Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year

The world’s leading celebration of food photography and film, Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, is open for entries for 2022.

2021 was a record-breaking year for the competition: over 10,000 entries were submitted from more than 70 countries across the world. With over 25 categories, the Awards recognise the great diversity of ways in which food touches our lives.

2022 sees an important expansion of the Awards with the introduction of Regional Awards as an additional celebration of winners from around the world. And in another exciting development, the 2022 winner of The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographer, launched last year in memory of Finland’s greatest woman photographer, will receive an exclusive trip to Finland courtesy of VisitFinland.

To enter the 2022 competition, visit

Winning images 2020

The Judging Panel

This year’s global judging panel, chaired by legendary food photographer, David Loftus, includes His Excellency Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General, HIPA, Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media, NA Risong, Art director and curator of Inter Art Center Gallery, Beijing, Tasneem Alsultan, Investigative Photographer and Rein Skullerud, Head of Photo Unit, World Food Programme.

Ali Khalifa bin Thalith - Secretary General, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA)

Ali Khalifa bin Thalith is an exceptional and unique talent within the international photography scene. As an award winning Emirati photographer specializing in underwater photography, bin Thalith began his artistic journey in 1995. He completed a Diploma in Documentary Photography from the London Academy, whilst completing a Diploma in French Language and Literature from the University of Montpellier, France.

His accolades include; winning ‘The Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Supporting Youth Projects Best Project in the field of marketing and promotion in 2010’, ‘The Leadership in Professional Photography Award’ from the International Photography Council (IPC) of the United Nations in 2014, (making him the first Arab to win an award for institutional leaders at the UN), and achieved a ‘Direct Fellowship of the Royal Society of Photography’ in 2018.

In 2018 he was also awarded ‘Photographer of the Year’ (along with Swiss photographer Marc Dana) by the Chinese International Festival - Power of the Image, not only for his dedication to the art, but for his continued support to preserving our marine life, nurturing the culture of photography in the Middle East, and spearheading the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) since it was launched in 2011. The Award was established to support and develop the platform of photography both regionally and internationally delivering a robust calendar of programs, and an annual photography competition that has reached 196 participating countries.

Throughout his career Bin Thalith has participated and hosted an impressive number of exhibitions both locally and internationally culminating to the launch of his first book in 2015, Truly Madly Deeply. The book is a photographic masterpiece delving into the world of underwater photography. This book was quickly followed by his first Arabic publication, Underwater Photography Without Secrets.

Close to his heart however, will always be his work with underpriveliged children around the world. Ali bin Thalith has not only supported educational programs in remote islands in Malaysia and Indonesia, but he has also led delegations under the patronage of HIPA to share the joy of photography with Syrian children in the UAE-Jordan Refugee Camp.

Ali bin Thalith continues to be an active member of the Emirati Wildlife Program.

Tasneem Alsultan, Canon Global Ambassador and National Geographic Photographer

Born in the US and raised between the United Kingdom and Saudi where she is currently based, Tasneem Alsultan is an investigative photographer, storyteller and global traveller. With an inquisitive eye and camera at hand, she offers intimate and unique perspectives into the everyday lives of her subjects, telling their stories from her heart while striving to humanize and connect their realities to her audiences. Her work largely focuses on documenting social issues and rights-based topics in Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf region through a gender lens, challenging stereotypical perceptions of the Middle East and portraying a region and people that do not conform to expectations. Covering stories primarily for The New York Times and National Geographic, Tasneem documents ground-breaking developments in Saudi and the region, including most recently, the lifting of the driving ban for Saudi women.

Selected as one of the 10 grantees of the Magnum Foundation/ Prince Clause/ AFAC grant in 2015, she began working on her project Saudi Tales of Love which was published in Time’s Lightbox, and later exhibited in Paris Photo, PhotoKathmandu, and among the slideshow at the prestigious Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan in 2016. Tasneem was selected by British Journal Photography among the best 16 emerging photographers to watch, and PDN’s 30 photographers to watch in 2017. She is a finalist in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards in Contemporary Issues. She soon joined Rawiya, the first all-female photography collective from the Middle East. In 2018 she joined the Canon Ambassador program as the program’s first Arab female photographer and was selected as as one of the 12 recipients of the Joop Master Class, part of the World Press Photo, Netherlands. In 2019, Tasneem was selected as a recipients of the Catchlight Fellowship to continue her work on Saudi women. She has also received honorable mention for the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism.

Having focused her research on anthropological studies of Saudi women, Tasneem holds a Master of Art in Social Linguistics from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Linguistics from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi.


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