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Since 2007, Foam has awarded this prize to support and offer a platform to up-and-coming artists. In the years after receiving the award, the winners have made an international breakthrough, demonstrating that winning this title had a positive impact on their careers.
On 16 March 2017 the winner of this year’s Foam Paul Huf Award, the international photography award for young artists, will be announced. The international jury will meet in Amsterdam on 15 and 16 March to choose a winner from portfolios submitted by one hundred photographers nominated from around the world. The prize is awarded annually by Foam to an international photographic talent under the age of 35 and consists of €20,000 and an exhibition at Foam.
The Foam Paul Huf Award is being organised for the eleventh time. The list of former winners is quite impressive. In 2016 the jury chose Daisuke Yokota (Japan) as the tenth winner of the prize, in recognition of his complex, sophisticated practice. On the evening of the announcement of the winner of 2017, Yokota’s exhibition Matter will be officially opened by Lucy Conticello (chair of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2017 and member of the jury in 2016).
To produce an internationally representative selection Foam approached around twenty nominators in various parts of the world. These nominators, specialists and experts in the field of photography, were each asked to select a number of talented photographers under the age of 35 in their own region.
The award can be presented for any type of photography: from documentary or applied photography, to journalistic or independent work. The winner’s work must exhibit a clear visual language and distinguish itself in both form and content.
2007: Taryn Simon, Mikhael Subotzky
2008: Pieter Hugo
2009: Léonie Hampton-Purchas
2010: Alexander Gronsky
2011: Raphaël Dallaporta
2012: Alex Prager
2013: Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs
2014: Daniel Gordon
2015: Momo Okabe
2016: Daisuke Yokota
The title of the award refers to Dutch photographer Paul Huf (1924-2002) who had a special connection with Foam. Huf was involved in the establishment of the museum in 2001 and he was known for his open and enthusiastic approach to new photography and upcoming talent – a clear parallel with Foam's mission statement.
The Foam Paul Huf Award is made possible by JTI.