Since 2011, the Food Photographer of the Year Awards has been celebrating the best food-related imagery from both professional and non-professional photographers around the world. Going beyond sumptuous food photography, the categories creatively explore food’s cultural and social role in society. This year’s winning shot was awarded to Chinese photographer Jianhui Liao, whose photo of a village eating noodles in China’s Shexian province bested the 9000 other pre-selected submissions. Sponsored by the apple brand Pink Lady, the winning images are to be displayed during a five-day public exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. More of winning shots below.