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Food Photographer of the Year 2021 winners are announced

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021
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The winners of the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021 have been announced, with a Chinese photographer Li Huaifeng winning the overall prize from Photographer of the Year award from the 28 different category winners

The photograph, entitled "Taste", was taken in Licheng, Shanxi, on a warm and sunny day, shows a young family sharing in the joy of preparing food. Li Huaifeng, who started photography ten years ago, wins £5,000, as well as a trophy for winning the Food for Family category in this the 10th year of the competition.

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“This picture is technically outstanding in its use of light and composition, but what raises it to the level of historic importance is the depth of its storytelling and emotion. It tells of a year of isolation and living indoors, living in tiny communities of immediate family. Here, the scene is bathed with love, with echoes of Madonna and child. An exceptional shot which perfectly demonstrates that photography need not shock or disturb to be great or memorable. This exquisite image lingers in the mind,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director/Founder of the Awards. 

Li Huaifeng not only won the Food for the Family category; he also came Third in the same category with an image called "Mutual Help". In addition, he was the winner of the Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger category with "Happy Birthday". 

Some of the category winners

Photographer: F.Dilek Uyar, Turkey Category: Bring Home the Harvest Title: Drying Okra (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: mxprivé, Germany Category: Spayne Lindsay On the Phone Title: Blackberries (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: John Armstrong-Millar, France Category: Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer Title: Many a Slip (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Harry Williams, UK Category: Food in the Field Title: Farmer with his Longhorn cattle (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Victor Pugatschew, Australia Category: Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year - People Title: Pressing the pinot noir (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Abdul Momin, Bangladesh Category: Fujifilm Award for Innovation Title: Making rice noodles (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Marina Spironetti, Italy Category: The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers Title: Female butchers of Panzano - Martina (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Deborah Trocchia, Italy Category: Food Influencers Title: Lumière d'automne (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Dewi Hollema, Egypt Category: Young - 15 - 17 Title: Spill the tea, Alexandria. (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Remko Kraaijeveld, Netherlands Category: Production Paradise Previously Published Title: After Party (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Emma Sheldrake, Australia Category: One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop Title: Cinnamon (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Md Mahabub Hossain Khan, Bangladesh Category: World Food Programme Food for Life Title: Drinking from garbage (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Oscar Oliveras, Spain Category: Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year - Produce Title: A Grape View (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Li Huaifeng, China Category: Champagne Taittinger Food for Celebration Title: Happy Birthday (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

Photographer: Natalia Bogubowicz, Poland Category: Pink Lady® Apple a Day Title: Apple in cake (Image credit: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021)

The winners were announced by Fred Sirieix, in an online Awards ceremony that was live streamed on the competition’s YouTube channel on Tuesday 27 April 2021. 

“2021 marks a very special year for Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year. On the competition’s tenth anniversary, it is wonderful that a record number of entries were received,” says Phil Turnbull, CEO of APAL, owner of Pink Lady®, and headline sponsor of the Awards since 2011. “Almost 10,500 entries were submitted from over 70 countries around the world. As the reach of the competition grows further, it continues to be a truly global inspiration and celebration of the art of food photography.”

A very special category has been introduced this year in memory of Claire Aho, Finland’s greatest woman photographer - The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers. The inaugural winner of the Award is Marina Spironetti with her powerful portrait "Female Butchers of Panzano - Martina", which features one of the women trained by world-famous butcher Dario Cecchini.

In a first for the competition, the exhibition of the 2021 finalists will be exhibited at The Royal Photographic Society's gallery in Bristol from 20 November - 12 December 2021. Entry is free.

In the meantime, you can view the online gallery of all the 2021 finalists, please visit www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.