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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.
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. Abril was chosen by the majority of the jury as the fourteenth winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award.
Hippocratic Betrayal, 2016, On Abortion © Courtesy Laia Abril & Galerie Les filles du calvaire
The jury 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.”
The jury for 2020 consists of:
*Due to the restricted travel possibilities as a result of the Coronavirus there has been a change in jury members.
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
2017: Romain Mader
2018: Daniel Shea
2019: Eric Gyamfi
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.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.