By Tina Fischer
Production Paradise had the honour to be part of the prize-giving ceremony of this year’s Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2015 Award, with its own category Production Paradise Food off the Press. The awards are the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography, and now in an incredible fourth year, its had more than 20,000 entries submitted since its inception.
The announcement took place in front of an audience of four hundred guests at a glittering Champagne Taittinger reception packed with celebrities from the food and photography world many of whom had flown in from across the world for the occasion, from South Africa, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Holland and more.
Smoked Wings by David Griffin
A magnificent shot of a street chef taken in Kuala Lumpur by Australian photographer David Griffen convinced this year’s judges and seized the crown as Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2015.
Griffen and his winning photo “Smoke Wings” was presented with the £5000 prize by Andy Macdonald, Managing Director of Pink Lady® in the UK and headline sponsor of the Awards.
“Almost 6500 images were entered this year, up from last year, and from 56 countries. Indeed, more than 20,000 images have been submitted since the first Awards. As ever, it was a phenomenally high standard, making the judges’ decision incredibly tough. We are delighted to present the trophy and prize to David for this wonderful photograph,” said Macdonald. “He is our first Australian winner, and it reflects the truly international nature of the Awards.”
In the category Production Paradise Food off the Press the winner was announced as Maja Smend (Germany/UK) for her inventive image, Mondrian Battenberg.
Photo by Maja Smend (Winner Production Paradise Food off the Press)
“The competition was intensely fierce,” said the judges, “there were well over 6000 images entered internationally to the awards and the standard was phenomenal. Maja’s image stood out from the rest in the category, however, for its great lighting, original wit and composition.”
She was presented with her trophy by Catherine Delaloye, General Manager at Production Paradise, who did not want to miss the opportunity and came from the head office in Barcelona to London. Maja won an editorial feature in an upcoming Production Paradise’s Spotlight Food & Drink Photography & Motion Magazine
Judges include: David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer, Michel Roux Jr, chef patron, Sanjeev Kapoor, India’s culinary superstar, Emily Luchetti, Chair, James Beard Foundation, NYC, Nik Powell, Director, National Film & Television School.
See all the finalists photos and more information at www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com.
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