Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year 2016
Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year is now in its fifth year as the world’s leading awards recognizing the art and diversity of food photography and film from around the globe. These prestigious awards saw almost 6,500 images from 56 countries in 2015, and more than 20,000 images have been submitted since 2011.
“Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year is fast becoming one of the world’s most well-respected and creative niche photo contests” says Advanced Photographer magazine. The finalists have their work displayed at the world-renowned Mall Galleries in London and are invited to the Champagne Taittinger reception where the winners are announced, building up to an overall winner who will receive £5000 GBP as well as global publicity.
More than just pretty pictures of food on a plate, the categories range from the Politics of Food to Food for Celebration, from Food for the Family to Bring Home the Harvest. The awards are open to both professional and amateur photographers. There is something for everyone, not just classic food photographers but also landscape photographers, travel photographers and garden photographers. Importantly, every image is judged anonymously.
The categories are devised to show the culture and production of food. They also include Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year and unearthed ® Food in Film categories for both documentary and non-documentary shorts.
The contest has evolved over the years—in year three Pink Lady presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to the legendary photographer Tessa Traeger. This year it has a new category: Marks & Spencer Food Adventures, vibrant images of people and food from across the Americas.
Pink Lady has an influential and respected judging panel, which includes Emily Luchetti, chair of the James Beard Foundation, USA; David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer; Curtis Stone, Australian chef, TV host and New York Times best-selling author; Dan Havlik, Editor-in-Chief of Shutterbug Magazine; and Chris Beetles of Beetles & Huxley, one of the world’s leading galleries specializing in photography.
Past winners include French photographer Jean Cazals, Laos-based UK photographer Tessa Bunney, Alexandrina Paduretu from Romania, and 2015 winner UK-based Australian photographer David Griffen for his shot of a street chef taken in Kuala Lumpur.
Go through your own archive and see if the winning image is already tucked away there. In just a few months, you could be rubbing shoulders with the VIP celebrities of the food and photography world in London!