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Family Meal Photo Competition | Winners Announcement

Thank you for all the many extraordinary pictures you have submitted to the Family Meal Photo Competition! We received photos from 32 countries all over the world, highlighting what the family meal means to you and your loved ones.

The selection process was certainly not easy, but after much deliberation the competition judges Jamie Oliver and photographer Chris Terry chose Ari’s family photo from Laos and Breech’s picture from the Philippines.

For the public vote, Darine’s picture showing street children in Burundi enjoying their Sunday meal received 175 votes.

We set you a challenge, and you delivered!

First winner of the Family Meal photo competition selected by Jamie Oliver
Ari Vitikainen Khauchi Papa, a special meal in the highlands of Laos
Ari Vitikainen with the picture Khauchi Papa, a special meal in the highlands of Laos
A Rshi family comes together to prepare a special meal called Khauchi Papa to celebrate the new year. Khauchi Papa is made from newly harvested rice sprinkled with sesame seeds. Rshi people are an ethnic minority in Laos’ highlands.
Jamie Oliver: “Ari's colourful shot from Laos is a fantastic example of how important and fun it can be to prepare and share a meal with your loved ones. A family meal might seem like one of the most basic th​ings in the world, but it's easy to forget that this isn't a given, and there are many people that struggle to do this. It's a big issue, and I hope this competition will help to raise awareness of that.”
Jamie Oliver Selected First Winner
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Second winner of the Family Meal photo competition selected by Jamie Oliver
Candlelight Supper
Breech Asher Harani with the picture Candlelight Supper
A small family in the southern Philippines enjoys their supper despite the darkness of their home. After the devastation of Super Typhoon Bopha in 2012, many families in these areas suffer power shortages every day.
Chris Terry: “Breech’s candle-lit image of the family eating during a power outage has a lovely intimacy and warmth. It draws the viewer in, emphasising the human need to gather around light, and company, when sharing a meal.”
Jamie Oliver Selected Second Winner
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Winner of the Family Meal photo competition selected by the public
Sunday Meal for street children's social reintegration and education for a bright future
Darine Ndihokubwayo with the picture Sunday Meal for street children's social reintegration and education for a bright future
In Burundi, hunger gnaws at the soul. In this country recovering from conflict, street children often do not have a family, nor regular meals. This is why we came up with the Sunday meal, where every Sunday we get together with the street children and share a meal. Feeling accepted and cared for gives them an opportunity to have a better social life and integrate in school.
Darine’s picture has been selected as the public’s favourite with 175 votes!
Jamie Oliver Public Winner
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