A joyful shot of a baker having fun with flour while making bread by British photographer Mark Benham has seized this year's crown at Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016, the world's leading celebration of the art of food photography and film. Bath-based Benham was presented with the £5000 prize by Andy Macdonald, who heads up Pink Lady® in the UK, headline sponsor of the Awards. The announcement took place in front of an audience of four hundred guests at a glittering Champagne Taittinger reception packed with celebrities from the food and photography world, at the Mall Galleries, London last week.
“Over 7000 images and films were entered this year from 60 countries. 30,000 images have been submitted since the first Awards. As ever, it was a phenomenally high standard, making the judges' decision incredibly tough. We are delighted to present the trophy and prize to Mark for this wonderful photograph,” said Macdonald. “He is only our second British winner in five years, and it reflects the truly international nature of the Awards.”
The judging panel this year, included David Loftus, Jamie Oliver's photographer, Emily Luchetti, Chair of the James Beard Foundation, NYC and Curtis Stone, Australian culinary superstar.