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Two Vietnamese photographers among Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year winners

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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April 29, 2021 | 14:05

Two Vietnamese photographers have won prizes in the Street Food category and Food at the Table category in the UK's Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards.

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Street Food: Enjoying by Viet Van Tran, Vietnam

Category winners in the awards recognising the art and diversity of food photography.

Viet Van Tran's entry, "Enjoying", shows four girls eating che (sweet soup) in Hoi An (Quang Nam province), an old town and popular tourist destination in central Vietnam. It was entered in the Street Food category for photos about people selling, buying and eating food.

"Four young girls passionately eating soup made me feel that life is lovely even though we are in a pandemic," said Tran.

Other photo "Breakfast at Weekly Market" taken by Thong Nguyen won the prize in the Food at the Table category. The photo showed people enjoy their Pho (Noodle soup), a traditional Vietnamese dish that is considered one of the typical for Vietnamese cuisine.

Two Vietnamese photos among Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year winners
People enjoy their pho for breakfast at a local weekly market. Photograph/Thong Nguyen

Li Huaifeng has been named Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021 for an image titled Taste, showing a young family joyfully preparing a meal at home in Licheng, Shanxi.

"This picture is technically outstanding in its use of light and composition," awards founder and director Caroline Kenyon says."But what raises it to the level of historic importance is the depth of its storytelling and emotion."It tells of a year of isolation and living indoors, living in tiny communities of immediate family.

Two Vietnamese photos among Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year winners
Overall winner and Food for the Family: Taste by Li Huaifeng, China.

With the competition now in its 10th year, judges sifted through almost 10,500 entries from more than 70 countries around the world and the winners announced online via a livestream event.

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

Two Vietnamese photos among Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year winners
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Two Vietnamese photos among Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year winners
Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer: Many a Slip by John Armstrong-Millar, France. Normally weddings run to plan but an off-script moment is captured.
Two Vietnamese photos among Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year winners
Fujifilm Award for Innovation: Making Rice Noodles by Abdul Momin, Bangladesh A worker inspects whether rice noodles are dried correctly.
Two Vietnamese photos among Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year winners
The Claire Aho Award for Women Photographers: Female butchers of Panzano - Martina by Marina Spironetti, Italy. Part of a project about the female butchers at Dario Cecchini’s, the world-famous butcher from Panzano in Chianti. Dario has been training a team of young ladies, who came to Tuscany from all over the world to learn the art of deboning. Traditionally, there have always been women butchers in Tuscany.
Two Vietnamese photos among Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year winners
Bring Home the Harvest: Drying Okra by F Dilek Uyar, Turkey Drying okra flowers in Tokat, Turkey. Women pick okra flowers from the field and arrange them on a rope, then the dried flowers fall and the okra becomes ready to be used in winter.
Two Vietnamese photos among Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year winners
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Hannah Nguyen