A community gathering at a Ramadan meal in a devastated Syrian city and a young child enjoying leftover spaghetti bolognese are among the winners of this year’s Pink Lady Food Photography Awards.
The overall winner for the awards, which celebrate the art of food photography and film, was a portrait of candy-floss seller Pappu Jaiswal on the streets of Mumbai, which judges described as “intensely powerful” and reminiscent of 18th century portrait painting. The photo, by UK photographer Jon Enoch, also won in its category of Street food.
Other categories included Food in the field; Food for the family, Politics of food and Food for sale, as well as a variety of groups for young photographers, food stylists and phone photography.
Speaking about the overall winner, founder of the awards Caroline Kenyon said: “For me, it evokes the great late 18th and early 19th century portraits of Reynolds and Gainsborough – the gaze, the full-length figure, the subject’s position in the frame. Dignified, confident, direct, he is anyone’s equal in a society riven with division and caste differences. This image shows us beautifully the universal truth, we are all the same.”
Winners were announced by chef Nadiya Hussain in an awards ceremony at Bafta in London before the exhibition took up residence in Bristol, where it will run until 11 June at The Royal Photographic Society.
“Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year continues to tell the world’s most important food stories as we adjust again to a new normal. War in Europe, climate change, soaring inflation all to be grappled with,” said Phil Turnbull, chief executive of APAL, which owns the Pink Lady brand.
“Every year, the incredible winning images act as witness to the centrality of food in every culture and every people across the globe.”