Hold your spuds. The organizers behind the second edition of the world’s only international potato photography competition have announced the winning photograph (and runner ups) of the 2021 Potato Photographer of the Year photo competition.
Inspired by Kevin Abosch’s Potato #345 (2010), an image of a potato which sold for $1M in 2016, the Potato Photographer of the Year photo competition also serves as a means to help fund The Trussell Trust, an charity that helps support a network of more than 1,200 food banks. After a successful 2020 competition, the organizers said they ‘once again called on the spud-loving creatives of the world to raid their gardens and local supermarkets, grab their cameras and join us in elevating the humble potato to even greater levels of artistic relevance.’
The photos were eyed over by a panel of judges, including documentary photographer Martin Parr, photographer Amy D’Agorne, photojournalist and educator Professor Paul Hill, Amateur Photographer Editor Nigel Atherton, SheClicks founder Angela Nicholson and UK based photographer Benedict Brain.
In the end, The title of ‘Potato Photographer of the Year 2021’ went to William Ropp for his photograph ‘Fish & Chips.’ Second and Third place were claimed by Clair Robins and John Glover for their photographs ‘Precious Potatoes and ‘Hands Holding New Potatoes,’ respectively. Fir taking home the first place prize, Ropp receives a Fujifilm X-T200 (kit with XC15–45mm), a Think Tank Advantage XT and a Photocrowd ‘Master’ subscription for 1 year. Robins and Glover also received a set of camera accessories and prizes, including bags, subscriptions and workshops.
You can find out more about the annual Potato Photographer of the Year photo competition on its PhotoCrowd website.