Young refugee photographers have their winning photos served up

Three brilliant shots, taken by young citizen journalists in refugee camps and villages have won the first-ever WFP Storytellers Innovation Award at Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2019, the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film.

First was Water Stream by Eder Estilmer of Guatemala. His trophy was presented by Gioacchino Gargano, Project Coordinator for WFP Storytellers, World Food Programme. Second was Drops of Hope by Khaled AlKhaldi of Jordan who also came Third with Bread is my Father.

Young refugee photographers have their winning photos served up
Drops of hope – Khaled Alkhaldi

The announcement took place in front of an audience of four hundred guests at a glittering Champagne Taittinger reception packed with celebrities from the food and photography world, at the Mall Galleries, London this week. Host for the evening was the legendary musician and cheesemaker Alex James.

Young refugee photographers have their winning photos served up
Bread is my father – Khaled Alkhaldi

Caroline Kenyon, Founder/Director of the Awards said:

“The competition was fierce, Eder’s shot stood out from the rest in its category, however, for the way in which he made the subject matter beautiful and vivid.

“WFP Storytellers is a remarkable project, teaching young refugees, from 17 to 25, in camps in Jordan, Chad, Uganda and beyond, how to be powerful storytellers and communicators. We have a long-standing relationship with the World Food Programme, which helps 91 million people across the world, and it was the most natural thing to create a special award to celebrate the work of these young people who have been through so much.”

The Award was judged by Rein Skullerud, Head of Photography Unit, World Food Programme, Alison Morley, Director, International Programs, International Center of Photography, NYC, Fiona Shields, Head of Pictures, The Guardian.