An Indian photographer has won a prestigious international photography contest with his image of a kebab seller from Kashmir.  Debdatta Chakraborty has been credited with capturing the award-winning moment with her camera. She has won the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2022 for the image of a street vendor in Srinagar, Kashmir.

The photo was shot at Srinagar's Khayyam Chowk, an alleyway that looks like any other street during the day and is titled Kebabiyana. It shows a kebab seller at a smoke-filled food joint.

“Beautifully captured billowing embrace of the smoke, the golden light, the subject's expression as he prepares the food for sharing," said Caroline Kenyon, the founder and director of Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year.

“Sparks fly from the skewers, whose roasting we can almost smell, we imagine the warm, delicious aroma. This image, gentle but powerful, nourishes our soul,” she added.

Food Photographer of the Year is a set of awards presented by The Food Awards Company and title sponsor Pink Lady Apples, given to amateur and professional photographers for excellence in food photography. 

The format of the award emphasises a variety of applications of food photography, including portraiture, editorial, advertising and personal blogging.


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