Winners of the Food Stylist Award | Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021


Here are the delightful series of images submitted in the Food Stylist Award category of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021:

Founded in 2011 by Caroline Kenyon and her team at The Food Awards Company, the contest celebrates the best in food photography and film today. There are 30 unique categories that cover a range of depictions of food in society. The entries are then judged by experts—photographers, magazine editors, creative directors, film directors, food retailers, and chefs. This year, the esteemed panel of jurors included David Loftus, the Chair of Judges, Nicola Galloway, Jussi Brofeldt, and Francis Hodgson, among others. The title winner receives a cash prize of 5000 GBP.

First Winner: Martin Grünewald and Frank Weinert, Germany

Cobia Fillet. Photograph/Martin Grünewald and Frank Weinert

Cobia Fillet: This is part of an artistic calendar project that I collaborated with photographer Frank Weinert. Food styling is a creative process. In this case, I visualised the ingredients as still life and avoided focusing on them as dishes. It was our way of showcasing the beauty and often the disorder of natural food and its transformation through our hands. Although contemporary, there are nevertheless references to classical masters in terms of the styling and compositions. We also ensured to explore the details of the ingredients, which would stand out in the prints but not so much when viewed digitally.

Second Winner: Lottie Covell and Maja Smend, United Kingdom

Three Ingredient Toblerone Torte: The photographs of the four chocolate recipes were created for the Toblerone Cookbook, printed by Kyle Publishers, at the end of last year. I worked with photographer Maja Smend and prop stylist Olivia Wardle, guided by the team at Kyle for creating the book. I also wrote the recipes, which include forty delicious bakes full of Toblerone chocolate. The fifth image of the Tomahawk Steak was photographed by Maja too, for Waitrose’s food to order brochure cover.

Tomahawk Steaks with Salsa Verde. Photograph/Lottie Covell and Maja Smend

Third Winner: Baiba Opule, Latvia

Blueberry Cake. Photograph/Baiba Opule

Blueberry Cake: The dark backdrop in the images brings out the colours of the dish rather well. Besides that, it gives the photograph a rustic aesthetics. I have largely used one source of diffused light for the images, which helps to highlight the cuisine. While framing the composition, I ensure that none of the elements around the cuisine distracts the viewers.

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