Food photography award winners aren’t your usual ‘food porn’

(CNN) – A woman, her face a mask of concentration, hefts a huge sheet of translucent dough into the air as sunlight and steam – or perhaps flour dust – 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.

‘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.

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.

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

“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.”

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