“An intimate image full of warmth and humanity”, titled ‘Kebabiyana’, and taken by Indian photographer Debdatta Chakraborty, has won the overall prize of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2022.
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.
“In today’s world, more than ever, we feel the need for comfort, for love,” commented Caroline Kenyon, the Director and Founder of the Awards. “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.”
“Huge global events – war, famine, the end of lockdowns, the revival of the hospitality industry, the chance to celebrate with friends and family again – all these are recorded in the Awards, which show so vividly how food touches every aspect of our lives,” says Phil Turnbull, CEO of APAL, owner of Pink Lady®, and headline sponsor of the Awards since 2011.
Here are some of the category winners.
Bring Home the Harvest
Chang Jiangbin, “Movement Of Noodles”
Champagne Taittinger Food for Celebration
Chen Ying, “Traditional Skill”
Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer
Isabelle Hattink, “Lemon Cake”
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year – Overall Winner
Jon Wyand, “Gathering Prunings on Corton Hill”
Food at the Table
John Carey, “Putting on the Ritz”
Food for the Family
Weining Lin, “Traditional Food”
Food in the Field
Paolo Crocetta, “Agricultural Art”
Food Stylist Award
Carolin Strothe, “Summer Veg Tart”
Fujifilm Award for Innovation
Yuliy Vasilev, “Central Park”
Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture
Daniela Gerson, “Watermelon and feta salad”
MPB Food Influencer
Elisa De Cecchi, “Draining Pasta by the Window”
On the Phone in support of Action Against Hunger
Kasia Ciesielska-Faber, “Drying Stockfish”
One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop
Paolo Grinza and Silvia Vaulà, “Carrot Field Forever”
Pink Lady® Apple a Day
Amanda Farnese Heath, “Autumnal Woodland Apple Party”
Politics of Food
K M Asad, “Where Dreams Fly Away”
Production Paradise Previously Published
Mike English, “Red Mullet”
Student Food Photographer of the Year supported by The Royal Photographic Society
Kim Bainbridge, “Pot of Tea”
The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers
Marguerite Oelofse, “At the Table”
The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action
Weining Lin, “Cook”
unearthed® Food for Sale
Anna Loraine Hartmann, “Herbwoman”
World Food Programme Food for Life
Faisal Azim, “Food after Work”
The exhibition of the 2022 Finalists will be premiering at The Royal Photographic Society, one of the world’s oldest photographic societies, in Bristol. The exhibition will run from 20 November – 12 December 2022. Entry is free.
You can see all of the 2022 finalists on the website.