The closing date for submissions to the 2019 Pink Lady® Food Photographer Of The Year is 10 February. The Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Year competition has grown into the world’s leading celebration of food photography and film-making. The 2018 competition attracted over 8000 entries from photographers and videographers in 60 countries. It was won by Bangladeshi photography Noor Ahmed Gelal who’s image, titled Praying With Food, depicted the breaking of a day-long fast at a Hindu temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The panel of international judges – chaired by renowned food photographer David Loftus – includes experts from both the food, restaurant, wine, photography and media worlds, among them award-winning chef Tarek Ibrahim, celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, food writer and presenter Joanna Simon and food television producer James Winter.
This year’s competition includes a new Wedding Food Photographer category (sponsored by Champagne Taittinger) which covers all aspects of wedding food, in any context, whether preparation and cooking, laying out, serving or eating. Also new for 2019 is the Food Stylist Award which is designed to celebrate the skills of the world’s top food stylists, recognising that the stylist is often key to achieving a result in partnership with photographers.
Other categories include Street Food, Food Bloggers, Food For Life, Food For Celebration, Food At The Table, Cream Of The Crop, Food For Sale, Food Portraiture, Food For The Family, The Politics Of Food, Food In The Field and Bring Home The Harvest. Included within the competition is the Errazuriz Wine Photographer Of The Year Awards which invites entries in three categories – Produce, People and Places. The winner of Errazuriz Wine Photographer Of The Year will win a £1000 cash prize (around A$1800 at current exchange rates) and an Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve Commemorative Magnum, signed by Eduardo Chadwick. There is also a Student Food Photographer Of The Year award, open to anybody currently attending a photography course – either full or part-time – at a recognised college or university. Video clips can be entered in the Winterbotham Darby Food Film Shorts category (supported by Foodism) and can be about food in any context with the judges looking for originality of ideas and execution. The maximum clip duration permitted is three minutes.
This year the overall winner will receive a £5000 cash prize (around A$9000), two night’s accommodation at the luxury five-star InterContinental London Park Lane hotel in a double room with breakfast and will be re-imbursed up to £750 for the cost of a return flight to attend the awards presentation at the Mall Galleries in London.
A shortlist of finalists with be announced on 2 April and these 500 entries will be highlighted on the Pink Lady® Food Photographer Of The Year website. Category winners – and, of course, the overall winner – will be announced at the end of April and an exhibition will run from 1 to 5 May at the Mall Galleries in London.
Full category details and entry requirements and online submission procedures are on the competition Website at https://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com