Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2023, the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film, has served up this year’s best food photography.
An intensely powerful portrait, The Candy Man, by UK photographer Jon Enoch, has won the overall prize. The photograph was taken in the streets of western Mumbai near the candy floss-selling grounds of the beaches and fairs. It is part of a wider series of images of the sellers, which capture the unique and varied ways used to display the candy goods in the hope of attracting a buyer.
“This is a magnificent picture,” says Caroline Kenyon, Founder, Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year. “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. The man in the picture may have a humble way of life, touting his wares of toxically-coloured candy floss, but he himself is splendid. 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.”
The winners of the Production Paradise Previously Published category of the competition displayed great technical prowess. British photographer Kris Kirkham won the category with ‘The New Pigs in Blanket’, which is a mouth-watering shot of the festive favourite. A second shot of Kirkham’s, ‘Corn’, was Highly Commended.
Four photographers were Highly Commended. These included Orlando Gili, for ‘Gingo, Butcher’, Maja Smend, for ‘Citrus and Pomegranates’, and Jonathan Gregson, for ‘Honeycomb’.
The winners were announced by acclaimed chef, author, and television presenter, Nadiya Hussain MBE, in an exciting Awards ceremony at BAFTA, London on Tuesday 16 May 2023. The ceremony was also live-streamed on the competition’s YouTube channel and was watched by an audience across the globe.
“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,” says Phil Turnbull, CEO of APAL, owner of Pink Lady® and headline sponsor of the Awards since 2011. “But at the same time, we continue to grow, forage, cook, eat, celebrate, gather together, feast. Every year, the incredible winning images act as a witness to the centrality of food in every culture in every people across the globe.”
This year’s global judging panel, tasked with assessing the thousands of entries submitted from over 65 countries across the world, was chaired by legendary food photographer David Loftus, and included: Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media; Andreas von Estorff, founder and CEO of ProductionParadise.com; Chef Ian Kittichai, restaurateur, author & TV host; Ella Ravilious, curator, The V&A Museum; Nik Sharma, cookbook author, photographer, columnist; and Rein Skullerud, senior photographer, photo editor at the United Nations World Food Programme.
The exhibition of the 2023 Finalists will be premiering at The Royal Photographic Society, one of the world’s oldest photographic societies, in Bristol. The exhibition runs from Saturday 20th May – Sunday 11th June and forms part of Bristol’s ‘World Photography in Focus’ during which a number of top international photography competitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Travel Photographer of the Year, will be exhibiting in the city.
To view the online gallery of all the 2023 finalists, please visit www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com