Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2019 opens for entries

Image: Noor Ahmed Gelal, Praying with Food. This image won the Food Photographer of the Year 2018 competition

Image: Noor Ahmed Gelal, whose shot titled ‘Praying with Food’ 

Following the crowning of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2018 at a ceremony in April, the competition is once again throwing open its doors for entrants.

As of today, amateur and professional food photographers will be able to enter their food images into the competition for a chance to win the grand prize of £5,000. Last year more than 8,000 photographers took a punt on the competition.

The judging panel this year includes a diverse selection of photo and foodie experts, under the guidance of Panel Chair David Loftus. Jurists include: Claire Hyman, photography collector; Rahul Singh, President of the National Restaurant Association of India; Per Anders Jorgensen, Scandinavian food photographer and founder of Fool magazine; Australian chef Jock Zonfrillo; Lucy Pike, Head of Photography at WeTransfer; Donal Skehan, an Irish chef and blogger; Tom and Harry, chef and producer of Facebook cooking channel Twister; and Digital Camera World's Editor-in-Chief Chris George.

Founder and director of the awards Caroline Kenyon said, "We can’t wait to see the work of our entrants this year. Every year, there is a new approach, a new angle, the world seen through fresh eyes. 

"It’s really exciting to see the amount of recognition our winners receive in the media across the world. And incredibly rewarding to hear about our finalists’ amazing success stories that flow from being part of our Awards. That means a huge amount to my team and me."

A couple of new categories make their debut in this year’s awards: Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer, which shows off photography of food at nuptial celebrations around the globe, and the Food Stylist Award, honouring those whose job it is to make food look as good as it does for the cameras.

Last year the top prize was scooped up by Bangladeshi photographer Noor Ahmed Gelal, whose shot titled ‘Praying with Food’ depicted the breaking of a long-held fast among a small Hindu community in Swamibag, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers around the world, and you can enter as many times as you like, as long as you get your images in by 10 February 2019. Head to the official site to enter your shots.

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