Marks and Spencer Food Portraiture winner Liam Desbois, Baked Figs
The winners of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2020 have been announced, and as always they are a stunning collection of food photography images that tell powerful human stories through the lens of food.
Due to the coronavirus restrictions, for the first time since the competition’s inception in 2011, the food photographer of the year awards evening was held online. Winners were announced in a livestreamed event on Tuesday 28 April.
“The standard was exceptional,” says Phil Turnbull, CEO of APAL, parent company of Pink Lady®, and headline sponsor of the Awards since 2011. “There were nearly 9000 entries from over 70 countries - this competition inspires across the world. It is a truly global coming together of talent.”
The overall winner of the photography awards was After Exodus, by Bangladeshi photographer KM Asad who takes also the title of Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2020.
The photograph was taken in the vast Rohingya refugee camp, which counts as home for over one million people in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Poignantly, the camp has just been placed in lockdown in an attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
“This moving image really speaks to our times,” says Caroline Kenyon, Founder/Director of the Pink Lady Photography Awards. “The world is in the grip of Covid19 and normal life, whatever that may be, has stopped for all of us. These Rohingya refugee children remind us of the fragility of life, that our need for food for survival connects us all around the world. We are all the same.”
Usually, the finalists’ photographs are exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London. However, with the current restrictions in place, organisers have created a series of virtual exhibitions. Take a tour of the virtual exhibitions here:
Politics of the Food (and Overall Winner) K M Asad After Exodus
Bring Home the Harvest by Zay Yar Lin The Morning Catch
Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer Just Desserts by Thomas Alexander
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year Overall Winner (and People) by David Weimann Meike and Dörte Näkel
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Places) A Langhe Winter by Thomas Hyland
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Produce) - Clos St Patrice by Patrick Desgraupes
Food Bloggers - A Bowl of Squash by Aimee Twigger
Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger - Making Together by K M Asad
Food for the Family - Olek Eating Pancakes by Anna Włodarczyk
Food in the Field - When the Hive is Filled by Xiaodong Sun
Food Stylist Award - Octopus Dots by Nicole Herft and Cristian Barnett
Fujifilm Award for Innovation - Tattoo by Jonathan Minster
InterContinental Food at the Table - Looking Too Good to Eat (just yet) by Sandy Wood
M&S Food Portraiture - Baked Figs by Liam Desbois
On the Phone by Azim Khan and Ronnie Hilsha
One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop - Vinaigrette by Kai Stiepel
Pink Lady Apple a Day - Caramel Lady by Diana Kowalczyk
Production Paradise Previously Published - Rhubarb by Patricia Niven
Street Food - Ramen Art by Xueping Du
Student Food Photographer of the Year - Curry Banquet by Philippa Askew
The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action - Waiting for the Sun - Nhan Do Thanh
WFP Storytellers Innovation Award - Bangladesh Lost in The Market by Jeyabol Hoque
Winterbotham Darby Food for Sale - Vegetable Stall by Zay Yar Lin
World Food Programme Food for Life - A Ugandan Feast by Jason Wain
Young 15-17 - Believers Sharing a Meal by Sangjun Lee
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