#PinkLadySnaps 2020/21 – our Instagram competition is now open!

Our exciting Instagram competition, in association with the acclaimed Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Awards, is back for another year! Last year we had thousands of entries from all over the globe showcasing the best of Instagram’s good-enough-to-eat ‘grams and this year we want to see more of your perfect pics!

All entries will be judged by David Loftus - one of the world’s leading photographers. David has worked with top chefs and foodies from across the globe including Rachel Khoo, Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie Oliver, Nathan Outlaw and April Bloomfield to name a few. For more than 20 years David has photographed over 100 books and his influential and internationally acclaimed work has led to Professional Photographer magazine naming him the 65th most influential photographer of all time.

Each month David will choose his favourite image to be crowned that month’s winner. Each of our monthly winners will be offered a donation of £40 which will be made by Pink Lady® to the World Food Programme charity in their name. They’ll also receive a shout-out from David Loftus on his Instagram account, where he’ll share the reasons he picked their perfect picture and why it caught his eye!

Each monthly winner will be automatically entered into the overall 2020/21 competition, which is also judged by David. The winner of the overall competition will win a DSLR camera up to the value of £800 – the perfect prize to progress your food photography and continue to create stunning snaps.

If you’re picked as this year’s winner, you’ll be in good company. Past winners have included Laura Field (@food_stylist_), Aimee Twigger (@twiggstudios) and Claudia from @thesugarologist.

This year we have teamed up with Laura Field, the first overall winner of #PinkLadySnaps in 2017, to share some of her best tips on shooting delicious food photography and some behind the scenes footage of capturing her latest creation. Along with sharing her tricks on how to capture a great foodie snap, Laura also shared a stunning new image of a Pink Lady® apple, shallot, thyme, honey and goats cheese Tarte Tatin – the perfect visual aid to inspire those looking to enter our competition!

Laura’s simple tips on creating an eye-catching photo of food:

  • Grab a branch full of leaves or a plant with small leaves in a pot and move it into a position which creates dappled light, especially in full sun, which can be too harsh for photographs
  • Try and use interesting backgrounds, usually a natural-looking background with texture works well (avoid orange woods, like most chopping boards as they’re too jarring with most food)
  • You are trying to tell a story in your photo so use appropriate props that would actually be used for eating or serving the dish - discard any unnecessary props that may feel out of context.

How to enter the competition

Want to enter the competition? Just upload your winning foodie snap to Instagram, include the hashtag #PinkLadySnaps followed by the abbreviation of the current month you’re entering in e.g. Sep, Oct, then include the last two digits of the year e.g. 20 or 21. So, if you’re entering in the opening month of the competition, September, the hashtag would be #PinkLadySnapsSept20

All entries must also tag @pinkladyappleuk and @FoodPhotoAward to be officially entered into the monthly competition.

On the last day of each month, David Loftus will select his winning shot. These monthly winning images will then go forward to be considered as the overall winner of the #PinkLadySnaps20/21 competition to sit in good company with the illustrious shortlisted and winning images from the main Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year awards.

To view the terms and conditions, click here.

Good luck and happy snapping!

#PinkLadySnaps Inspiration

Do you love nothing more than scrolling through shots of beautiful bakes, mouth-watering meals or fascinating fresh produce?

Below are some of our favourite entries from the 2019/20 Pink Lady® Snaps competition. You can also look back at our previous hashtags on Instagram for more inspiration – whether it’s to help hone your own photography or simply to inspire tonight’s supper!