A picture of a street food salesman working at a smoke-covered oven has won a major award for food photography.
Debdatta Chakraborty was named the overall winner by Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2022 for a photo titled Kebabiyana, taken in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir.
The Indian photographer took the picture on a busy street at night as the vendors fired up coal stoves to prepare wazwan kebabs and other street food.
“In today’s world, more than ever, we feel a need for comfort, for love,” said award-winning founder and CEO Caroline Kenyon.
“There’s so much to reassure us here – the smoke’s beautifully captured undulating embrace, the golden light, the motif’s expression as he prepares the food for sharing.
“Sparks fly from the skewers, the frying of which we can almost smell. We imagine the warm, delicious aroma.
“This image, gently but powerfully, nourishes our soul.”
Thousands of entries were submitted from more than 60 countries around the world, and the winners were announced online via a live-streamed event.
Here are some of the winners of the competition category with descriptions of the photographers.
Champagne Taittinger Food for Celebration: Traditional Skill, by Chen Ying, China
Food at the Table: Putting On The Ritz, by John Carey, UK
Fujifilm Award for Innovation: Central Park, by Yuliy Vasilev, Bulgaria
Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers: At The Table, by Marguerite Oelofse, South Africa
On the Phone: Dry Fish Drying, by Kasia Ciesielska-Faber, UK
Politics of Food: Where Dreams Fly Away, by KM Asad, Bangladesh
Food Stylist Award: Summer Veg Tart, by Carolin Strothe, Germany
Young (10 and under): Processing Fish, by Rupkotha Roy Barai, Bangladesh
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year – Overall Winner: Gathering Prunings on Corton Hill, by Jon Wyand, UK
One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop: Carrot Field Forever, by Paolo Grinza and Silvia Vaulà, Italy
Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year (Southeast Asia): Anchovy Catching, by Thien Nguyen Ngoc, Vietnam
All images with courtesy Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2022. An exhibition of the finalists will be held at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol from 20 November to 12 December 2022.