A joyful shot of a baker having fun with flour while making bread by British photographer Mark Benham has seized this year’s crown at Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016, acelebration of the art of food photography and film.

Benham was presented with the £5,000 prize by Andy Macdonald, who heads up Pink Lady® in the UK, headline sponsor of the Awards. The announcement took place in front of an audience of four hundred guests at a reception packed with celebrities from the food and photography world, at the Mall Galleries, London.

Jean Cazals, the London-based food photographer, was awarded theMarks & Spencer Food Portraiture award for his imageChicken Cheese Toasty.

“Over 7,000 images and films were entered this year from 60 countries. 30,000 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 Mark for this wonderful photograph,” said Macdonald. “He is only our second British winner in five years, and it reflects the truly international nature of the Awards.”

The judging panel this year, included David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer; Emily Luchetti, Chair of the James Beard Foundation,NYC; and Curtis Stone, Australian culinary superstar.

Winner, Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016

Mark Benham (UK) Flour Frenzy

Category Winners

10 Years and Under: Isaac Callis (UK) Planets

11-14 Years: Will Jenkins (UK) Bear’s Delight

15-17 Years: Emma Franklin (UK) The Beauty of Fruit

Cream of the Crop: Petra Novotná (Czech Republic) Octopus on Ice

Food in the Field: Robin Goodlad (UK) The Carpet of Wild Garlic

Partridges Food for Sale: Paula Watts (USA) Floating Vegetable Market

Food Bloggers (supported by Aspire Photography Training): Olimpia Davies (UK) Treasure of the Sea

The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action: Mark Benham (UK) Flour Frenzy

Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger: Shoeb Faruquee (Bangladesh) The Grand Kitchen

Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture: Jean Cazals (UK) Chicken Cheese Toasty

Marks & Spencer Food Adventures: Robert Holmes (USA) Puno, Lake Titicaca

Food for the Family: Maja Danica Pecanic (Croatia) Picnic

Pink Lady® Apple a Day: Polina Plotnikova (UK) Unstill Life

Production Paradise Food off the Press: Susan Bell (UK) Salmon Tail Still Life

Bring Home the Harvest: Viktoriia Moskalenko (Ukraine) Go Home

Food Sn-apping: Lucy Pope (UK) Kid’s Table

unearthed® Food in Film – Documentary: Carl Pendle (UK) Chilli Festival

unearthed® Food in Film – Non-Documentary: Mandy Mortimer (Ireland) Carrot Cake From Scratch

unearthed® Food in Film Overall Winner: Carl Pendle (UK) Chilli Festival

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Produce): Jenelle Bonifeld (USA) Press 2

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (People): Matt Wilson (Chile) Skin Contact

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Places): Robert Holmes (USA) Mayasara Winery

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year Overall Winner: Robert Holmes (USA) Mayasara Winery

People’s ChoiceFood Photography: Alejandro Osses Saenz (UK) The Local Friendly Store

People’s Choiceunearthed® Food in Film: Jignesh Jhaveri (India) The Chocolatier

People’s ChoiceErrazuriz Wine Photography: Anne Watson (USA) Flight in the Kitchen

Politics of Food: Marcin Jucha (UK) Appreciate Every Piece

Lifetime Achievement Award: Pat Llewellyn

Judges 2016

Nathan Ansell, Global Director, Loyalty, Marks and Spencer

Nigel Atherton, Group Editor, Time Inc photography portfolio

Chris Beetles, Beetles & Huxley, London, leading dealers in photography

Paul Burrows, Editor, Camera Magazine, Australia

Michael Caines MBE

Xanthe Clay, President, the Guild of Food Writers

Richard Curtis, Principal Solutions Consultant, Digital Imaging – UK (Adobe Systems Europe Limited)

Helene Dujardin, Food and Lifestyle Photographer, Time Inc, Food Blogger

Andreas von Estorff, Founder & CEO of ProductionParadise.com

Elizabeth Galbraith, Creative Consultant, BBC Food

Thomas Gerwers, Chairman of Tipa, the global association of 29 photography magazines

Barney Harwood, Television Presenter and Photographer

Dan Havlik, Editor-in-Chief, Shutterbug Magazine

Helen Lewis, Creative Director, Quadrille Publishing

David Loftus, Photographer for Jamie Oliver

Emily Luchetti, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, James Beard Foundation

Andy Macdonald, Managing Director, Coregeo UK, Master Licensor of Pink Lady® UK

Roy Meiklejon, Ambassador, BIPP, British Institute of Professional Photography

Krishna Pillai, Editor of Better Photography India

Alex Polizzi, Presenter

Derek Poulston, Managing Director, One Vision Imaging Limited

Jay Rayner, Journalist, Writer, Broadcaster and Food Critic for the Guardian and Observer

Ruth Rogers, MBE, The River Cafe

Grant Scott, Tutor and former Art Director of Tatler and Elle

John Shepherd, Managing Director, Partridges

Rein Skullerud, Head, Photography Unit, World Food Programme

Curtis Stone, Australian chef, award-winning restaurateur, TV host

Vitalie Taittinger, Marketing Director, Champagne Taittinger

Eric Treuille of Books for Cooks, one of the world’s leading cook bookshops

Amy Wolff, Photo Editor, Photo District News, New York

Richard Yu, Founder and President of Digital Rev

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year

Eduardo Chadwick, President and Owner of Viña Errázuriz and Viña Seña

Abby Hocking, Online Photo Editor, Time Inc, FoodandWine.com

Sarah Kemp, Publishing Director, Decanter Magazine and founder of Decanter.com

Joanna Simon, Wine & Food Editor, House & Garden, Conde Nast

Yasia Williams, Creative Director, Mitchell Beazley, leading wine book publisher

unearthed® Food in Film

James Winter, Producer, BBC Saturday Kitchen Live

George Motz, Filmmaker, DP, Writer, TV Host and Hamburger Expert

Nik Powell, Director, National Film & Television School

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