Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, the world’s most important food photography awards
Food Pictures and the people who take them has become a niche industry that has taken off under the soaring popularity of TV food programs. Here we take a look at this years Food Photography Award Winner
With the TV seemingly awash with cooking programs about baking, celebrity cooking, tradition British menus, “soggy bottoms”, cooking while interviewing etc. It was only a matter of time before the culinary arts were given some professional treatment by some fantastic photographers of every level and type.
Step forward the Food Photography Awards, there is a category for just about every conceivable aspect here – ranging from street food, humanitarian food, fine dining, photography using mobile phones and even an under 18’s section. One thing is for sure the contestants really do put the effort in to make sure they capture the moment perfectly. The level of competition has certainly been taken up a notch this year.
To be able to take great photographs of food is a well honed technique , which is why some photographers are fortunate enough to make a living out of it. But with smartphones readily available anyone can give it a go. In recognition of this mouth watering work each year there is the PinkLady Food Photography awards – Guaranteed to whet everyone’s appetite.
As you can see – the subject matter can take just about any and every form. The awards cover each and every aspect of the process – literally from farm to fork, the preparation, the eating, the cooking and the human interaction on every level.
Who would have thought a cheese toastie could win an award or even an Octopus on ice. The competition is judged by over 40 judges but Food Critic Jay Rayner is the overall decision maker.
This years overall winner was Mark Benham – whose winning entry was a baker kneading dough, as Jay says “It’s a scene that gives you the smell of the bakery before the ovens are turned on.” There were 20,000 images submitted to this years competition.
“In the end, it normally comes down to three or four photos which particularly arouse opinion. It’s down to the content – do they speak to the question of food? And how well do they tell their own stories?”
About Mark Benham
“During my previous life as a graphic designer I often worked with studio based photographers, art directing and sometimes styling shoots. These days I hold the camera, shooting a wide range of subjects on location, preferring to use natural light where I can. I won categories in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year in 2015 and 2016, being crowned overall winner in 2016. But I don’t photograph food per se, I search for a broad range of subjects that interest me – I’m constantly looking for engaging stories – whether it’s documenting the work of the charity People Against Poverty, olive harvesting in Tuscany or covering events in the UK and abroad.”