Giant Pot Noodle wins Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2019

Overall winner of Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2019 - Cauldron Noodles by Jianhui Liao (Image credit: Jianhui Liao)

Chinese photographer Jianhui Liao has won the overall title of Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2019 in the annual competition to find the best pictures around the globe of food, wine, farming and produce.

 The shot beat over 9,000 images from 77 countries to win the £5,000 main prize, as well as the Food for Celebration category.

The overhead shot shows villagers from Handan in Shexian County of China wearing Qing Dynasty costumes gathering around a giant pot of noodles in a feast to celebrate the birth of goddess Nüwa. 

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Titled Cauldron Noodles, Jianhui Liao use his Sony A7R Mk II with a 24-240mm superzoom set at 54mm using an exposure of 1/200sec at f/8, ISO100.

The prizes were presented legendary Blur musician and cheesemaker Alex James.

Jianhui’s shot won the Food for Celebration category sponsored by Champagne Taittinger. “It stood out from the rest in its category, however, for the way in which he made the subject matter, a community feast, so beautiful and atmospheric.” 

Now in its eighth year, the global judging panel for this year's competition was chaired by internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus.

Category winners

Kazi Mushfiq, Bangladesh, Harvesting Gold

Bring Home the Harvest 

Kazi Mushfiq, Bangladesh
Harvesting Gold

Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer

Tiree Dawson, UK
Preparing for the Nightshift 

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year

Jon Wyand, UK
Cleaning the Cuverie

Food Bloggers

Aimee Twigger, UK
Drying Pasta

Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger

Jianhui Liao, China
Cauldron of Noodles

Food for Sale

Elise Humphrey, UK

Food for the Family

Sanghamitra Sarkar, India
Bonda Tribe

Food in the Field

Andrew Newey, UK
Pumpkins at Sunrise

Food Stylist Award 

Kim Morphew, UK 

Fujifilm Award for Innovation

Michael Hedge, UK
Broken Egg

InterContinental Food at the Table

Giles Christopher, UK
Mussels Ready to Eat

Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture

Nick Milward, UK
Tarte Tatin with Thyme

On the Phone

Matt Wilson, Chile
Rosemary Harvest

One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop

Simon Bajada, Sweden
Basque Heirlooms

Philip Harben Award for Food in Action

Kazi Mushfiq, Bangladesh
Water Collecting

Pink Lady® Apple a Day

Tiree Dawson, UK
The Girl

Politics of Food 

Martin Chamberlain, UK
Cow Tantrum

Cosimo Barletta, Italy. Red Octopus

Production Paradise Previously Published

Cosimo Barletta, Italy
Red Octopus

WFP Storytellers Innovation Award

Eder Estilmer, Guatemala Water Stream

Winterbotham Darby Food Film Shorts supported by Foodism

Jennifer Davick, USA Black Sesame

World Food Programme Food for Life

Avishek Das, India Food Processing

Debdatta Chakraborty, India. Risha Kesarwale, Chai seller

Street Food

Debdatta Chakraborty, India
Risha Kesarwale, Chai seller

Student Food Photographer

Chloe Dann, Australia
The Carnal Supper

Young 15-17

Lily-Mae Franklin, UK
Always Have a Camera in my Hands

Jemima Painter, Thailand. Fresh Thai Ingredients

Young 11-14

Jemima Painter, Thailand
Fresh Thai Ingredients

Young 10 & under

Joshua George, Bahrain
Passion Fruit Love


View all this year's winners on the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year website.

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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.