The World’s Best Food Photographs have been served up by Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year.
As it enters its second decade and with thousands of entries submitted from 60 countries around the world, the competition awarding amateur and professional photographers for excellence in food photography have announced the winning images for this year.
The overall winner of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year contest celebrating the art of food, photography and film was awarded to “an intimate image full of warmth and humanity — Kebabiyana, by Indian photographer Debdatta Chakraborty.”
The photograph was taken on Khayyam Chowk, an ordinary Indian street in Srinagar by day that transforms into a buzzing food hub at night, as vendors fire up charcoal ovens and fill the air with the smoky aroma of grilled delights such as wazwan kebabs, the popular Kashmiri street food.
“It is always a source of excitement and wonder when one single image rises to the top in the Awards,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director/Founder of the Awards. “There is so much to reassure us here — the 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. This image, gentle but powerful, nourishes our soul.”
This year’s finalists will be exhibited at The Royal Photographic Society, one of the world’s oldest photographic societies, in Bristol, Great Britain. The exhibition will run from November 20 – December 12, 2022.
The image is part of an ongoing project called “Foodtopia,” a miniature world created with food items.
In Lofoten archipelago, Norway, stockfish racks have become part of the landscape. The cod is preserved by drying on large racks with no salt or smoke required as the temperatures are just below freezing. The climate is perfect for outdoor stockfish production.
Noodles are a favorite food of residents of Southern Fujian, China. The noodles are cooled and made with a unique process.
In a small farmhouse in Qianlian Village, Fujian Province, a family gathers to make rice or mung-bean-filled dumplings.
They use a wooden seal to stamp the word “fortune” or “happiness” into the red dough, and steam the dumplings in a large steamer. This tradition means that the New Year will be welcomed with celebrations and the coming year will be prosperous.
At a wedding, the cake was cut but the lady clearly wasn’t happy. She told the photographer that somebody had stepped on her toes.
During the Spring Festival, a family from the Tujia people in western Hunan make tuansa, a special local delicacy made of glutinous rice that tastes light and sweet. Most local people take tuansa as a gift or an offering.
Soft pumpkin brioche buns are shaped like small pumpkins. To make the optical illusion perfect, they were photographed among real pumpkins.
Summer is celebrated with this spectacular veg tart topped with buffalo mozzarella, feta, heirloom tomatoes, pea pods, spring onions and corn flowers.
This image is one of a photographic series based on the concept of “hands at work” developed for the restaurant Etiko Bistrot in Torino, Italy.
The photographer asked this group of children what their ultimate ‘tea party’ table would look like. ‘Toffee apples and cake’ was their reply. “Here, in an autumnal wood in Scotland, I got to work re-creating this table for them,” he explained. “Not one apple remained at the end of the day.”
All the colors of the melon rainbow mark this salad with melon cubes in red, pink, orange, yellow, green and white with cubes of feta, purple basil, flaky salt and fresh ground pepper.
A little girl collects water in the Chad Uddan slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the urban slum areas, people have access to fresh water only twice a day in the morning and evening.
Celebrating African heritage, fused with a touch of inspiration from French post-Impressionist artist, Henri Matisse. “The painter-like aesthetic in my photography creates a three-dimensional feeling by using bold colours, form and textures,” the photographer explains. ‘At the Table’ is a celebration of the fruits of our freedom.
An old man is preparing meat for vegetables in a courtyard bathed in sun. He slices the meat finely and puts it in a basin. It’s a common scene in a Chinese farm yard that enables the viewer to imagine the family life behind it.
The lights are dimmed underneath the corrugated roof top, blocking out the sunlight to prevent the harvest from spoiling. In between the dark aisles of the bustling market in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, one encounters only welcoming smiles and well-sourced produce.
Food After Work brick factory workers labor in a dusty, unhealthy environment. They get a short break to eat food brought from home before starting work again — a full day of which brings minimal wages.