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'Food for God' by Shoeb Faruquee took top prize in the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year | © Shoeb Faruquee
'Food for God' by Shoeb Faruquee took top prize in the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year | © Shoeb Faruquee
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'Food for God' Image Wins Food Photographer of the Year Award

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Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 26 April 2017
Food for God photograph beats 8399 other entries to scoop top prize – and £5000 – in London last night.

Bangladesh-based photographer Shoeb Faruquee was declared overall winner of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2017 awards last night at the Mall Galleries, London.

On winning the coveted award Faruquee said: ‘I am delighted to be a finalist in 2017. I am always trying to shoot an image with a new message for our world. In the image, the Brahman cook is cooking religious food for devotees but the devotion in the cook shows – it seems he is preparing food for God.

‘This worshipping ceremony starts in the evening time and it continues for two hours. The devotees keep on fasting for 24 hours during this worshipping and they break their fasting after the prayer. It is a ghee light burning festival in the name of Baba Lokenath; the devotees pray with spiritual concentration for fulfilling their good wishes.’

Born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and entirely self taught, Faruquee took up photography in his twenties as a hobby, before devoting himself to it full time in the 1990s.

Other category winners:

10 and Under category: Fruit of the Bloom
10 and Under category: Fruit of the Bloom | © Carla Smend
11-14 Years category: Flowering Tea
11-14 Years category: Flowering Tea | © Lily-Mae Franklin
15-17 Years category: Muuuh
15-17 Years category: Muuuh | © Felicia Frank
Cream of the Crop category: Smoked Mackerel
Cream of the Crop category: Smoked Mackerel | © Wesley Dombrecht
Food in the Field category: Swiss Chard Forest
Food in the Field category: Swiss Chard Forest | © Sally Ann Stone
Partridges Food for Sale category Villefranche Market
Partridges Food for Sale category Villefranche Market | © Azalea Dalton
Startisans Food in the Street category: Crouch End
Startisans Food in the Street category: Crouch End | © Robin Stewart
Food Bloggers (supported by Aspire) category: Caramel!
Food Bloggers (supported by Aspire) category: Caramel! | © Hein van Tonder
The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action: The Grandmother
The Philip Harben Award for Food in Action: The Grandmother | © Francesca Brambilla and Serena Serrani
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Produce): Crush at Cristom Vineyard
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Produce): Crush at Cristom Vineyard | © Robert Holmes
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (People): Cleaning Port Barrel
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (People): Cleaning Port Barrel | © Mick Rock
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Places): The Rosé Wine Tank
Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year (Places): The Rosé Wine Tank | © Patrick Desgraupes
Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture: Salad Plate
Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture: Salad Plate | © Darren Eastwood-Hickson
Marks & Spencer Food Adventures: Oua, Look at This One!
Marks & Spencer Food Adventures: Oua, Look at This One! | © Kyriacos Arkatites
Food for the Family: Breaktime
Food for the Family: Breaktime | © Leonardo Salomão
World Food Programme Food for Life: Collecting Egg Rations, Smara Refugee Camp
World Food Programme Food for Life: Collecting Egg Rations, Smara Refugee Camp | © Emma Brown
InterContinental London Park Lane Food at the Table: Mac & Cheese
InterContinental London Park Lane Food at the Table: Mac & Cheese | © Jean Cazals
Production Paradise Food off the Press: Vegetables
Production Paradise Food off the Press: Vegetables | © Jonathan Gregson
Food Sn-apping (in aid of Action Against Hunger): Waiting for Stew
Food Sn-apping (in aid of Action Against Hunger): Waiting for Stew | © Laura Cook
Bring Home the Harvest: Pheasants at Sunset
Bring Home the Harvest: Pheasants at Sunset | © Matthew Thomas
Pink Lady® Apple a Day: Keeps the Doctor Away
Pink Lady® Apple a Day: Keeps the Doctor Away | © Richard Perry

The winning image…

‘Food for God’ by Shoeb Faruquee took top prize in the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year
‘Food for God’ by Shoeb Faruquee took top prize in the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year | © Shoeb Faruquee