Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2019, the world’s annual leading celebration of food photography and film to find the best pictures around the globe of food, wine, farming and produce, has crowned its winners last Tuesday at the Mall Galleries in London.
In its eighth year, the competition awarded Cauldron Noodles, an outstanding shot by Chinese photographer Jianhui Liao, with the first prize sponsored by Champagne Taittinger: the magnificient picture was taken during a celebration of the goddess Nüwa and it shows villagers from Handan in Shexian County of China wearing Qing Dynasty costumes gathering around a giant pot of noodles. His work stood out from the rest in its category because of "the way in which he made the subject matter, a community feast, so beautiful and atmospheric”.
The prizes were presented legendary Blur musician and cheesemaker Alex James.
Food Photographers of the Year 2019
The global judging panel this year was chaired by internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus and included Claire Hyman, British Photography – The Hyman Collection, culinary superstar Alice Waters, Lucy Pike, Head of Pictures, WeTransfer, His Excellency Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General, HIPA. Their work was very long and hard: according to the organisers, over 9000 images were entered from 77 countries for this edition. And, as they observed during the judging process, the standard was fantastically high.
"The competition was fierce,” says Andy Macdonald, who has headed up Pink Lady® -the main sponsor of the competition - in the UK, “there were more entries and more countries than ever before”.
Below, you can enjoy a selection of images among the 26 category winners.
Jianhui Liao Big cauldron surface | Food photographer of the year|Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger
Michael Hedge, Broken egg | Fujifilm Innovation Award
Kazi Mushfiq Hossain, Harvesting gold | Bring Home the Harvest
Kim Morphew, Caramel Jammy Dodgers | Food Stylists
Giles Christopher, Mussels ready to eat | InterContinental Food at the Table
Simon Bajada, Basque heirlooms | One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop
Tiree Dawson, Preparing for nightshift | Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer
Matt Wilson, Rosemary harvest | On the Phone