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Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year 2017


Now in its sixth year, Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading photographic awards celebrating the art and diversity of food photography and film. With more than 30,000 images and films submitted from around the world since the first awards in 2012, and a star-studded awards evening held each year at the Mall Galleries, London, it isn’t difficult to see how the awards have quickly earned their title as the ‘Oscars of the food world’. 


This year, legendary chef, author and restaurateur Gary Rhodes OBE, and Buzzfeed Global Photo Director Wajmah Yaqubi are just a few of the luminaries on the judging panel, alongside the chair of judges, Jay Rayner (The Guardian, Observer, BBC Radio 4, Kitchen Cabinet, Masterchef, The One Show), and David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer.


PLFPOTY’s diverse categories are designed to suit all types of photographers—from wedding photographers shooting celebratory images at a reception, to landscape photographers capturing images of produce growing in the field—and have also been expanded for 2017. Now available alongside the previous year’s categories are World Food Programme Food for Life—seeking images of the humanitarian aspect of food—and InterContinental London Park Lane Food at the Table, for images of ready-to-eat food in hotels, restaurants, gastropubs and bars anywhere in the world.


Credit: Mark Benham – Overall Winner, PLFPOTY 2016


Documentary, travel and event photographer Mark Benham was crowned Overall Winner in 2016 with his joyous image ‘Flour Frenzy’ (above), scooping the £5,000 prize and international media coverage from the BBC, which was shown in more than 200 territories. If you have a taste for food photography, wherever and however the food may be presented, be sure to enter your best food images before 5 February 2017 for a chance at the prize. 




New for 2017: Membership Program


PLFPOTY founder Caroline Kenyon welcomes a new member on board


Building on the success of the past five years, this year the Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year team has launched their exciting new membership program, offering a great range of industry benefits including discounts on specialist insurance, training, box framed prints, websites, and FIVE free image credits to enter Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year 2017. As an added bonus, there is even an Early Bird Prize draw to win a versatile Elinchrom D-Lite RX One/One Softbox To Go set worth £499 for anyone joining the membership program before the end of 2016. So don’t hesitate—sign up today! 




Train with a Zenfolio Ambassador


Credit: Jenny Heyworth


Need to brush up on your food photography skills? Zenfolio has you covered! As part of our continued support of Pink Lady ® Food Photographer of the Year and our dedication to helping raise awareness of the art and diversity of food photography, this year we have added our first food photographer to our team of Ambassadors: Jenny Heyworth of Aspire Photography Training.


Jenny has been making strides in the food photography world this year—not only with her own excellent images which you can view on her website—but by expanding her training courses with Aspire to include dedicated food photography sessions, where you can learn the art of styling, lighting, and capturing food to perfection. 


A part of Aspire’s award-winning training program, Jenny’s courses are sure to inspire and leave your clients salivating at your new-found food photography skills. Book online today, and save 20% with our exclusive discount code ‘Zenfolio’. 




Good Luck!


Credit: Susan Bell


Good luck to all who enter! For those lucky enough to win, we look forward to seeing you at the awards evening in April.