Laia Abril wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2020

“The History of Misogyny”
Laia Abril (ES) wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2020

Press release | 11 March 2020

The Foam Paul Huf Award 2020 goes to Laia Abril (1986, ES). From a selection of 95 portfolios from 27 countries, each chosen by 30 nominators worldwide, the jury of five industry specialists chose this year’s winner today.

Laia Abril wins the prize for her long term project The History of Misogyny from which she submitted Chapter one: On Abortion and Chapter two: On Rape. The Foam Paul Huf Award is presented annually to a photography talent under the age of 35 to encourage photographers in their artistic development. Foam has organised the award annually since 2007 and the winner is chosen by an independent international jury. Abril was chosen by the majority of the jury as the fourteenth winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award.

The jury report states:

“Laia Abril’s ambition to bring relevant societal topics like abortion and rape to the spotlight, especially within the current political and social climate, deserves recognition and strong support. Her perseverance in working on the long term research of her ongoing project The History of Misogyny is admirable. The result of her efforts to visualise these difficult subjects needs to be seen by an audience as large as possible. We are confident the award will enable her to continue this important body of work.”

Foam’s Artistic Director Marcel Feil:

“One of Foam’s primary objectives is to discover and support photography talent and therefore this award, along with the Foam Magazine Talent issue, are very important to us. We are proud to be able to add a fantastic artist like Laia Abril to the impressive list of winners of the Foam Paul Huf Award as the fourteenth winner. Abril’s work absolutely belongs on this list, and we are very much looking forward to organising her exhibition at Foam later this year.”

Laia Abril will receive a cash prize of € 20,000.- and a solo exhibition at Foam. Additionally her work will be published in the prestigious annual Talent Issue of Foam Magazine and the internationally travelling group exhibition Foam Talent.

Laia Abril wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2020
Laia Abril wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2020
Laia Abril wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2020
Laia Abril wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2020
Laia Abril wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2020


  • Elena Navarro (founder and artistic director at FOTOMÉXICO and director of Espacio V Foundation, chair, Mexico)
  • Yasufumi Nakamori (Curator of International Art at the Tate Modern in London, Japan)
  • Joachim Naudts (contemporary photography curator at FOMU, the photography museum of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Jenny Smets (independent curator & editor, freelance advisor for World Press Photo foundation and teacher at the KABK art academy in The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • Hans Gremmen (graphic designer, founder of publishing house Fw:Books and cofounder ENTER ENTER, The Netherlands)

*Due to the restricted travel possibilities as a result of the Corona virus there has been a change in jury members.

2019 – Eric Gyamfi (1990, Ghana), 2018 – Daniel Shea (1985, United States), 2017 – Romain Mader (1988, Switzerland), 2016 – Daisuke Yokota (1983, Japan), 2015 – Momo Okabe (1981, Japan), 2014 – Daniel Gordon (1980, United States), 2013 – Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs (1979, Switzerland), 2012 – Alex Prager (1979, United States), 2011 – Raphaël Dallaporta (1980, France), 2010 – Alexander Gronsky (1980, Estonia), 2009 – Leonie Hampton (1978, United Kingdom), 2008 – Pieter Hugo (1976, South Africa), 2007 – Taryn Simon (1975, United States) and Mikhael Subotzky (1981, South Africa).

The Dutch photographer Paul Huf (1924-2002) was known for his innovative photographic technique and was an important ambassador for the establishment of Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam in 2001. To honour this special relationship, the Foam Paul Huf Award was created in 2007 in order to stimulate and support photographers on a global scale.

The Foam Paul Huf Award is made possible by the generous support from an anonymous partner.

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