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The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021 shortlist has been announced. In a record year for the competition, over 10,000 images were submitted from over 70 countries around the world. “Once again the standard of entries has not only displayed incredible technical prowess but the most evocative and powerful storytelling,” say the organisers.

The competition celebrates its tenth anniversary this year but owing to the pandemic, the winners will be announced on April 27 2021 at 20:00 (UTC) in a virtual event on the YouTube channel. The Awards Film, hosted by a “very special celebrity Master of Ceremonies” will be shown live across the world.

This year’s global judging panel, chaired by top food photographer, David Loftus, includes Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media, Susan Bright, Writer and Curator, Nik Sharma, Cookbook Author and Photographer, Chef Simone Zanoni, Restaurant Le George, Four Seasons Paris, Alison Jacques, Founder, Alison Jacques Gallery, Vitalie Taittinger, President, Champagne Taittinger and Rein Skullerud, Head of Photo Unit, World Food Programme. AP editor Nigel Atherton is also a judge.

Enjoy some of the shortlisted images below – see them all here.


Philip Harben Award Food in Action: Kazi Mushfiq

Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers: Daisy May

Bring Home the Harvest: Abdul Momin

Food for Celebration: Fernando Lázaro Quintela

Fujifilm Award for Innovation: Hilary Moore

One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop: Nathan Myhrvold

Pink Lady Apple a Day: Joanna Maclennan

World Food Programme Food for Life: Dorte Verner

Winterbotham Darby Food for Sale: Ming Tang-Evans


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