The 20 best food photographers so far in 2017 – this time for real!

Curious about the most beautiful pictures of food from the first half of the year?

Food photography is the art of capturing food in a way that makes one’s mouth water. I figured this out the hard way myself when I had to teach myself food photography while writing my first and second cookbook.

Born a niche but now so mainstream it becomes harder and harder to differentiate between talented amateurs and the true professionals. Recently I came across a post from the photo community 500px in which they presented 2017’s best food photography so far. When I was going through the list I felt really disappointed…

Beautiful vibrant beetroot soup made by Anna Ivanova from Bulgaria. This is what food photography needs to look like!

I can understand where the staff of 500px is coming and why they chose many of the pictures they did. But for me personally, most of the images have an abstraction level that makes them more suitable for the art section rather than the table. They say that you eat with your eyes first, so good food photography should make you crave the food you see. Not only should your mouth start to water in anticipation but you should feel something. The best food photos carry and should also evoke a lot of emotions.

On the list of 500px, only two artists really caught my eye and these are Anna Ivanova from Bulgaria (on 500px; shown above) and Alena Gusakova from Russia (on 500px and Instagram, hereafter). Both have created amazing atmospheric shots that just make you want to sit down and grab a spoon. The pictures are well composed, harmonic and invite you to take a seat.

Perfect Pumpkin soup shot by Alena Gusakova from Russia. Beautiful contrast and colors that make you crave your first spoonful

Despite the two beautiful pictures from Anna and Alena, I was somewhat disappointed with the rest of the list. That encouraged me to spend the last weeks scrolling through literally thousands and thousands of photos to give you the really best food photos taken in 2017. Underneath I have curated the photos from the 20 most talented amateurs and professional food photographers from around the globe. All of the pictures have been shot and published in the first half of 2017. They all carry really strong emotions and will make your mouth water!

The posts are shown in alphabetical order and you will find a link to their Instagram channel in order to check out their whole portfolio. You decide who you find the most talented among these inspiring photographers!


The 20 best food photographers from around the world – and this time it’s for real!

Aimee Twigger, UK


Ashley Alexander, AU


Bea Lubas, UK


Carey Nershi, US


Christine Carlson, US


FoodPicJP, JP


Georgia McDermott, AU


Jen & Tracy, US


Kayley McCabe, US


Laura Williams, HK


Laura Because, ES


Mandy Lee, HK


Marzia, US


Matt Broussard, US


Myblueteacup, GE


Naomi Robinson, US


Reiko, JP


Simone van den Berg, NL


Sneh Roy, AU


Zaira Zarotti, IT


Did you also get so incredibly hungry while looking at these edible pieces of art? If you think you or a food photographer you know should be on this list, let us know in the comments below. And now get cooking and shooting – you have a few more months to make it to the best of the best list for 2017!

In order to feature more young talent, I chose to use mostly pictures from the community in my second book. But while all the pictures up there are totally royalty-free even for commercial use, I found it only more than appropriate to credit every single photographer featured. In case I used multiple pictures of a photographer I even supplied them with a free copy of the book.

If you want to learn more about flavors and how to combine them (or just want to check out the food pictures), check out my second book “Flavor Math” which is available as print or digitally (PDF)! 

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