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Picture-perfect: Vietnamese cuisine takes home top prizes at international food photo contest

Thursday, May 06, 2021, 14:44 GMT+7
Picture-perfect: Vietnamese cuisine takes home top prizes at international food photo contest
'Breakfast at Weekly Market' shows locals in a mountainous area of northern Vietnam enjoying 'pho' for breakfast at a local weekly market. The photo won the 'Food at Table' category at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Nguyen Huu Thong

Judges at the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year photo contest, an annual event sponsored by UK-based The Food Awards Company, has selected several submissions by Vietnamese photographers to take home top prizes in the 2021 iteration of the event.

The contest – launched in 2011 to “celebrate the very best in food photography and film from around the world” – accepts photo and video submissions of foods for its various categories, including photographs of food styled for magazines, as well as family themed, food production, and even food in politics categories. 

With the competition now in its 10th year, judges sifted through almost 10,500 entries from more than 70 countries before announcing the winners online during a live-streamed event on April 28.

‘Taste’ shows a young family preparing food in their home in Lichang, Shanxi, China. This photo won the Grand prize at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Li Huaifeng.

‘Taste’ shows a young family preparing food in their home in Lichang, Shanxi, China. This photo won the Grand prize at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Li Huaifeng

Chinese photographer Li Huaifeng took home the grand prize with her submission, titled ‘Taste,' depicting a young family preparing food in their home in Lichang, Shanxi.

“Enjoying” depicts a street vendor selling che (sweet soup) and tao pho (soya bean curd) in Hoi An City. The photo won the “Street Food” category at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Tran Viet Van.

'Enjoying' depicts a street vendor selling che (sweet soup) and tao pho (soya bean curd) in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. The photo won the 'Street Food' category at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Tran Viet Van.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese lensman Tran Van Viet triumphed in the 'Street Food' category with his submission 'Enjoying' – a magnificent shot of a street vendor selling che (sweet soup) and tao pho (soya bean curd) in Hoi An City. 

“[Hoi An City is] an old town and popular tourist destination in central Vietnam where there are many sweet soup sellers," Viet said.

"Watching these four young girls passionately eating soup made me feel that life is beautiful despite the ongoing pandemic."

Thong Nguyen, another Vietnamese photographer, was awarded first prize in the 'Food at the Table' category with his photo 'Breakfast at Weekly Market,' which depicts locals in a mountainous area of northern Vietnam enjoying pho for breakfast at a local weekly market. 

“Feeding the ducks” shows a farmer feeding a flock of ducks in Vietnam. This photo won second prize in the “Food in the Field” category at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Nguyen Phuoc Hoai.

'Feeding the Ducks' shows a farmer feeding a flock of ducks in Vietnam. This photo won second prize in the 'Food in the Field' category at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Nguyen Phuoc Hoai

A photo named 'Feeding the Ducks,' snapped by Vietnamese photographer Nguyen Phuoc Hoai, won second prize in the 'Food in the Field' category.

Other works by Vietnamese candidates made a shortlist highlighted in a gallery on the contest’s official website.  

This year, the finalists' images will be exhibited at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol as part of a free exhibition set to run from November 20 to December 12.

“Winter Breakfast” shows locals in a mountainous area of northern Vietnam enjoying breakfast at home. This photo is part of the commended gallery at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Nguyen Huu Thong.

'Winter Breakfast' shows locals in a mountainous area of northern Vietnam enjoying breakfast at home. This photo is part of the commended gallery at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Nguyen Huu Thong.

“Lychee season” shows a Vietnamese woman arranging lychee in a store after the harvest. This photo is part of the commended gallery at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Nguyen Huu Thong.

'Lychee Season' shows a Vietnamese woman arranging lychees in a basket after a harvest. This photo is part of the commended gallery at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Nguyen Huu Thong.

“Fishing net” shows fish harvesting in Vietnam. This photo is part of the commended gallery at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Nguyen Phuoc Hoai.

'Fishing Net' shows fish harvesting in Vietnam. This photo is part of the commended gallery at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2021. Photo: Nguyen Phuoc Hoai.

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