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.
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
Aniko Lueff - United Kingdom
Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture
Linda Taylor - USA
One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop
Andy Grimshaw - United Kingdom
Production Paradise Food off the Press
Oliver Hauser - Germany
Pink Lady® Apple a Day
Michael Meisen - Germany
Student Food Photographer of the Year
Becci Hutchings - United Kingdom
Food for Sale
Jade Nina Sarkhel - United Kingdom
InterContinental Food at the Table
Tom Parker - United Kingdom
Food for the Family
Guillaume Flandre - United Kingdom
World Food Programme Food for Life
Probal Rashid - Bangladesh
"In the photo, Lokman Miah(30) is a fisherman cooking on a fishing boat in Bhola, Bangladesh. The Bhola district is located in the southern part of Bangladesh, a country ranked as one of the world's most vulnerable to climate change. On the Bhola Island, fisher communities live in close proximity to the river where land is cheaper. This allows them to live close to their livelihood. At the same time, this location makes them vulnerable to riverbank erosion, which, according to villagers, has been increasing in recent years. I think this image is perfect for the category World Food Program- Food for Life, because the image A FISHERMAN LIFE representing all fishermen communities who take risk their life to survive."
On The Phone
Paul Steven - United Kingdom
Bring Home the Harvest
Debdatta Chakraborty - India
Politics of Food
Grzegorz Tomasz Karnas - Poland
Food in the Field
Guillaume Flandre - United Kingdom
Young - 15 to 17
William Lindsay-Perez - United Kingdom
Lindsay, what is the story behind your winning picture?
"This image was one I shot specifically for this year's competition and I wanted to try and use colour and mood to create a food image that caught the viewers eye. In my opinion the use of colour as a compositional tool is extremely effective in photography and especially in food which is one of the reasons I was inspired to shoot a shot like this.
I did my best to give this shot a studio look however in reality it was shot very simply A kitchen surface, gridded beauty dish, A1 price of coulered card and some white paper as my reflector was all I used to set up and light this shot! A simple set up means that the beautiful food has all the attention in the image."
What made you want to pursue photography?
"I started about 4 years ago and I think I am motivated to peruse photography because I love working with people and would say I am generally a very creative minded person. I constasrly thinking of ways I can create an image or try something new."
Do you have a favorite type of equipment to use, if so, which cameras and lenses?
"I on the canon 70D and my main lens tends to be the Sigma 50-100 Art. It blows me away every time I use it!"
Young - 11 to 14
Stefan Dedu - Romania
Young - 10 and Under
Rudy Smend - United Kingdom