Inspiring Women Photographers – A Special Edition
In 2021, Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year was honoured to introduce the Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers, in memory of Finland’s greatest women photographer.
In an exciting development for this year’s competition, the 2022 winner of The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographer will receive an exclusive trip to Finland courtesy of VisitFinland.
As we welcome this year’s entries, we wanted to share more about the award and look back at the incredible images from last year to inspire.
An Introduction - Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers
Claire Aho, 1925-2015, was born into one of Finland’s greatest cultural and artistic dynasties. Given her first camera at the age of 10, she was a trailblazer in many ways – as a woman working as a commercial photographer from the late 1940s at a time when almost no women were working in this field, in her use of colour photography and in her unique photographic blend of style, wit and vitality.
‘The first time Jussi and I spoke on the phone, we talked for almost an hour. Then he flew from Stockholm to London to discuss it further. I was thrilled when he told me the Foundation was happy for us to create the Award in his mother’s memory. I should love to have known her, but I hope and believe this is a fitting way to celebrate her life and achievements.’ – Caroline Kenyon, Director, Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year.’
The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers is intended to both celebrate and encourage all women photographers. Women photographers around the world, of every age, and whether amateur or professional, are invited to submit images to this special Award. Entries may show food and how it touches our lives in any setting, from studio shots to reportage.
Jussi Brofeldt, Claire Aho’s son and Chairman of Aho & Soldan Photo and Film Foundation kindly shared with us his memories of Claire, and more of her inspirational photography…
Learn more about this special award, and the story behind it in our ‘Inspiring Women Photographers’ Blog.
Jussi is also a member of our distinguished judging panel for this special award. We are inviting women photographers around the world, of every age, and whether amateur or professional, to submit images to this special Award.
Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers in association with Visit Finland
This year, for the very first time, the winner of Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers will win an exclusive trip to Finland, courtesy of VisitFinland. We are delighted to offer this prize; the country has a passion for both food and photography.
‘Due to its northern location and its extensive clean lakes, forests and national parks, Finland is a haven of pure and naturally nutrient-rich food. New Nordic cuisine and an abundance of fresh Finnish produce means Finland’s food scene has long been the best kept secret in the Nordics and the country is fast becoming a global hub of culinary delights and innovative cuisine.
New food trends from Helsinki, the seaside capital, are inspiring the whole of Finland and it is home to young creative chefs, baristas, food producers and café owners helping to create a new Nordic kitchen philosophy influenced by ingredients of nature.’
Inspiring Women Photographers
Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers Finalist Photography
With this exciting new addition, we wanted to take a look back on our incredible Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers finalist images and share some inspiration for this year…
The first-ever winner of Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers in association with Aho & Soldan Photo and Film Foundation – Marina Spironetti, Italy, with her magnificent portrait, Female Butchers of Panzano - Martina, one of the women trained by Dario Cecchini, world-famous butcher of Panzano.
‘This image has so much strength, form and balance of colour as well as the beautiful directness of gaze from a young woman finding her way in what has been, for centuries, a wholly male industry. I hope and I believe that Claire Aho would have loved it.’ – Caroline Kenyon, Director.
Our incredible 2021 shortlisted and finalist work shows food and how it touches our lives in any setting, from studio shots to reportage. Be inspired by our finalist images below.
For more information on Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers, please visit: Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers - Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year