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Food photographer of the year unveiled

A powerful photo of children queuing for food in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh has been crowned best food photograph of the year in an annual awards ceremony.

The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year, which was presented in an online awards ceremony last week (28 April), is judged by a panel of food industry insiders, and includes categories such as politics, food celebration, street food, back to the harvest and young photographers.

The overall winner, out of 9,000 entries from across 7o countries, was from the ‘Politics of Food’ category and taken by Bangladeshi photographer KM Asad in Cox’s Bazaar camp in Bangladesh, home to one million people, which is currently in lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“This moving image really speaks to our times,” says Caroline Kenyon, founder and director of the awards. “The world is in the grip of Covid-19 and normal life, whatever that may be, has stopped for all of us. These Rohingya refugee children remind us of the fragility of life, that our need for food for survival connects us all around the world.”

Winners were announced by Blur bassist and cheesemaker, Alex James, and watched by an audience across the globe.

Finalists included:

Bring Home the Harvest category

New harvest
The Morning Catch, Zay Yar Lin, Myanmar.

Food Bloggers category

New squash
Bowl of Squash, Aimee Twigger, United Kingdom.

Food for Celebration category

New celebration
Making Together, K M Asad, Bangladesh.

Food in the Field category, sponsored by Champagne Taittinger 

New bees
When the Hive is Filled, Xiaodong Sun, China..

Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture category

New figs
Baked Figs, Liam Desbois, United Kingdom.

Politics of Food category

New rohingya
Overall winner: Politics of Food, After Exodus, K M Asad, Bangladesh.

Production Paradise category

New rhubarb
Rhubarb, Patricia Niven, United Kingdom.

Winterbotham Darby Food for Sale category

New market
Vegetable Stall, Zay Yar Lin, Myanmar.

Young (11-14) category

Mulled wine
Mulled Wine, Alex Forbes, United Kingdom.




    1 Year 1 Month

    A wonderful set of images that really illustrate how food touches so many aspects of our lives: politics, community, celebration, trade. It's' not "just" food!

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    1 Year

    Glad you enjoyed them too - they are quite amazing and each image says so much.

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