On April 24, 2018, the winners of the seventh annual Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year awards were announced at a packed Taittinger Champagne reception at the Mall Galleries, London—hosted by legendary TV presenter and chef Prue Leith.
This year’s Overall Winner was Bangladeshi photographer Noor Ahmed Gelal for his magnificent image Praying with Food (shown above), depicting the breaking of a day-long fast at a Hindu temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Gelal was presented with the £5,000 prize by Andy Macdonald, who heads up Pink Lady® in the UK—headline sponsor of the awards.
“The competition was fierce,” says Macdonald. “There were 8,000 images entered from 60 countries, and the standard was exceptional. Noor’s shot stood out from the rest in its category, however, for the way in which he made the subject matter so fascinating and distinctive.”
This year’s Outstanding Achievement Award was picked up by Martin Parr—one of the world’s greatest social documentary photographers—whose work shows food in its cultural place in society. Martin was presented with his award by Frances Morris, Director of Tate Britain.
Zenfolio Ambassador Tiree Dawson also made the finals again this year in the Food for the Family category with her image Breakfast in Philip the Motorhome (shown above), but was pipped to the post by category winner Guillaume Flandre with his image Family Dinner. Says Tiree:
“I was so pleased to have an image selected for the final of this prestigious competition for the second year running. The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year is a great competition, well organised with a wide variety of talent. So many competitions in the industry these days are more like popularity contests, which rely more on attracting votes through your network rather than being judged on talent. With this award the decisions are made by a highly skilled panel of judges representing a wide cross section of the world of food production, cookery, photography and press. It was a real honour to see my image up there in the Mall Galleries!”
A selection of finalist images was on display at the Mall Galleries in a free exhibition running from April 25-29, with all prints produced by our friends at One Vision Imaging. While nothing can beat seeing images in print, if you missed the exhibition you can enjoy a slide show of some of the winning images below:
If you think you have what it takes to win the £5,000 prize, enter next year’s contest. Entries open July 2018!
To learn more, visit https://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com/