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Pink Lady food photography competition draws record 10,000 entries

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One of the industry’s most creative competitions that highlights what we eat are the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards, which have been running under the apple brand name for 10 years.

Its popularity and scope continues to grow. This year’s battle for global recognition, in fact, has drawn more than 10,000 entries for the first time.

“This incredible number of entries really cements the prestige of the awards and demonstrates how significant they have become on a global scale,” Lynn Shaw, marketing manager at Pink Lady, said. “We feel extremely proud and privileged to be the headline sponsor of this highly respected industry award for its 10th anniversary.”

Like many events that were live and in person before the COVID-19 pandemic, this one will again be done virtually, with the official honouring of the winners done on April 27. The Pink Lady competition will be live-streamed on its YouTube channel.

In its history, Pink Lady has received more than 70,000 images from photographers from 80 different countries.


Three key features this year will be:

  • Its Pink Lady Snap Instragram competition for social media users to share their best food images
  • The launch of the Ambassadors’ panel that includes chef and global icon of gastronomic art, Ferran Adria, President of elBullifoundation.
  • And the inclusion of a new award that highlights the amazing work of female shot-takers.

“This year we are really excited to be able to spotlight women photographers with the introduction of the Claire Aho award (named in honour of Finland’s top female photographer),” Shaw said. “We look forward to seeing the shortlisted images chosen by our panel of judges for all of the award categories – particularly our Pink Lady Apple a Day category showcasing the most creative and innovative shots including apples.” 

Judges for the event include food photographer David Loftus; Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, Guardian News and Media; Susan Bright, writer and curator; Nik Sharma, Cookbook Author and Photographer; Alison Jacques, Founder, Alison Jacques Gallery; Chef Simone Zanoni, Restaurant Le George, Four Seasons, Paris; and Rein Skullerud, Head of Photo Unit, World Food Programme.

Some of the photographs will be on display in an exhibition 20th November – 12th December at a new gallery space in Bristol at The Royal Photographic Society.

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