Chinese photographers triumph in World’s Best Food Photo Awards
May 03, 2020

Chinese photographers have been honoured at Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2020, the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film, with two top wins and many commendations.

Xiaodong Sun came First in the Food for the Field category with When the Hive is Filled, a beautiful image of honey bees being removed from the hives. While Xueping Du came First in Street Food with Ramen Act, a spectacular image of noodle making.

Liya Gu came Second in Food for the Family with Share, Marc Yang, Wuhan, came Third in Politics of Food with Behind the Boy, Xueping Du of Nanchang was Highly Commended in Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger with Patriotic Cultural Tourism, Zhihui Gao, was Highly Commended twice in The Philip Harben Award for Food Action with A Woman Who Makes Coffee and also Prepare Dinner, Wei Wang was Highly Commended in Food for the Family with Fragrant Buttered Tea.

“These are all stunning images which show an incredible diversity and depth of talent,” says Caroline Kenyon, Founder/Director of the Awards. “The world is in the grip of Covid19 and normal life, whatever that may be, has stopped for all of us. But photos such as these remind us of the ways and cultural habits that mean so much to us and bind us together.”

The Covid19 lockdown did not defeat the celebrations. For the first time since the competition’s inception in 2011, the Awards evening was held online. Winners were announced by legendary musician and cheesemaker, Alex James, in a livestreamed event on the evening of Tuesday 28 April 2020. It was watched by an audience across the globe, including celebrities from the food and photography world.

“The standard was exceptional.” says Phil Turnbull, CEO of APAL, parent company of Pink Lady®, and headline sponsor of the Awards since 2011. “There were nearly 9000 entries from over 70 countries - this competition inspires across the world. It is a truly global coming together of talent.”

Chair of the Judges was the internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus. This year his panel included Chris Dee, Director, Food & Home, Harrods; Per-Anders Jorgensen, Photographer and Founder, Fool Magazine; Josh Lustig, Picture Editor, Financial Times Weekend Magazine; Vitalie Taittinger, President, Champagne Taittinger.



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