Kebab seller image wins international food photo contest

Street food vendor surrounded by smoke as they prepare food

Debdatta Chakraborty

A photo of a street food vendor working at a smoke-covered oven has won a major food photography award.

Debdatta Chakraborty was named as the overall winner of Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2022 for an image titled Kebabiyana, which was taken in Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The Indian photographer took the picture on a busy street at night, as vendors fired up charcoal ovens to prepare wazwan kebabs and other street food.

“In today’s world, more than ever, we feel the need for comfort, for love,” says awards founder and director Caroline Kenyon.

“There is so much to reassure us here – the beautifully captured billowing embrace of the smoke, the golden light, the subject’s expression as he prepares the food for sharing.

“Sparks fly from the skewers, whose roasting we can almost smell. We imagine the warm, delicious aroma.

“This image, gentle but powerful, nourishes our soul.”

Thousands of entries were submitted from more than 60 countries across the world, and the winners were announced online via a livestreamed event.

Here are some of the competition category winners, with descriptions by the photographers.

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Champagne Taittinger Food for Celebration: Traditional Skill, by Chen Ying, China

A family making red coloured dumplings

Chen Ying

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Food at the Table: Putting On The Ritz, by John Carey, UK

Flames leap from a pan used by a man who is stood at a small cooker next to a set table, while a second man in chef whites uses a metal contraption

John Carey

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Fujifilm Award for Innovation: Central Park, by Yuliy Vasilev, Bulgaria

An aerial photograph of broccoli surrounded by metal graters and miniature cars, giving the appearance of a city seen from the air

Yuliy Vasilev

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The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers: At The Table, by Marguerite Oelofse, South Africa

A girl peeling fruit at a table, next to a bouquet of flowers

Marguerite Oelofse

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On the Phone: Drying Stockfish, by Kasia Ciesielska-Faber, UK

Fish hanging outside to dry, in front of red buildings and a distant snow-covered landscape

Kasia Ciesielska-Faber

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Politics of Food: Where Dreams Fly Away, by K M Asad, Bangladesh

A young girl looks up as she collects water

K M Asad

Food Stylist Award: Summer Veg Tart, by Carolin Strothe, Germany

Colourful vegetable tart

Carolin Strothe

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Young (10 and under): Processing Fish, by Rupkotha Roy Barai, Bangladesh

Two women and a child squat outside as they process fish

Rupkotha Roy Barai

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Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year – Overall Winner: Gathering Prunings on Corton Hill, by Jon Wyand, UK

A man in a misty vineyard gathering prunings

Jon Wyand

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One Vision Imaging Cream of the Crop: Carrot Field Forever, by Paolo Grinza and Silvia Vaulà, Italy

Carrots sliced vertically sit in soil, with hands holding their leaves

Paolo Grinza and Silvia Vaulà

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Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year (South East Asia): Anchovy Catching, by Thien Nguyen Ngoc, Vietnam

An aerial photograph of smoke rising from a boat, with green nets in the water below

Thien Nguyen Ngoc

All photographs courtesy Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2022. An exhibition of the finalists will be be held at The Royal Photographic Society, in Bristol, from 20 November – 12 December 2022.

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