Yorkshire Photographers Triumph in Food Photography Awards

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‘Titus Gathers’ – Jo Denison / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020

Three photographers from Yorkshire have recently been recognised in a global Food Photographer of the Year awards. A renowned competition, which saw 2020 take in entries from almost 80 countries.

The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards is among the most prestigious in the industry – and it goes far beyond Instagramable images of delicious dishes.

Yorkshire success came from Boston Spa photographer Wendy Preston. She achieved Runner Up in the On the Phone category, with her shot ‘Bread: the Staff of Life’.

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‘Bread: the Staff of Life’ – Wendy Preston / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020

“Striking shot”

Meanwhile, Simon-James Smith of Pontefract, was Highly Commended in the same category. His shot, ‘Hakodate Fish Auction’, (below) depicted a fish auction in a northern Japanese island.

And Skipton’s Jo Denison was Highly Commended in Politics of Food with her beautiful shot ‘Titus Gathers’ (top image). Her striking shot shows protection of turtle eggs vulnerable to poachers in Sri Lanka.

“These are stunning images,” said Caroline Kenyon, Founder of the Awards. “The world is in the grip of Covid19 and normal life, whatever that may be, has stopped for all of us. But photos such as these remind us of the ways and cultural habits that mean so much to us and bind us together. We are all the same.”

Thankfully, the Covid19 lockdown didn’t stop anyone from celebrating. For the first time since the competition’s inception in 2011, the awards evening was held online. Musician and cheesemaker, Alex James of Blur announced winners in a livestreamed event on 28th April, 2020. A global audience tuned in, which included celebrities from the food and photography world.

‘Hakodate Fish Auction’ – Simon-James Smith / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020

“Standard was exceptional”

Competition was tough this year, with a large number of entries showcased a wide range of photography skills, keeping judges busy.

“The standard was exceptional.” said Phil Turnbull of APAL, parent company of Pink Lady®. “There were nearly 9000 entries from over 70 countries – this competition inspires across the world. It is a truly global coming together of talent.”

The Chair of the Judges of the Food Photographer of the Year awards was food photographer David Loftus. Judges included Chris Dee of Food & Home, Harrods and Per-Anders Jorgensen of Fool Magazine. Josh Lustig, Picture Editor of Financial Times Weekend Magazine and Vitalie Taittinger, President, Champagne Taittinger completed the panel.

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