New category added for images showing the joy experienced through food

The 2023 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition is now open for entries.

Now in its 12th year, the contest has received almost 100,000 entries from nearly 100 countries since its inception.

This year a new category has been added, Pink Lady Moments of Joy, for images showing the joy experienced through food – whether it be in the growing, preparing and cooking, or the serving and eating of food. The winner of the category will win £1,500.

With over 25 categories, the awards recognise the great diversity of ways in which food touches people’s lives.

“Never has the issue of food been so important, so central to our understanding of what it means to be alive,’ said Caroline Kenyon, director and founder of the awards.

“Governments across the world grapple with the cost-of-living crisis, food banks struggle to keep pace with demand, battleships are on standby to escort grain from the port of Odessa. Meanwhile, in the everyday, we continue to grow produce, to gather in, to cook, to eat, to celebrate.”

This year’s global judging panel, chaired by legendary food photographer David Loftus, includes: Ella Ravilious (curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum), Nik Sharma (cookbook author, photographer and columnist), Claire Rees (photography director at Bafta), Phillip Prodger (executive director of Curatorial Exhibitions in LA, and former head of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery), and Rein Skullerud (head of the photo unit at the World Food Programme).

“What is really wonderful is the ever-increasing breadth of imagery, from still life to landscape, interior to portraiture, the macro to the immense, intimate street photography to epic drone images, the scope becomes greater year by year,” said Loftus.

“Judging is always a humbling and enlightening experience and I so look forward to the coming year.”

Click here to enter the 2023 competition. Entries close on Sunday 5 February 2023.