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Award-winning photograph of children is food for thought

Overall winner of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020
Overall winner of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020 (Image credit: KM Asad / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Bangladeshi professional photojournalist KM Asad has won the overall title of Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2020 in the annual competition to find the best pictures around the globe of food, wine, farming and produce.

The shot beat nearly 9,000 images from over 70 countries to win the £5,000 main prize, as well as the Politics of Food category.

“This moving image really speaks to our times,” says Caroline Kenyon, Founder and Director of the Awards. “The world is in the grip of Covid19 and normal life, whatever that may be, has stopped for all of us. These Rohingya refugee children remind us of the fragility of life, that our need for food for survival connects us all around the world. We are all the same.”

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The photograph was taken in the vast Ukhiya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh; the seaside city now houses a million Rohingas who have fled to from neighboring Myanmar since 2016. Poignantly, the camp has just been placed in lockdown in an attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

The winning image was shot in 2017 on Asad's Canon EOS 5D Mark IV fitted with a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L wideangle lens.  The exposure was 1/5000sec at f/1.8, ISO200. Another of Asad's images won the Food for Celebration category. 

Now in its ninth year, the global judging panel was chaired by internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus. 

The prizes were announced by legendary Blur musician and cheesemaker Alex James, in an online ceremony.

The main category winners can be seen below...

Category winners

(Image credit: Zay Yar Lin / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Bring Home the Harvest

The Morning Catch by Zay Yar Lin, Myanmar

(Image credit: / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer

Just Desserts, by Thomas Alexander, United Kingdom

(Image credit: David Weimann / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year - Overall Winner

Meike and Dörte Näkel, by David Weimann, Germany

(Image credit: / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Food Bloggers

Bowl of Squash, by Aimee Twigger, United Kingdom

(Image credit: KM Asad / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger

Making Together, by KM Asad, Bangladesh

(Image credit: Anna Włodarczyk / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Food for the Family

Olek Eating Pancakes, by Anna Włodarczyk, Poland

(Image credit: Xiaodong Sun / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Food in the Field

When the Hive is Filled, by Xiaodong Sun, China

(Image credit: Nicole Herft / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Food Stylist Award

Nicole Herft, United Kingdom

(Image credit: Jonathan Minster / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Fujifilm Award for Innovation

Tattoo, by Jonathan Minster, United Kingdom

(Image credit: Sandy Wood / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

InterContinental Food at the Table

Looking Too Good to Eat (Just Yet), by Sandy Wood, United Kingdom

(Image credit: Alex Forbes / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture

Baked Figs, by Liam Desbois, United Kingdom

(Image credit: Azim Khan Ronnie / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

On the Phone

Hilsa, by Azim Khan Ronnie, Bangladesh 

(Image credit: Kai Steppel / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop

Vinaigrette, by Kai Stiepel, Germany

(Image credit: Nhan Do Thanh / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

The Philip Harben Award Food in Action

Waiting for the Sun, by Nhan Do Thanh, Vietnam

(Image credit: Diana Kowalczyk / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Pink Lady® Apple a Day

Caramel Lady, by Diana Kowalczyk, Poland

(Image credit: KM Asad / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Politics of Food

After Exodus, by K M Asad, Bangladesh

(Image credit: Patricia Niven / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Production Paradise Previously Published

Rhubarb, by Patricia Niven, United Kingdom

(Image credit: Xueping Du / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Street Food

Ramen Art, by Xueping Du, China

(Image credit: Philippa Askew / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Student Food Photographer of the Year

Curry Banquet, by Philippa Askew, United Kingdom

(Image credit: Zay Yar Lin / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Winterbotham Darby Food for Sale

Vegetable Stall, by Zay Yar Lin, Myanmar

(Image credit: Jason Wain / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

World Food Programme Food for Life

A Ugandan Feast, by Jason Wain, United Kingdom

(Image credit: Sangjun Lee / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Young (15 - 17)

Believers Sharing a Meal, by Sangjun Lee, India

(Image credit: / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Young (11 - 14)

Mulled Wine, by Alex Forbes, United Kingdom

(Image credit: Scarlett Blanch / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020)

Young (10 and under)

Apples, by Scarlett Blanch, United Kingdom

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