Over the last decade Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020 has celebrated food photography as a distinct genre and provided an effective platform for amateur and professional photographers alike to reach a significant international audience. As this highly successful awards programme gets ready for its tenth anniversary, we look back at this year’s winners.
A powerful and emotional shot, After Exodus (above), by Bangladeshi photographer KM Asad, was the overall winner of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020.
The photograph was taken in the vast Rohingya refugee camp which counts as home for over one million people in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Poignantly, the camp has just been placed in lockdown in an attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
“This moving image really speaks to our times,” says Caroline Kenyon, Founder/Director of the Awards. “The world is in the grip of Covid19 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. We are all the same.”
On this year’s entries, Phil Turnbull, CEO of APAL (parent company of Pink Lady®) commented: “The standard was exceptional. There were nearly 9000 entries from over 70 countries – this competition inspires across the world. It is a truly global coming together of talent.”
Chair of the Judges was the internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus. This year his panel included Chris Dee, Director, Food & Home, Harrods; Per-Anders Jorgensen, Photographer and Founder, Fool Magazine; Josh Lustig, Picture Editor, Financial Times Weekend Magazine; Vitalie Taittinger, President, Champagne Taittinger; Rein Skullerud, Head, Photography Unit, Communications Division, World Food Programme.