We have a series of exciting categories for you to enter your creative food photography into, including a new category, Marks & Spencer Food Adventures. Follow the hyperlinks to view previous Finalist images and prepare to be inspired!

Photo gallery of categories

Production Paradise Food off the Press

We want to see examples from the very best previously-published photographic work, whether from books, newspapers, magazines or advertisements.




Food for Celebration

We want to see images of festive, celebratory food from across the world. Whether it be Christmas, Divali or Chanukah, Easter, birthdays or weddings. Tables groaning with food, people eating special festive foods, or even preparing it.

Sponsored by Champagne Taittinger




Food Bloggers

We are looking for images that perfectly complement a blog. The pictures can be of anything at all relating to a blog, whether ingredients, the process of making a finished dish, at home or in a restaurant.


The winner of the Food Bloggers category will win a photoshoot at the award-winning, esteemed Punchbowl Inn, Crosthwaite with head chef Scott Fairweather - value £2000 (no cash alternative) read more


Supported by Aspire Photography Training




Food for the Family

We are seeking images showing families eating in an everyday context, anywhere in the world. Whether at home or out, at breakfast or TV supper.



Bring Home the Harvest

We want to see images of gathering in food. Whether hunting, shooting, cropping lettuce in a vegetable garden, cutting guava or even shopping in a supermarket.



Politics of Food

We are looking for photo-journalistic images that show the reality of issues relating to food anywhere in the world. Subject matter can include anything from food production on a small scale or a large scale, consumption of food, lack of food, any image that tells a story.



Pink Lady® Apple a Day

We are looking for the most exciting, creative, inventive, beautiful images of Pink Lady® apples. They could be on a tree, on a plate, floating through the air, bobbing in water, in a child’s hand, however you see them.

If you’d like to use just one Pink Lady® apple in your photograph, please do. We want to see the simplest, most delicious of foods represented in the most inspiring way.

The winning image will receive a prize of £1000 and will be used by Pink Lady® in its UK multi media marketing campaign.

Please note: The Pink Lady® Apple a Day category is not eligible for the overall title of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year




Cream of the Crop

We want to see the very best product shots, from muddy bunches of carrots to a bowl of rice or coffee beans, to a side of beef or a gleaming platter of fresh fish.



Food Sn-apping

In support of Action Against Hunger

Pictures of food - any time, any place, anywhere – taken on your mobile device.

Only £5 to enter. £2 for every image entered in this category will go to Action Against Hunger (Registered charity no.1047501)




Young (under 18s)

We are looking for any image at all featuring food. Food in the field, food on your plate, food in the street. Wherever you see food, you can take a prize-winning image.

Age groups: 15-17, 11-14, 10 and under


Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year

We are looking for images of all things vinous. You can submit your image into any of the three sub-categories:


refers to the wine or fruit itself. A glass of wine on a table in the sunshine, sherry being poured from a bottle or grapes being trampled underfoot.


refers to the people involved in the wine-making process. The owner of a grand wine estate in Chile, or a wine-maker with just a few acres of vines in Macon. Images can be portraits or action shots.


is for any place associated with the craft of making wine; the vineyards, the cellars or the winery itself for example.


The winner of Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year, a category of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, will win £1000 and a year’s supply of Errazuriz wine.



Partridges Food for Sale

We want to see the very best shots of food for sale, be it spices in a market in Senegal, macaroons in a chic Parisian emporium, street food such as chestnuts roasted in a London street, crepes being made in Paris or samosa in Bombay station.



Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture

We want to see images of food that are good enough to eat and ready to eat, whatever it may be – a plate of crisp whitebait, a soufflé; trembling and piping hot, a steaming bowl of soup with home-made bread, an oozing slice of cream cake on a napkin, a bacon sandwich or roast Sunday lunch.

NOTE: Entries to this category may not have an association with any other retailer



Seeking the most flamboyant and vibrant images of food and eating across the Americas. We want to see richly-coloured pictures of food and food occasions; from traditional family gatherings, to spontaneous street eats with live music- let’s celebrate the melting pot of cultures from the Americas.

NOTE: Entries to this category may not have an association with any other retailer




Food in the Field

Food in its natural setting, whether it is a field of maize, a pig truffling in the mud, apples weighing down a branch, or a lush cocoa plantation.



The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action

In memory of Philip Harben, the first TV chef in the UK, who also started out as a photographer. A passionate communicator of the art of cooking, he encouraged post-war Britain to regain its enthusiasm for food and cookery. We want to see images of people cooking anywhere and everywhere, whether at home, in professional kitchens, over a campfire, in a ship’s galley.



unearthed® Food in Film

We want to see really exciting, impactful, moving, funny short films about food – in any context. You can submit your film into either of the two sub-categories – Documentary or Non-documentary


Your film could depict anything from the reality of food production and the environment, a family celebration feast, the story of one food shop or café, even the contents of a fridge.


Your film can tell a story, whether to sell a product (commercials are permitted) or simply to let your imagination run free.
Films will be judged on content and may be no longer than two minutes in length (120 seconds) including titles and credits.

The overall winner of unearthed® Food in Film, a category of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, will win £1,000.

Please note: The unearthed® Food in Film category is not eligible for the overall title of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year