Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2017-18

Get in the Frame and become Food Photography Famous!

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2018 opened the shutter for its seventh year on 5 July 2017.

To celebrate, the Awards are serving up a delicious feast of seven new judges and exciting new categories too.

New jurists are Ferran Adria, iconic chef of the oft-voted world’s best restaurant, El Bulli, Jenna Close, American Society of Media Photographers, Henry Dallal, Photographer, Sheila Dillon, The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4, Pierre Koffman, legendary 3-Michelin starred chef, Alison Morley, Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism, International Center of Photography, H.E. Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General, HIPA.

To spice up the process, David Loftus, hugely influential and respected food photographer, is to be Chair of the Judges, while categories include for the very first time, Student Food Photographer of the Year to facilitate the next generation.

“It just gets better and better each year - from Austria to Australia, Kuala Lumpur to Kent, the standard of entries is exceptional,” says founder and Director, Caroline Kenyon.

“It’s so exciting to see the amount of recognition our winners receive in the media across the world. And it’s incredibly rewarding to hear about our finalists’ amazing success stories, photography commissions, road trips, invitations to host workshops and master classes in far-flung corners of the globe. That means a huge amount to my team and me.”

If you're thinking about entering and you need a little nudge, just have a read of these testimonials from past participants.

Darren Eastwood-Hickson

"It’s amazing. I've entered the competition every year since its launch and have been shortlisted once before. But now to be a finalist chosen from some of the thousands of incredible images received is very exciting."

Lucy Pope

"It's always a good feeling when other people appreciate a picture you've taken. It's exciting to think that it might be worthy of a prize."

Jenelle Bonifield

"I am thrilled beyond belief to have become a Pink Lady® Finalist! I feel gratified that all my long hours of photographing (what I love) has value in the panel’s eyes. Selected!!! Wow! I am so grateful to have found Pink Lady® and to be a part of this group. There are not enough words to describe the elation this has brought to me!"

Marcin Jucha

"I’m very excited but also very surprised, I never thought that my image can go this far in this competition but as people say, if you don't try you won't know."

Matt Wilson

"Feels great. Such a prestigious competition. Just to be shortlisted is a major honour."

Polina Plotnikova

"I have been coming to Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year exhibitions for the last few years and always admired the high standards of work. Never thought I would be able to proudly say that I am one of the Finalists!"

Paula Watts

"It's was such an honour to be recognized for my imagery. I am not only extremely thankful for the opportunity to travel and photograph unique scenes around the world, but to achieve an award for it is icing on the cake."

Robin Goodlad

"It feels absolutely incredible, a real honour, considering the fantastic quality of all of the images entered from around the world. Food and photography are my two biggest passions, and it is a real privilege to be able to combine the two."

So, if you think your food photography or film could send our judges into seventh heaven, why not enter now at https://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com. Closing date for entries, 6 February 2018

Winner 2016-17

Previous winner - Keeps the Doctor Away
Keeps the Doctor Away by Richard Perry

The winner of the Pink Lady® Apple a Day category of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2017 was announced at the Mall Galleries, London on Tuesday 25th April as Richard Perry (UK) for his image, Keeps the Doctor Away. He was presented with his trophy and £1,000 cheque by Michelle Evans, Chief Marketing Officer, Pink Lady® UK.

“Richard’s shot stood out from the rest in its category," says Andy Macdonald, who heads up Pink Lady® in the UK, headline sponsor of the awards, “for the witty and inventive way in which he developed the theme of a creative shot of a Pink Lady® apple.”

Richard said it is: "An honour to be selected as a finalist in amongst some truly wonderful photographers both past and present."

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