Top wine photographer of the year announced

The winners of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards have been announced in a ceremony streamed live across the globe

Words by Laurel Bibby

Meike and Dorte Nätel

German photographer David Weimann has been crowned wine photographer of the year, as the results of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year – a competition celebrating food-and-wine photography and film – are announced.

Weimann’s portrait of German winemaker sisters Meike and Dorte Nätel from family estate Meyer Näkel in the Ahr Valley (above) won him the title of Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year.

The wine category was split into three sections. Weimann had initially won the People section, with USA photographer Thomas Hyland taking the Places award for his shot A Langhe Winter, and Club Oenologique contributor Patrick Desgraupes scooping the prize for the Produce category with Clos Saint Patrice Sample. Weimann was then named overall wine winner.

Clos Saint Patrice Sample, Patrick Desgraupes
A Langhe Winter, Thomas Hyland

The awards were judged by a panel of key figures from the world of food and drink, including Vitalie Taittinger of the celebrated Champagne house, drinks commentator Joe Wadsack, and Josh Lustig, picture editor of the Financial Times Weekend Magazine.

“This is a beautiful image, full of love, depth and atmosphere,” said competition founder and director Caroline Kenyon. “The world is in the grip of COVID-19 and normal life has stopped for all of us, but photos such as these remind us of the cultural habits that bind us together.”

The pandemic didn’t put too much of a dampener on celebrations, with the awards ceremony going ahead online for the first time since the competition’s inception. Musician and cheesemaker Alex James announced the winners in an event livestreamed across the globe.

Bangladeshi photographer K M Asad was declared the competition’s overall winner for his shot After Exodus. The image of Myanmar Rohingya children waiting in line for food at a refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh (below) was first recognised in the Politics of Food category before scooping the top prize. Asad also won the Food for Celebration category, sponsored by Champagne Taittinger, while British blogger Aimee Twigger retained her title of top Food Blogger, winning the category for the second year in a row.

After Exodus, K M Asad

For a full rundown of all the winners, and to see the images themselves, go to Club Oenologique is also showcasing all the recognised wine images – including the runners-up, not listed here – on its Instagram feed.