Life Changing Inspiration – Rise to the Challenge


In a series of short interviews, we took some time to catch up with previous finalist photographers of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year from 2021.

Each year, we are so honoured to learn about the incredible stories of our entrants from across the globe. 


We have been joined by more of our finalists who have shared with us their journey with the competition and their images from our tenth year in 2021. 


They have also shared with us advise for those looking to enter Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year this 2022. 




Meet Our Finalists 


Olimpia Davies, United kingdom

Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture, Highly Commended
Ice Cream Colours 


Olimpia, what made you enter Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year?

'Since I won in 2016 in a Food Blogger category, I feel that I'm a part of this beautiful competition. Every year I wait to enter like I wait for Christmas. I feel very lucky to be a photographer and for me this competition made me a photographer I'm today.'


What would you say to someone thinking of entering the competition?

‘Entering the competition is like going on adventure. Is exiting, fun and with surprises. You are a part of wonderful community where you support each-other. If you like adventures you should enter this competition and if you win then another adventure will start.'



Maja Lewicz, Netherlands

One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop, 3rd Place
Mushroom Forest in your Hands


Why do you enter Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year?

‘I am a food photographer so the moment I found out about the competition I knew I had to take part in it. It's one of the most prestigious food photography competitions in the world. Also, so many of the food photographers, I value and get inspired by, encourage other food photographers to participate in it as it can help your work get exposed and be seen by thousands of people in the photography industry. Also, a thought of my photo hanging in the gallery, being part of a prestigious exhibition gives me so much excitement, so it was an obvious thing for me to do, give it a go and participate.’


What advice would you give to someone entering this year?

‘Stop overthinking it and just participate! You never know what might happen. Even though the competition gets tougher and tougher every year, as the quality of the photography gets better and better, why not giving it a try! there's nothing to lose!’




Md. Arifuzzaman, Bangladesh

Winterbotham Darby Food Sale, Highly Commended 
The Story of the Onion Seller 



What made you enter Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year?

‘This is one of the most prestigious awards in the world. Pink lady food Photography is one of the biggest platforms for any photographer to show their talent. And Pink Lady is associated with so many highly reputed organisations.’


What would you say to someone looking to enter the competition?

‘No doubt, day by day, Pink lady food photography award getting very tough for any Photographer. As an amateur photographer I would say it is open for all and every amateur Photographer have to believe in themselves and give it their best shot for this kind of world leading competition.’




Sandro Maddalena, Italy 

Politics of Food, 1st Place
Old Friends 



Sandro, what made you enter the competition?

I think it is the only competition in the world where food photography is declined in such different aspects, this makes it very interesting. Also, the prizes are good and the photo exhibition of the winners is well curated.’


What would you say to someone thinking of entering? 

There is no reason to be nervous, in the photographic field the comparison with others is always an opportunity for growth.’




Discover more stories through photography... 


Keep an eye out for more finalist's journeys through this blog series. 


Discovering food photography? From over 20 other categories to choose from, browse through our online Finalist and Commended galleries to enjoy the stunning, vibrant results that the categories have produced.

With massive prize pool to win and your work judged by the biggest names in photo, food and wine you’ve got everything to shoot for. Enter now! 



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