Food Photographer of the Year

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Food Photographer of the Year
Awarded for Creative excellence in food photography
Country Worldwide
Presented by The Food Awards Company
First awarded 2012
Official website

Food Photographer of the Year is a set of awards presented by The Food Awards Company and title sponsor Pink Lady Apples, given to amateur and professional photographers for excellence in food photography. The Award supports Action Against Hunger, a humanitarian aid organisation specialising in saving the lives of malnourished children in the world’s poorest countries, and has also supported the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.[1]


The format of the award emphasises a variety of applications of food photography, including portraiture, editorial, advertising and personal blogging.

The award's judging panel has comprised notable figures from the photographic and food industries, including Blur bassist Alex James, television presenter and Observer food critic Jay Rayner, chef James Martin as well as restaurateurs Tom Aikens, Antonio Carluccio, Bill Granger and Prue Leith.[2] Categories include: Food and Its Place, for images celebrating food's geographical essence; Food In the Street; Food for Celebration and commemorative categories such as the Philip Harben Award for Food in Action, in memory of Philip Harben, the UK's first TV chef.[3] The 2013 competition received over 5500 entries; the website attracted visits from 140 countries.[4][5] The Award was created by The Food Awards Company, a food industry events consultancy.[6]

Overall Winner 2013[edit]

Alexandrina Paduretu - amateur photographer from Romania.

The first prize in 2013 was £5000.[7] Individual category winners receive a trophy, camera equipment and other sponsor-related items. Short-listed entrants have their work displayed at The Mall Galleries prior to the award ceremony, in London, England.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Telegraph". Telegraph Media. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Metro". Food Photographer of the Year 2013. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 8 May 2013. Alexandrina Paduretu, an amateur photographer from a remote area in Romania, was named the 2013 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year at a prestigious awards event held at the Mall Galleries, in London on Tuesday, 23rd April. The 2013 judging panel was chaired by Jay Rayner (journalist, food critic and regular on The One Show) and also included James Martin, Antonio Carluccio, Tom Aikens, Prue Leith and David Loftus (food photographer to Jamie Oliver). They were particularly struck by the integrity and truthfulness of Alexandrina’s image. 
  3. ^ Pili & Bry Garcia-Wilkinson. "ArtFeeder". Food Photographer Of The Year 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2013. The award was in memory of Philip Harben, the first TV chef in the UK, who also started out as a photographer. A passionate communicator of the art of cooking, he encouraged post-war Britain to regain its enthusiasm for food and cookery. The category invited images of people cooking anywhere and everywhere, whether at home, in professional kitchens, over a campfire, or in a ship’s galley. 
  4. ^ Keeble, Andy. "Guy's picture pips the competition". North Devon Gazette. Archant Community Media. Retrieved 8 May 2013. The international competition, in its second year attracted more than 5,500 images from around the world. 
  5. ^ "Metro". Food Photographer of the Year 2013. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Food Awards Company web site". Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Telegraph". Food Photographer of the Year 2013 competition. Telegraph Media. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 

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