High meals pictures suggestions from award profitable photographers

June 30, 2022

As Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months enters its second decade, Tracy Calder asks 12 profitable entrants to share their secrets and techniques – whereas providing suggestions of her personal on tips on how to make the grade

Celebrating the artwork of meals pictures and movie, Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months is coming into its second decade. Open to all, this prestigious contest by no means fails to indicate how meals can assist to construct and maintain communities, present sustenance, and encourage better connection to Earth’s pure sources.

This 12 months, Debdatta Chakraborty received the general title along with his image of a road vendor in an alleyway in Srinagar, Kashmir. ‘There’s a lot to reassure us right here,’ says Caroline Kenyon, director/founding father of FPOTY. ‘The fantastically captured billowing embrace of the smoke, the golden mild, the topic’s expression as he prepares the meals for sharing. This picture, mild however highly effective, nourishes the soul.’

The hospitality business has taken an enormous hit as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, so it’s nice to see photos celebrating weddings and restaurant eating. Much more shifting, nonetheless, are the images of prolonged households gathering round eating tables, communities having fun with celebratory feasts and road distributors getting ready their distinctive meals for marketgoers. It’s a reminder of what we’ve all been lacking.

To see the winners, finalists and counseled entries from Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022, go to pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com. An exhibition of this 12 months’s finalists will probably be held at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol from 20 November to 12 December 2022.

Kebabiyana by Debdatta Chakraborty

General Winner and 1st Place – Avenue Meals

Occupation: Superintendent on the Excessive Courtroom in Calcutta

Instagram @cdebdatta

Nikon D750, Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 lens, 1/100sec at f/8, ISO 450. Nikon SB-700 flash unit

© Debdatta Chakraborty | Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2022 street food

© Debdatta Chakraborty | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘Khayyam Chowk is an alleyway in Srinagar, Kashmir, which isn’t any completely different from different streets through the daytime. Nevertheless, within the night, charcoal ovens are lit up by distributors and the aroma and smoke of wazwan kebabs flip the road right into a food-lovers’ paradise. I’ve been to Srinagar many occasions earlier than, however this was my first go to to Khayyam Chowk. I didn’t flip up with any preconceived concepts, however I’d learn concerning the meals joints within the space, so I knew there can be loads of alternatives for photos.

Together with smoke within the image was at all times going to be difficult – particularly as I used to be capturing outdoors. Smoke provides loads of environment to a picture, however there’s no approach of controlling it and it’s laborious to foretell. To boost the smoke, I combined ambient mild with a burst from a camera-mounted speedlight. I requested for permission from the seller earlier than I began capturing and he helped me lots, however I nonetheless wanted to be affected person. Ultimately, watching and ready actually paid off. I believe what makes this image is the environment, the orange and teal color grading and the sparks.’

High suggestions from Debdatta Chakraborty:

  1. Endurance is essential for this kind of image. Outdoors you don’t have any management over smoke, so you must wait and observe what’s taking place.
  2. Be daring sufficient to combine ambient mild and flash.
  3. A shot like this takes time, so search permission and clarify to your topic what you’re making an attempt to realize.

Medusa by Emma Dunham

2nd Place – Fujifilm Award for Innovation

Occupation: Skilled photographer

www.emmadunham.co.uk, Instagram: @emmadunham.foodphotography

Nikon D810, 50mm lens, 1/200sec at f/13, ISO 200. Tripod with bracket arm, Elinchrom D-Lite 250 with Elinchrom Rotalux Octabox softbox.

woman with medusa style hair in form of leeks and spring onions

© Emma Dunham | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘The concept for Medusa was in my head for some time earlier than I labored out the small print. I knew I wished to make use of spring onions and leeks within the shot, however Zoe Tiley (my theatrical make-up artist) prompt utilizing Romanesco broccoli to cowl the mannequin’s hair on the entrance.

