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World’s Best Food Photographs Served Up

Kebabiyana by Debdatta Chakraborty, India. Overall Winner of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2022.

An intimate image full of warmth and humanity, Kebabiyana, by Indian photographer Debdatta Chakraborty, has won the overall prize of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2022, the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film.

The photograph was taken on Khayyam Chowk, an ordinary Indian street in Srinagar by day that transforms into a buzzing food hub at night, as vendors fire up charcoal ovens and fill the air with the smoky aroma of grilled delights such as wazwan kebabs, the popular Kashmiri street food.

“It is always a source of excitement and wonder when one single image rises to the top in the Awards,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director/Founder of the Awards. “In today’s world, more than ever, we feel the need for comfort, for love. There is so much to reassure us here - the beautifully captured billowing embrace of the smoke, the golden light, the subject’s expression as he prepares the food for sharing. Sparks fly from the skewers, whose roasting we can almost smell, we imagine the warm, delicious aroma. This image, gentle but powerful, nourishes our soul.”
"As Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year enters its second decade, never has the importance of photography and food been so great," says Phil Turnbull, CEO of APAL, owner of Pink Lady®, and headline sponsor of the Awards since 2011. "Huge global events - war, famine, the end of lockdowns, the revival of the hospitality industry, the chance to celebrate with friends and family again - all these are recorded in the Awards, which show so vividly how food touches every aspect of our lives. The competition continues to be a truly global celebration of the art of food photography.”

‘Children In Camouflage’ by Sandro Maddalena, Italy, Politics of Food category. The image was taken during a lunch break at a summer military camp for children held in Kyiv by the Azov Battalion.

The winners were announced by globally acclaimed chef and co-presenter of UK Masterchef: The Professionals, Monica Galetti, in an exciting Awards ceremony that was live-streamed on the competition’s YouTube channel on Tuesday 26 April 2022. It was watched by an audience across the globe, including celebrities from the food and photography world.

This year’s global judging panel, tasked with assessing the thousands of entries submitted from over 60 countries across the world, was chaired by legendary food photographer, David Loftus, and included Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media, Krishna Madhavan Pillai, Chief Editor, Better Photography, NA Risong, Art director and curator of Inter Art Center Gallery, Beijing, Nik Sharma, Cookbook author, Photographer, Columnist, Tasneem Alsultan, Investigative and National Geographic Photographer and Rein Skullerud, Head of Photo Unit, World Food Programme.

The exhibition of the 2022 Finalists will be premiering at The Royal Photographic Society, one of the world’s oldest photographic societies, in Bristol. The exhibition will run from 20 November - to 12 December 2022. Entry is free.

To view the online gallery of all the 2022 finalists, please visit

Chen Ying - Traditional Skill


Overall Winner (and Street Food) Kebabiyana Debdatta Chakraborty, India

Bring Home the Harvest Movement Of Noodles Chang Jiangbin, China

Champagne Taittinger Food for Celebration Traditional Skill Chen Ying, China

Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer Lemon Cake Isabelle Hattink, Netherlands

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year - Overall Winner (and People) Gathering prunings on Corton Hill Jon Wyand, United Kingdom

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year - Places Architecture And Wine Marina Spironetti, Italy

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year - Produce On Ice Suzanne Becker Bronk, United States

Food at the Table Putting On The Ritz John Carey, United Kingdom

Food for the Family Traditional Food Weining Lin, China

Food in the Field Agricultural Art Paolo Crocetta, Italy

Food Stylist Award Pumpkin Buns; Berry Jewels On Semolina Pudding; Summer Veg Tart; Strawberry & Rhubarb Pie; Blood Orange Madeleines Carolin Strothe, Germany

Fujifilm Award for Innovation Central Park Yuliy Vasilev, Bulgaria

Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture Watermelon & Feta Salad Daniela Gerson, United States

MPB Food Influencer Draining Pasta By The Window Elisa De Cecchi, Italy

On the Phone Drying Stockfish Kasia Ciesielska-Faber, United Kingdom

One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop Carrot Field Forever Paolo Grinza and Silvia Vaulà, Italy

Pink Lady® Apple a Day Autumnal Woodland Apple Party Amanda Farnese Heath, United Kingdom

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year (African Territory) Flower girl with a packet of Simba chippies Marguerite Oelofse, South Africa

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year (Chile) Grape Hat Matt Wilson, Chile

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year (Europe) Pasta And Fake Curls Remko Kraaijeveld, Netherlands

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year (The Gulf) Banana Blossom Manju Jisto, United Arab Emirates

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year (New Zealand) Boning Competition Christall Lowe

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year (South East Asia) Anchovy Catching Thien Nguyen Ngoc, Vietnam

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year (USA) Home Box Office Sriram Rajmohan, USA

Politics of Food Where Dreams Fly Away K M Asad, Bangladesh

Production Paradise Previously Published Red Mullet Mike English, United Kingdom

Student Food Photographer of the Year supported by The Royal Photographic Society Pot Of Tea Kim Bainbridge, United Kingdom

The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers At The Table Marguerite Oelofse, South Africa

The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action Cook Weining Lin, China

unearthed® Food for Sale Herbwoman Anna Loraine Hartmann, Germany

World Food Programme Food for Life Food After Work Faisal Azim, Bangladesh

Young (10 and under) Processing Fish Rupkotha Roy Barai, Bangladesh

Young (11 - 14) Chhath Puja Offerings Indigo Larmour, India

Young (15 - 17) Food-processing Joyjit Das, Bangladesh

Food Film Shorts DaCrema Image Video Miklos Terei, Hungary

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Tomas Virgin
Tomas Virgin
Nov 12, 2023

Overall winner Pink Lady is truly mesmerizing. India has always been known for its tasty dishes. But you should also look at the cool photos here mama bear To be able to compare the details and feel the difference

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