition consultancy and food photography). Provitamil (photography and recipe writing). Yakult - Love Your Gut (food photography, recipe development, nutrition). The Yorkshire Post (features). John Julian Design (photography). Getty images and Stockfood (food photography)

Advisory boards / Awards

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2014 3rd Place; Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2015 2nd Place; Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2016 3rd Place; Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017 Finalist. International Garden Photographer of the Year 2016 Finalist.