I had one assembly with Zoe earlier than the shoot after which we messaged one another with concepts. We knew the shot needed to be a flat lay, as a result of we wished the ‘snakes’ to remain within the mannequin’s hair. We lay her down, pinned the greens in place with grips, and twisted the greens to make them extra snake-like (then used Liquify in Photoshop).

I shot the black-eyed peas individually and added them later. The mannequin was lit from above with one mild and a softbox. I wished the brightest space to be her face with the sunshine falling off because it reached the outer snakes.’

High suggestions from Emma Dunham:

  1. Plan effectively upfront.
  2. Discover a mannequin that fits the artistic thought you bear in mind.
  3. Determine what you need to see on trying via the digital camera.

Placing on The Ritz by John Carey

1st Place – Meals on the Desk

Occupation: Skilled photographer

www.john-carey.com, Instagram: @johncareyphoto

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM lens, 1/60 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1000. Bowens flash head with softbox.

food at the ritz

© John Carey | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘Having shot The Ritz cookbook, I used to be accustomed to the restaurant and it’s ‘Arts de la Desk’ table-side theatre after I was commissioned by the PR division to take this image. Having a good suggestion of what I wished, and tips on how to get it, helped me to handle the time difficulty, as we needed to shoot between lunch and dinner service – we solely had about 20 minutes to arrange and 20 minutes to shoot.

It was difficult to steadiness the publicity, juggling my lighting with the sunshine from the flame. We carried out one or two checks of the flame to see how a lot mild it threw off. I believe the sense of managed theatre/drama and the sense of custom – the room, uniforms, gear – make the image. The professionalism of the restaurant supervisor and head chef reveals. The heat of the flame and the heat of the gold statue and wall lights create the atmosphere.’

High suggestions from John Carey:

  1. Consider the entire body, each element.
  2. Don’t over-direct – get your topics to do what they do naturally and comfortably. Respect their roles and their craft.
  3. Handle the place the reflections are and the place the sunshine hits as a lot as doable.

Gathering Prunings on Corton Hill by Jon Wyand

1st Place – Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the 12 months – Individuals

Occupation: Skilled photographer


Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, 1/250 sec at f/14, ISO 1600

Gathering Prunings on Corton Hill by Jon Wyand

© Jon Wyand | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘I used to be capturing at Corton Hill, Burgundy, for my very own photograph guide – the concept was to spend every week a month there for 13 months. Right here, I wished to seize the work of pruning within the winery on a shiny, chilly December morning. I used to be chasing authenticity. This winter job will be repetitive, so that you get the possibility to see what works with out interrupting the motion.

The best problem is discovering your personal viewpoint – not only for every shot, however how you consider all of it. Capturing low to the bottom usually leads to muddy knees, however it offers you a contemporary perspective and a greater thought of what it’s prefer to work with a bent again! It’s necessary to watch and anticipate. It’s additionally a good suggestion to ship your topics an image after the shoot. With digital you’ll be able to experiment; one factor I learnt on this shoot was to play with shutter speeds. In spite of everything these years I are inclined to work routinely however am nonetheless studying to interrupt the foundations!’

High suggestions from Jon Wyand:

  1. Find out about your topic. In the event you get an opportunity, reshoot the images you took in your first go to as by then you should have learnt lots, and the locals will perceive you higher too.
  2. Get in shut and check out a low viewpoint. Capturing low provides emphasis and offers a contemporary viewpoint.
  3. Be humble and present respect for everybody. Get entangled. Don’t gossip!

Meals After Work by Faisal Azim

1st Place – World Meals Programme Meals for Life

Occupation: Skilled photographer

Instagram: @faisalazimbd

Sony Alpha 7 III, Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4, 1/8000 sec at f/2, ISO 320

Food After Work by Faisal Azim

© Faisal Azim | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘I’ve taken photos at a number of brick fields in Bangladesh – it’s one in all numerous photograph initiatives I’m engaged on. This picture reveals employees at a brick discipline in Dhamrai, Dhakar throughout winter. It’s an unhealthy surroundings, whatever the time of 12 months. The employees get a brief break to eat meals introduced in from house earlier than they begin work once more.

