An interview with one of the World's Food Photographers of the Year 2018
The Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2018 is held every year to bring together talented photographers from all over the world to celebrate food in society. Similar to the Sony World Photography Awards, just with mouthwateringly delicious food! This year, over 8000 images were entered from 60 different countries and were carefully judged by a distinguished panel chaired by food photographer David Loftus. Categories range all the way from images displaying the realities of food production to the harvesting of food products to aesthetically pleasing styled food for magazines. Not only do Finalists receive worldwide coverage of their photography but they are also invited to a lavish Champagne Taittinger reception at the world-renowned Mall Galleries, London followed by a five-day public exhibition.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2018 and Food for Celebration Winner
Noor Ahmed Gelal - Bangladesh
Noor Ahmed Gelal, a Bangladeshi photographer, was named Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2018 for his Praying with Food shot, a beautiful assemble of bright colors and traditions. The image shows people gathered at a Hindu temple in Dhaka, for the breaking of a day-long fast. The vantage point looking down on the subjects is what makes this photograph so unusual. Gelal won a prize of £5,000 (about $7,000) from Andy Macdonald, who is the head of Pink Lady apples in the UK.
© Noor Ahmed Gelal
What is the story behind your winning picture?
"The photo was a congregation of religious fasting, locally known as “Rakher Upobash” or “Kartik Broto” celebrated by the people of Hindu community. On this occasion hundreds of Hindu devotees were waiting to break their daylong fasting with mixed fruits and sweets in one of the local temples at SWAMIBAG, Dhaka, Bangladesh. They believe their fasting will redeem their sins."
When did you start photography?
"Though I had a keen interest on lights and shadows since early childhood, I took of photography seriously in 2003."
What was your biggest influence in starting photography?
"As I used to work as a graphic designer, I loved to play with rhythm and patterns. I used to look for rhythm everywhere. I came across different photographs of various photographers. When I used their photos I used to think about different angles, focus and lights. I thought I would capture the same photos from a different perspective. So the works of other photographers actually inspired me to venture for photography."
Do you have a favorite type of camera do you prefer to use?
"Yes! Of course that’s Leica!"
© Noor Ahmed Gelal