John Edmonds - A Sidelong Glance, 2022 © Foam. Photo: Christian van der Kooy

Foam Paul Huf Award

The Foam Paul Huf Award is an internationally acclaimed photography prize. It is awarded to artists whose creative vision speaks to our current time and makes a significant contribution to today's photographic community. The award is open to artists from all nationalities working in documentary, journalistic and fashion photography. The award is organised by Foam since 2007. 

Award prize

  • a cash prize of €20,000

  • a solo exhibition at Foam

Selection criteria

Foam annually approaches around thirty nominators from various parts of the world to produce an internationally representative selection. Specialists and experts in the field of photography are each asked to select a number of talented photographers from their own region. 

The prize can be awarded for any photography: documentary, journalistic, fashion, or independent work. The winner’s work must exhibit clear visual language and contribute significantly to today's photographic community in both form and content. 

Winner Foam Paul Huf Award 2023

Felipe Romero Beltrán

boys carrying another boy

The jury report says: “Romero Beltrán works on long-term projects that often spring from political tensions over borders and migration and return to the individual living body and its control. His work is intelligent, carefully considered, captivating, and wishing to investigate the boundaries of documentary photographic approach.”

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Jury 2023

Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (jury chair) is director of the Finnish Museum of Photography and also founder and artistic director of The Festival of Political Photography. John Fleetwood is a curator, co-head of BA Photography at the KABK and director of Photo: in South Africa, a multifunctional platform for the development and promotion of socially engaged photography. Sunil Gupta is a successful artist and co-founder of the Autograph Association, an association dedicated to raising awareness of issues of race, human rights and social justice. Ashleigh Kane is Arts & Photography Editor at Dazed Magazine and has years of experience in talent discovery and mentoring. João Linneu is a designer, art director and co-founder of Void Photo Publishing House which specialises in photography books and education.

- The jury

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About Paul Huf

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.

Other talent inititatives

The Foam Paul Huf Award was made possible in part by the generous support of Mentha Capital.

Foam is supported by de VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.

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