On the primary day I visited it was foggy and the entire place was simply dusty and darkish. However I made a decision to return early the following morning – the solar was simply breaking via and after capturing for perhaps quarter-hour I acquired this body. The surroundings, timing and the story behind the picture make this a memorable image.’

High suggestions from Faisal Azim:

  1. Spend loads of time observing what’s occurring round you.
  2. Be affected person.
  3. Discover the story within the scene.

Market Days by Juan C Arias T

third Place – Unearthed® Meals For Sale

Occupation: Civil engineer specialising within the conservation of historic buildings

Instagram: @juan.ariast

Canon EOS RP, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/200 sec at f/10, ISO 640

© Juan C. Arias T | Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2022 woman on a market stall

© Juan C. Arias T | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘This market in Guimaraes, Portugal, is held as soon as every week. I recurrently purchase meals there and I even taught myself tips on how to take photos whereas carrying the grocery luggage! My digital camera is about up so I solely have to regulate the aperture relying on the sunshine. On at the present time, the sunshine filtering via the window solely lasted a couple of minutes. However probably the most difficult half was remaining unnoticed lengthy sufficient to get the shot; if the woman had seen me, the naturalness of her posture would have modified. It’s an on a regular basis scene celebrated as one thing particular and distinctive.’

High suggestions from Juan C. Arias T:

  1. Take your time and comply with the sunshine. Benefit from the second. Don’t get overwhelmed by Instagram!

Silver Sardines by Kasia Faber

third Place – One Imaginative and prescient Imaging Cream of the Crop

Occupation: Half-time photographer and IT Architect


Nikon Z 6, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, 1/60 sec at f/6.3, ISO 125. Strobe mild with conical snoot and honeycomb grids, black playing cards.

Silver Sardines on a plate by Kasia Faber

© Kasia Faber | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘To create this image, I had to consider the composition, the impact I wished, the sunshine, the background and props to assist me to realize the monochromatic model. I wished to pay attention mild in a small space and spotlight the sardines’ scales. It was shiny outdoors so the primary problem was controlling the sunshine. Additionally, in a darkish scene it is advisable take heed to the place the main focus is and the way slim or broad the depth of discipline needs to be. In my house studio there’s a skylight, so I used black playing cards to dam the sunshine.

I used a tethering cable so I might see the outcomes instantly on my laptop computer and make any changes. It’s a good suggestion to examine the impact of your work on a big display screen as photos are captured. Individuals usually describe my darkish moody photos as non secular or mystical. The sunshine and composition mixed with the topic appears to generate an emotional response.’

High suggestions from Kasia Faber:

  1. Research mild. Take into consideration pure mild’s depth, route and temperature, then be taught to duplicate pure mild with synthetic sources.
  2. Be taught to make use of the handbook settings.
  3. Have enjoyable, shoot plenty of frames; take into consideration the way you need the viewer of your image to really feel.

Completely satisfied Birthday by Karolina Krasuska

third Place – Champagne Taittinger Meals for Celebration

Occupation: Skilled occasion, model and life-style photographer

www.karolinakrasuska.com, Instagram: @karolinakrasuskaphoto

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, 1/180 sec at f/5, ISO 3200

man with birthday cake

© Karolina Krasuska | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘ you’re onto a winner when you’ve gotten native legend Bob Dockerty as your mannequin, seen right here celebrating 35 years of the microbrewery he based in Chiddingstone, Kent. This picture is a part of a private mission documenting Larkins Brewery, whereas additionally highlighting the wealthy brewing traditions of the area. Their award-winning actual ales are successful with locals, as they develop all their very own hops on their farm. Bob’s charisma and vitality are palpable right here as he blows out the candles.

