The beauty of fresh ingredients and mealtime rituals was celebrated as part of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards 2017 with a wealth of striking images showcasing the vibrancy of fresh produce, international cuisine and the culture surrounding eating.
During an awards ceremony in London earlier this week, Bangladesh-based Shoeb Faruquee was declared overall winner and presented with a cheque for £5,000 by Andy Macdonald, who heads up Pink Lady in the UK, headline sponsor of the awards.
Shoeb had won the Food for Celebration category and then went on to scoop the overall crown for his image Food for God.
“The competition was fiercer than ever. There were over 8,400 images entered internationally, from over 60 countries, and the standard was phenomenal. Shoeb’s shot stood out from the rest in its category, however, for the way in which he made the subject matter – cooking for the breaking of a religious fast – both incredibly striking and atmospheric,” says Macdonald.
Here, PBUK goes through some of the other entrants.
Many families work together in the rice fields in Nepal. During their break time, everybody shares their food in a huge circle on the rice field. Photographer Leonardo Salomao, who won in the Food for the Family category, captured families working and eating together in the rice fields of Nepal.
British photographer Jonathan Gregson won in the Production Paradise Food off the Press category for this image of vegetables, which made the cover of Waitrose Food magazine in January.
British photographer Matthew Thomas entered this image of pheasants after they had been shot on a UK country estate. His image, Pheasants at Sunset, won in the Bring Home The Harvest category
UK photographer Sally Ann Stone won in the Food in the Field category with this picture she calls ‘Swiss Chard Forest’ showing how the stalks of the vibrant vegetable resemble a mighty wood.
British photographer Darren Eastwood-Hickson won in the Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture category for this mixed leaf salad and tomatoes in a metal bowl shot.
Also British, Laura Cook’s Waiting for Stew image, won in the Food Sn-Apping category in aid of Action Against Hunger.
Collecting Egg Rations by British photographer Emma Brown, won in the World Food Programme For Life category. It shows a refugee camp in Algeria where women collect egg rations.
British photographer Azalea Dalton climbed to the top of the tower in Villefranche to get this aerial view of market stalls in the main square of the French town.
Francesca Brambilla and Serena Serrani, both Italian photographers, won The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action for capturing an elderly grandmother working in a three-star Michelin kitchen in Italy.
Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film. In its sixth year, almost 40,000 entries have been submitted since its inception.
Judges include: Vitalie Taittinger, Marketing Director, Champagne Taittinger, David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer, culinary superstar Gary Rhodes, Emily Luchetti, Chair, James Beard Foundation, NYC, Nik Powell, Director, National Film & Television School.