The winner of the second Potato Photographer of the Year competition has been crowned. Again this unusual photo contest has attracted some very inventive entries, and making money for a worthy cause at the same time.
Titled 'Fish & Chips', the winning shot scored French photographer William Ropp over £1,000 in prizes, including a Fujifilm X-T200 (opens in new tab), a ThinkTank roller bag (opens in new tab), and a one-year master subscription to Photocrowd. He says the image was taken as a challenge from a friend who, after art school, ended up a potato seller
“There's something extremely wonderful and weird about this work," says one of the judges, Amy D’Agorne. "The amalgamation of vegetables and animals creates a strange portrait of the everyday food we consume. The fact that the image was taken on a Polaroid camera (opens in new tab) with just a flashlight is of great credit to the photographer's skill.”
Potato Photographer of the Year is the brainchild of Benedict Brain, professional photographer and Digital Camera columnist, and features a panel of judges including luminaries like Martin Parr.
The idea for the contest was partly inspired by a 2016 photograph of a spud by Kevin Abosch, which sold for a $1 million, and all proceeds go towards the Trussell Trust (opens in new tab) – a registered charity which supports a nationwide network of food banks in the United Kingdom.
More information and a full gallery can be found on the official Potato Photographer of the Year website (opens in new tab).
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