The world’s leading celebration of food photography and film, Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, is open for entries for 2022.
2021 was a record-breaking year for the competition: over 10,000 entries were submitted from more than 70 countries across the world. ‘During my years as a judge, then as Chairman of the Judges, I’ve watched the Awards grow into one of the most important and much-loved photographic competitions in the world,’ says David Loftus, Chair of Judges, ‘Every year, more amateurs and professionals, young and old, compete against each other anonymously, making it truly universal and democratic, anyone with a talent can win.’
With over 25 categories, the Awards recognise the great diversity of ways in which food touches our lives. ‘What is really wonderful is the ever-increasing breadth of imagery, from still life to landscape, interior to portraiture, the macro to the immense, intimate street photography to epic drone images, the scope becomes greater year by year.’ continues Loftus. ‘Judging is always a humbling and enlightening experience and I so look forward to the coming year.’
2022 sees an important expansion of the Awards with the introduction of Regional Awards as an additional celebration of winners from around the world. And in another exciting development, the 2022 winner of The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographer, launched last year in memory of Finland’s greatest woman photographer, will receive an exclusive trip to Finland courtesy of VisitFinland.
This year’s global judging panel, chaired by legendary food photographer, David Loftus, includes Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media, NA Risong, Art director and curator of Inter Art Center Gallery, Beijing, Nik Sharma, Cookbook author, Photographer, Columnist, Phillip Prodger, Executive Director, Curatorial Exhibitions, LA and former Head of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery, London and Rein Skullerud, Head of Photo Unit, World Food Programme.
Lynsey Cooper, 2021 Finalist in the Food Influencers category
The media coverage of the Awards continues to grow across the world. To date, last year’s photographs have been covered by media in over 40 countries: from the BBC, The Times, Forbes, National Geographic and MSN, to Corriere della Sera, China Daily, Vanity Fair and El Mundo.
‘Entering this competition a few years ago totally changed my life and has forged a very successful career for me in food photography.’ says Donna Crous, a 2020 Finalist, ‘This is THE gold standard for food photographers.’
‘The Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year competition is by far the pinnacle of the food photography year; it absolutely sets the standard of what is the best and innovative work in food photography around the world,’ says Robin Goodlad, a 2021 Finalist. ‘It is a really important way for me to push myself to see if I can create the best images possible. After all the ways it has benefitted me as a photographer, I can’t imagine not entering! If you have an interest in food photography, then being part of the competition is an absolute must.’
To enter the 2022 competition, visit www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com
Joseph P Smith, 2021 winner of the Winterbotham Darby Food for Sale category
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