Social media has changed the way we view the world, and it’s also changed the way we eat food.
In particular, many people are eating it cold, because they insist on snapping 35 pictures of their meal, before uploading them to Facebook and Instagram in order to keep the world informed about their dietary choices.
Don’t be that person, and don’t be one of the fools taking their dietary advice from strangers on Instagram, either.
For the winners of this year’s ‘Food Photographer Of The Year’ competition, though, their snaps are well worth salivating over.
You’re looking at the winner above, titled ‘Cauldron Noodles’ and taken by Jianhui Liao, which shows a celebration of the goddess Nuwa in Shexian County in the Hebei Province, China.
Here’s the BBC:
As part of the annual festivity, villagers wear Qing Dynasty costumes to celebrate Nuwa’s birthday and eat pots of noodles at noon.
Competition adjudicator Andy Macdonald presented Liao with the £5,000 prize money.
Macdonald said of the image: “It stood out from the rest in its category for the way in which [Liao] made the subject matter, a community feast, so beautiful and atmospheric.”
Well played, Liao
Let’s check out some of the other winners:
Bring Home the Harvest: Harvesting Gold, by Kazi Mushfiq, Bangladesh
Kazi Mushfiq: “Farmers were working hard harvesting the rice, which is like gold to them.”
Politics of Food: Cow Tantrum, by Martin Chamberlain, UK
Martin Chamberlain: “This cow probably knew its destiny. Having just been bought from the market in Nizwa, Oman, the cow proved increasingly reluctant to comply with its new owners’ wishes – resorting in the end to collapsing its front legs, leaving the owners puzzled as to what to do next.”
Production Paradise Previously Published: Red Octopus, by Cosimo Barletta, Italy
Cosimo Barletta: “When you ‘release the Kraken’ on the table… you never know what will happen!”
Food for the Family: Bonda Tribe, by Sanghamitra Sarkar, India
Sanghamitra Sarkar: “Odisha, India, has many tribal communities and the Bonda tribe is one of them. They lead a very simple life. Modern society has failed to change them because they have carefully protected their culture and traditions from modern civilisation.
“In this picture the Bonda ladies are busy preparing food in a clay pot, making fire from wood.”
InterContinental Food at the Table: Mussels Ready to Eat, by Giles Christopher, UK
Giles Christopher: “An image taken in the studio of mussels on a napkin, on a rustic table for Harry Ramsden’s restaurants.”
You’ll find more of the winners of that competition here.
I would do unspeakable things for some of those mussels right now, but I’ll also settle for some quick and easy winter recipes.
Better still, have a look through the Daily Dish dinner options, pick your favourite (you’ve got Family Box, Classic Box, Banting Box, Veggie Box, Goodie Box and Pork-Free Box to choose from), and have everything you need for your week’s food delivered to your door.
We’ll even allow you to take photos of your tasty creations for social media, as long as the food doesn’t go cold.
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