From a kebab seller cooking over a charcoal oven to a Chinese family making dumplings together, the winning images from this year’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition have been announced.
Open to professional and non-professional, the annual photography competition features 25 categories in total celebrating the best of food photography around the world.
The top prize this year went to an image titled Kebabiyana, by Indian photographer Debdatta Chakraborty showing Khayyam Chowk in Srinagar, a street which at night transform into buzzing food hub filled with the smokey aroma of popular Kashmiri street foods like wazwan kebabs.
This year’s global judging panel included food photographer David Loftus and saw entries were submitted from more than 60 countries across the world. Winners were announced by Monica Galetti in a livestreamed event last month.
An exhibition of this year’s finalists will be premiering at the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol from 20 November – 12 December 2022.
‘It is always a source of excitement and wonder when one single image rises to the top in the Awards,’ says the award show founder and director Caroline Kenyon.
‘In today’s world, more than ever, we feel the need for comfort, for love. There is so much to reassure us here – the beautifully captured billowing embrace of the smoke, the golden light, the subject’s expression as he prepares the food for sharing. Sparks fly from the skewers, whose roasting we can almost smell, we imagine the warm, delicious aroma. This image, gentle but powerful, nourishes our soul.’
The winners of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2022 competition have been announced, with the top prize going to Indian photographer Debdatta Chakraborty. The image, titled Kebabiyana, by Indian photographer Debdatta Chakraborty shows a kebab seller cooking over a charcoal oven
Taken in a small farmhouse in Qianlian Village, Xiangyou County, Putian City, Fujian Province, a winning image in the Champagne Taittinger Food for Celebration category shows a family gathered around to make rice or mung bean-filled dumplings
Titled ‘Flower girl with a packet of Simba chippies’, the winning image of the Food Photographer of the Year in an African Territory was taken in Bo-Kaap at The Rose Corner Cafe, a national landmark which is over 100 years old by South African photographer Marguerite Oelofse
In the Food at the Table category, the winning image was titled ‘Putting on the Ritz’ by John Carey and showed the ‘Arts de la Table’ table-side theatre at The Ritz Restaurant in action
Titled ‘Movement Of Noodles’ a winning image by Chinese photographer Chang Jiangbin in the Bring Home the Harvest category shows a man making noodles in Fuzhi County, Fujian Province, China
The winner of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year in Europe category was Remko Kraaijeveld, from the Netherlands. Titled Pasta And Fake Curls, the picture showed his daughter eating pasta and was taken for a cookbook written by his wife, Vanja van der Leeden
The winning image in the 15-17 age category was Food-processing by Bangladeshi photographer Joyjit Das showing a boy working on drying raw semai in the sun
The winning image in the Food for Sale category is titled Herbwoman and shows a woman selling produce at a bustling market in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The image was taken by German photographer Anna Loraine Hartmann
The award for the Pink Lady Apple a Day prize went to British photographer Amanda Farnese Heath who created a fairy-themed picnic for a group of children in an autumnal wood in Scotland
The winner of the The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers category was Marguerite Oelofse who wanted to celebrate ‘African heritage, fused with a touch of inspiration from French Post-Impressionist artist, Henri Matisse’
The winner of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year in Chile category, titled Grape Hat, shows a harvester carrying a crate of grapes on his head at Vina Moraines vineyards in Maule
The winner of the On the Phone category was UK-based photographer Kasia Ciesielska-Faber who shot a stockfish rack in Lofoten, Norway
The Food Stylist Award went to Germany-based photographer Carolin Strothe for her image Pumpkin Buns showing soft pumpkin brioche buns, shaped like small pumpkins
The winner of the Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer prize was Isabelle Hattink with her image Lemon Cake showing a lady scowling after someone stepped on her toes at a wedding
The winner in the Food for the Family category was Weining Lin with their image titled Traditional Food showing Tujia people in western Hunan will make tuansa, a special local delicacy which is made of glutinous rice and tastes light and sweet
The Fujifilm Award for Innovation prize went to Yuliy Vasilev of Bulgaria for ‘Central Park’ which is part of an ongoing project called ‘Foodtopia’, a miniature world created with food items
The winner of the Politics of Food category was K M Asad for ‘Where Dreams Fly Away’ showing a little girl collecting water with her older sister in the Chad Uddan slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh in September 2021
Germany-based photographer Carolin Strothe also featured a picture of this summer pie with rhubarb, strawberries, elderflower and vanilla. The pie is decorated with jasmine leaves and flowers formed from the shortcrust spelt pastry
The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action prize went to Weining Lin for the image ‘Cook’ showing an old man preparing vegetables in the courtyard bathed in sun
Strothe featured an image of freshly made Blood Orange Madeleines inspired by Marcel Proust’s famous Madelein quote featuring homemade raspberry chocolate and freeze dried raspberries as decoration
The prize for Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year – Produce went to US-based photographer Suzanne Becker Bronk for her image On Ice showing dry ice being used to inhibit the start of fermentation at Caldwell Vineyard
The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year (Gulf) prize went to Manju Jisto for ‘Banana Blossom showing a banana blossom that was gathered in Kerala, India
The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year (New Zealand) award went to Christall Lowe for the image Boning competition showing a boning competition in action in New Zealand
The winning picture in the One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop was titled Carrot Field Forever by Italian photographer Paolo Grinza and Silvia Vaulà. The image is part of a photographic series based on the concept of ‘hands at work’ developed for the restaurant Etiko Bistrot in Torino, Italy
The MPB Food Influencer prize went to Elisa De Cecchi for her image ‘Draining Pasta By The Window’ showing moisture filling the air as a woman drains pasta by her window on a gloomy day in Italy
The winner of the under ten category was Bangladesh-based photographer Rupkotha Roy Barai whose image Processing Fish showed ‘village woman processing the raw fish which are collected locally’
The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year (USA) prize went to Sriram Rajmohan for the image ‘Home Box Office’ showing two little girls pouring butter onto popcorn
The winner of the Student Food Photographer of the Year supported by The Royal Photographic Society category was UK-based photographer Kim Bainbridge for her image ‘Pot Of Tea’
A picture of a rainbow salad with melon cubes in red, pink, orange, yellow, green and white with cubes of feta, purple basil, flaky salt and fresh ground pepper by US-based photographer Daniela Gerson won the prize for Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture
The overall winner of the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year was UK-based photographer Jon Wyand for his image showing winter prunings gathered in the vineyards of Corton Hill in Burgundy
Carolin Strothe also featured a picture of a vegetable tart topped with buffalo mozzarella, feta, heirloom tomatoes, pea pods, spring onions and corn flowers
The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year (South East Asia) winner was Thien Nguyen Ngoc with the image Anchovy Catching showing a fishing boat on the coastline of the Phu Yen province
The winner of the age category 11-14 was Indigo Larmour, from India, whose image Chhath Puja Offerings shows devotees stand in a body of water as the sun sets, giving offerings of food and prayer at the festival of Chhath Puja
The winner of the World Food Programme Food for Life prize was Faisal Azim for the image Food After Work showing brick factory workers in Bangladesh before taking their lunch break