Polish photographers win big in international food photo competition

The shot ‘Olek Eating Pancakes’ won Anna Włodarczyk from Łódź first place in the Food for the Family category. Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year

Polish photographers picked up prizes and honours at the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2020 awards, a ceremony highlighting the world’s best snappers of food.

Despite Covid-19 lockdowns in many countries, the competition went ahead this year, receiving 9,000 entries from over 70 countries, including Poland. For the first time, the awards evening was held online, with the event live-streamed on April 28.

In this year’s competition, several Polish photographers won prizes or received commendations for their food-focused shots.

Diana Kowalczyk won in the Pink Lady Apple a Day category with her photograph ‘Caramel Lady’.Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year

Food photographer and blogger Diana Kowalczyk of Tarnobrzeg, in south-eastern Poland, won in the Pink Lady Apple a Day category with her photograph ‘Caramel Lady’, a deep, atmospheric shot of a caramel apple in the making. The glowing red of the apple contrasts with the dark surface, apron and the tattoos on the arm holding it.

Anna Włodarczyk from Łódź, who runs a blog called ‘Strawberries from Poland’ and has written two cookbooks, won in the Food for the Family category. Her shot, ‘Olek Eating Pancakes’, shows a little boy reaching for a thin crèpe on the table in front of him, a look of concentration on his face.

‘Sugar’ by Emilia Konkol-Pastuszak was highly commended in the Food Bloggers category.Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year

Photographer, traveller and blogger Roger Kolomlocki came third in the One Vision Cream of the Crop category with ‘Eggs’, and Emilia Konkol-Pastuszak, who specialises in fine art food photography from her base in Gdańsk, was highly commended in the Food Bloggers category with ‘Sugar’.

Founded in 2011, the annual competition celebrates food photography and film, an area that has boomed in recent years as more people share photos of meals, recipes and ingredients on social media, especially Instagram. It is open to both professional and non-professional photographers from around the world, with a prize pool worth more than £20,000.

Roger Kolomlocki came third in the One Vision Cream of the Crop category with his photo ‘Eggs’.Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year

“These are stunning images which show an incredible diversity and depth of talent,” said Caroline Kenyon, founder and director of the awards.

“The world is in the grip of Covid19 and normal life, whatever that may be, has stopped for all of us. But photos such as these remind us of the ways and cultural habits that mean so much to us and bind us together,” she added.