The World Food Programme (WFP) and Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year are jointly launching the first ever WFP Storytellers Innovation Award for young citizen journalists. Talented youth worldwide, who have participated or are currently participating in the WFP Storytellers project, can submit their photographs of food to the competition by 28 February 2019. More than 200 people in five countries, among them refugees and displaced and vulnerable communities, have participated in the Storytellers project to date. The award gives them a chance to innovate and further develop their photography skills. The winners will be announced in London in April 2019.
The eminent international panel is chaired by globally-renowned food photographer David Loftus, and this year includes Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at The Guardian; Alice Waters, the USA’s most famous chef and food campaigner; Rein Skullerud, Head of Photo Unit, World Food Programme; Lucy Pike, Director of Photography, We Transfer; His Excellency Ali Bin Thalith, Secretary General, HIPA.
WFP Storytellers gives people in need the chance to produce and tell their own stories, using their own words and images, through hands-on digital communications training. Equipped with new skills, talented young people among refugees, displaced and vulnerable communities act as communicators on behalf of WFP and share authentic stories with a large online audience. Since its launch, the Storytellers project has trained 200 people, including Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians in Jordan, Sudanese refugees in Chad, youths from remote areas affected by climate change in Guatemala and South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.
Founded in 2011, Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading awards for food photography and film. The competition receives thousands of entries from more than 60 countries each year.