2 May 2019
Chinese photographer Jianhui Liao has been named Food Photographer of the Year 2019 for his photo of people enjoying a feast of noodles.
Liao’s photo, named Cauldron Noodles, shows a celebration of the goddess Nuwa in Shexian County in the Hebei Province of China.
Every year from the first to eighteenth day of the lunar calendar, villagers wear Qing Dynasty costumes to celebrate Nuwa’s birthday and eat big pots of noodles at noon.
The photo, shot on a Sony 7RM2, beat off competition from 9,000 images entered from 77 countries.
Competition judge Andy MacDonald said of the photo: ‘It stood out from the rest in its category…for the way in which he made the subject matter, a community feast, so beautiful and atmospheric.’
As the winner of the annual Pink Lady Food Photographer competition, Liao was awarded a prize of £5,000. His photograph also won for the Food for Celebration category.
See some of the other amazing category winning images below:
The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action Winner – Kazi Mushfiq (Bangladesh)
Water Collecting From Street Pump, by Kazi Mushfiq
Sony ILCE-6000 E 20mm F2.8, ƒ/4.0, 20.0 mm, 1/250, 200 Flash (off, did not fire)
Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture Winner – Nick Millward (UK)
Tarte Tatin with Thyme, by Nick Millward
Panasonic Lumix G9 Camera, 200 ISO, 1/15sec, f5.1 Panasonic FS12060 Lens @ 33mm
Food Bloggers Winner – Aimee Twigger (UK)
Drying Pasta, by Aimee Twigger
Politics of Food Winner – Martin Chamberlain (UK)
Cow Tantrum, by Martin Chamberlain
This cow probably knew its destiny. Having just been bought from the market in Nizwa, Oman, the cow proved increasingly reluctant to comply with its new owners’ wishes – resorting in the end to collapsing its front legs, leaving the owners puzzled as to what to do next.
Canon EOS 5D MkII. 24-105mm f4L IS @35mm 1/125 @ f8 ISO100
Food for the Family Winner – Sanghamitra Sarkar (India)
Bonda Tribe, by Sanghamitra Sarkar
Odisha has many tribal communities and the Bonda tribe is one of them. They lead a very simple life. Modern society has failed to change them because they have carefully protected their culture and traditions from modern civilisation. In this picture the Bonda ladies are busy preparing food in a clay pot, making fire from wood.
NIKON D750,LENSE-NIKON 24-120 mm,ISO-400,FOCAL LENGTH – 24 mm, EXPOSURE TIME – 1/320, APERTURE – 4 MM
Bring Home the Harvest Winner – Kazi Mushfiq (Bangladesh)
Harvesting Gold, by Kazi Mushfiq
Farmers were working hard harvesting the rice which is like gold to them.
Canon EOS 6D EF17-40mm f/4L USM, ƒ/7.1, 26.0 mm, 1/1000, 125, Flash (off, did not fire)
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year – Overall Winner – Jon Wyand (UK)
Cleaning the Cuverie at Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey, by Jon Wyand
Wooden and stainless steel tanks used for fermenting the red wine are emptied and the remaining grape material pressed. The vats are then scrupulously washed out.
Nikon 28-70mm zoom at 28mmm
Food in the Field Winner – Andrew Newey (UK)
Pumpkins at Sunrise, by Andrew Newey
On a cold autumn morning, the sun gradually appears through the mist over a pumpkin patch in the New Forest National Park, England.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III / 16mm / ISO 50 / 1/5 sec @ f16
Young 10 and Under Winner – Joshua George (Bahrain)
Passion Fruit Love, by Joshua George
Having passion fruit straight from the plant was very tasty and fun.
Student Photographer of the Year – Chloe Dann (Australia)
The Carnal Supper, by Chloe Dann
This photo is from a series I made which explores the corporeality of human eating habits and the role of the culinary arts in the relationship between nature and culture.
World Food Programme Food for Life Winner – Avishek Das (India)
Food Processing, by Avishek Das
A woman is working in a rice processing field of West Bengal, India. They are working in a tough environment as extreme heat is released from the boiled rice grains being separated to dry.
Nikon D750 , 1/400 S , ISO 100, F 3.2 , EV –0.7
Production Paradise Previously Published Winner – Cosimo Barletta (Italy)
Red Octopus, by Cosimo Barletta
When you “release the kraken” on the table… you never know what will happen!
Featured image: Cauldron Noodles, by Jianhui Liao (China), Winner of Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger, and Overall Winner Food Photographer of the Year 2019