Floating vegetable market photo scoops award at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2016 event

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The winner of the Partridges Food for Sale category was announced at a packed Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2016 reception at the Mall Galleries, London, last night, Tuesday 26 April, as Paula Watts (USA) for her stunning image, Floating Vegetable Market, Kashmir. Valentine Warner accepted the trophy on behalf of the winner from John Shepherd, managing director of Partridges, grocer to HM the Queen.

Winning photograph

Winning photograph

“The competition was intensely fierce,” said Andy Macdonald, who heads up Pink Lady in the UK, headline sponsor of the awards. “There were over 7,000 images and films entered internationally to the awards and the standard was phenomenal. Paula’s image stood out from the rest in that category, however, for its highly unusual subject matter and beautiful treatment.”

The evening was compered by chair of the judges, journalist and food critic, Jay Rayner, and took place in front of more than 400 guests at the Champagne Taittinger reception, many of whom had flown in from across the world for the occasion, from Australia, South Africa, Italy, Holland and more.

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film. In its fifth year, 30,000 entries have been submitted since its inception.

Judges include: David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer; Ruth Rogers; Curtis, Australia’s culinary superstar; Emily Luchetti, chair, James Beard Foundation, NYC; Nik Powell, director, National Film & Television School.