Fishy French Fry wins Potato Photographer of the Year 2021!

Potato Photographer of the Year 2021
Overall winner: Fish & Chips by William Ropp (Image credit: William Ropp/Potato Photographer of the Year)

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.”

Second Prize  Precious Potato by Clair “Jean is in her late 90's she has raised four children, been very close to her grandchildren and is lucky to see her bubbly great-grandchild growing up. For most of her life she has cooked and cared for her family, feeding them traditional nutritious meals, she appreciates the simplicity of the humble potato and how it can feed many around her ever-growing table. Many things in Jeans' lifetime have altered, except for the classic potato.” (Image credit: Clair/Potato Photographer of the Year)
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Third Prize Hands Holding New Potatoes by John Glover  (Image credit: John Glover/Potato Photographer of the Year)
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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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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.