Chinese photographer Jianhui Liao has been judged the overall winner in the Pink Lady® Food Photographer Of The Year 2019 competition, the world’s leading celebration of food photography and film-making. The winning photograph – titled Cauldron Noodles and depicting a community feast in China’s Hebei Province, celebrating the goddess Nüwa – was described as “beautiful and atmospheric” by the judges.
Jianhui was presented with a £5000 prize by Andy Macdonald, who heads Pink Lady in the United Kingdom, the title sponsor of the awards since they were launched in 2011. All the 2019 winners were announced in front of an audience of 400 guests at a Champagne Taittinger reception packed with celebrities from both the food and photography worlds, and held at the Mall Galleries in London. Host for the evening was the legendary musician and cheesemaker, Alex James.
“The competition was fierce,” says Macdonald, “there were 9000 images entered from 77 countries – more entries and more countries than ever before – and the standard was phenomenal.”
Jianhui’s image also won the Food For Celebration category which is sponsored by Champagne Taittinger. The 2019 Pink Lady® Food Photographer Of The Year comprised 26 categories and other sponsors include Fujifilm, One Vision Imaging, Marks & Spencer, Intercontinental Hotels and Errazuriz Winery. This year’s category winners came from the UK, Bangladesh, Italy, India, Chile, Sweden, Guatemala, Bahrain, Thailand and the USA. Australian Chloe Dann won the Student Food Photographer category for her image titled The Carnal Supper and also achieved a Highly Commended award in this category. Other Australian successes this year were David Griffen who won both the second and third places in the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year – Produce category, Duy Dash who was second in the InterContinental Food At The Table category, Naomi Sherman who achieved a Highly Commended award in the Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture category, and Joe Filshie who earned a Highly Commended in the Production Paradise Previously Published category.
The competition also includes a category for short films, and this was won by USA-based Jennifer Davick for ‘Black Sesame’ which is about chef Maya Erickson’s famous Black Sesame Dessert.
The global judging panel for 2019 was chaired by internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus, and included Claire Hyman (British Photography – The Hyman Collection), culinary superstar Alice Waters, Lucy Pike (Head of Pictures at WeTransfer), and His Excellency Ali Bin Thalith (Secretary General, HIPA).
All the winners and category finalists in the Pink Lady® Food Photographer Of The Year 2019 competition can be viewed at https://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com/finalists-gallery-2019