Shoeb was presented with a cheque for £5000 by Andy Macdonald, who heads up Pink Lady in the UK, headline sponsor of the awards. He had won the Food for Celebration category, which is sponsored by Champagne Taittinger earlier in the evening, and then went on to scoop the overall crown for his stunning image Food for God.
“The competition was fiercer than ever,” says Macdonald, “there were over 8400 images entered internationally, from over 60 countries, and the standard was phenomenal. Shoeb’s shot stood out from the rest in its category, however, for the way in which he made the subject matter – cooking for the breaking of a religious fast – both incredibly striking and atmospheric.”
The evening was compered by chair of the judges, journalist and food critic, Jay Rayner, and took place in front of more than 400 people at the Champagne Taittinger reception, many of whom had flown in from across the world for the occasion, from America, Australia, France and more.
Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film. In its sixth year, almost 40,000 entries have been submitted since its inception.
Judges include: Vitalie Taittinger, marketing director of Champagne Taittinger, David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer, culinary superstar Gary Rhodes, Emily Luchetti, chair of James Beard Foundation, NYC and Nik Powell, director at National Film & Television School.
Category Winners include:
10 and Under: Carla Smend (UK) Fruit of the Bloom
11-14 Years: Lily-Mae Franklin (UK) Flowering Tea
15-17 Years: Felicia Frank (Germany) Muuuh
Cream of the Crop: Wesley Dombrecht (Belgium) Smoked Mackerel
Food in the Field: Sally Ann Stone (UK) Swiss Chard Forest
Partridges Food for Sale: Azalea Dalton (UK) Villefranche Market
Startisans Food in the Street: Robin Stewart (UK) Crouch End
Food Bloggers (supported by Aspire): Hein van Tonder (South Africa) Caramel!
The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action: Francesca Brambilla and Serena Serrani (Italy) The Grandmother
Food for Celebration (sponsored by Champagne Taittinger): Shoeb Faruquee (Bangladesh) Food for God
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year:
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Produce): Robert Holmes (USA) Crush at Cristom Vineyard
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (People): Mick Rock (UK) Cleaning Port Barrel
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Places): Patrick Desgraupes (France) The Rosé Wine Tank
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year Overall Winner 2017: Patrick Desgraupes (France) The Rosé Wine Tank
Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture: Darren Eastwood-Hickson (UK) Salad Plate
Marks & Spencer Food Adventures: Kyriacos Arkatites (Cyprus) Oua, Look at This One!
Food for the Family: Leonardo Salomão (Brazil) Breaktime
World Food Programme Food for Life: Emma Brown (UK) Collecting Egg Rations, Smara Refugee Camp
InterContinental London Park Lane Food at the Table: Jean Cazals (UK) Mac & Cheese
unearthed Food in Film supported by delicious winner 2017: Peter Flanek and Peter Mészáros (Hungary) Snooker Loopy
Production Paradise Food off the Press: Jonathan Gregson (UK) Vegetables
Food Sn-apping (in aid of Action Against Hunger): Laura Cook (UK) Waiting for Stew
Bring Home the Harvest: Matthew Thomas (UK) Pheasants at Sunset
The People’s Choice – Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year: Beynaz Mistry (India) Anticipation
The People’s Choice – unearthed Food in Film supported by delicious: Barbara Zonzin (Netherlands), All Natural
The People’s Choice – Errazuruz Wine Photographer of the Year: David Silverman (Israel) A Little Refreshment
Politics of Food: Tom Parker (UK) Hunters and Kill
Pink Lady Apple a Day: Richard Perry (UK) Keeps the Doctor Away
FujiFilm Award for Innovation: Patrick Desgraupes (France) The Rose Wine Tank
BBC Good Food Fresh Talent Award: Emma Boyns (UK) Silo
Outstanding Achievement Award: David Loftus
Overall Winner - Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017: Shoeb Faruquee (Bangladesh) Food for God