British photographer Jon Enoch’s The Candy Man was the overall winner of this year’s Pink Ladies Food Photographer competition.
The photo, taken on the streets of Mumbai, is part of a series of pictures of sellers displaying the sweets in various ways in the hope of attracting buyers.
“I am delighted to receive this award, it is an honor to be recognized in such a prestigious competition full of wonderful images,” said Enoch.
“The winning image was part of a personal project – a lot of time and thought went into capturing it, so it’s great to be recognized by such a esteemed panel of judges. Ever since I first saw the marshmallow seller Drawn to the shapes, colors and juxtapositions of sweets and urban environments.”
Below are some of the competition category winners, along with descriptions from the photographers.
Bringing the Harvest Home Category: In a Storm, Khanh Phan Thi, Vietnam
“When I reached Lian Lagoon, a storm came.
“The people with me are very afraid of thunder and lightning, but I stayed to witness the changes of the wind and rain, and the sky and the earth seem to be connected by Fengshui.
“I tried to stay calm, forget about my fear, and shoot in the moment.”
Claire Aho Award for Female Photographer: Gourmet Kitchen by Carla Sutera Sardo, Italy
“Adua’s kitchen is part of an 86-year-old woman’s journey through memories of having to leave the home she has lived in all her life during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Irrazux Photographer of the Year: The girl after emptying the tank after fermentation, Thierry Gaudillère, France
“In a vineyard in Burgundy, girls are resting after emptying vats after grape fermentation.
“Physical work and tiring.”
“This photo was taken during my visit to Shwe Gu Orphanage in Old Bagan, Myanmar in 2018.
“I visited the monastery for three days to observe their daily life. Most of these children have lost their parents and have no family.
“They are training to become Buddhist monks.”
Pink Lady Happy Hour Category: Hanging Persimmons of Yang Zhonghua in Taihang Mountains, China
“This year’s persimmons are harvested, peeled and unclothed, and hung in strings under the eaves, waiting for the persimmons to soften and freeze, hoping to bring good prices in the new year.”
Family Food Category: Slurping Spaghetti, Catherine Falls, Ireland
“Spag bol is always a winner in our house and the leftovers are enjoyed for lunch the next day, as my youngest daughter demonstrates in this photo.”
Food in the Field Category: Dinner is Ready by Felipe Pizano, UK
“A sow naps in her hole while her piglets forage in the heat of Palenque, near Cartagena, Colombia.”
Food Stylist Award: The Aftermath by stylist Keiron George and photographer Frankie Turner, UK
“This image is one of several in the ‘Beauty of Destruction’ series.”
In the Phone category: Bonnet Delights by Hein van Tonder, United Arab Emirates
“Saturday afternoon street food in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka.”
Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year (China): Anchang Sugar Dance Artist, Yang Zhonghua, China
“The process of pulling sugar is a local specialty.
“This process is very skillful, and the master seems to be dancing when pulling the sugar.”
Food Politics Category: Ramadan Meals in the Ruins of Idlib, Syria, Mouneb Taim, The Netherlands
“Following the Syrian regime’s offensive on Idlib and the withdrawal of the Syrian army from the city of Nairab, residents of the city found all their homes destroyed.
“It was Ramadan 2020. Neither the war nor the destruction stopped people from having a communal breakfast, which is an important tradition during Ramadan.”
Student Food Photographer of the Year supported by the Royal Photographic Society: Amazonian Foodscape, Kim Bainbridge, UK
“An imaginative scene, probably somewhere in the dense Amazonian jungle, made of food.”
Young (10 and under): Peaches, Maja Kowalczyk, Poland
“One of my favorite summer fruits, pictured under a tree in our garden.”
An exhibition of all finalists can be seen at the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 11 June.
All photos courtesy of the 2023 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year
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