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‘Quaker Steak & Lube’ Open Photo Project Winners!

The winners selection for 'The Quaker Steak & Lube Experience' Open Photo Project has arrived!

We launched the one and only Open Photo Project of 2019 in late October for the family chain restaurant, Quaker Steak & Lube! Now, we finally get to share our results with you.

With 43 locations in 12 states across the US, Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurants are the intersection of friend, family, food, and fun.

Their restaurants combine unique décor (such as gas station memorabilia, classic cars and motorcycles) with craveable food and high-octane entertainment events. Additionally, Quaker Steak & Lube has won hundreds of national and international awards for its food, 20+ wing sauces, and holds the title of “Best Wings USA”.


We asked photographers from each region to go out to their closest Quaker Steak & Lube locations to create a lifestyle photo series of 5-10 images. Furthermore, we were looking for diversity, for fun, and to create authentic stories and experiences of friends and family coming together. In conclusion, we collected 40 submissions from 7 of our photographers from our Open Photo Project.

And finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…


Gaelen Smith Headshot, Quaker Steak and Lube Open Photo Project Winner

Gaelen Smith

Gaelen Smith is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based on the east coast, with an emphasis on keeping moments candid and natural. Raised in rural Virginia and relocated to New York in 2017. Gaelen Smith prides himself on forming a unique connection with the subject, allowing for a level of intimacy that clearly translates through his work.


Trent Joaquin Headshot, Quaker Steak and Lube Open Photo Project Winner

Trent Joaquin

Trent Joaquin is a portrait and landscape photographer based in the New York, New Jersey area.


Peace Love Films headshot, Quaker Steak and Lube Open Photo Project Winners

Peace Love Films

Dave & Jess are the owners of Peace Love Films. They are a husband and wife team who specialize in videography and photography. They enjoy capturing weddings, corporate events, families, and so much more. Their ability to capture the authentic emotion of the moment, so clients can relive them again and again is what makes them unique


Onoriode Akorotu Headshot, Quaker Steak and Lube Open Project Winner

Onoriode Akorotu

Onoriode ‘Ono’ Akporotu is a Nigerian born, New York-based, visual artist and designer. He specializes in photography, creative direction, and design. He has produced a number of photographic and cinematic meditations around the concepts of identity, culture, race, and class.  


Jerm Gonzalo Headshot, Quaker Steak and Lube Open Photo Project Winner

Jeremy ‘Jerm’ Gonzalo

Jeremy ‘Jerm’ Gonzalo is a portrait photographer based out of Central NJ. He specializes in motion photography and portraits, and travels around the country documenting breakdance culture. He also owns a photo journal/blog called ‘Break Parables’, which documents the lives of breakdancers in/outside of the culture. 


Here’s to a great start to the new year and the new decade! We’re always so proud of the work you guys put in. We love you. Stick around for more.

Cheers,
Zooppa Community Team

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