The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist has been unveiled, showing off the best of the best food photography from around the world.
The organisers said the competition received around 8,000 entries from 60 countries around the globe. More than 500 entries have been selected from this initial pool.
Caroline Kenyon, founder and director of the awards, said, “To reach the shortlist is an enormous achievement... The standard was exceptionally high and it was, at times, a painful process to choose between competing images.”
The awards consist of a number of categories for photographers and videographers to enter, including:
On the Phone – A category for images shot on mobile
World Food Programme Food for Life – A category focusing on the humanitarian aspects of food
Food Bloggers – The best images in support of blog writing
Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger – Images with a celebratory theme
Marks & Spencer Food Adventures (British Food Festivals) – Images taken at British food festivals
InterContinental Food at the Table – Images taken at hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars.
One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop – Product photography
Pink Lady® Apple a Day – Images of Pink Lady apples
Politics of Food – For photojournalistic images exploring socio-political issues relating to food
The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action – Images of people preparing food, in any context
Fujifilm Award for Innovation – For a single image that truly stands out
unearthed® Food Film Shorts supported by Foodism – A short film contest, maximum length three minutes
The judging panel this year was chaired by food photographer David Loftus, who has worked with Jamie Oliver on all but one of the chef’s published works.
The rest of the panel included: chef Ferran Adria; Alison Morley, Director of Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism from the International Center of Photographer in New York City; His Excellency Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General, HIPA, Dubai; Sheila Dillon from BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme; and Rein Skullerud, Head of Photo Unit at the World Food Programme in Rome.
The overall winner will be chosen at the Judges’ Dinner at the Saatchi Gallery later in the month, and will be revealed at the Champagne Taittinger reception in April.
To see the full shortlist, head to the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year site.
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