20 Winners Of 2022 Food Photographer Of The Year

Overall Winner (and Street Food): Street Food in Khayyam Chowk in Kebabiyana, India is a … [+] food-lovers’ paradise.

Photo: Debdatta Chakraborty, India – PLFPOTY 2022

The World’s Best Food Photographs have been served up by Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year.

As it enters its second decade and with thousands of entries submitted from 60 countries around the world, the competition awarding amateur and professional photographers for excellence in food photography have announced the winning images for this year.

The overall winner of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year contest celebrating the art of food, photography and film was awarded to “an intimate image full of warmth and humanity — Kebabiyana, by Indian photographer Debdatta Chakraborty.”

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The photograph was taken on Khayyam Chowk, an ordinary Indian street in Srinagar by day that transforms into a buzzing food hub at night, as vendors fire up charcoal ovens and fill the air with the smoky aroma of grilled delights such as wazwan kebabs, the popular Kashmiri street food.

“It is always a source of excitement and wonder when one single image rises to the top in the Awards,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director/Founder of the Awards. “There is so much to reassure us here — the billowing embrace of the smoke, the golden light, the subject’s expression as he prepares the food for sharing. Sparks fly from the skewers, whose roasting we can almost smell. This image, gentle but powerful, nourishes our soul.”

This year’s finalists will be exhibited at The Royal Photographic Society, one of the world’s oldest photographic societies, in Bristol, Great Britain. The exhibition will run from November 20 – December 12, 2022.

Central Park, Winner of Fujifilm Award for Innovation

Photo: Yuliy Vasilev, Bulgaria – PLFPOTY 2022

The image is part of an ongoing project called “Foodtopia,” a miniature world created with food items.

Drying Stockfish, Winner of ‘On the Phone’ category Drying Stockfish

Photo: Kasia Ciesielska-Faber, UK – PLFPOTY 2022

In Lofoten archipelago, Norway, stockfish racks have become part of the landscape. The cod is preserved by drying on large racks with no salt or smoke required as the temperatures are just below freezing. The climate is perfect for outdoor stockfish production.

Movement Of Noodles, Winner of Bring Home the Harvest category.

Photo: Chang Jiangbin, China – PLFPOTY 2022

Noodles are a favorite food of residents of Southern Fujian, China. The noodles are cooled and made with a unique process.

Traditional Skill, winner of Champagne Taittinger Food for Celebration award.

Photo: Chen Ying, China – PLFPOTY 2022

In a small farmhouse in Qianlian Village, Fujian Province, a family gathers to make rice or mung-bean-filled dumplings.

They use a wooden seal to stamp the word “fortune” or “happiness” into the red dough, and steam the dumplings in a large steamer. This tradition means that the New Year will be welcomed with celebrations and the coming year will be prosperous.

Putting On The Ritz, Winner Food at the Table category. The ‘Arts de la Table is a big part of The … [+] Ritz Restaurant experience.

Photo: John Carey, UK – PLFPOTY 2022

Lemon Cake, Winner Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer award.

Photo: Isabelle Hattink, Netherlands – PLFPOTY 2022

At a wedding, the cake was cut but the lady clearly wasn’t happy. She told the photographer that somebody had stepped on her toes.

Traditional Food, Winner Food for the Family category.

Photo: Weining Lin, China – PLFPOTY 2022

During the Spring Festival, a family from the Tujia people in western Hunan make tuansa, a special local delicacy made of glutinous rice that tastes light and sweet. Most local people take tuansa as a gift or an offering.

Pumpkin Buns, Winner Food Stylist Award.

Photo: Carolin Strothe, Germany – PLFPOTY 2022

Soft pumpkin brioche buns are shaped like small pumpkins. To make the optical illusion perfect, they were photographed among real pumpkins.

Summer Veg Tart, Winner Food Stylist Award.

Photo: Carolin Strothe, Germany

Summer is celebrated with this spectacular veg tart topped with buffalo mozzarella, feta, heirloom tomatoes, pea pods, spring onions and corn flowers.

Carrot Field Forever, Winner Cream of the Crop, One Vision Imaging category.

Photo: Paolo Grinza and Silvia Vaulà, Italy – PLFPOTY 2022

This image is one of a photographic series based on the concept of “hands at work” developed for the restaurant Etiko Bistrot in Torino, Italy.

Autumnal Woodland Apple Party, WInner Pink Lady® Apple a Day award.

Photo: Amanda Farnese Heath, UK – PLFPOTY 2022

The photographer asked this group of children what their ultimate ‘tea party’ table would look like. ‘Toffee apples and cake’ was their reply. “Here, in an autumnal wood in Scotland, I got to work re-creating this table for them,” he explained. “Not one apple remained at the end of the day.”

Watermelon & Feta Salad, Winner of the Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture award.

Daniela Gerson, U.S. – PLFPOTY 2022

All the colors of the melon rainbow mark this salad with melon cubes in red, pink, orange, yellow, green and white with cubes of feta, purple basil, flaky salt and fresh ground pepper.

Chile Grape Hat, Winner Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year (Chile) award: A harvester carrying … [+] a crate of grapes on his head at Vina Moraines vineyards in Maule, Chile.

Photo: Matt Wilson, Chile – 2021 PLFPOTY 2022

Where Dreams Fly Away, Winner Politics of Food category.

Photo: K M Asad, Bangladesh – PLFPOTY 2022

A little girl collects water in the Chad Uddan slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the urban slum areas, people have access to fresh water only twice a day in the morning and evening.

At The Table, Winner of the Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers.

Photo: Marguerite Oelofse South Africa – PLFPOTY 2022

Celebrating African heritage, fused with a touch of inspiration from French post-Impressionist artist, Henri Matisse. “The painter-like aesthetic in my photography creates a three-dimensional feeling by using bold colours, form and textures,” the photographer explains. ‘At the Table’ is a celebration of the fruits of our freedom.

Cook, Winner of the Philip Harben Award for Food in Action category.

Photo: Weining Lin, China – PLFPOTY 2022

An old man is preparing meat for vegetables in a courtyard bathed in sun. He slices the meat finely and puts it in a basin. It’s a common scene in a Chinese farm yard that enables the viewer to imagine the family life behind it.

Herbwoman, Winner ‘unearthed® Food for Sale’ category.

Photo: Anna Loraine Hartmann, Germany – PLFPOTY 2022

The lights are dimmed underneath the corrugated roof top, blocking out the sunlight to prevent the harvest from spoiling. In between the dark aisles of the bustling market in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, one encounters only welcoming smiles and well-sourced produce.

Food After Work , Winner World Food Programme Food for Life award.

Faisal Azim, Bangladesh – PLFPOTY 2022

Food After Work brick factory workers labor in a dusty, unhealthy environment. They get a short break to eat food brought from home before starting work again — a full day of which brings minimal wages.

Food-processing, Winner Young (15 – 17) category.: A boy working on drying raw semai in the sun.

Photo: Joyjit Das, Bangladesh – PLFPOTY 2022