The CLAIRE AHO Award for Women Photographers

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is hugely honoured and delighted to launch The CLAIRE AHO Award for Women Photographers in association with AHO & SOLDAN Photo and Film Foundation, our new award in memory of Finland’s greatest woman photographer.

Claire Aho, 1925-2015, was born into one of Finland’s most eminent 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.


Claire Aho pictured here in 1946. Credit: Heikki Aho


Her achievements and legacy are an inspiration to women everywhere to express themselves through the medium of photography and it made complete sense to us to commemorate her in this way.”





Jussi Brofeldt, Claire Aho’s son and Chairman of the AHO & SOLDAN Photo and Film Foundation, Helsinki, Finland, will join the distinguished Judging Panel to be part of the judging process.

“This is very meaningful for my family and me to have my mother celebrated in this way. We hugely look forward to receiving the entries and seeing work from around the world.”

We are inviting women photographers around the world, of every age, and whether amateur or professional, 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.

The CLAIRE AHO Award for Women Photographers is intended to both celebrate and encourage all women photographers. 

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