Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2019

Last night, if you were following my antics on Facebook, you would’ve noticed that I spent it at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1, uber chic. The occasion was The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2019 Awards. I was on the Advisory Panel and TheAppWhisperer was a Media Partner. It was a fabulous feeling to view our logo and bio on the walls.

The overall winner of was a magnificent image entitled ‘Cauldron Noodles’, of a celebration of the goddess Nuwa, taken by Chinese photographer Jianhui Liao.

Liao was presented with the £5000 prize by Andy Macdonald, who has headed 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 on Tuesday 30 April 2019. Host for the evening was the legendary musician and cheesemaker Alex James.

The competition was fierce“, said Macdonald, “there were 9000 images entered from 77 countries“ more entries and more countries than ever before – and the standard was phenomenal“.

Jianhui’s shot won the Food for Celebration category sponsored by Champagne Taittinger. “It stood out from the rest in its category, however, for the way in which he made the subject matter, a community feast, so beautiful and atmospheric“.

Andy Macdonald, shortly to stand down as head of Pink Lady® in the UK, was also presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award, in recognition of his great contribution to the world of food photography, as headline sponsor from the Awards™ inception in 2011.

The global judging panel this year, chaired by internationally-renowned food photographer David Loftus, included Claire Hyman, British Photography – The Hyman Collection, culinary superstar Alice Waters, Lucy Pike, Head of Pictures, WeTransfer, His Excellency Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General, HIPA and of course, I was on the Advisory Panel to the Jury.

This exhibition is available to view to the public at The Mall Galleries from today until 5 May 2019. Admission is free.

Overall Winner

‘Cauldron Noodles’ ©Jianhui Liao

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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]