Chinese family-meal time wins major food photography award

Kolkata, India: The image of a Chinese family, joyfully preparing for a meal on a sunny day has bagged a major food photography award. 

Li Huaifeng was chosen Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021 for a picture titled Taste, which was captured in Licheng, Shanxi. 

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year debuted in 2011, which is open to both professionals and amateurs, young and old, recognize the best of food photography and film from around the world.

“This picture is technically outstanding in its use of light and composition, but what raises it to the level of historic importance is the depth of its storytelling and emotion.

"It tells of a year of isolation and living indoors, living in tiny communities of the immediate family," said Director and Founder of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, Caroline Kenyon.

The scene is bathed in love here, Caroline said, adding that with echoes of the Madonna and Child, this excellent shot exemplifies how photography does not need to shock or annoy in order to be fantastic or memorable. This beautiful picture stays with the viewer. 

In its tenth year, the competition sifted through nearly 10,500 entries from more than 70 countries around the world, with the winners revealed online via a Livestream event.

Here are more entries across the categories for you to enjoy with the descriptions by the photographers:

Bring Home the Harvest | Drying Okra, by F Dilek Uyar, Turkey

"DRYING OKRA FLOWERS IN TOKAT, TURKEY. WOMEN PICK OKRA FLOWERS FROM THE FIELD AND ARRANGE THEM ON A ROPE, THEN THE DRIED FLOWERS FALL AND THE OKRA BECOMES READY TO BE USED IN WINTER."

Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer | Many a Slip, by John Armstrong-Millar, France

"NORMALLY, WEDDINGS RUN TO PLAN - BUT IT'S REALLY FUN TO CAPTURE THE MOMENTS WHERE THINGS GO A LITTLE OFF SCRIPT."

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year | Pushing the pinot by, Victor Pugatschew, Australia

"PUSHING THE PINOT OUT OF THE TANK AT HODDLE'S CREEK VINEYARD"

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year | Filling up of Semillon grapes by Oscar Oliveras, Spain

"FILLING UP OF SEMILLION GRAPES READY TO BE PRESSED AT THE CELLAR"

Food for Celebration | A birthday celebration by Huaifeng Li, China

"A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. TAKEN ON OCTOBER 13, 2017 IN SONGJIAZHUANG, LICHENG COUNTY, SHANXI PROVINCE. ALTHOUGH LIVING IN THE SHABBY CAVE, LIFE IS STILL VERY HAPPY. ALTHOUGH LIFE IS VERY SIMPLE, THEY STILL BUY A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR THEIR DAUGHTER AND CELEBRATE HER BIRTHDAY. THE HOUSE IS FULL OF WARMTH AND HAPPINESS."

"Food Stylist Award | Winter opulence by  Martin Grünewald, Germany

"WINTER OPULENCE - SUMPTUOUS STILL LIFE OF WINTER VEGETABLES AND FRUIT/CALENDAR PROJECT A PICTURE TO SHOW THE VARIETY OF WINTER VEGETABLES AND FRUIT, SHOT IN FRANKFURT, DECEMBER 2020 PHOTO: FRANK WEINERT STYLIST: MARTIN GRÜNEWALD."SELLS CAPERS AND OTHER DELICACIES FROM HER OLD PRAM ON THE STREETS OF MARSAXLOKK, A FISHING VILLAGE IN MALTA"

Fujifilm Award for Innovation | A worker is inspecting rice noodles by Abdul Momin, Bangladesh

"A WORKER IS INSPECTING RICE NOODLES IF THEY GOT DRIED RIGHTLY OR NOT."

Pink Lady® Apple a Day | Apple in cake by Natalia Bogubowicz, Poland

 

"BAKED APPLES IN CROSS-SECTION."

Winterbotham Darby Food for Sale | A lady sells capers and other delicacies by Joseph Smith, Malta

"A LADY SELLS CAPERS AND OTHER DELICACIES FROM HER OLD PRAM ON THE STREETS OF MARSAXLOKK, A FISHING VILLAGE IN MALTA."

World Food Programme Food for Life | A little child drinking from a bottle by Md Mahabub Hossain Khan, Bangladesh

"A LITTLE CHILD DRINKING FROM A BOTTLE."

Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture | Mulled Pears by Harriet Harcourt, Australia

"POURING THE SPICED WINE SYRUP OVER THE POACHED PEARS BEFORE SERVING."

All photos courtesy of Pink Lady Food Photographer of the year. 

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