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Food as an Object of Desire

Food as an Object of Desire

A selection of food-related images from the 2018 edition of 'Objects of Desire', a photography contest that highlights the best still-life photos.

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What's the importance of objects in our everyday life, and how does their presence influence our desires? 

Objects of Desire is an annual photography contest featuring the best still-life commercial and editorial pictures, as well as fine-art and personal projects by photographers from all over the world. The contest is organized by Photo District News (PDN), a monthly magazine for professional photographers.

The Appealing Power of Food

Food is made up of nutrients necessary to feed us. But it can also become a real "object of desire", a pleasure to eat with the eyes. Enjoy our selection of food-inspired and food-related images from the photography contest (click on the images to enlarge).


These shots by Cé•ça (Seattle, WA, United States) are an exploration of how people can see some foods as delicious and others as disgusting or offensive.

Neon nights

A series of colourful food scenes by Emily Kate Roemer (New York, NY, United States). created with prop stylist Stephanie Yeh and food stylist Caitlin Haught Brown.

Impatiently waiting

This pictures by Emily Rose Larsen (Brooklyn, NY, United States) are part of a visual diary recording the mood of the photographer during her last month of pregnancy.

Intuitive cravings

These Intuitive cravings by Evonne Bellefleur (Toronto, ON, Canada) were shot for an article about intuitive eating published in Chickpea magazine.


This series of pictures by Emmaline Zanelli (Adelaide, SA, Australia) was created in 2016 for Nadika jewellery.


This shoot is part of a playful series by Meiko Takechi Arquillos (Los Angeles, CA, United States) on her own Instagram account.

For more information about the contest, visit the Object of Desire's website.

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