To arrange for the shoot, I made a cake and grabbed some balloons! I moved in shut and used the lens at 24mm, which supplies the image an intimate and dynamic really feel. The broad shot additionally showcases all the setting, which provides to the story with out detracting from the topic. It was a sunny autumn day with mild streaming via a window to the fitting. This created a dramatic high-contrast impact with pure facet mild illuminating Bob’s hair. I shot in uncooked to make sure the shadows may very well be introduced out in put up. A excessive ISO and shutter pace ensured the picture was in focus whereas capturing this impromptu second.’

High suggestions from Karolina Krasuska:

  1. Be a part of the second.
  2. Maintain issues pure and never too staged.
  3. Work shortly to seize fleeting moments.

Pasta and Faux Curls by Remko Kraaijeveld

third Place – Meals for the Household

Occupation: Skilled meals photographer


Ricoh GR II, 28mm lens, 1/160 sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

child eating pasta

© Remko Kraaijeveld | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘Our youngsters had been consuming dinner and after I noticed my daughter actually diving into the pasta, I grabbed my digital camera and took a shot. As adults we frequently eat with our eyes and never with our stomachs. Kids are nonetheless very a lot in contact with their stomachs, so my recommendation can be to eat like a toddler! It’s an genuine photograph – she’s clearly having fun with her meal, and other people can actually relate to that.

To catch an image like this it is advisable have your digital camera by your facet and act shortly. I used to be utilizing my beloved Ricoh GR II with built-in flash. I’ve made a private customized setting the place I mix daylight and flash to get a particular look. This shot options in our household cookbook Insane, written by my spouse Vanja van der Leeden.’

High suggestions from Remko Kraaijeveld:

  1. Play with the steadiness between daylight and flash til you discover your candy spot. I have a tendency to make use of a bit extra flash than daylight.
  2. Maintain your eyes open for the fitting second. Spontaneity guidelines!
  3. You’ll be able to solely obtain this type of look through the use of flash near the digital camera (or the built-in flash).

Sharing your Breakfast at Giraffe Manor Kenya by Georgia Glynn-Smith

Extremely Recommended – Meals on the Desk

Occupation: Skilled photographer/director and content material producer

www.glynnsmith.co.uk, Instagram @ggsmith

Canon EOS 5DS, EF 24-105mm lens, 1/80 sec at f/5, ISO 640

woman eating, giraffe with head through the window

© Georgia Glynn-Smith | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘This was commissioned by Liz Earle Wellbeing. We solely had the room a short while and there have been different resort friends so I needed to attempt to be unobtrusive. I used to be working alone and it was laborious to get sufficient mild. I positioned a Lastolite on a desk to throw mild on Liz’s face. The giraffes solely arrive for a short while. And they’re messy when consuming! I used to be calling out directions to Liz. I cloned out the particles the giraffe left on the desk and ground so it appears like a magical second.’

High suggestions from Georgia Glynn-Smith:

  1. In the event you get an opportunity to go to Giraffe Manor, take it! Use a quick lens and a shutter pace as quick you’ll be able to handle with out issues getting too grainy. A tripod is important.

So Close to and But To this point by Daisy Could

2nd Place – Pink Girl® Apple a Day

Occupation: Sustainability & NPD Supervisor

www.daisymaydefined.smugmug.com, Instagram @daisymaydefined

Nikon D850, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Artwork, 1/200 sec at f/10, ISO 100. Manfrotto tripod, two Godox softboxes, 2 Godox TT685 Speedlights.

© Daisy May Defined | Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2022 two dogs looking at apples

© Daisy Could Outlined | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘My two Clumber Spaniels, Bramble and Woody, like to hold watch over all the things that goes on in our kitchen, so I didn’t must do a lot planning to get this shot! Clearly, I arrange the lighting (two speedlights subtle with softboxes) and stood behind the apples to make the canine look my approach. Other than that, all of it occurred comparatively naturally.

