A brilliant shot, Just Desserts, of a waitress carrying pudding through the wedding party, by UK photographer Thomas Alexander, has won the Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer category of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020, the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film.
“This is such a clever image, full of life and joy and atmosphere,” says Caroline Kenyon, Founder/Director 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.”
Bangladeshi photographer KM Asad’s marvellous image, Making Together, of Muslims preparing a feast before Friday prayer near Dhaka won the Food for Celebration category, also sponsored by Champagne Taittinger.
The Covid19 lockdown did not defeat the celebrations. For the first time since the competition’s inception in 2011, the Awards evening was held online. Winners were announced by legendary musician and cheesemaker, Alex James, in a livestreamed event on the evening of Tuesday 28 April 2020. Itwas watched by many across the globe, including celebrities from the food and photography world.
“The standard was exceptional.” says Phil Turnbull, CEO of APAL, parent company of Pink Lady®, and headline sponsor of the Awards since 2011. “There were nearly 9000 entries from over 70 countries – this competition inspires across the world. It is a truly global coming together of talent.” Chair of the Judges was the internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus. This year his panel included Chris Dee, Director, Food & Home, Harrods; Per-Anders Jorgensen, Photographer and Founder, Fool Magazine; Josh Lustig, Picture Editor, Financial Times Weekend Magazine; Vitalie Taittinger, President, Champagne Taittinger