In our special tenth year, we are so delighted to announce our Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021 Overall Winner.

A tender and subtly powerful image for our times, Taste, by Chinese photographer Li Huaifeng was crowned Overall Winner.

This incredible image was announced as category winner for Food for the Family. Taken in Licheng, Shanxi, on a warm and sunny day, the image shows a young family sharing in the joy of preparing food.



Director and Founder of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, Caroline Kenyon, shared her words on our winner…

“This picture is technically outstanding in its use of light and composition, but what raises it to the level of historic importance is the depth of its storytelling and emotion. It tells of a year of isolation and living indoors, living in tiny communities of immediate family. Here, the scene is bathed with love, with echoes of Madonna and child. An exceptional shot which perfectly demonstrates that photography need not shock or disturb to be great or memorable. This exquisite image lingers in the mind.”


Li Huaifeng not only won the Food for the Family category with Taste; he also came Third in the category with Mutual Help. In addition, he was the winner of the Food for Celebration sponsored by Champagne Taittinger category with Happy Birthday. 


'Mutual Help' - Food For the Family.
The photo was taken at Longwangmiao Village, Licheng County, Shanxi on October 2, 2019.


'Happy Birthday' - Champagne Taittinger Food For Celebration.


The restrictions of the pandemic did not defeat the celebrations of announcing our winners. Alongside this breath-taking shot, all of our 2021 finalists were announced during our exciting Awards Film on our YouTube channel, by the wonderful Fred Sirieix.


David Loftus, Chair of Judges, shared with us his thoughts…

“This year, the hardest year for so many, surprised us all, not just for the greatest number of entries & their breadth and scale, but for the overwhelming sense of positivity & joy that glowed from our screens.”


This year’s global judging panel, chaired by legendary food photographer, David Loftus, included Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media, Susan Bright, Writer and Curator, Nik Sharma, Cookbook Author and Photographer, Chef Simone Zanoni, Restaurant Le George, Four Seasons Paris, Alison Jacques, Founder, Alison Jacques Gallery and Vitalie Taittinger, President, Champagne Taittinger.


If you have not already watched the announcements, you can still watch the Awards Film over on our YouTube channel.  To view our online gallery of all 2021 finalists across every category, please visit: www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com 


In an exciting first for the competition, the exhibition of the 2021 Finalists will be premiering at The Royal Photographic Society, one of the world’s oldest photographic societies, in Bristol.


The exhibition will run from 20 November - 12 December 2021. Entry is free, and we hope to see you there!



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