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15 Mouth-Watering Winning Images of the Food Photographer of the Year
15 köstliche Siegerbilder des Food Photographer of the Year
Grilling up kebabs on the street, preparing dumplings with the family, and draining a pot of pasta are just some of the delicious moments awarded by the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2022 contest. Food photographers from over 60 countries submitted their best work, which was judged by an expert panel of photographers and foodies. In the end, Indian photographer Debdatta Chakraborty was named the overall winner for a dynamic photograph of a street vendor cooking kebabs.
The photo was taken on Khayyam Chowk, an ordinary street in Srinagar that transforms into a buzzing hub for food lovers by night, as vendors fire up their grills. In Chakraborty's photo, the vendor is surrounded by smoke that frames his face, as he brushes kebabs to season them to perfection.
“It is always a source of excitement and wonder when one single image rises to the top in the Awards,” says Caroline Kenyon, director and founder of the awards. “In today’s world, more than ever, we feel the need for comfort, for love. There is so much to reassure us here—the beautifully captured 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, we imagine the warm, delicious aroma. This image, gentle but powerful, nourishes our soul.”
Other category winners take us on a culinary tour across the globe. Whether it's leaving cod out to dry in Norway or gathering prunings at a winery in France, each image gives a glimpse into local food culture. Since 2011, the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year has celebrated these moments, and they note that now, more than ever, the link between photography and food is needed. This reminder of how food touches every aspect of our lives is also a call to embrace every moment and to appreciate what we have.
All of the winners and finalists are featured in Pink Lady's online gallery and will also go on display in an exhibition at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol, England, this fall.