Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year
Launched in 2011, Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year has a prize pool worth more than £20,000, with the overall winner receiving £5,000. In 2018, more than 8,000 entries were received from 60 countries across the world.
David Loftus, renowned food photographer, is the head judge for the 2018 competition, and says he looks for appetising photos. ‘ We’re looking for something a little different from the norm – something inventive, something new. Ultimately, if the food shot doesn’t look as if one could eat it off the photo, then the photo doesn’t work,’ he explains. ‘ The lovely thing about the awards is that it covers every corner of the culinary experience, from source to mouth, so the breadth of subject matter is always impressive and, as a result, not always easy to judge.’
Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year has a large team of judges drawn from both culinary and photographic backgrounds. There are categories catering to everything from carefully designed studio shots to documentary-style images of markets and so forth. This means that whatever your genre is you’ll be able to find a category to enter. A good, graphic composition, originality and clever use of colour palettes will always help an image to stand out, but most of all, the food needs to look appetising. If the picture doesn’t make you want to eat it then it has failed.
With the documentary-style categories judges are looking for images that convey the joy, passion and dedication involved in food production, cooking and consumption.
This year’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year was awarded to Noor Ahmed Gelal. Visit pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com for more details, along with information on how to enter next year’s competition.
If an image looks good enough to eat, then it’s a success