I suppose the largest problem was eradicating all of the scuff marks on the wall to provide the picture a clear, sharp look – thank goodness for Photoshop! I used to be over the moon to get eight photos shortlisted, and wowed when three of them reached Finalist stage. To be awarded 2nd place within the Pink Girl® Apple a Day class was the icing (and cherry) on the cake. I believe as a nation we’re canine lovers, so this was a relatable scene, which fits some solution to clarify its enchantment.’

High suggestions from Daisy Could:

  1. Be artistic.
  2. Be affected person.
  3. Work the lighting to go well with the scene.

Agricultural Artwork by Paola Crocetta

1st Place – Meals within the Subject

Occupation: Skilled photographer

www.greenfly.it, Instagram: @green_fly_images

DJI Mavic Professional drone, 24mm lens, 1/320 sec at f/2, ISO 100

© Paola Crocetta | Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2022 drone snowy scene

© Paola Crocetta | Pink Girl® Meals Photographer of the 12 months 2022

‘Typically the very best issues occur accidentally. There had been heavy snowfall and I wished to get some photographs of my house nation (Italy) coated in a stunning white blanket. The drone had been within the air for a couple of minutes after I seen the geometric shapes made by the timber. It took some time to discover a composition that confirmed the formalism and cleanliness I used to be searching for – the apple plots on this space are small and organized in a relatively disordered approach, so together with a number of extra sections right here and there would have destroyed the steadiness of the image.

To acquire the extent of minimalism I desired, I additionally had to consider the sunshine. I wished to create the phantasm of a white sheet on which strains had been drawn with a pencil. To attain this, I needed to look ahead to a big cloud to cowl the solar, so the sunshine was as uniform and flat as doable. By shifting the drone up and down by a number of metres I managed to exclude any distracting components from the body – I wished the street to be the important thing factor and all the things else to be positioned on the diagonal. The ultimate picture is an abstraction with simply two colors. At first look, it makes the viewer query whether or not it’s {a photograph} or a drawing.’

High suggestions from Paola Crocetta: 

  1. Have a look at what surrounds you otherwise – that is the idea of a great {photograph}! Trendy gear and software program will help you {photograph} all the things from the rarest animal in a rainforest to the remotest star in our galaxy. However with the ability to present what surrounds you in your on a regular basis life in a contemporary approach is the place the true magic occurs. On this occasion, by elevating the point of view a number of metres off the bottom I used to be in a position to change the way in which we have a look at the panorama.

High suggestions for coming into pictures competitions:

  1. Don’t enter on the final minute. It’s laborious to evaluate work whenever you’re in a rush. Plus, web sites crash, varieties may require extra data than you must hand, and life can typically get in the way in which of submitting your work.
  2. In case your image was taken on a cellphone, keep in mind that there is perhaps a minimal file dimension for exhibition/guide functions. FPOTY has a cell phone class, so look out for this.
  3. Submit the most important file/print allowed. If the foundations state ‘most dimension print 8x10in’ then be sure you ship 8x10in.
  4. Until it’s a requirement, don’t embrace watermarks in your photos. It’s tempting to suppose it will defend your work, however most competitions are judged anonymously and it’s simply annoying.
  5. FPOTY helps the Artist’s Invoice of Rights, and copyright stays with the photographer always, however it’s necessary to concentrate on ‘rights grabbing’ competitions the place this isn’t the case.
  6. Learn the foundations after which learn them once more. In the event you ignore a requirement (nonetheless small) you’ll be able to assure that the following individual the judges come throughout received’t have.
  7. Some competitions require photos to have been taken in current months (though photos submitted to FPOTY could have been taken at any time). Examine this earlier than coming into.
  8. In case your photos have been digitally manipulated (for competitors functions this often means altered past merely cleansing up and tweaks to saturation, distinction and so forth) you is perhaps requested to declare it. Don’t fib, as a result of competitors organisers could effectively ask to see the unique.

For extra meals pictures suggestions, see our Information to photographing meals right here.

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