07/8/13

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year opens for 2014

It’s back! The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2014 is open for entries. What is great about this competition is how it celebrates the art of food photography worldwide and for its third year they anticipate even more entries! The category I’m most looking forward to seeing submissions for is ‘Food Bloggers’. This new category welcomes images that complement a blog and bring the written word to life. With food photography being used to illustrate recipes, now more so online, I hope this category will receive a range of excellent entries, making it very hard for the judges; which this year includes David Loftus and Donna Hay.

As still life paintings, black and white photographs and retro cookbooks can influence food photographs today, I’ve also been writing short excerpts on the history of food photography for the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year blog, which you can read here.

05/20/13

Food Photography now

There’s a lot of interesting things going on in food photography at the moment. With the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year just completing it’s second year and planning the third, food photography has really started to catch the attention of the masses. For some, taking a quick snap of your meal is becoming commonplace, so much so that in New York, some restaurants have banned people from taking pictures of their food in restaurants (Schroeder, S. 2013) Instagram is popular and using it to share photos of food seems to be one of the main things it’s good for (Lloyd, S. 2013) , with twitter and other social networking sites flooded with “#foodstagram”.

With food photography becoming so fashionable, the Observer Food Monthly Awards have added a new category this year; best food photography, urging eager food photography enthusiasts to enter; “We’d like to see your best work, whether you’re showing off a home-cooked meal, documenting a visit to a great restaurant or capturing the finest produce at your local farmer’s market.” (Grundy, G. 2013) It’s exciting to see where this will lead with all these recent developments adding to the history of food photography.  Perhaps now, more than ever, we will be looking at whether any past trends and techniques reappear.

04/29/13

Selection from Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards 2013

What a fantastic exhibition, showcasing the current best in food photography. Here’s a selection of my favourites from the show. You can see all the category winners, finalists and commended images on the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year website

Jonathan Gregson - 3rd Place - Food Portraiture

Jonathan Gregson – 3rd Place – Food Portraiture

Jonathan Gregson - 1st place - Food Portraiture

Jonathan Gregson – 1st place – Food Portraiture

Christian Lalonde - Finalist - Food Portraiture

Christian Lalonde – Finalist – Food Portraiture

Beata Lubas - 2nd Place - Cream of the Crop

Beata Lubas – 2nd Place – Cream of the Crop

Diana Miller - 1st place - StockFood off the Press

Diana Miller – 1st place – StockFood off the Press

Some great entries in the under 17’s category:

Haley Tetreault - 2nd place - Young (15-17)

Haley Tetreault – 2nd place – Young (15-17)

Oliver Powell - 3rd Place - Young (15-17)

Oliver Powell – 3rd Place – Young (15-17)

And congratulations to the overall winner Alexandrina Padureta, for her wonderful image of her grandfather eating an apple…

Overall Winner - Alexandrina Paduretu

Overall Winner – Alexandrina Paduretu