Skip to main content

8 food photos to make you hungry for travel

By Barry Neild, for CNN
April 25, 2014 -- Updated 1011 GMT (1811 HKT)
Tessa Bunney's winning image in this year's Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition shows a woman making noodles in a village in Vietnam.
Tessa Bunney's winning image in this year's Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition shows a woman making noodles in a village in Vietnam.
HIDE CAPTION
Vietnamese noodle maker
French vineyard owner
Coffee roasting in Rwanda
Food photographer of the year winners
Vietnamese women prepare food
Chile taters
Jian bao dumpling preparation
BBQ and beer
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Images of from around the word celebrated in Pink Lady food photography awards
  • Winning shot depicts a Vietnamese woman tossing noodles into the air
  • Other entries show scenes from France, Chile, Rwanda and Egypt

(CNN) -- A woman, her face a mask of concentration, hefts a huge sheet of translucent dough into the air as sunlight and steam fill the air.

This atmospheric moment, captured in a village in Vietnam by British photographer Tessa Bunney, was awarded the prize for best food photography this week in a competition that attracted more than 6,000 images from around the world.

The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition showcased dozens of entries that showed that some travel photos offer a feast for the stomach as well as the eyes.

Among others shortlisted was another image from Vietnam by Australian photographer Tuan Nguyen, showing two women preparing food for the annual Tet feast celebrating lunar new year.

Another, by Jonathan Gregson, showed steam rising as a worker roasts coffee beans in Rwanda -- a photograph you can almost smell as well as see.

Bunney, who is based in Laos, picked up $8,400 for her noodle-making image.

The photographer captured the image while spending six months living with a family in Hanoi as she documented "craft villages" -- centuries-old communities dedicated to the manufacture of one product, such as pottery or silk.

Slash and burn landscapes

It shows a woman in the noodle-making center of Huu Tu, a village close to the center of the Vietnamese capital that Bunney says has become badly polluted due to industrialization, even though some still make the noodles by hand.

MORE: 18 travel photos you'd wish you'd taken

Feast for the eyes: Women get ready for the lunar new year.
Feast for the eyes: Women get ready for the lunar new year.

"The job she was doing was really repetitive, she did it day after day, for hours on end," she told CNN.

" Her mom was there feeding her rice as she worked so she didn't have to stop to eat -- so she could keep on going as long as possible.

"Every village was the same, they worked really long hours for not very much money."

Bunney said the mien noodles in the image were made from root flour which is formed on large hotplates into the heavy pancake seen in her photo.

Before it dries completely, it is cut into strips -- just one of many ways in which noodles are made in the village.

Bunney says her food photography comes from a wider interest in landscape documentation.

"I'm really interested in agriculture and the different landscapes that come from different farming methods.

"I'm living in Laos at the moment and there's been a lot of slash-and-burn farming for rice in the lowlands. I'm really interested in the details -- how the landscape makes people farm in different ways."

'Politics of food'

In Cairo, Italian photographer Sandro Maddalena visited the trash piles of the Egyptian capital's Garbage City -- a slum settlement where mainly Coptic Christians subsist by recycling refuse.

MORE: How to take good Instagram photos when you travel

His image, which shows dirt-blackened pigs in a sty surrounded by garbage, was presented a "politics of food" award for showing the realities of food production.

"The competition was intensely fierce," said Andy Macdonald, managing director of competition sponsor Coregeo, a UK-based produce brand marketing company.

"There were 6,000 images entered internationally and the standard was phenomenal.

"Tessa's image stood out from the rest, however, for its beautiful composition, the expression of utter absorption on its subject's face, and the capture of a perfect moment in time as the noodle dough flies through the air."

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
August 19, 2014 -- Updated 1001 GMT (1801 HKT)
Photographer gives Hong Kong skyscrapers a radical new look.
August 16, 2014 -- Updated 1221 GMT (2021 HKT)
A cage-free shark photographer gets up close and personal with the ocean's most feared predators.
August 15, 2014 -- Updated 1428 GMT (2228 HKT)
Conde Nast Traveler reader survey praises antipodean cities but gives South Africa's biggest city a wide berth.
August 15, 2014 -- Updated 0122 GMT (0922 HKT)
After the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Canal, here are 10 other ways to fall in love with the country.
August 14, 2014 -- Updated 0349 GMT (1149 HKT)
In Taiwan, tourists pay to ride along in local cabs, letting fate -- and locals fares -- decide where they'll go.
August 13, 2014 -- Updated 2048 GMT (0448 HKT)
It's largely devoid of human life, dark, cold and subject to dangerous levels of geological volatility -- the Arctic is surely the worst possible destination for an arts festival.
Zurich, Switzerland
It may be Switzerland's banking capital, but Zurich's real wealth lies in the village-like charm of its cobbled streets and Alpine scenery.
August 13, 2014 -- Updated 1854 GMT (0254 HKT)
We've all wondered what it's like to die. Now an outfit in Shanghai says it can provide the experience.
August 14, 2014 -- Updated 0115 GMT (0915 HKT)
Our special report details who, what and how much it takes to bring you the best in IFE (we'll explain).
August 13, 2014 -- Updated 0632 GMT (1432 HKT)
What pizza is to New York and the cheesesteak is to Philly, the food truck has become to Los Angeles -- essential
August 20, 2014 -- Updated 0903 GMT (1703 HKT)
If you've ever clicked on a list of forests to see before you die, chances are you've already seen a photo of this stunner.
August 8, 2014 -- Updated 0018 GMT (0818 HKT)
The military coup in Thailand has led to a massive change in Phuket, weeding out decades of misuse and abuse at one of the world's most popular holiday destinations.
July 31, 2014 -- Updated 0956 GMT (1756 HKT)
With a mix of Indian, African, French and Chinese influences, Mauritius represents a cultural smorgasbord.
August 8, 2014 -- Updated 1244 GMT (2044 HKT)
There's nothing like high drama on a beach.
August 11, 2014 -- Updated 0957 GMT (1757 HKT)
Home to big game, sparkling beaches, and stunning sunsets, Malawi makes for an idyllic travel destination.
ADVERTISEMENT