I love my food market

17 April 2016

Competitions, Society news

In 2015 the Italian Chapter of the Royal Photographic Society (CIRPS) joined forces with the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) to promote an international photographic competition which aimed to pictorially express the importance and love people have for their local food markets all over the globe.

The competition entitled: 'I love my food market' drew attention to the role these food markets play in improving the availability of healthy and nutritious food to consumers, as well as the way markets enhance food security, and revitalize local communities.

The competition offers two main prizes - one award for the ‘WUWM Photographer of the Year’ and a second award for the ‘WUWM Young Photographer of the Year’ - a category open to budding young photographers (under 27 years of age). The winners have just been announced: 

  • WUWM Photographer of the Year, 2016 is Ben Chung Kim-pan from Hong Kong. He is an amateur photographer. He explains his winning image: “I found this an interesting topic to photographically depict here in Hong Kong. In the past there has been occasion for the public to have low confidence in food safety matters, and so I am glad that WUWM is helping to globally promote food safety, nutrition and market management – these are also important issues in China and Hong Kong. I am glad to see that the western style of market is becoming more popular here.
  • © Eetu Ahanen / WUMUWUWM Young Photographer of the Year, 2016 is Eetu Ahanen a self-taught freelancer event and lifestyle photographer from Helsinki, Finland. He took his winning photo at Helsinki Night Market whilst working for Teurastamo, the old abattoir of Helsinki which is nowadays a food and urban culture centre. Helsinki Night Market 2015 was the third edition of the event, which took its inspiration from Asian food markets. "I wanted to take a photo of the whole area just after sunset, so we brought a scissor lift into the centre of the area. It was a weird feeling being in the middle of the crowd and lifting up towards the sky", he tells.

In announcing the competition winners today, WUWM Secretary General, Maria Cavit, notes the quality of the submissions received. “The response to the competition is heart-warming. We have received submissions from people of all ages, and from many diverse countries, all over the world. Clearly the economic, cultural, social, environmental and entrepreneurial benefits of wholesale and retail food markets spans the globe!” she said. “We thank all those photographers, both amateur and professional, who contributed to this project.

See all the winners and short-listed entries here: www.wuwm.org and www.findamarket.org

Main image: © Ben Chung Kim-pan, Hong Kong / WUWM.