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Kebab vendor image wins international food photography competition

Image source, Debate Chakraborty

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

Image source, Chen Ying

“Taken in a small farmhouse in Qianlian Village, Xiangyou County, Putian City, Fujian Province. A family gathers to make rice or mung bean-filled dumplings. They use a wooden seal to stamp the words ‘happiness’ or ‘happiness’ into it. red dough, and steam dumplings in a large steamer. This tradition means that the New Year is welcomed with reunion, and the coming year will be flourishing. “

Food at the Table: Putting On The Ritz, by John Carey, UK

Image source, John Carey

“The Arts de la Table table theater is a big part of The Ritz restaurant experience.”

Fujifilm Award for Innovation: Central Park, by Yuliy Vasilev, Bulgaria

Image source, Yuliy Vasilev

“The image is part of my ongoing project called Foodtopia – a miniature world created with food.”

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

Image source, Marguerite Oelofse

“Celebrating African heritage, fused with a touch of inspiration from the French post-impressionist artist Henri Matisse. The painter-like aesthetics of my photography create a three-dimensional feeling by using bold colors, shapes and textures. These elements are inherent in our diverse South African culture. At the table is a celebration of the fruits of our freedom. “

On the Phone: Dry Fish Drying, by Kasia Ciesielska-Faber, UK

Image source, Kasia Ciesielska-Faber

“In the Lofoten archipelago in Norway, stockfish racks have become part of the landscape. The cod is preserved by drying on large racks without the need for salt or smoke, as temperatures are just below freezing. The climate is perfect for outdoor stockfish production.”

Politics of Food: Where Dreams Fly Away, by KM Asad, Bangladesh

Image source, KM Asad

“A little girl collects water with her big sister in the Chad Uddan slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh in September 2021. In urban slums, people only have access to fresh water twice a day – morning and evening.”

Food Stylist Award: Summer Veg Tart, by Carolin Strothe, Germany

Image source, Carolin Strothe

“We celebrate summer with this spectacular vegetable pie – topped with buffalo mozzarella, feta, heirloom tomatoes, pea pods, spring onions and cornflowers.”

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

Image source, Rupkotha Roy Barai

“The village woman processes the raw fish, which is collected locally.”

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year – Overall Winner: Gathering Prunings on Corton Hill, by Jon Wyand, UK

Image source, Jon Wyand

“Winter prunings gathered in the vineyards of Corton Hill in Burgundy.”

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

Image source, Paolo Grinza and Silvia Vaulà

“This image is part of a photographic series based on the concept ‘hands at work’. Developed for the restaurant Etiko Bistrot (Turin, Italy) on behalf of Plastikwombat – Photography Art and Concept.”

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year (Southeast Asia): Anchovy Catching, by Thien Nguyen Ngoc, Vietnam

Image source, Thien Nguyen Ngoc

The soft light of a new day illuminates the smoke from the fishing boat’s engine and the shape of green nets moving below the water’s surface as local fishermen pull their nets in. Many local fishing families along the coast of Phu Yen Province will follow it. “beach anchovies to catch anchovies in high season. Salted anchovies are the main raw ingredient used to create traditional fish sauce – the spirit of Vietnamese cuisine.”

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.

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