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Pink Lady Food POTY

Posted on Sep 14, 2021

Image credit: Abdul Momin / Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2021

The tenth anniversary of the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year unites people with tales of food, drink and different culinary cultures

The exhibition will be held in Bristol, a city renowned for its vibrant artistic and culinary scene – making it the perfect home for a photography exhibition all about food!

The Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading award for food photography and film. This year, it will be hosted by The Royal Photographic Society, one of the oldest photographic societies in the world.

This year’s exhibition features over 170 images that fall into 25 imaginative categories centred on food, such as Politics of Food or Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture. The exhibition aims to put a spotlight on unique stories about food and highlights the variety of culinary cultures found throughout the world.

Throughout the pandemic, food has been more important than ever – for some, it has been a source of comfort in unstable times and provided an outlet for innovation and spontaneity; for others, it has been the cause of even more stress and uncertainty, spurring communities to rally together to support neighbours and strangers alike in times of adversity. The documentation of social issues and questions of identity through images of food is central to the work of Martin Parr CBE, who will be guest speaker at the exhibition. Parr is a British documentary photographer and recipient of the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. The Martin Parr Foundation was founded in Bristol in 2014 and houses Parr’s photography archive alongside collections by other British and Irish photographers.

The exhibition is moving from its previous venue of London to Bristol, a fitting relocation given Bristol’s reputation for extraordinary food and drink establishments. Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director of Education and Public Affairs of The Royal Photographic Society, says that ‘This showcase of the world’s best food photography is sure to satisfy the city’s ardent foodies and the wider public.’

Furthermore, the exhibition will play an important role in boosting tourism in Bristol and supporting its hospitality sector after a turbulent year-and-a-half. Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism at Visit Bristol, welcomes the event, adding that ‘This is a great opportunity to welcome back visitors to the city and attract new ones, and celebrate the best in food photography.’

The exhibition is free and doesn’t require booking. It will run from 20 November to 12 December 2021 at the RPS, Bristol.

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